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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

"A Timeless Christmas" Reveals Something We Suspected About Ryan Paevey...

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Summary:  A man ends up traveling from 1903 to 2020 and meets a woman who helps him experience what Christmastime is like in the 21st century. Starring:  Erin Cahill and Ryan Paevey Released:  2020 Erin Cahill and Ryan Paevey star in A Timeless Christmas Image:  Crown Media A Well-Done Time Travel Romance When Hallmark produces movies that are based on novels by other writers instead of staffers, the refreshing contrast is unique and captivating, rather than heaven-laden with the same, tiresome tropes. Ryan Paevey plays Charles Whitley, an intelligent, successful, and wealthy entrepreneur, skilled in engineering--in 1903, a forward-thinking man ahead of his time.  Decked out in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrating all the proper etiquette of a respectable gentleman, what we suspected all along about Paevey is quite apparent -- he is HOT in any era ! To quote the movie Zoolander , Paevey is really, really, really ridiculously good-looking . A busy man trying to perfect his mo

"Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater" Enjoyable, But a Little Empty

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Summary:  Single mom, Maggie, is facing Christmas alone until Lucas crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected house guest.  Together, they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond. Starring:  Ashley Williams and Niall Matter Released:  2020 Niall Matter and Ashley Williams star in Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater   Image:  Crown Media Hallmark Could Have Chosen a Better Movie Title Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater is the book that inspired this Hallmark 2020 holiday movie, which may explain why Hallmark felt stuck with the title.   The name makes no sense--we all know Maggie IS going to kiss the man in the Christmas sweater.  Maybe a better headline would be, Christmas Tree Calamity   or The Christmas Guest .  While both cast members poke fun of their Christmas sweaters, their apparel is a side note within the movie, not the main focus. Maggie believes there are no such thing as accidents , indicating fate has a deliberate hand in what happen

Grow Our Facebook Group Giveaway!

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Invite Your Friends to Our Facebook Group We already have over 6,000 members in our Hallmark Christmas Movie Magic Facebook group , but we know there are a lot more Hallmark fans out there who haven't found us yet.  We don't want them to miss out on all the fun we're having!   We continue to build a thriving Facebook community of Hallmark fans who aren't embarrassed to admit they love watching and talking about Christmas movies all year long.  For us, Christmas isn't just one season out of the year--it's a magical kind of joy we keep alive in our hearts every day.   No matter what craziness is going on in the world, we can retreat to our happy place among friends where we immerse ourselves in discussions that give us the warm fuzzies and allow us to experience the peace of Christmas. Right now, if you invite your friends to our Facebook group and they follow through and join, you will have a chance to win a prize. What Are We Giving Away? We have three prizes av

"On the 12th Date of Christmas" Thoughts & QUIZ!!

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Summary:  Two game designers, who hardly seem compatible with each other, work together to organize a large scavenger hunt with a romantic "12 Days of Christmas" theme. Starring:  Mallory Jansen & Tyler Hynes Released:  2020 Image:  Crown Media Have You Ever Done a Scavenger Hunt? The concept of this movie is delightful and fun, but can you imagine having the time to go on 12 dates in such a short period of time that require you to traverse an immense city like Chicago?  I guess we're not supposed to think about that tiny detail. Even though the scavenger hunt is open to anyone, clearly, only non-married couples would be able to find time for this activity.  The rest of us are trying to work, shuttle the kids, facilitate remote learning, cook meals, and stay afloat.  Singles, have at it! The impossible time element aside, Jennifer and Aidan put very creative twists on the classic, though painfully annoying, Christmas song to make sure each date is unique.  Uploading t

Hallmark's "Cranberry Christmas"--Juggling Work & Family

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Summary:  A separated couple feign marital bliss on national television to help their town's Christmas festival and their business.  Their rekindled love becomes complicated though by new opportunities. Starring:  Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres Released:  2020 Benjamin Ayres & Nikki DeLoach.  Image:  Crown Media Making Time for Work & Relationships Can Be Tricky The premise of Cranberry Christmas reminds me of the once married couple from the HGTV television series,  Flip or Flop .  Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead built an enterprise flipping houses, and they appeared to be such a happy couple.  Fans were shocked when the two divorced because they had managed to create the illusion of a wonderful marriage onscreen despite their rapidly deteriorating relationship.   Hallmark doesn't let relationships die, so Dawn and Gabe manage to work through their struggles and find balance. Somewhere along the way, Cranberry Lane pushed Dawn and Gabe down different paths.  H

Did Hallmark's "One Royal Holiday" Remind You a Little of Cinderella?

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Summary:  A woman offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, but after learning they're a royal family, she shows the prince how they celebrate Christmas. Starring:  Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, and Victoria Clark Released:  2020 Aaron Tveit & Laura Osnes in One Royal Holiday.  Image:  Crown Media One Royal Holiday --A Modern Cinderella Story No spells are cast in One Royal Holiday to transform pumpkins into carriages and mice into horses, but the movie still delights fans with Cinderella-esque overtones. The animated, storybook opening scene pulls viewers into the fairytale. Anna's mom died when she was still in school, so she was raised by her dad. A prince sweeps a girl off her feet. The two share a carriage ride. Our couple attends a ball, and Anna's dress is lovelier than anything a fairy godmother could whip together. The pair waltz at the ball. James lives in a castle. The best part--James gives Anna an official pair of princess slippers that are the e

Hallmark's "Deliver by Christmas" QUIZ Plus Trivia About Alvina August & Eion Bailey You May Not Know

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Starring:  Alvina August and Eion Bailey Released:  2020 Summary:  A bakery owner meets a widower and she is also charmed by a mysterious client, whom she's never met in person, but doesn't realize they're the same man. Alvina August and Eion Bailey in Deliver by Christmas .  Image:  Crown Media Getting to Know the Real Person Too often when a man and woman meet, physical attraction draws them together before they get a chance to know each other on a deeper level. Deliver by Christmas  is sweet because it's a story about two hearts connecting before two people are officially introduced.  Molly and Josh chat on the phone in the middle of the night and bare their souls on subjects they avoid with other people. Once Molly and Josh realize the person they are talking to on the phone is the same person they keep bumping into around town, they seal their budding relationship with a big kiss....in front of everyone....the first time they get together. In a Hallmark movie, kiss

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