A Bramble House Christmas (2017 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

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A Bramble House Christmas

Listen to the Podcast Episode about this movie! 

Stars: Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Teryl Rothery

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

While settling his father’s estate, Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why he left a nurse $50,000. His dad knew her for less than two months before he died. Just before Christmas, Finn wants to reclaim what he considers his family’s money, so he goes undercover to investigate the bed-and-breakfast the nurse has recently taken over. When Finn meets Willa, he discovers she’s not a conniving gold digger at all. She’s the single mother of a sick boy who needed an operation. Finn’s dad paid for the operation and financed Willa’s dream of running the Bramble House B&B. Though Willa and Finn are protective of their hearts for different reasons, they fall in love — until she discovers his true identity and why he was there. Now Finn must gain Willa’s trust to make this a Christmas to remember.”

Thoughts

Willa (a single Mom and Divorcee) inherits $100,000 to take care of her son (Scout) AND a free trip to Bramble (one of the three Hallmark filming location towns) MUCH to the detest of Mr. Conrad’s narcissistic adult kids.

When the ungrateful son, Finn, arrives as a guest he immediately runs into Willa. (Who is decorating the Inn for some reason?) The tension is thick, but for some reason, Finn puts his vendetta on the backburner and works on his cartoonist job around town with Willa and Scout in tow. He begins to question her about her job as a nurse and she discloses that she received an inheritance. Finn cools significantly when learning that she feels Mr. Conrad wasn’t close with his kids and that they never reached out to their ailing father.

While Willa decorates a tree (an act she’s been banned to do) Finn opens up to her about his Dad leaving him 2 days after Christmas when he was ten. Unknowingly rubbing it in his face, Willa tells him that Mr. Conrad was like the father she never had and encouraged her to create a better life for Scout than he could provided to his kids. After interrogating Willa, Finn starts going in on Scout. He finds out Sout was sick and had a heart condition. Have some chill, Finn! Your Dad didn’t love you and he is helping a single mother and her sick kid!!!

More decorating happens, this time with a Balsam Hill product placement…

Ms. Bramble knows she is over extended and admits that she threw herself into work to avoid a relationship with Santa. A montage plays during which Willa learns she is a caretaker and will take over running Bramble House!!! (I adding exclamation marks, because I couldn’t care less about this movie. Please make it stop!)

When Finn’s sister shows up she is all fired up and wanting the injunction and her inheritance that she doesn’t even need.

“You better tell her, because if you don’t..  I WILL,” is a line of dialogue that is often spoken in this movie.

The sister follows through with her promise, at least and Willia can’t believe Finn betrayed her trust. AND WHAT ABOUT SCOUT!

More decorating…

Willa and Scout are heading to the airport but stop at the Christmas Tree. Finn chases after them and his dumb sister apologizes. Willa and Finn make up in a heavy-handed and terribly-acted final scene. Scout sums up this movie perfectly when he sees the two kissing…

“Ewwwwwww.”

Side Note

Based on the book, A Bramble House Christmas, by C.J. Carmichae

The Inn owner Ms Bramble lied about how she got injured. Horseback riding, ice skating, skiing. She is also not thrilled to have anyone help her. She is basically a liar who has a Santa fetish.

This movie s not on IMDB, which is the world telling us this movie should not have ever existed.

Based on the book, A Bramble House Christmas, by C.J. Carmichae

Overall rating

🎄 (1 Christmas Tree)

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷(5 glasses of wine required)

 

*Photo Credit: © 2017 Crown Media United States, LLC

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