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

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

Enter Our Meme Caption Contest For a Chance To Win Hallmark's "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" DVD!!!

No Strings Attached Contest! Our Facebook group is a fun place to be, and to keep everyone in the holiday spirit year round, we conduct periodic giveaways! What separates our contests from ordinary giveaways is that ours never have strings attached.  You do have to be a member of our group to participate, but no personal information is being mined, and no one will hound you later. We also love growing our group because we feel less crazy about loving Christmas all year when we're with others who feel the same way.  Hallmark Christmas fans are a fun bunch! Prize :  Hallmark's "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" DVD Even though this DVD is a throwback to 2008 (some argue Hallmark movies were better then), it still remains in the top 10 of Hallmark's all-time favorite holiday movies. Here's what it's about:  Disenchanted single mom Jennifer Cullen is like a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas.  Even her 6-year-old son has trouble believing in Santa Claus.

Hallmark's "Sense, Sensibility, and Snowmen" QUIZ!!!

Starring:  Erin Krakow and Luke MacFarlane Released:  2019 Summary:  An enthusiastic Christmas party planner and her sister clash with their client, who is a not-so-jolly chief executive officer for a toy company. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Choosing a Career Path Ella Dashwood is footloose and fancy free.  Her resume is long for such a young life because she craves adventure.  She and her best friend are known for working jobs long enough to earn money to travel and experience new things before landing back home to start the cycle all over again.  Sounds like a typical millennial to me! Ella is finally settling into the party planning industry with her sister in their own business.  She's making mistakes, but she's learning the importance of ownership and personal responsibility.  When her BFF invites her to a screenwriting course, Ella declines, and it's a sign she's finally maturing and taking her role in the family business seriously. Who do you know who

Hallmark's "The Christmas Club" Is a Novel Too!

Starring:  Elizabeth Mitchell and Cameron Mathison Released:  2019 Summary:  Two strangers encounter each other while trying to aid an elderly woman in recovering her lost Christmas savings, and the two of them hit it off. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC The Christmas Club Is Available Through Amazon Did you know Hallmark's The Christmas Club is based on the novel by Barbara Hinske? Two differences between the book and the movie are the setting and the era.  The novel takes place in 1952, and the setting is Cleveland, Ohio, rather than New York City.  Instead of losing $80 in twenties, Verna (rather than Gertrude) loses $30 in fives.   I still don't comprehend how $80 would cover Christmas presents for all your grand kids, but maybe I overspend. Hinske began her career as an attorney but left the practice to pursue writing full-time.  She inherited the writing bug from her father, who authored mysteries after his retirement and who made up bedti

Christmas at Grand Valley--The Starving Artist

Starring:  Danica McKellar and Brennan Elliott Released:  2018 Summary:  An artist decides to leave the city for Christmas and returns to her hometown where she meets a businessman who's reviewing the local hotel for its value. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Some Jobs Just Aren't Profitable Kelly Riley (McKellar) is living in Chicago, and "painter's block" is standing in the way of her securing an art show at one of the city's prestigious galleries. No big surprise here.  Did you know that of our nation's 2 million art graduates, only 10% wind up earning a living as artists?  Hence, the meme aimed at arts/liberal arts majors:  get used to saying,   do you want fries with that? The world is brimming with talented artists, singers, actors, dancers, and writers with the potential for making it big; however, the extensive competition makes it very difficult to stand out in the sea of creative geniuses. We learn Kelly has gone fr

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