Angels All Year Around
Alice Shelby (Sharon Lawrence - Blue Moon) is a much loved member of staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with nurse Jenny Miller (Emilie Ullerup - With Love, Christmas) looks up to her. But whilst Jenny finds herself planning the nurse's Christmas party she locks horns with Matt Crawford (Kristoffer Polaha - Rocky Mountain Christmas), who has been hired to make budget cuts and Alice is one of those who has been asked to take early retirement. Angered by this Jenny will not listen to his explanations and is not happy about him trying to be helpful when it comes to the Christmas party.
Spoiler alert, they fall in love. Not much of a spoiler alert is it considering that "Hearts of Christmas" was shown on the Hallmark Movies & Mystery channel. The trouble is that whilst "Hearts of Christmas" wants to highlight the work of nurses who work in the NICU it doesn't have much more to it. As such how "Hearts of Christmas" comes across is a slow journey from Jenny and Matt locking horns to them falling for each other with Jenny learning that Matt is not such a bad guy and is quite charitable, whilst Matt gets to appreciate the difference that people like Alice and Jenny make to all the worried parents when their babies end up in intensive care.
Now in fairness a big part of "Hearts of Christmas" is to highlight the work of these nurses and it gets that across as through various encounters we not only see how the nurses treat parents who are scared but we also see how much their work is appreciates. The trouble is that whilst it highlights the good work of these nurses, doing a bit of a job of pulling at your heart strings on the way, it needed more and even the likeable trio of Emilie Ullerup, Kristoffer Polaha and Sharon Lawrence can't make it feel more.
What this all boils down to is that "Hearts of Christmas" is a sweet and entertaining Hallmark Christmas movie with a message. But it is a movie which is thin when it comes to the storyline and so unfortunately it ends up a gentle stroll through to an inevitable conclusion.