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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 Publishing's "A Gingerbread Romance" Book GIVEAWAY!

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  A Gingerbread Romance Was a Movie Before It Was a Book Most of us are accustomed to reading a book first and then watching the movie when it's released later, but Hallmark Publishing often puts the cart before the horse.  Several of their movies are turned into books after the fact.   Since movies have limited time frames, there's not much wiggle room for extra details.  Sometimes, this can make a Hallmark movie seem like the "diet" version of a good story--a little empty. The novel, A Gingerbread Romance,  reveals more intricacies --like what the characters are thinking and feeling.  It helps the reader wring more enjoyment from the story because, let's face it, the 2018 movie of the same title is pretty blah. The story is about Taylor, an architect, whose firm enters her in a contest to build a life-sized gingerbread house.  Her success determines whether she is promoted to a position in Paris.   She enlists the aid of Adam, a baker and single dad, who dreams

Thoughts on "Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday" & QUIZ

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Starring:  Jen Lilley and Carlo Marks Released:  2019 Summary:  A book editor must work with a former rival to help a potential writer find her way, and an angel reminds them about the Christmas spirit and the value of community.  Image:  Crown Media Jen Lilley Had a Baby 8 Weeks Before Filming Did you know Jen Lilley is a foster parent?  In 2019, she and her husband adopted the son they had been fostering for three years, and they continue to foster his half-brother with the intent to adopt.  Meanwhile, after two miscarriages, Jen became pregnant with a baby girl who was born in July 2019.  They named her Julie Evangeline.  (Update:  Lilley also gave birth to another girl, Jackie Grace, in May 2022). Image:  People Magazine Baby Julie spent a lot of time on the set as her mom filmed Angel Falls:  A Novel Holiday.  Co-star, Carlo Marks, refers to Julie as the angel of Angel Falls saying, she was so good, didn't cry or anything . Sounds like she's a sweetheart, just like her ma

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