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Hallmark's "A Maple Valley Christmas" Is Based on a Book

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A Maple Valley Christmas Plot Summary   A rancher has spent her whole life working the family farm with her mother and sister, but when a man arrives and disrupts her plans, she starts to question what she actually wants. Starring :  Peyton List and Andrew Walker Image:  Hallmark Media The Movie Is Based on a Book A Maple Valley Christmas is based on the 2018 novel by Jerry Todt, but the Hallmark flips the script.  In the book, Erica is the real estate agent tasked with convincing a maple syrup farmer to sell, but after spending time in the small town, she has to decide between love or becoming a partner in her firm. When Hallmark fans love a movie, they always ask Hallmark for a sequel.  It will be interesting to see if Hallmark produces one because Todt released a follow-up novel in 2020 called A Maple Valley Wedding , which is set one year later.  Erica is in love, she's come to faith in Jesus, but then her ex shows up and sends her on a downward spiral. Did you enjoy this m

Review: Hallmark's "A Fabled Holiday" Shares Storybook Christmas Magic

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A Fabled Holiday Plot Summary   A woman and her childhood friend unexpectedly reunite in a familiar looking town full of Christmas spirit that restores its visitors during their times of deep turmoil. Starring:  Brooke D'Orsay and Ryan Paevey Image:  Hallmark Media A Fresh and Creative Tale A Fabled Holiday  in not your typical Hallmark romcom, so if you've grown bored with the humdrum and predictable plots that have been offered the past few years, you're in for a real treat. Talia's father dies when she's a young child, but not before he gives her the book he reads to her each year:  A Wunderbrook Christmas Story .  It's a captivating tale of a magical town that can only be found by people who've forgotten who they are and forgotten how to dream. As an adult, Talia finds herself giving up on her aspirations to be a writer.  She's a talented storyteller with a very active imagination, but her manuscripts keep getting rejected.   One day, Anderson, her

Hallmark's "Haul Out the Holly" Is Simultaneously Entertaining & Disappointing

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Haul Out the Holly Plot Summary When a woman unexpectedly spends the holidays alone at her parents' house, their homeowner's association insists that she participates in its many Christmas festivities. Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Wes Brown Image:  Hallmark Media Fans' Response to  Haul Out the Holly is Divided A new Lacey Chabert movie each Christmas is always the season's icing on the sugar cookie.  Until recently, every Chabert romcom has been pure gold in terms of ratings and enjoyment.  For the first time in Chabert's Hallmark career, not everyone is raving about her latest movie.  One camp finds Haul Out the Holly  a sheer delight.  It's Chabert's first Hallmark comedy, and the emphasis is heavy on humor and light on romance.  Many love the change-up.  After years of the same recycled plot lines and cookie cutter tropes, fans are relieved to watch something new and fresh.  Life is too serious, so it's fun to laugh and be entertained. The other hal

"Inventing the Christmas Prince:" How Far Would You Go to Grant Your Child's Wishes?

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Inventing the Christmas Prince Plot Summary A woman is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss is the Christmas Prince, which is a story that she invented years ago. Starring:  Tamera Mowry-Housley and Ronnie Rowe Jr. Image:  Hallmark Media Extreme Cuteness Alert Isabel Birch plays Grace, the adorable daughter of single mom, Shelby (Mowry-Housley).  Shelby recounts the annual story of the Christmas Prince who did such a wonderful job, that Santa gave him a special promotion.  Every Christmas, the Christmas Prince picks one girl or one boy to be queen or king, and that lucky person receives 12 wishes.  The Prince rides a white horse named Snowball and is distinguished by a birth mark on his hand where Rudolph kissed him when he was a baby. Grace has the wide-eyed wonder only a child possesses at Christmas, and she believes in the Christmas Prince as much as most kids believe in Santa.  When Grace sees the birthmark on E

Take This TRIVIA QUIZ on Hallmark's "Three Wise Men and a Baby!"

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Three Wise Men and a Baby Plot Summary Three brothers get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together and care for a baby over the holiday. Starring:  Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes, and Andrew Walker Image:  Hallmark Media What's to Love About Three Wise Men and a Baby ? THE ACTORS It's no wonder fans are raving about Three Wise Men and a Baby and have made it the most watched cable movie of the year.   Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes, and Andrew Walker together make the perfect tag team for a comedic holiday delight. The movie was written by Campbell and his faithful Hallmark cohort, Kimberley Sustad (who has a cameo), proving the two have chemistry both onscreen and behind the scenes. Casting Hallmark's top male talent into the same movie was a stroke of genius.  All three delivered outstanding performances, with each complementing the other better than cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg! The movie is highly entertaining and fresh. IT'S LESS PREDICTABLE Whe

Hallmark's "A Magical Christmas Village" Another Movie Replacing Faith with Mysticism

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A Magical Christmas Village Plot Summary A Christmas village brings the magic of Christmas to the lives of a woman and her family, healing old wounds and bringing new love to her and her family. Starring:  Alison Sweeney, Luke MacFarlane, and Marlo Thomas Image:  Hallmark Media The Wrong Kind of Christmas Magic Hallmarkies love Christmas magic, and it's something the majority of holiday romcoms lacked in 2021.   Many fans petitioned for more movies to include enchanting elements like Santa, the North Pole, elves who find love and lose their pointy ears, and wish-granting snow globes.  Others requested more inspirational stories, like Godwink movies, that focus on how faith brings about the miraculous at Christmas. What has Hallmark been delivering in 2022?  Nothing but mysticism and New Age mumbo jumbo, both arising from the Dark Side.  It's no surprise, really.  The new Hallmark leadership installed in 2020 has been systematically obliterating religious overtones and replacin

Review: Hallmark's "Ghosts of Christmas Always"

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Ghosts of Christmas Always Plot Summary A Ghost of Christmas Present must help one soul rediscover his Christmas spirit, but this year has something unusual in store. Starring:  Kim Matula, Ian Harding, Reginald VelJohnson, and Lori Tan Chinn  Image:  Hallmark Media Try Amazon Fresh How Many Spins Can You Make on  A Christmas Carol ? Just when you think you've seen every possible twist on Dickens' timeless classic, you're surprised by another creative rendition.   Hallmark has tweaked the holiday classic many times through the years: A Carol Christmas (2003) It's Christmas, Carol (2012) A Nashville Christmas Carol (2020) A Dickens of a Holiday (2021) How does Ghosts of Christmas Always measure up? Here's What's Great About Ghosts of Christmas Always Hallmark has been testing new talent over the past year, and many of them have been flops.  Fans know their favorite leading actors will eventually grow too old for the type of parts they play, but they expect

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