Friday, December 14, 2018

*Review* 180 Seconds by Jessica Park


Genre: NA/Romance
Published: April 25, 2017
Pages: 300



Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and the narration was excellent. The opposite gendered voices didn't come off as caricatures and the pacing (listening at 1.5 speed) was great.

This book sucks. It made wet stuff leak from my eyes and melted my face off. Do not read this book if you value your face. This is how my review originally appeared on Goodreads, and because the author has since used it in promotions, I figured I should start this review with it.

I felt like this book had several different layers to the story. There was the budding romance between Allison and Esben, the friendship between Allison and Steffi, and the relationship between Allison and Simon, her adoptive father. All of these relationships were woven together seamlessly, working off of each other to get me more invested just so Ms. Park could destroy me in the end. She is basically an evil genius, and this book makes that perfectly clear.

So I'll say it again, don't read this book if you value your face. 4.9998 stars. - Katie 



Jessica is the author of CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes. 

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24


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*31 Days of Christmas* Homegrown Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (at least in my house). I don't limit myself to just reading cheesy Christmas romances during this time of year. Oh no. I also find myself binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel. And I thought, why not incorporate that into my blog as well. So I give you the 31 Days of Christmas (which will be much easier to accomplish with movies than books like I've tried to do in past years).

Next up is Homegrown Christmas.



Watched on: Hallmark
Duration: 2 hours (with commercials)
Originally aired on: 8 December 2018
Directed by: Mel Damski
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Matt Hamilton, and Gwynyth Walsh
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew info.

Synopsis

After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Victor Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

Review

This second-chance romance features a workaholic woman who returns to her small town for the holidays. For the first time in years she has loads of time on her hands, so she volunteers to help run a Christmas dance for her alma mater high school. Things are really tense between Maddie and Carter, and it's not immediately obvious exactly why. I knew they were high school sweethearts and then things went south, but it took a while for them to come out and say why things went south. 

Complicating matters, Carter works for Maddie's family's company and is treated like he's one of them. It definitely seems like Maddie's family is conspiring against her to throw her and Carter together at every possibly opportunity, and considering their rocky history, it's definitely necessary for them to find their way back to each other. 

I liked how in this movie Carter and Maddie weren't immediately all over each other, and even when they start talking about the past and why they made the choices that they did, they still kept their emotional distance for a while. It felt a lot more realistic than most second-chance romance Christmas movies. 

This movie includes tree cutting, cookie baking with an intense cookie swap, a snowball fight, 

My Rating
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Cancel Christmas starring Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, & Natalie Brown
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, & Genevieve Kang
The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar
The Holiday Calendar starring Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck
The Christmas Switch starring Natasha Henstridge, Brian Kraus, and Cedric Smith
48 Christmas Wishes starring Khiyla Aynne, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and Maya Franzoi
The Spirit of Christmas starring Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, and Steven A. Miller
A Shoe Addict's Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart
Mingle All the Way starring Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, and Lindsay Wagner
A Majestic Christmas starring Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent, and Adaya Ariana
Finding Santa starring Eric Winter, Jodie Sweetin, and Jay Brazeau
It's Christmas, Eve starring LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes, and Gwynyth Walsh
Christmas Next Door starring Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, and Brittany Bristow
A Christmas Melody starrinLacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Kathy Najimy
The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, and Judah Lewis
Once Upon a Holiday starring Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, and Greg Evigan
Christmas Inheritance starring Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie MacDowell
The Most Wonderful Time of Year starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, and Warren Christie

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*Book Blogger Hop* 14 December 2018



We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
Do you listen to music while you are writing your blog posts? If so, what genre of music do you listen to? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Not usually, but on the rare occasions when I do have music on, it's what I would classify as Bitchy Pop (because I think that's what the Spotify playlist I usually gravitate towards is called). Basically it's women power type songs (think All the Single Ladies by Beyonce, or just about anything by Destiny's Child). I'm more likely to put on a movie or show on Netflix that I've seen before so I don't necessarily have to keep a close eye on it, but can stop and watch from time to time. At the moment, that means watching cheesy Christmas movies, which I like to watch but don't feel the need to focus on.

What about you? Do you listen to music while you write blog posts? - Katie

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

*Review* I Know What I'm Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman


Genre: Memoir
Published: April 12, 2016
Pages: 272



New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman delivers a hilarious, candid memoir about marriage, divorce, sex, turning forty, and still not quite having life figured out.

Jen Kirkman wants to be the voice in your head that says, Hey, you’re okay. Even if you sometimes think you aren’t! And especially if other people try to tell you you’re not.

