Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Whadya reckon? by Amy Andrews

I don’t know about you but I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix this year! And other streaming services. Two things I’ve consumed with much interest are the Netflix adaptions of two of Harlequin’s popular series.

The first is Robin Carr’s Virgin River


And the second is Sherryl Woods, Sweet Magnolias.


Who else has watched them and what did you think? Like. Love. Loathe? I have kinda mixed feelings but I would love to know what you thought and, if you’ve read the books as well, how do you rate the adaption?

12 thoughts on “Whadya reckon? by Amy Andrews”

  1. I can’t think of a better Jack than Martin Henderson. The actress for Mel is a meh–don’t love her, but I don’t hate her either. There are some serious rewrites of book 1, but it’s still an engaging story. I haven’t watched Sweet Magnolias yet. Guess I have my next show picked out!

    1. Hey Nancy. I dont mind the acting in Virgin River but I did think that Jack was a jerk….probably not the thing you want people thinking about the hero…

  2. I’ve been watching a lot on Amazon streaming this year, but I haven’t seen these two. As Nancy says, I guess that’s my next two shows picked out!

    Somehow though – and for any film of something I’ve read – the pictures are still better in the books 🙂 x

  3. The story in the TV version is so different from the book. Jack in the book is not a jerk. If they didn’t believe the story translated well into screen end up completely changing the story why not call it something else entirely? The book is by far better.

    I ended up watching the first episode of Sweet Magnolias. I have to say there was nothing about it that is compelling me to watch any more of it. And I agree it seems very Hallmark with no happy ending.

    1. I’ve heard the books are different and agree – if tis good enough to pique your interest enough to buy it, then why change it?? Especially when it already has such a beloved audience. Reminds me of the latest incantation of Anne Of Gree Gables…..

  4. Amy, Jack in the book is a lovely hero. Charmaine is mostly a non-existent character that he breaks it off with cleanly before he gets involved with Mel. Mel’s sister is a remote figure rarely heard from. The Paige character really doesn’t come into play until book 2 and that story line is entirely different.

    Basically, the show completely messed up a romance and turned it into a drama. To say I like the books better would be an understatement. I love who was cast as Jack because I pictured the book character as Martin Henderson. So that part they got right. LOL Again, yes in the Netflix version Jack is a jerk. In the book he is a hero.

    1. Ooh, you hit the nail on the head there for me, Nancy. How he treats Charmaine in the TV series is awful although I do yes, agree with the casting because Martin Henderson is yummy! But I also had huge problems with the Hope character. I thought she was totally toxic.

  5. Again, none of the characters in the Netflix are true to the book character. There are some traits in common, but overall they are just not the same. And the marriage between Hope and Doc? Not in the book. In the book did was a crusty old confirmed bachelor. Preacher is probably the truest to his book character, but even his character is different.

    In the past 2 days I’ve binge watched Sweet Magnolias. Gag me with a spoon. What a waste off time. It’s not a book it series I feel any desire to now read, even though a part of me knows the book is probably better. But treacly southern characters that are generally toxic to begin with are just too off-putting.

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