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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 "Good Morning Christmas" Trivia QUIZ!!

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Good Morning Christmas! Plot Summary Two quarreling television hosts feign civility during an assignment to report on a small town's Christmas celebrations, but something genuine starts to develop. Starring :  Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas Image:  Crown Media Sweeney & Blucas Are Great Together There is absolutely nothing new to see here in terms of plot and merrymaking.  There are town Christmas contests, a tree lighting, ugly sweaters, ice skating, gingerbread houses, and a sleigh ride. Brian (Blucas) has a girlfriend, and the deputy mayor, James, has his eye on Melissa, so "light jealousy" is also on the menu.  Despite the echoes of so many past movie elements, Sweeney and Blucas have enough chemistry together to make their distinguishable from all the rest. Blucas could have a career in broadcasting--he's a natural.   After working together on their daily show and never getting along, Brian decides to call it quits, leaving Melissa to search for a new co-ho

Hallmark's "The Christmas Contest" Trivia QUIZ!

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The Christmas Contest Plot Summary Lara and Ben are exes who compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing.  The city watches them battle to choose which is more important--victory or love. Starring:  Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, and Barbara Niven Image:  Crown Media The Movie Is Based on a Book The Christmas Contest is based on the novel of the same name by Scarlet Wilson.  It has 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and reviewers say it is funny, engaging, heart-warming, and light. The spirit of the book matches the movie, but there are several differences.  The book's setting is Vermont, not Denver.  Lara and Ben are strangers, not exes.  Some of the contests are different, and the sponsor is a radio station, not a TV program. If you're a reader, you can find this seasonal romance here: Not One of Candace Cameron Bure's Best Candace Cameron Bure has a very loyal fan following.  Dubbed the Queen of Christmas , CCB's Hallmark movi

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