I loved this movie from the first bit of dialogue. First of all I must say KUDOS to the writer(s). The dialogue absolutely sparkled. I'm truly surprised by the number of people who didn't enjoy this movie.
Maybe I have it wrong, but from the get-go I saw this love story as that of a young woman named Juniper with Asperger's tendencies and a young man who was somewhat avoidant and perhaps had a touch of ADHD. Yes, their interactions were awkward, because they are two very socially awkward people! To me, the dialogue and characters were utterly charming.
(Just as an example of why I made that "diagnosis" about Jessie Schram's character, when her best friend takes her into the backyard where she is to stay in the guest house, her immediate conclusion is that she's being put in the backyard and should get a tent!! (As if her lifelong best friend, after saying "Stay at my place" would put her out in the backyard!) This is exactly the kind of misinterpretation of a situation that someone with Asperger's would make. Also, this is someone who is clearly accomplished and science-based, more comfortable with seals than with people, unable to be certain that she can carry on a "normal" conversation without saying something very awkward - such as the reference to the sand dollar as a "dead body" when speaking to a child - and is obviously very uncomfortable with a "group hug." )
After all, ten years before she had sent Sawyer what many people would see as a very over-the-top romantic message after they had spent some time together...so - not a sufficient filter to fit into social norms! I loved seeing their defenses fall gradually, until the point that they actually got into an argument because they finally opened up enough to be honest about their frustrations.
Some folks are saying the actors "speed talk" or talk in an unnatural way otherwise, but I'll tell you that - although I don't speak that way myself, at least I dont' think so :-) - I've been around quite a few intellectual, "nerdy," quirky people like the characters in this movie, and that's EXACTLY how they talk!! (People who are socially anxious talk fast out of nervousness, for one thing.)
I enjoyed the characters Brooke, Louise (played by a very likeable child actress,) Candice the sister/best friend. The actors playing the interns and everyone else in this movie did an excellent job. Needless to say, the performances of Chandler Massey and Jessie Schram were beautiful to see.
To me, it seemed that their two characters were made for each other. In many Hallmark movies, I often feel you could switch out the actors and actresses for any others in Hallmark's "stable of stars" and the change wouldn't even be noticeable. Not so, this time. These characters were unique, and the actors owned them.
Finally, I have no interest in marine biology, personally, but when the seal who is at the center of the action for Juniper is healed and released, heading across the sand and reaching the sea, even I felt a sense of triumph, and a thrill at the beauty of life in that scene.
To top it all off, this movie is a great "tour" of historic Mystic, CT - a place that has fascinated me since I was a teen 55 years ago, and that I finally visited in my twenties. A highly entertaining movie.