Happy New Year, my dear friends! How are all the Hearties on this fine, fresh, first day of a new decade? Did you do something fun last night, and/or today? For photographic evidence of the Clements family shenanigans, scroll down to the bottom. 😉 We had snacks and sparklers, noisemakers and nail polish, and of course, our 2020 adornments! 😀 And both my girls even made it to midnight for the first time!

This morning, naturally, we watched the Rose Parade on Hallmark Channel, our jaws dropping at all the incredible detail on those magnificent floats. We’ll be like Jack and Elizabeth a little later today, and set our New Year’s resolutions.

Well, here we are! We’ve arrived at our final holiday post for the season. Sigh! It was lovely while it lasted, and as Elizabeth declared in “Home for Christmas”: “No one wants Christmas to end.” But if it was around all the time, it wouldn’t be special. I really struggled with which movie to review for the last Christmas movie we’d discuss. Four components helped me make the decision: 1. It’s #WisemanWednesday, and this film literally used the words, “wise man”. Logical decision. 😉 2. I know the director, so that kind of obligates me to talk about it. Only kidding, Maclain! 😛 3. This movie would be fresh in everyone’s minds today, because there was an encore presentation last night. Last, but CERTAINLY not least needs only two words: 4. Andrew. Walker. Am I right?

Andrew sure was a busy bee this season! Several actors were in multiple Christmas movies this year, but very few were the leads in each movie they were in! And there’s no doubt that he gave a flawless performance in both. There’s just one thing, and I’m taking an official poll, so either put your answer on the Twitter poll, or in comments here, or a comment on Facebook. A) Andrew Walker WITH facial hair in “Christmas on My Mind”, or B) Andrew Walker WITHOUT facial hair in “Merry Bright”? My vote? I’ll cast the first one. Definitely B! I’m a sucker for a clean shaven handsome face; there are few men I prefer with a beard. I definitely wasn’t feeling that huge mustache in WCTH Season 1.

Speaking of which, let’s pinpoint the WCTH actors in this one. There are actually quite a few. There’s Andrew himself. Clayton James (Brad the fiancé,) is off and on as Kevin Townsend the blacksmith, the one Fiona likes. I hope they keep that up because I think they’re adorable! Sebastian Billingsley-Rodriguez (Ryan the art student) was that adorable boy, Adam, who Rosemary helped during the carnival at the end of S5. But my favorite other than Andrew is none other than Preston Vanderslice (Beau) was that sweet Mountie who took a message from Elizabeth to Jack back in S4.

Andrew and Ashley were cute together, but my absolute favorite couple to watch in this movie was Andrew and Preston as brothers! I couldn’t take my eyes off them; they played off each other so well, and were very easy with one another. I can’t pick the best of my two favorite parts involving them. It’s a toss-up between all their “family discount” banter, and Beau’s first interaction with Lucy. Zac informs her they broke up two years ago. Lucy looks to Beau as if for confirmation, and his confused but affirmative nod just made me crack up! Those are two actors I never tire of watching, and they were being guided by my favorite director. It’s a win-win-win! 😀

I had never seen Ashley Greene in a project before; I’m one of THOSE people that did not get aboard the Twilight train. This is also her first Hallmark movie. I think she did a good job. She and Andrew were well paired. You’d never know there’s an 8-year difference between them. The premise here was complicated at best! Can you imagine thinking you’re engaged to a guy you’ve been broken up with for two years, who’s dating someone you don’t really care for, and you’re engaged to a man who don’t remember at all! Try to keep all that straight after a head injury! Then poor Zac! The horrible position he’s in, trying to remain neutral when he’s obviously still in love with her! Awkward!

My favorite scene between the two of them has to be when Zac finally procures a Christmas tree with “the family discount”, i.e. taking without paying, and they decorate it together. Like “a wise man” told Lucy long ago, “finding the right tree should not be rushed.” The decorating isn’t rushed either. There’s lots of comfortable yet flirtatious touching, and plenty of playful banter. And to top it all off, Lucy puts Zac’s lost Christmas sweater under the tree with a big red bow.

There is one part that is unsurpassed, I’ll admit. The final kiss. Talk about heat! I’ve always thought Andrew was a great screen kisser, and that blocking was very moving. There’s something about a man rushing toward you ready to sweep you into his arms. It was a pretty amazing kiss! Well done, team!

So, we’ve officially arrived at New Year. Happy 2020, all! See you next week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well, it seems #WisemanWednesday has the magical touch for me being able to post to all you wonderful people! We’re coming up on the big day, big for a lot of reasons! Only two of those reasons being that two wonderful men in red will be stopping by our homes soon! And just so all you #TeamLucas fans out there don’t think I’m giving him his fair share, this is for you: It’s a mere six sleeps (if you’re a “Muppet Christmas Carol” fan like me,) until two very generous givers will make their presence known in our cozy houses. 😉

So for today, I have another fun podcast for you to listen to, or watch, if you prefer. It’ll help pass the time as you’re driving, shopping, wrapping, baking…making all that Christmas magic. I know it’s been a tough few days in the Hallmark world, but hopefully this can help you sit back, relax, and laugh a little.

This past weekend’s line-up has several When Calls the Heart players in it. AND!!!!!!! We had our first sighing of a When Hope Calls actor! I was wondering when that was going to happen! It’s Rob Stewart, who played Tom Clay. He’s featured in, not one, but two of the four, and he was great! Even the #POstables get represented with Peter Benson in “Holiday Date”. That one took the cake on using WCTH alumni! There was Ava Grace Cooper, Bruce Boxleitner, Christine Chatelain, and Ken Tremblett, all in the same film! But the designated “Wiseman” for this week is definitely Eric Close from “Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday.

One reminder before I let you loose. If you’re doing that last minute online shopping, I’d consider it the best Christmas present if you’d go through the links here on the blog. Then there’s always the ads. Every little click helps! 😀 Well, that’s enough plugs. 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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! 🙂

Photo credit: Erin’s Twitter 

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!

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!