Love on Kennedy's Ranch
As a child Kennedy Blaine (Michaela McManus) always wanted to visit the family ranch in Valentine, Nebraska but her father would not take her there but now following her father's passing she finds herself inheriting the place. But whilst Kennedy plans to sell the ranch so she can move on with her life, except a condition of her father's will is that if she sells the place she mush actually be there to do so. But having arrived at the ranch things become a lot more complicated as she meets her mum's cousin June (Lindsay Wagner), handsome foreman Derek Sterling (Diogo Morgado) and her grandfather Gabriel (Edward Asner) who fell out with her mother many years ago.
"Love Finds You in Valentine", which also goes by the name "Family Secrets", is a comfortable movie, because it is familiar, squeezing in many recognizable story traits and delivering it with the soft charm that gives the movie a type of glow. To give you an idea of those traits we have the city girl with a beau of sorts in the city heading to a small town where ranch life grows on her and she finds herself falling for the handsome cowboy who has a few skeletons in his closet. On top of that we have the equally familiar whether to sell the family ranch or not but there is more because there is the grandfather Kennedy has never met, family secrets, bad blood and even someone trying to make life difficult so that Kennedy will sell the ranch. There is basically nothing new in "Love Finds You in Valentine" but the combination of things, as in so many elements makes it entertaining.
The thing is that because "Love Finds You in Valentine" crams so much together and is just as much about the mystery and drama of someone trying to intimidate Kennedy in to selling as it is about her falling in love with the place and the handsome Derek it does manage to keep your attention. But as I said it has that soft charm, that afternoon movie warmth which means it is one of those movies for those who don't want to be challenged by what they watch but still want to be entertained by it. And that is partly down to the casting as Michaela McManus is easy to warm to whilst veteran actors such as Lindsay Wagner and Edward Asner simply add to the easy watch tone.
What this all boils down to is that "Love Finds You in Valentine" is not anything new as it takes several storylines which have been used in ranch dramas over the years and brings them all together. This makes it a movie for those who are fans of the familiar and also the tone you find in many for TV movies.