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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

How Well Do You Remember the 2019 Hallmark Christmas Movies? Take the Challenge!

Hallmark Released a Bumper Crop of Holiday Movies in 2019 In 2019, Crown Media released 39 new Christmas movies between the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.  Fans were elated!   Each year, Hallmarkies and Christmas movie addicts eagerly await for the end of October to roll around because this is when new Hallmark Christmas movies start premiering before the networks transition to 24/7 holiday streaming.   How Many Times Did You Watch Each 2019 Movie? Social media was abuzz in 2019 with fans gushing over their favorite new Hallmark Christmas releases, many claiming to watch each movie multiple times.  Our families were rationed space on the DVR because some of us couldn't keep up with the rapid release of so many new movies. Facebook groups began popping up so fans could unite and share their love of Hallmark movies, not just during the holiday season, but all year long. When the 2020 pandemic rocked the entire world, Hallmark responded with a  We Need a Litt

Christmas on My Mind QUIZ!!!

Starring:  Ashley Greene and Andrew Walker Released:  2019 Summary:  After a woman gets short-term amnesia from a bump on the head, she returns to her hometown in Maine for their annual Christmas celebration and finds love. Image:  Crown Media So Much for Unconditional Love! Lucy Lovett (Greene) is engaged to Brad Martin, but after bumping her head, her mind rewinds two years, and she thinks she's marrying her ex-boyfriend, Zach Callahan (Walker).   Brad tries to be understanding when he learns Lucy doesn't even remember him, but it's clear he's miffed.  He postpones their wedding until things get back to normal, but then within a week or so, they break up.  So much for unconditional love!  If Brad can't even give her enough time to recover, he certainly isn't prepared for sticking by someone "in sickness and in health."   Why Aren't Lucy and Zach Together? Lucy assumes if she and Zach are no longer an item, she must have been the one to call it qu

The Tangled Web in Hallmark's "Holiday Date"

Starring:  Brittany Bristow and Matt Cohen Released:  2019 Summary:  After a woman's boyfriend breaks up with her right before the holidays, she agrees to go home with an actor who will pose as her boyfriend. Image:  Crown Media Would You Lie to Your Mom Like Brooke Does? Brooke Miller (Bristow) is heading home for the holidays, and she's thrilled to FINALLY be taking a boyfriend with her.  Problem is, Ethan breaks up with her right before the trip. Most of us would be on the phone bawling to our moms about getting our hearts broken just in time for Christmas.  We would go home and spend the holidays with family, hoping to lift our sagging spirits. Not Brooke.  Despite being a person of good character, she decides to take an actor home and pass him off as her boyfriend.   Who does that? I didn't get married until I was 33, and if you're not married yet, or didn't get married until later than most, you know it stinks to be alone, especially at Christmas.  When you&#

"Time for You to Come Home for Christmas" QUIZ!!

Starring:  Alison Sweeney and Lucas Bryant Released:  2019 Summary:  After her husband passed, a woman returns home and meets a veteran who is on his own journey, and as Christmas nears, they learn of a shared bond that leads to a Christmas miracle. Image:  Crown Media Hallmark Honors Veterans Hallmark is known for honoring veterans by including patriotic story lines in several movies.  An air of mystery surrounds Jack's purpose in joining a band over the holidays in Provincetown, Virginia.  He's supposedly in town to meet a "friend."  The dramatic irony is that he replaces Tyler as a guitarist for the band--Katherine's deceased husband.  It takes him a while to connect the dots though. The goal of Jack's cryptic meetings with other townsfolk who have one of the 30 bicentennial pocket watches isn't immediately obvious.  By the end, we find the medic who saved his life, and lost his pocket watch in the process, is Tyler.   Although Jack plans to find Tyler

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