In I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself, Jen offers up all the gory details of a life permanently in progress. She reassures you that it’s okay to not have life completely figured out, even when you reach middle age (and find your first gray pubic hair!). She talks about making unusual or unpopular life decisions (such as cultivating a “friend with benefits” or not going home for the holidays) because you don’t necessarily want for yourself what everyone else seems to think you should. It’s about renting when everyone says you should own, dating around when everyone thinks you should settle down, and traveling alone when everyone pities you for going to Paris without a man.

From marriage to divorce and sex to mental health, I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself is about embracing the fact that life is a bit of a sh*t show and it’s definitely more than okay to stay true to yourself.


I listened to the audiobook version of this, and highly recommend it. In fact, I would recommend doing it with a glass of wine (or your libation of choice), because it's a lot like listening to a girlfriend  gossip, which is great if you're an involuntary hermit like me. It's almost like having someone there chatting with you, except you don't get to say anything in return (in other words, you're not expected to provide any input or anything! So it's basically awesome).

This book is chock full of questionable advice for adults. But it's told in such a way, that I kind of want to try it all. Jen's ride may have been bumpy, but it sure sounds fun. I think the most important aspect of this book though, is that Jen doesn't act like she has all the answers...or any of the answers. Really, the ultimate takeaway for me was essentially "You do you, boo" because the choices we make in life may not seem like the right choices to outsiders, but they're not the ones who have to live with the consequences. And even if we don't always like the consequences of our actions, we can learn from the experience and be better for it.

Overall I give I Know What I'm Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself 4.698 stars. - Katie 



Jen Kirkman is a world-touring stand-up comedian and the author of the New York Times bestseller I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids and I Know What I’m Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction. Her Netflix original comedy special I'm Gonna Die Alone and I Feel Fine streams worldwide, and she has released two comedy albums, Self Help and Hail to the Freaks (which hit #13 on the Billboard charts). She was a longtime writer and panelist on the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately and the narrator of many episodes in the award-winning TV show Drunk History on Comedy Central.

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*31 Days of Christmas* Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

Thanksgiving is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (at least in my house). I don't limit myself to just reading cheesy Christmas romances during this time of year. Oh no. I also find myself binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel. And I thought, why not incorporate that into my blog as well. So I give you the 31 Days of Christmas (which will be much easier to accomplish with movies than books like I've tried to do in past years).

Next up is Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa



Watched on: Hallmark
Duration: 2 hours (with commercials)
Originally aired on: 18 November 2018
Directed by: Sean McNamara
Starring: Andrew Baker, Rukiya Bernard, and Michelle Choi-Lee
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew info.

Synopsis

When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved 'Mailbox to Santa' for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

Review

This movie falls into the woman returns to her festive small town for Christmas trope. Unlike most movies in that trope, however, she doesn't dislike or avoid Christmas on principle. So the main plot of the story doesn't revolve around her finding the Christmas spirit again. In addition to that, her obvious love interest also doesn't dislike Christmas. So the bulk of the story revolves around saving the closed general store that Lisa loved as a child. And obviously the only person in town that can help her with that is Kevin. 

One of the things that I really liked about this movie is that Lisa is not portrayed as in need of saving in some way. In fact, the very first thing she does upon arriving in Evergreen is helps Kevin get an old truck running so he can get back to town. And while she needs help fixing up the general store for show to entice a buyer, she knows what help she needs and how to get it. And she's persistent and won't take no for an answer. 

This movie includes witty banter, an idyllic Christmas town, cookie decorating, and a town coming together to revive an old tradition. 

I would definitely watch this movie again if I'm in the mood for a festive happy-cry movie (because this definitely tugged a few of those out of my eyes at the end). 

My Rating
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Cancel Christmas starring Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, & Natalie Brown
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, & Genevieve Kang
The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar
The Holiday Calendar starring Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck
The Christmas Switch starring Natasha Henstridge, Brian Kraus, and Cedric Smith
48 Christmas Wishes starring Khiyla Aynne, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and Maya Franzoi
The Spirit of Christmas starring Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, and Steven A. Miller
A Shoe Addict's Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart
Mingle All the Way starring Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, and Lindsay Wagner
A Majestic Christmas starring Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent, and Adaya Ariana
Finding Santa starring Eric Winter, Jodie Sweetin, and Jay Brazeau
It's Christmas, Eve starring LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes, and Gwynyth Walsh
Christmas Next Door starring Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, and Brittany Bristow
A Christmas Melody starrinLacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Kathy Najimy
The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, and Judah Lewis
Once Upon a Holiday starring Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, and Greg Evigan
Christmas Inheritance starring Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie MacDowell

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

*Review* Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean


Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Published: February 27, 2018
Pages: 308



The Neprijat monsters have attacked the Draga Galaxy and millions have died. Prince Nash has left to save what’s left of his people. Adelina has a plan to save Draga, but first she must convince Raena to allow her to meet with the Drakesthai dragons and ask for aid before it’s too late while Varan, the Prince of Thieves makes an official request for her hand in marriage. 

