Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love by Angela Hunt

The Note was one of Hallmark's most popular movies so they wanted a sequel.  Angela Hunt had not written a sequel, but they created a screenplay anyway.  Hunt then created a novel based on the screenplay.  This is more of a sequel to the Hallmark movie rather than the novel.  That explains the differences.

Like the previous movie but unlike the previous book, the story is set in Middleborough, NC at the Middleborough Times.  Peyton MacGruder is still The Heart Healer.  In the book she was given a two week notice to turn her writing around, but in the movie she was just reprimanded for not being like the previous Heart Healer.  In The Note II she has gained a following and has hopes for getting syndicated.

Peyton has to figure herself out in The Note II as she did in the original.  She receives harsh criticism from a reader.  "Interviewing" or having a conversation as she calls it, the author of the criticism helps Peyton discover herself as well as connecting the criticizer with something from her past.

I don't fault Hunt for anything in this book.  As I recall, she had no plans for a sequel but Hallmark wanted one.  At the end of the book is an explanation from Angela Hunt as to why this book is remarkably different than the first.  This isn't her story as much as it is the screenwriter, Douglas Barr's.

Hallmark has a third movie, Notes From the Heart Healer, coming out later this year,  but I don't think we'll see a companion novel from Angela Hunt any time soon.

I read this for pure pleasure.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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