Oh my gosh, everyone! I’m so sorry about the silent streak! I’ve been running, running, running between my boys having a relapse in sickness, and multiple Christmas events; some of which I was partially in charge. In fact, I was actually composing this post as I sat behind the scenes at our church’s Nativity display event; I was part of the musical numbers, and I was in charge of costumes for the monitors watching over the scenes. We had literally hundreds of displays (just over 400) from all over the world! So amazing!

Now for today’s movie. I thought about doing part two of Christmas Town, but as a die hard Heartie, I would be remiss if I didn’t review the Yuletide film of our leading lady. Plus, for #WisemanWednesday, it’s a perfect choice, because the main man sure THOUGHT he was wise. That’s right! I’m speaking about “Sense, Sensibility, and Snowmen”. I’m certain I’m the only blogger who’s covering it. HA HA! But I wouldn’t consider myself a true fan if it didn’t go on here. And in addition to Erin, there are two other WCTH actors in this movie! Did you catch all of them? There’s Jan Bos; he was Edward’s dad, and the mining company lawyer in WCTH. There’s Jason McKinnon, who had the nerve to be on the screen at the same time as Erin! 😉 Just teasing, Jason! You’re a wonderful actor! In SSS, he played the sweet lawyer Brandon; but in WCTH, he’s that sniveling and conniving, (not to mention “shockingly bold”. Thank you, Rosemary!) Thomas Higgins. And BONUS! We have Gary Peterman and Emma Pedersen from Signed Sealed Delivered. He played Mr. Roberts on the episode “The Masterpiece”, and here, he was the very difficult Stanley Green. SHE was the Montaldo’s employee, Nikki, in “One in a Million”, and here, she was part of the Dashworks team.

To start us off, this movie is in the same category as Christmas Town: totally loved the whole thing, it was just on the wrong channel. From that very first moment when Ella (Erin) turns around, and with that signature light in her eyes, tells Marianne to hurry up, you knew this was going to be a lighthearted, festive romance. Speaking of that moment, it was very telling in so many ways. We find out that the writers switched the names of the sisters, which kind of threw me off, I admit. I’m a huge Sense and Sensibility fan, so I noticed it right away. I wondered if it was done with a purpose, or just to switch things up. And I was under the impression that the party planning business was a small, start-up company with just the two of them. But it was their father’s company, and there was a group of employees. And one cannot go wrong with a wreath of cupcakes, so they were obviously doing something right. Right? 😉

May I interject here that after witnessing the dynamic duo that was Erin Krakow and Kimberly Sustad, I am wholly convinced that Kimberly would make an amazing guest star on WCTH. Who’s with me? Their chemistry and the way they played off of each other was…NAILED IT! I don’t know if my favorite part was them whispering very obviously over their shoulders about revealing Ella’s feelings for Edward, or the Christmas morning gift frenzy. And there’s also that tiny little and HILARIOUS scene where Brandon and Marianne are literally spying on the reluctant couple. Can you just see Kimberly as a best friend from the city, or a cousin of Elizabeth’s? Funny enough, I can totally picture her as a Hope Valley resident, or a frontier woman just outside of town. Something to think about, Hallmark Channel.

About the leading man: geez, what a know-it-all! But they usually are at that point. Watching Edward getting knocked down a peg or two in that scene at the bar was classic; especially Brandon’s facial expressions indicating he get off his high horse or fail. Ella really socks it to Edward a time or two on her own. The prime example was the incredulous tone and shocked expression Ella manifests when Edward mentioned that kids never test-played with the toys from the company. Or maybe it was when Ella retorted that she’d get Edward a bulk order of beige scarves with beige accents. Those scenes are great, but it’s nothing like him buying the suggested snowman scarf as proof of her influence on him.

Oh and yeah, the kiss helps too! 🙂

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I think Luke and Erin made a nice couple. Did you know they went to Juilliard together? It really worked. I think they should pair up again.

