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Love's Christmas Journey (2011)

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While mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King (Natalie Hall) visits her brother Aaron Davis (Greg Vaughan) and his children for Christmas. Ellie does her ... See full summary »

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David S. Cass Sr.

Writers:

George Tierney, Janette Oke (based on the "Love Comes Softly" book series by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Hall ... Ellie Davis
JoBeth Williams ... Mrs. Beatrice Thompson (as Jobeth Williams)
Greg Vaughan ... Aaron
Dylan Bruce ... Michael
Bobby Campo ... Erik Johnson
Charles Shaughnessy ... Alex Weaver
Sean Astin ... Mayor Wayne
Ryan Wynott ... Christopher Davis
Jada Facer ... Annabelle Davis (as Jada Mae Facer)
Ernest Borgnine ... Nicholas
Amanda Foreman ... Adrienne Wayne
Annika Noelle ... Suzanna Wayne
Dannika Liddell Dannika Liddell ... Jessica King
Chad Michael Collins ... Owen King
Stephen Bridgewater ... Mr. Cunningham (as Stephen W. Bridgewater)
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Storyline

While mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King (Natalie Hall) visits her brother Aaron Davis (Greg Vaughan) and his children for Christmas. Ellie does her best to enjoy the holidays, making new friends with Mrs. Thompson (JoBeth Williams), a local shop keeper, and handsome admirer Deputy Strode (Dylan Bruce). When Aaron travels out of town to purchase land, Ellie agrees to watch his children, but the season's festivities are threatened when Aaron goes missing. Written by Hallmark

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Let the spirit of the season find you.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love's Christmas Journey See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Color
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Did You Know?

Connections

Follows Love's Enduring Promise (2004) See more »

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Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Hastings
Hummed by Ernest Borgnine
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8 June 2019 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Review Date 6/2/2019

I Have Reviewed OVER 500 "Christmas Films and Specials". Please BEWARE Of films and specials with just one review! For instance When "It's a POSITIVE" chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. "If its Negative" then they may have a grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

Love's Christmas Journey is a 2011 made-for-television Christian drama film based on a series of books by Janette Oke though there is no corresponding book for this film. While still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King (Natalie Hall) visits her brother Aaron Davis (Greg Vaughan) and his children for Christmas. Ellie does her best to enjoy the holidays, even making new friends with Mrs. Thompson (JoBeth Williams), a local shop keeper, and handsome admirer Deputy Strode (Dylan Bruce). Settling in nicely with her brother's family, Ellie also meets Erik (Bobby Campo), a young man abandoned by his outlaw father whom Aaron has taken in as one of his own.

This film treads on "Little House on the Prairie" territory. I think "Little House: most likely covered the same type of story in 1/2 the time.

This film runs almost 3 hours. You are wise if you watch Part One then wait another to catch Part 2. The acting in this is fine but the story could have used more work. You can see the ending coming a mile away . However this film is just pleasant enough for me to recommend but it does capture nicely "The Christmas Spirit".


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