Christmas in Montana (2019 Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.)
Cast: Kellie Martin, Colin Ferguson, Ava Preston
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Synopsis (via Hallmark)
Before the holidays, Sara goes to Montana to help resistant Travis save his ranch. Can time on the ranch help restore her faith in Christmas in time for a miracle?
Sara and her daughter Chloe Bradley go to Montana to help save a farm or something. Sara is not into Christmas, and the town of Big Fork, Montana, is ALL. ABOUT. IT! A local man named Travis runs a Christmas shop that tries to get her into the Christmas spirit.
On the ranch, Sara talks to the owner Travis Carson who gives her the town of a very decorated horse stable. He isn’t the owner though he has left it to his son. It turns out that Travis Carson Jr. is the Christmas shop owner. She goes for the hard pitch about getting the loan approved and cutting labor costs. Travis says it is a non-starter, and he will run the ranch as he sees fit. Travis Sr. or “Pops” talks to his son and tells him he will have to make tough choices and should listen to Sara.
Sara and Travis walk around the town and ranch while she looks at everything they can do to cut costs of operation. (Which she writes in a notebook with a pink pen.) She also gives him some decorating advice with ideas of things she used to do before her husband passed away four years ago. After a sad downward glance, we get a barn decorating montage.
Travis Jr. went to law school and used to be a lawyer. When his mom passed away, he took over the ranch and left New York. He shows Sara his finances and then invites them to dinner and then later a bonfire. Since they are from LA, Sara and her daughter shop for appropriate coats and winter apparel.
They are going to need the winterwear because Travis takes Sara Hornback riding through the gorgeous Montana mountains. Sara wants to monetize horse rides and start a Christmas tree farm. Travis gives everything away for free, which is why is ranch is going under.
Chloe wants to stay on the ranch for Christmas because she is having the best Christmas since her dad died. Sara tells her daughter they can’t invite themselves, even though Travis has said they are family about twenty times. Sara might earn an invite when she makes a proposal that will save the ranch without cutting people or land. She pitches, adding profitablility by selling the Carson Ranch to tourists, not locals. They would be opening a Christmas resort. Travis is in for the idea and invites them to stay for Christmas.
They get the loan and celebrate by going out. Not as a family, just Travis and Sara for some romance. They have a candlelight vegetarian dinner and then dance. They go on a Montana stroll and admit they have feelings for one another. Sara tells him that she has a life in LA and doesn’t see how it could work. Travis says he understands and lets her go.
Before going out of town and leaving forever, Travis stops by and tries to convince Sara to stay. Sara cries because she has to make a tough decision. He asks her to stay and run the Christmas ranch. Sara takes a leap of faith and agrees to stay. (Much to her daughter’s delight.)
Everyone has Christmas dinner in the barn. Sara is home, and Travis kisses her.
Minority Report: Interacial couple and their daughters who are ranchhands.
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