And on that note, this little Christmas elf needs a little sleep. Can’t wait to talk to all of you again. Hopefully, that will be Friday! Please keep coming back and enjoying the content. I do so love writing for you, and hearing your feedback. As always, sharing, liking, retweeting, and clicking on ads is incredibly helpful. And if you’re spreading holiday cheer with online orders, it would be amazing if you were to do your Amazon shopping by clicking on one of our links.

Keep making it a Merry Christmas, everybody! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Ho, ho, ho, Hearties! Happy December! This is our very first post of the month! I do apologize once again for the posts being spotty. We’ve been dealing with sickness and school busyness, and all kind of “ness” time-fillers. 😀

Yet another “ness” I’ve experienced is “kindness”. I looked at my Facebook page, and I’m at 90 likes! We’re almost at a very big milestone! So thank you for caring about what this little blogger has to say. Maybe we’ll get 10 more likes by Christmas! Wouldn’t THAT be something?! That would be a Merry Christmas to me!

Making someone’s Christmas seems to be a running theme; it’s what I’m writing about today. Today’s blog is about the Candace Cameron Bure movie “Christmas Town”. This film was an interesting choice for the Hallmark Channel. The plot, the mood, the dialogue, all has the feel of the “grab the tissues” movies that air on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Totally enjoyable and heartfelt, just thought it belonged on a different station.

Three of the players are WCTH alumni, and we even have a member of the Postables team! In order of appearance: Kurt Evans, Jason Cermak, and Anne Marie DeLuise from When Calls the Heart, and Karen Holness from Signed Sealed Delivered: Higher Ground. She played the irrepressible Hattie, and in Christmas Town, she’s the principal who hires Lauren, and makes it possible for her to stay in Grandon Falls. Here’s the breakdown of the others:

                                   WCTH.                                        CT
Kurt Evans.              Glenn Davis – oil expert.            Lauren’s dad
Jason Cermak.            Dr. Burns.                             Eric – the other man
Anne Marie DeLuise.      Aunt Caroline.                    Gloria – teacher

First of all, I love Kurt as the father. He is, indeed, a “wise man”. We often see him as a businessman, but this time, we get to see the softer side. He adores his little girl, and doesn’t hold back any of those feelings. Lauren obviously sees her daddy as her hero; she was more concerned about his well-being than the fact that he broke her present. That makes it even more fitting that he has a presence throughout the whole movie in the form of letters. I didn’t lose my dad as a child, and I can’t imagine going through those milestones without him. I did lose him eight years ago, though, and I relish the memories he left behind. What I wouldn’t give to have his advice when life takes a turn or two. And Lauren’s dad had the presence of mind to write a note for each special time she would have so she could feel him still with her. I took note of my favorite note to her in each letter.

16th – “The world is full of surprises
18th – Don’t be afraid of change, change is how we grow.
21st – We are not here for ourselves
13th – Don’t let [ups and downs] stop you from leading with your heart.

 

I’m going to have to cut this short, unfortunately, but I will return to finish up. Have a great day, or a magical night, whenever you might be reading this. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well, as the tagline reads, “I am SO late!” I haven’t posted a real, honest-to-goodness blog in quite some time. I probably don’t have to tell any of you how very busy and harried the whole past week has been. Between the podcast and my family, there has barely been a moment. Every time I sat down to compose a brilliant piece of work, something would come up; be it shopping, baking, or just crazy kids! 🙂 But I can finally come to you for #FaLaLaLaFriday, the first REAL one of the season since Thanksgiving is officially over. 😀 So here’s what we’re going to do today! I’m going to give you a review of a great movie from last year, then I’ll include the link to the podcast for its sequel. That movie is A Gift to Remember. Ali Liebert is our WCTH alumni, who portrayed Rosemary’s old friend Sophia in Season 4

In my humble opinion, this film contains one of the more original storylines, which admittedly, can be difficult to find. There have been several Hallmark movies that involve amnesia; but usually the woman is the patient, and the man is the rescuer. But this time, there’s a clever twist. Not only is the man the afflicted one, but his future love is the one who hits him!

