The first few minutes may feel like a Lifetime or Hallmark channel flick, but stick with it. As the story delves deeper into the charms of the Scottish countryside, its characters and their goings-on, a funny tale ensues.
Annabelle Wilson (played by Kathie Lee Gifford) is suddenly widowed after a 32-year marriage to her husband, Fred. They have lived an idyllic life on Nantucket, running their hardware store and going to the movies every week.
While reading his last will and testament Annabelle learns that upon his death that Fred wished to be cremated and have his ashes put in ‘a box of chocolates’ Forrest Gump style. This discovery begins a whole new season of her life where she sets out to fulfil her own long, lost dreams. She makes a list of their favourite movies, sells her house and the hardware store, and leaves her life on Nantucket. She travels to Scotland first, in honour of Braveheart, which after a sojourn in a traditional Scottish manor will take her on to Rome and throughout Europe.
Annabelle is stunned and seduced by the sheer power and passionate beauty of the Scottish countryside. She finds herself profoundly aware that this country is going to impact her very soul in ways she could never have imagined.
The owner of the Scottish manor Annabelle has booked for her holiday, is Lord Howard Awd (played brilliantly by Craig Ferguson). It’s clear as day that the inn has not seen guests for some time, but Howard boasts a non-existent team of international employees. Not a gal to sit on the side lines, Annabella is quick to muck in and apply all her years of hardware store experience to jobs around the crumbling estate.
Annabelle and Howard are chalk and cheese, yet fit together like an old glove. After spending a week together discovering secrets they’ve never shared, an unlikely friendship and attraction develops. Will it lead to a last chance at love for both of them? Perhaps; that is until a mystery guest’s arrival at the inn for their weekend wedding throws a spanner in the works.
Leave your cynicism at the door and you’ll find simple delights in Then Came You. From the gorgeous scenery of the Scottish highlands to Craig Ferguson’s (and his sidekick best friend Gavin, played by Ford Kiernan) one liners, this is an enjoyable ride.
Then Came You opens in cinemas from 11 March 2021. Check your local guides for screening times.
About Then Came You
Running Time: 98 minutes
Directed by Adriana Trigiani
Written by Kathie Lee Gifford
Stars Kathie Lee Gifford, Craig Ferguson, Ford Kiernan, Liz Hurley, Phyllida Law