Feliz Navidad

Well it’s the Friday before Christmas and I didn’t plan for these posts to take me right through to the weekend, but it is a happy coincidence isn’t it?

It is the finale of my favorite movies of 2018 (so far – if I see something that sticks out at me between now and January 1, maybe I will make an update post). We have 4 movies and one is only on the list because I am intrigued to see it – I haven’t yet – although since I am actually writing this on Monday and it’s scheduled to air Thursday maybe I have seen it … it’s weird being a time traveler.

There’s only one film in this list that has a discernible genre – and I supposed I’ll start with that one. The others are your basic Hallmark Christmas movie love stories that are based on books.

Paranormal

This is my genre, it’s what I tend to write (though that’s going to change in 2019!). I love this movie because it’s a ghost story. A romantic ghost story with a bit of mystery thrown in. It can be seen on Netflix and Lifetime too!

Netflix describes it as:

As Christmas approaches, attorney Kate Jordan travels to Vermont to oversee the sale of an inn, where she falls for a handsome but cursed ghost.

Pretty basic plot right? But it’s so good!  Love these kinds of films, plus Thomas Beaudoin can haunt me any day of the week 🙂 It’s more of a drama than any of the other films on my list, but that’s why I love it.

Book Adaptations

These next two films have been faves for the last couple of years. We will start with the one that I have a very special place in my heart for.

The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans. This is actually part of a series by this author, the first in the series: The Mistletoe Promise was also made into a film by Hallmark (and is also very good).

Hallmark describes the story as:

When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth, Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with Zeke, whom she initially finds to be intrusive and, naturally, ends up being her assignment partner. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend, Garth, is also at the retreat. Despite these bumps in the road, Kim steps outside her comfort zone and ends up surprising herself. Equally unexpected is the attraction that seems to be building between her and Zeke that promises to take her down a road she never imagined traveling. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Paul Evans. Starring Alicia Witt and David Alpay.

Of course, I love this movie as someone who has gone to her fair share of romance novel conventions how could I not. My only complaint was there was no one who looked like David Alpay attending mine.

Alicia Witt is also a staple of Hallmark movies – she’s adorable and quirky – especially in this role. 

Next up is a movie based on a book of the same name by Melissa Hill

And yes that is Peter Porte again 🙂

This one I watch every time it’s on. The heroine is adorable and the hero is just as cute. It’s an easy watch.

Hallmark describes this as:

Darcy’s lifelong love of reading has led her to the perfect job, working in a small Manhattan bookstore. One day, while bicycling to work, Darcy crashes into Aidan – a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. Knocked unconscious, he’s rushed to the hospital where he falls into a coma. Deeply shaken, Darcy takes the dog home, waiting to reunite him with his owner, Aidan. As she learns more about Aidan, Darcy realizes he could be the one she has been waiting for. But when the truth is revealed, Darcy learns the picture she created is completely wrong, and that sometimes the truth is even better than fiction. Starring Ali Liebert and Peter Porte

I do love an amnesia storyline and add in an adorable dog and a fantastic neighbor and a BOOKSHOP (and an author – maybe my dad was right and everyone IS a writer in these movies)

Annnnnnnd finally the film I have not yet seen (or have I?) this one will be airing on Freeform which is one of the reasons I want to see it. Freeform is a division of Disney and they usually show pretty wholesome movies there – okay maybe National Lampoons Christmas Vacation straddles the line, but for the most part I thought it was pretty wholesome – don’t at me I don’t watch the channel.

So I was intrigued when I saw a commercial on Facebook that I was only half paying attention to until I heard the heroine tell someone she needed to sleep with him. Well yes that caught my attention.

Freeform describes the plot as:

An unexpected holiday rom-com about two insomniac strangers plagued by exhaustion. Lizzie and Billy discover they can only fall asleep while next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence might be more meaningful than they’d like to admit.

I’m hoping it will be a funny sort of romp and not a silly comedy. Here’s hoping!

Well that’s my 2018 list – tell me what your favorites are.

Until Next Time,


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