Of course the phone AND wallet wash down the gutter, and everything points to a completely different identity than his own. I laughed so hard, and simultaneously felt horrible for Aiden. The medical advice was to surround him with familiar things and faces, and everything thrust at him had nothing to do with his life! But there was someone constantly present that he very much wants in his future. And the lengths that certain someone goes to to help him remember his identity is quite extensive. Granted, part of that aid is given from a sense of guilt; but more than that, she’s drawn to him. There’s a connection of goodness between these two characters. They share a love of Christmas, a desire to help others, and a pull to do the right thing.

I think that’s what I liked most about them: they’re both so serving and kind, always there for others, including each other, even when in less than ideal circumstances themselves. Take, for example, when Darcy and Aiden find out his real name. Number one, Peter Porte brilliantly performs memories coming back in bits and pieces: the frustration, enthusiasm, and enlightenment are so deeply felt, you’re experiencing the journey with him. It’s especially good when he remembers his college winter formal, and picks Darcy up straight away to dance with her. But I digress. When the pair discovers a part of who he really is, Darcy sacrifices her happiness to release Aiden to explore his newly-found memories. That’s love. Luckily, hers is rewarded with him returning to her, and finally bestowing upon her their first kiss on a magical Christmas Eve. Doesn’t get much better than that!

One more thing I’ll share before signing off, and that’s my favorite non-romantic part of the movie. When Darcy is awakened by a certain phone call that sends her into a chaotic flurry, the conversation is PERFECT! I love how well her coworkers know her. She sleepily answers, and without even a “hello”, Josh says, “You fell asleep in your comfy chair.”

Gasp! “I fell asleep in my comfy chair.”

“You forgot to set your alarm.”

“I forgot to set my alarm.”

“You are so late.”

“I am so late!”

It’s the perfect kind of relationship that Darcy describes as “a surrogate family”, and in very few words, establishes the loving, familiar, and comfortable relationship these friends have connected with each other. Besides being humorous, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Well, it’s almost Saturday, but it’s still Friday. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Here’s the link to the podcast that aired on Thanksgiving that contains the recap of A Gift to Remember 2. Love you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HOOKED HEARTIE!!!!!!!!

Can all of you #Hearties believe it’s been TWO YEARS today? I sure can’t! And SO MUCH has happened in a year! This past year, I conducted my first celebrity print interview (Madison Smith), encountered my first WCTH celebrity face-to-face meeting (Paul Greene), organized my first giveaway (with Elliot Wallach’s help), experienced my first TWO Skype interviews (Laura Bertram and Milo Shandel), got interviewed on the radio for the first time, (Rudy on the Radio), started a novel, (with Sarah Nitsch), and became a podcaster with the Hallmarkies Podcast. And there’s a whole slew of things that happened in between. PHEW! That’s quite a 365-day rotation!

So in honor of this special milestone, here is the link to my latest recap of movies with my latest podcast adventure. And you won’t want to miss Friday, because I’ll have another special surprise to mark the occasion. Remember to copy and paste the link if for some reason you can’t click on it.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hallmarkies-2019-hallmark-christmas-movies-week-4-recap/id1296728288?i=1000457314463

Thank you all so much for your support and love! You really are wonderful, and I couldn’t have done it without you! If you feel like giving me an anniversary gift, a click on an ad, and/or doing some of your Christmas shopping through our Amazon links would be perfect. 😉 Can’t wait to see you Friday! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Goooooood evening, #Hearties! Welcome to our first Friday post of the holiday season, which I have dubbed #FaLaLaLaFriday. I won’t spend a lot of time introducing, so you can get right to it. But this is the #Hallmarkies Podcast review of Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Picture a Perfect Christmas, Holiday for Heroes, and The Mistletoe Secret. These were fun to talk about because of my personal connection with one of them, (you’ll have to listen to find out which,) and we showcase two lesser-known WCTH actors: Jill Teed, (Gretta) was in Blue Ridge, and Terence Kelly, (Sam Bailey) was in Picture. Fun fact though: Terence is NINETY-SEVEN YEARS OLD! Not only is he still acting, but he looks fantastic! Copy and paste the link.

 

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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