THE NOEL DIARY is a different type of holiday rom-com. It gave viewers a chance to get to really know Jacob (Justin Hartley), and Rachel (Barrett Doss) before the sweet, gentle ending. (Justin is from THIS IS US fame.) It was fitting for both characters and their backstories. 

This film is based on the novel of the same title by Richard Paul Evans.  He also wrote the screenplay. It is a simple story about how the past can bring two people together if you are open to change and growth. Nothing happens in the universe until you are ready. There was wonderful chemistry between the two leads, even though they kept saying they were just friends. Bonnie Bedelia, as the perfect, wise neighbor, helped whenever possible. The cards were so stacked against them at first, but viewers must remember “tis the season.” 

I enjoyed this simplistic, predictable movie. It was perfect to watch with a hot cup of chocolate. I like my holiday treats sugary. THE NOEL DIARY was an easy reprieve before December kicks into high gear. Ava was the obligatory, beautiful pup that added to each scene. The snowy scenery and typical small villages did not disappoint. It is what it is. I realize this genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy your cocoa with gobs of whipped cream or marshmallows, you won’t be disappointed. 

THE NOEL DIARY is available to stream on Netflix. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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