Looking for some escapist, feel-good content right now? These books, movies and TV shows are the perfect escape from the craziness of 2020. So, grab a warm blanket, a cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with one of these heartwarming books, movies or TV shows (or all three).
If you love… small town settings
Watch: Hart of Dixie
Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out – after graduating top of her class from medical school, she’ll follow in her father’s footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.
Watch on: Stan
Is he ready to have his mind — and heart — changed?
Ambitious real estate developer Brittany Doyle wants to bring Nate Thomas’s quiet Catskills town into the twenty-first century. Nate is dead set against her proposed plan, fearing it will destroy his mountain community’s rich heritage. But the more time he spends with Brittany, the more she is winning his heart. He just hopes he’s not heading for heartbreak.
If you love… sweet romance
Watch: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.
Watch on: Netflix
Caught between friendship and falling in love…
Amanda Harrison’s life is changing way too fast. Discovering that she’s really one of the Montana Blackwells was hard enough. Now Blake Collins — her best friend and the guy Amanda’s secretly in love with — is engaged to someone else. But Montana cowboy country has a way of claiming its own. And being a Blackwell means Amanda must learn how to fight for herself…and for the love she deserves.
If you love… stories about family
Watch: One Day At A Time
Follows the life of Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Now a nurse, Penelope is raising two strong-willed children. When faced with challenges, Penelope turns to her “old-school” mother, and her building manager, who has become an invaluable confidant. The series offers a contemporary take on what life looks like in both good and bad times, and how loved ones can help make it all worthwhile.
Watch on: Netflix (seasons 1-3)
Out of the friend zone and into the fire!
When firefighter Caden Sterling unexpectedly delivers Tana McKenna’s baby by the side of the road, the unlikely threesome forms a special bond. So when Caden offers friendship and a helping hand, single mom Tana can’t say no. Their flirty friendship slowly becomes more, until Tana’s ex and the truth about her baby catches up with her. Can she win back the only man who can make this family complete?
If you love… fresh starts
The girl next door…or a grand slam love?
Baseball ace Sutton Reed’s returned home triumphant after years in the majors. When he moves next door to a troubled young man, he’s determined to help — for the boy’s sake and for the boy’s gorgeous older sister, Zoey Allen. After sacrificing everything to keep her family together, Zoey has no time for romance…even with a hometown hero. But will this unlikely combo be the home run love story they all deserve?
Watch: Virgin River
Centers around Melinda Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River and soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.
Watch on: Netflix
If you love… furry companions
Watch: Must Love Dogs
Sarah, a preschool teacher, finds herself in a fix after her sister creates a profile for her on a matrimonial portal. What ensues further is a series of hilarious dates and encounters.
Watch on: Available for rent on iTunes, Youtube or Google Play
Read: In Service of Love by Laurel GreerCould a dog help heal them both? A service dog in training knows just what they need!
Veterinarian Maggie Reid is focused on training service dogs and has no time for romance. Yet Asher Matsuda sends her guarded heart into a tailspin. The widowed single dad has vowed to put his grieving daughter first. He can’t be falling for a beautiful workaholic who hides behind her career. But every dog has its day and this stubborn duo is no different…if only they’ll take a chance on love!
If you love… unexpected couples
Falling for her arch nemesis isn’t going to happen.
Moving to Starlight was Mara Reed’s first step forward after her devastating divorce. But had she known she’d find Parker Johnson, her ex-husband’s ruthless divorce attorney, there, she might have gone in a different direction. Away from the big city, Mara is seeing Parker in a new light — but is it enough for her to set aside her anger?
Watch: Sweet Magnolias
Lifelong friends Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue lift each other up as they juggle relationships, family and careers in the small, Southern town of Serenity.