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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

Hallmark's "Our Christmas Love Song"

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Starring:  Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines Released:  2019 Summary:  When a country music star is accused of plagiarizing her holiday single, she returns home to spend Christmas with her family and an old flame. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Falsely Accused Connie Black, a country music star and Melody Jones's mentor, is stuck in a rut.  Her star is fading, and she's in desperate need of a hit song to revive her dying career. When Melody records and releases a song she wrote in high school with her father, Heart of Christmas , Connie's husband pushes her to file a lawsuit, claiming it has the same chords and words as Connie's past hit, Heart of Tennessee. Deep down, Connie knows Melody would never steal her work, or lie about it when confronted.  But, since her husband is also her manager, she pursues a settlement or lawsuit despite her reservations. Melody needs proof she wrote the song first, so she heads home to Madison, Indiana, to l

Hallmark's "Matchmaker Santa" 2012 Throwback & QUIZ!!

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Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Adam Mayfield Released:  2012 Summary:  As Melanie looks forward to a romantic weekend with her boyfriend at his family's lake house, events transpire that cause her to spend more time with his assistant, Dean.  Santa orchestrates a series of events to finally answer her Christmas wish from when she was a little girl. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Not a Priority Despite this movie being an oldie from 2012, Lacey Chabert looks the exact same now--the woman never ages!  Let's hope she'll keep cranking out Hallmark movies for a long time to come. This classic throwback incorporates the magic of Santa, which seems to be an ingredient newer Hallmark movies have ceased to include. We learn that some childhood wishes have to be put on hold until the child becomes the ideal age to receive an answer, and Santa never forgets 9-year-old Melanie's wish to find her own Prince Charming.  She admires the love her parents share and

Hallmark's Christmas in Montana--Not a Good Fit for Kellie Martin

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Starring:   Kellie Martin and Colin Ferguson Released:   2019 Summary:   A woman goes to Montana to help a man save his ranch, and her time there helps restore her faith in Christmas. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Is Hallmark Combating Ageism? Hallmark's recent movies often look like pro-affirmative action statements, and it seems Hallmark also doesn't want to be accused of ageism--discriminating against love birds of advanced ages. Kellie Martin and Colin Ferguson look to be in their mid-50's, but they are 44 and 47, respectively.  Gasp.  While some forty-somethings can pass for their early thirties, these two can't.   When Sara (Martin) tells Travis (Ferguson) he'll make a great dad someday, my jaw dropped.  His name isn't Abraham. Before you get testy, let me say that I'm also in my late 40's, not some young whippersnapper criticizing my elders. No matter how old we get, we still feel like the same young perso

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