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October 8, 2009
I actually found Note II to be more interesting and better than Note I. However, due to the content of divorce and remarriage being a Christian taboo, in actuality, I think most real conservative Christians will be put off by the story line. (Not to mention the "reader's" pre marital sex with pregnancy resulting and the father not being notified.) The story ties up too neatly to be considered real life. But we all like a "fairy" tale ending don't we? And there is a lot of drinking going on that wouldn't be considered good "role modeling" for the Christian world. I do like, very much, that Peyton wants to consider her "new" daughter's feelings first, before remarrying. That's what saves her character. I wouldn't have thought much of her if she hadn't. Over all, even though I had bought the movie, if I had seen it first; I wouldn't have.
The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love by Angela Hunt is the novelized version of the Hallmark movie. Peyton MacGruder's career as the Heart Healer is taking off at the newspaper, as is her relationship with fellow reporter Kingston Danville. The new bond with the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years ago is a little shaky, but Peyton is loving every moment of getting to know Christine. After writing a column about the value of choosing caution over passion, she receives a letter from a reader, Eve, who scolds her for being shortsighted and maybe missing out on something wonderful. As the two women get to know each other, they are both forced to confront choices and rethink their lives. Hunt is one of my favorite writers, and while it can be difficult to make novelizations as enthralling as their movie counterparts, she brings each character to life. Being a long time fan of Genie Francis, Hunt perfectly captured the actress' nuances and mannerisms making each scene vivid. The plot, though a bit fluffy, is rendered with care and depth, and the lesson about learning to trust your heart is a good one. It's a perfect, quick beach read for summer.