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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 "A Christmas Love Story" Has Deep Connections With Kristen Chenoweth

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Starring:  Kristen Chenoweth and Scott Wolf Released:  2019 Summary:  A youth choir director must come up with a hit song to write for the big Christmas Eve show, but she becomes distracted by a young boy with a gifted voice. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Kristen Chenoweth's Life Parallels the Movie Kristen Chenoweth doesn't just PLAY a former Broadway star--she IS a Broadway star! She's even got a Tony award to prove it, along with an Emmy for her cancelled television series, Pushing Daisies . Just goes to show, you can sound like one of the Chipettes and still be a roaring success.  Watch your wine glass during this movie though--it could break from Chenoweth's high-pitched voice. Despite her nails-on-chalkboard speaking voice, I'm glad I stuck out watching the movie because her singing voice is dynamic!  She might only stand 4"11 high and be rail thin, but she has an enormous set of pipes.   Did you know Chenoweth, along with pal, Chely Wright, actu

Hallmark's "A Christmas Duet" Showcases Musical Talent

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Starring:  Chaley Rose and Rome Flynn Released:  2019 Summary:  A music duo who decided to go their separate ways many years ago is brought back together through fate at a lodge in a town in Vermont. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Rose & Flynn Can Act AND Sing! Back in the golden ages of film making, celebrities didn't just act--they could also sing, dance, and tell jokes, making them well-rounded entertainers.  You don't see it as often these days, but Chaley Rose (best known for her role in Nashville) and Rome Flynn ( How to Get Away with Murder) seem to have it all. It's Christmas, and every radio station is playing, Wouldn't Be Christmas-- the duet between Averie Davis and Jesse Collins.   As Jesse tours small towns as a solo artist, Wouldn't Be Christmas  is the most requested song by fans, but he won't perform it alone.  It's an ever "present" reminder that the success he had as a duo with Averie is still out of reach for him on h

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