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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Hello, Hearties! Welcome to another #WisemanWednesday! I’d like to begin offering my sincerest apologies for missing Friday, but my family does come first. As fans of one of the biggest family-friendly networks around, I know you understand.

However, I do think that this post is worth the wait, and I think you will too. Presenting for the second time at Hooked Heartie, Dr. Carson Shepherd himself, Mr. Paul Greene! He agreed to be a guest on the Hallmarkies Podcast after I begged him endlessly. Kidding! I asked him, he had an opening, and he graciously accepted my invitation. 

And speaking of Paul, don’t forget that tonight is the premiere of The Christmas Cookie Match Up on Hallmark Drama at 9/8c, if you have it, featuring the cast of When Calls the Heart. So without further ado, here’s our little chat with Paul.

Here’s the link for the podcast. Just copy and paste, then listen and enjoy! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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P.S. For a little bonus fun, here’s a picture of Paul and other favorite Hallmark stars at the Christmas Con in New Jersey this past weekend. Credit goes to Paul’s Twitter.

It’s beginning to look a lot Christmas, Hearties! Welcome to our first Christmas movie review, and fair warning, you’re going to be seeing several of them in the next couple of months. That’s right! Hooked Heartie is jumping on the festive bandwagon. I figure, the 10th anniversary of Hallmark Channel’s #CountdownToChristmas is a milestone worth celebrating. So this is now another holiday headquarters, hence the new hashtag. And there are two more you’ll see. With so many movies being filmed and shown this year, we’re taking a little break from our beloved show, and we’re having some Movie Months. I’ll still be posting twice a week, and each post will be centered on a Christmas movie. But rest assured, every film reviewed will still have at least one WCTH actor in it. I only break THAT rule for family. 😉

First up: “Merry and Bright” with the adorable Jodie Sweetin, and yes, the VERY charming When Calls the Heart guest star, Andrew Walker. This is a pairing I never would have thought of, but it made a whole lot of sense. I thought they were adorable together! And here’s a fun fact you may or may not have heard: neither actor is a huge fan of peppermint. When it comes to Christmas goodies, they go for the chocolate and the baked goods. Jodie remarked “that made it easy” to not scarf down all the candy canes with which she was surrounded.

And here are three pieces of trivia I never knew! The writers of this one really did some digging! Did you know December 26th is National Candy Cane Day? That’s a lot merrier and brighter than what I usually call it…me and Warren Christie’s character Morgan from “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: “ the saddest day of the year”. Pouring chocolate on a spoon to temper it before it hits the mold is a cool trick I’d never considered. And I had no idea that the legend of the candy cane centered on a choir director trying to keep children’s attention! Quite clever when you think about it!

Let’s talk about my favorite thing about this movie – you know what it is – it’s not a #OneKissWonder! At precisely 1:31:12, there was a perfect, chemistry-filled smooch. Now, even though the circumstances surrounding it are less than ideal, and it’s dismissed as a “nice moment”, it still sticks with us. I especially like it because the next time we see them kiss, a year has passed, and he’s proposing. I think it was really important to establish that connection between them to make us all the more excited for them at the end.

Speaking of which, I really loved the juxtaposition of the two couples: Gabe and Cate, and Pete and Sophie. Despite the fact that Pete was scared to propose, they were a very happy and settled pair. That cute little hand hold when they said hello while he was on the phone was proof of that! And call me crazy, but I adored the fact that the diamond was so small. They were a young couple with jobs that weren’t incredibly lucrative, but they don’t need lots of success to be happy. Sophie was just as thrilled with that tiny stone as she would have been with a full carat. The other cool thing is that by talking with the two of them, Gabe and Cate are able to figure their own issues out because they say them out loud, and talk themselves through them.

Let’s backtrack a bit, to a scene Jodie claimed as her favorite, and Andrew agreed: the first meeting. Here’s one of the places Andrew earns the title of Wise Man, or rather Wise Guy! 🙂 This scene is so crucial in romantic movies; it creates a domino effect, so it’s gotta be good. And this one WAS good; the banter and timing were exceptional! Cate puts the pieces of the wrong puzzle together, and assumes that Gabe is Gary, someone from Akron who her matchmaker mother is setting her up to meet. He’s actually from a corporate consulting company, but he happens to say just the right words that seem to confirm her suspicions. Embarrassing! You’ll have to watch for yourself to hear the full exchange, it’s too funny to try to explain in print. But he may have mentioned being her “last chance to turn this ship around”. Yikes!
You know that scene in so many movies when one of the people involved overhears the wrong part of a phone conversation, or misinterprets an appearance. Well, no need in THIS movie, because there was nothing to misinterpret. He flat out called the business model a dinosaur, and her a brick wall. Good thing they were able to move past it, huh?

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!