*This is a slow burn reverse harem series.


I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

In this third book of the Draga Court Series, Princess Adelina continues to grow into herself as she learns more about why she is the way she is. And while I'm not sure I can really wrap my mind around the science that helped her get there, it doesn't seem out of line for this future reality.

I loved seeing Adelina growing out of her shell under Nadyah's tutelage, starting to assert herself more in spite of her station. She is a woman with a plan, and she will scheme to make it happen if she has to. It becomes really clear in this book that she will be a great asset to the throne, as long as Raena will just let her do what she needs to do. And that's where things in the story get a bit sticky. Even I was worried that Raena would just cause problems for Adelina.

Overall I give Jasmine of Draga 4.78336 stars. - Katie 



Emma Dean lives and works in California with her husband and son. She loves romance but needed something different so Draga Court was born. With too many stories to write the schedule has been filled through 2018.

When she’s not writing she’s reading, or spending time with her family.
With publishing now at least she has an excuse for not folding the laundry ;)


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*31 Days of Christmas* Sleigh Bells Ring

Thanksgiving is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (at least in my house). I don't limit myself to just reading cheesy Christmas romances during this time of year. Oh no. I also find myself binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel. And I thought, why not incorporate that into my blog as well. So I give you the 31 Days of Christmas (which will be much easier to accomplish with movies than books like I've tried to do in past years).

Next up is Sleigh Bells Ring



Watched on: Hallmark
Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Originally aired on: 18 December 2016
Directed by: Marita Grabiak
Starring: Erin Cahill, David Alpay, and Dakota Guppy
Please seem IMDb for full cast and crew info.

Synopsis

A busy single mother (Erin Cahill) begins organizing her city's Christmas parade. While prop hunting, she finds a beautiful sleigh that seems to have a mind of its own, and it begins nudging her back to an old flame (David Alpay).

Review

When Laurel's boss tells her she has two weeks to organize the town's Christmas parade, and starts laying out his personal expectations, she finds herself scrambling to fit everything in and still give her daughter, Scarlett a great Christmas too. With a few twists of fate and the aid of a jolly looking old man and his antique sled, Laurel soon finds herself face to face with Alex, her high school sweetheart who left town to move to New York after college. 

Laurel is a very stubborn woman who wants to believe she can do everything herself without asking for help, especially from wood working expert Alex. But the antique sled has a tendency to disappear, at least until Laurel admits that she could use Alex's help with the restoration, it's almost like magic. 

This second-chance romance features a woman who's just not quite ready to put herself out there again, especially with the man who broke her heart the first time, knowing that he's heading back to the city after the holidays. But I couldn't help hoping that he'd see the extreme error of his ways and take over his aunt's antique store to stay in town. 

This movie includes a last minute Christmas parade, a Santa figure, and some surprise home decorating. 

This is a movie that I would definitely not actively seek out. It's a good movie, but overall it just feels more sad than happy, and that's not what I'm usually going for at this time of year. 

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Cancel Christmas starring Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, & Natalie Brown
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, & Genevieve Kang
The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar
The Holiday Calendar starring Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck
The Christmas Switch starring Natasha Henstridge, Brian Kraus, and Cedric Smith
48 Christmas Wishes starring Khiyla Aynne, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and Maya Franzoi
The Spirit of Christmas starring Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, and Steven A. Miller
A Shoe Addict's Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart
Mingle All the Way starring Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, and Lindsay Wagner
A Majestic Christmas starring Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent, and Adaya Ariana
Finding Santa starring Eric Winter, Jodie Sweetin, and Jay Brazeau
It's Christmas, Eve starring LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes, and Gwynyth Walsh
Christmas Next Door starring Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, and Brittany Bristow
A Christmas Melody starrinLacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Kathy Najimy
The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, and Judah Lewis
Once Upon a Holiday starring Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, and Greg Evigan

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

*Review* Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg


Genre: LGBT Fiction
Published: May 28, 2013
Pages: 339



The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else . . . now in paperback.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book for free through Audiofile Sync's summer reading program for teens. There was no expectation for a review.

In case you don't know this about me by now, I tend to go into books without having read the blurb at all (or at least not recently enough to remember what it said). So when I started listening to this book I was expecting an alternate reality type story where the majority of the population is homosexual and so being straight could be perceived as being weird or different. This book is not set in an alternate reality. It's set in real reality where Rafe's parents wouldn't be able (or probably even want to) get him a birthday cake from a baker in a nearby town.

So once I was up to speed with the basic gist of the storyline, I really enjoyed it. While I couldn't exactly relate to Rafe, never having felt the need to be not open about my sexuality, I could relate to how he wanted his experience at the all boys boarding school to be different than his life back in Boulder. I changed schools in high school, and definitely had big plans about being a different person at the new school. One of us had significantly more success with our goals than the other, although ultimately I don't think things went the way either of us had envisioned in the end.

