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Hallmark's "A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado"--Cute Movie, Dumb Premise

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Starring:  Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor Released: 2020 Summary:  A woman is forced to convince a firefighter to give her the spruce tree from his property so she can use it in her town's upcoming Christmas celebration. Grace Sunar plays Claire in A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado.  Image:  Crown Media A Sweet Story About Adoption Much like Christmas Town , this movie is about the profound impact adoption has on children stuck in "the system," wondering if anyone will ever take them home and love them like a real family. Kevin Snyder (Mark Taylor) is a firefighter living in Brooklyn, Colorado.  An orphan once himself before being adopted, Kevin gives back by adopting his own daughter, Claire.  Despite being a single dad with not much room for anything else in his life besides work and Claire, the two make a happy, little family. Typical Politicians Industry needs a boost in Brooklyn, Colorado, and Erin Chambers (Rochelle Aytes), the director of community development,

Hallmark Publishing's "A Gingerbread Romance" Book GIVEAWAY!

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  A Gingerbread Romance Was a Movie Before It Was a Book Most of us are accustomed to reading a book first and then watching the movie when it's released later, but Hallmark Publishing often puts the cart before the horse.  Several of their movies are turned into books after the fact.   Since movies have limited time frames, there's not much wiggle room for extra details.  Sometimes, this can make a Hallmark movie seem like the "diet" version of a good story--a little empty. The novel, A Gingerbread Romance,  reveals more intricacies --like what the characters are thinking and feeling.  It helps the reader wring more enjoyment from the story because, let's face it, the 2018 movie of the same title is pretty blah. The story is about Taylor, an architect, whose firm enters her in a contest to build a life-sized gingerbread house.  Her success determines whether she is promoted to a position in Paris.   She enlists the aid of Adam, a baker and single dad, who dreams

Thoughts on "Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday" & QUIZ

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Starring:  Jen Lilley and Carlo Marks Released:  2019 Summary:  A book editor must work with a former rival to help a potential writer find her way, and an angel reminds them about the Christmas spirit and the value of community.  Image:  Crown Media Jen Lilley Had a Baby 8 Weeks Before Filming Did you know Jen Lilley is a foster parent?  In 2019, she and her husband adopted the son they had been fostering for three years, and they continue to foster his half brother with the intent to adopt.  Meanwhile, after two miscarriages, Jen became pregnant with a baby girl who was born in July 2019.  They named her Julie Evangeline.   Image:  People Magazine Baby Julie spent a lot of time on the set as her mom filmed Angel Falls:  A Novel Holiday.  Co-star, Carlo Marks, refers to Julie as the angel of Angel Falls saying, she was so good, didn't cry or anything . Sounds like she's a sweetheart, just like her mama! Our Couple Has Great Chemistry Jen Lilley might have a huband and three k

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