'The Good Witch's Garden'
(Catherine Bell, Chris Potter, Rob Stewart, Matthew Knight, et al / DVD / NR / (2009) 2014 / Hallmark - Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Cassandra 'Cassie' Nightingale has settled into Middleton and is busy making a home of Grey House. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Russell, and his kids are happy to have Cassie in the neighborhood, but she has yet to gain the trust of some people in town. Before long, a stranger rolls into town with papers entitling him to legal ownership of Grey House. Before she knows it, Cassie is left without a home and is convinced Middleton isn't where she belongs.
DVD Verdict: This is a Hallmark Channel TV movie sequel and was actually filmed way back in 2009! Set ostensibly in Middleton, MA, the real Middleton celebrated its bicentennial in 1928. But did you know that Middleton was formed from parts of Andover, Boxford, Salem and Topsfield?
Anyway, moving on and Cassie's house is all fixed up and her garden is brimming with all kinds of different plants. She has made lots of friends in the small town, but has also decided to take in guests to help meet expenses. Run a sort of Bed and Breakfast service.
Also back is Chris Potter as town Sheriff Jake Russell. In the first movie they started to develop a romantic interest in each other, and that continues in this movie.
The significant event is the new stranger in town who takes a room at the Grey House then starts to get nosy. He goes into the public records to find out such things as how much taxes Cassandra pays, and we see him sneaking in the house to examine things that are locked up. Sheriff Russell is suspicious and doesn't trust him.
While this one didn't hold my interest as well as the initial one did, mainly because the newness had gone, it is an entertaining movie, especially for Catherine Bell. I would definitely love to see another sequel with Catherine, Chris, Peter, the two young kids and some new and fun characters with a wedding storyline and something fun and interesting going on as well for Cassie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.