I don't think I'm really qualified to pass judgement on the merits of the story beyond that because I can't really say if this is/could be an accurate portrayal of what gay kids experience, or how they feel. It felt realistic to me, and I was definitely able to put myself in Rafe's shoes for the ride and understand his motivations, but that is where I feel my judgement has to stop.

Overall I give Openly Straight 4.0629 stars. - Katie 



Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City. Expectations were high from birth - at least in terms of athletics. His parents figured he'd be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp's "D" team. There were only four levels. Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.

A B- student and adequate junior varsity athlete throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his disinterested peers. He proved them wrong with a series of strange-but-true jobs in his 20s - driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.

He worked at ESPN and ESPN.com from 1999-2002, where he developed a penchant for sharing too much information about himself. That character flaw earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002, for his column "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." 

As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York from 2005-08, Bill once called his husband, who was at the time working a desk job, from the New York Mets dugout before a game. "I'm so bored," Bill whined. He slept on the couch for a week after making that call.

He wrote a novel called Audibles at Arizona State, and sold that novel to Penguin in 2007. His editor asked him to change the title so that it would appeal to people other than "football players who read." The resulting novel, Out of the Pocket, received strong reviews from his mother, father, significant other and one girl who had a crush on him in high school. It won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. 

His second novel, Openly Straight, hit the bookshelves in late May of 2013. He describes the novel as "Twilight-like, only without vampires and wolves and angsty teenage girls. Also, set in an all-boys boarding school in Massachusetts. Otherwise, it's like an exact replica." That novel won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, which made him an unbearable dinner companion for months thereafter.

His third novel, The Porcupine of Truth, was released in May of 2015. He chose to put a porcupine in the title because this is America, and no one here knows what a platypus is. The novel won the Stonewall Book Award.

His forthcoming book is Honestly Ben, a companion book to Openly Straight. He wrote it so people would stop yelling at him about Openly Straight's ending. Honestly Ben will be published in March of 2017.

Bill currently lives in Chandler, Arizona, which is the thinking man's Gilbert, Arizona. He has a husband who is clearly too good for him, and two cute dogs, Mabel and Buford, who complete him.


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*31 Days of Christmas* The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Thanksgiving is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (at least in my house). I don't limit myself to just reading cheesy Christmas romances during this time of year. Oh no. I also find myself binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel. And I thought, why not incorporate that into my blog as well. So I give you the 31 Days of Christmas (which will be much easier to accomplish with movies than books like I've tried to do in past years).

Next up is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year



Watched on: Hallmark
Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Originally aired on: 13 December 2008
Directed by: Michael Scott
Starring: Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, and Warren Christie
Please seem IMDb for full cast and crew info.

Synopsis

A hard-working, single mother falls for a stranger her father brings home for the holiday season. However, he is unimpressed with her attitude towards Christmas and is willing to walk away if she refuses to change.

Review

When a cancelled flight leaves GUY stranded at the airport, GIRL's uncle invites him to stay with them until the flights to Denver resume. She reluctantly agrees and that's when the magic starts. He immediately starts making himself useful around the house, putting up her Christmas lights, cooking delicious meals, and even helping her get the one thing her son asked Santa to bring him for Christmas. 

While GIRL was a bit prickly with GUY, it was never both of them at each other's throats like in most Christmas rom-coms, and her prickliness wasn't entirely unreasonable (I mean he was a complete stranger in her home after all). The moments where they really seemed to connect made me hope for things I wasn't sure I could count on from this movie. 

This movie includes an unexpected houseguest, an over-eager neighbor, and a surprise Christmas Eve visit from "Santa." 

I'd watch this again but wouldn't actively seek it out. The story was fun and overall heartwarming, but not super-squeal inducing. 

My Rating
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Cancel Christmas starring Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, & Natalie Brown
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, & Genevieve Kang
The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar
The Holiday Calendar starring Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck
The Christmas Switch starring Natasha Henstridge, Brian Kraus, and Cedric Smith
48 Christmas Wishes starring Khiyla Aynne, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and Maya Franzoi
The Spirit of Christmas starring Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, and Steven A. Miller
A Shoe Addict's Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart
Mingle All the Way starring Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, and Lindsay Wagner
A Majestic Christmas starring Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent, and Adaya Ariana
Finding Santa starring Eric Winter, Jodie Sweetin, and Jay Brazeau
It's Christmas, Eve starring LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes, and Gwynyth Walsh
Christmas Next Door starring Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, and Brittany Bristow
A Christmas Melody starrinLacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Kathy Najimy
The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, and Judah Lewis

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