While the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Beverly Lewis’ The Confession” is about a mother and daughter’s search for one another, it is also a story of deception.
Sherry Stringfield (“ER”) stars as Laura Mayfield-Bennett, a wealthy socialite and philanthropist facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, and Katie Leclerc (“Switched at Birth”) plays Katie Lapp, the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago.
Katie, who has been shunned by the Amish community she grew up in, is working as a waitress and searching for her mother.
Laura had failed in her attempts to locate her daughter previously, but when Katie calls Laura’s residence during her search for her mother through phone listings, Laura’s husband Dylan (Adrian Paul, “Highlander”) answers.
Dylan is a compulsive gambler deep in debt, and sensing an opportunity to get back into his wife’s good graces, and her will, he hires another woman, Alyson, (Julia Whelan, “Once and Again”) to pose as Laura’s daughter and bends the truth to dissuade Katie from coming to see Laura.
But after a bit of investigating by a friend, Katie decides to go to Laura’s mansion to meet her and is mistaken as the new hire for the help staff.
She goes along with this identity when she sees that someone else is posing as Katie Lapp and gets to know Laura.
This movie, based on Beverly Lewis’ novel and a sequel to Hallmark Channel’s 2011 film “Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning,” is worth watching for the performances of Stringfield and Leclerc and for its moving conclusion.
Will Laura find out who her real daughter is? Will Dylan succeed in his plan to deceive Laura?
Tune in to Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, to find out.
– Melissa Hayer
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