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Almost 2 years ago, I shared a review of the movie The Shunning. It was an interesting film which gave a glimpse into the Amish life in Pennsylvania. Today, I am thrilled to share with you about the next movie in the series by Beverly Lewis, The Confession, which I was privileged to review.
Synopsis of The Confession
Raised by an Amish family, Katie Lapp (Katie Leclerc, TV’s "Switched at Birth") always felt the call of another life. Now, her quest to find her birth-mother, Laura Mayfield-Bennett (Sherry Stringfield, TV’s "ER"), has drawn her into world of the "Englishers." Along the way, two very different men try to help her overcome a devious scheme to steal her rightful inheritance. Business-minded but kind-hearted Justin Wirth (Michael Rupnow) reaches out to discover Katie’s hidden secrets, while her childhood companion Daniel Fisher (Cameron Deane Stewart) sacrifices his own happiness for her future. Katie’s heart is divided between two worlds as love reveals the truth in the moving saga based on the hit novel from New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis.
Based on the novel by Beverly Lewis and directed by Michael Landon Jr., the film has a screenplay by Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr. The film was produced by David R. Kappes and executive produced by Brian Bird, Maura Dunbar and Michael Landon Jr.
The Confession originally aired on the Hallmark Channel and is now available on DVD with a suggested retail price of $24.99.
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My Thoughts on The Confession
Even though it had been a while since I watched The Shunning, it did not take long for me to feel at home with familiar characters from that movie. This takes place just after The Shunning’s timeline although most of the film is now away from Pennsylvania as Katie’s search for her birth mother brings her to upstate New York. This is another region that I am familiar with having living outside Rochester for 8 years and returning for visits as my husband’s family lives in western New York. So, I loved seeing the locations featured which had the smaller town feel like I remember for much of the Finger Lakes area.
This particular volume has a mixture of love stories in it. There is the love Katie feels for her birth mother which is made evident in how she avoids doing anything that might upset her during her last days. And, there is also the story of the beloved Daniel who we learn did not die many years ago as everyone thought. Daniel finds Katie in this story, but does not truly reveal himself to her as he promises her Amish parents to not upset her.
The acting was well done. Even my teenaged son who watched most of it with me mentioned that the character portrayals were executed well by the actors in the film. The actress in the role of Katie Lapp is different, but did a wonderful job stepping into the role. I loved Sherry Stringfield’s performance as the dying birth mother who still managed to show love and grace towards her conniving husband. It took me until the end of the film to place that particular actor (Adrian Paul) as the role is so different from others I have seen him portray (e.g The Highlander TV series.)
Overall, this was an entertaining film which manages to bring that hint of romance while still being family friendly. I, for one, can hardly wait for the final book in the trilogy to be brought to life and am sure that if Michael Landon, Jr. is involved it will be fantastic.