‘A December Bride’ (2016): Denise Hunter’s Romantic Novella Adapted by Hallmark

December 2, 2016 7 Comments

If there was only one thing the Hallmark Channel excels at, it would be the production of originals that burst with joyfulness.
(Fortunately, they have many other qualities as well.) Their streak for this record remains intact with their Christmas movie A December Bride (2016).  

‘A December Bride’ (2016): Denise Hunter's Romantic Novella Adapted by Hallmark. Review of the Daniel Lissing film. Text © Rissi JC

Over on Silver Petticoat, I am sharing thoughts on this new adaptation, based on the novel by Denise Hunter, in a review. Needless to say, as a fan of Hunter’s novels for years now, seeing one of my favorite networks adapt her stories is an exciting thing indeed! This one has Daniel Lissing (from When Calls the Heart) and frequent leading lady Jessica Lowndes. You can snag a copy of this on Amazon, and below, find a snippet and link to my review.

You can purchase a copy of A December Bride on Amazon Video (affiliate link).

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A December Bride (2016) Hallmark TV Review

The story introduces us to Layla O’Reilly (Jessica Lowndes), a hardworking young professional. Working under the demands of a perfectionist boss, Layla now feels ready to make strides towards owning her own business. A business that would allow her to use her talent as an interior decorator to stage apartments and houses real estate agents are trying to sell. But first, she has to find a client willing to take a chance on her. However, her life takes a detour when her fiancé, Jack leaves her for her cousin Jessica. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat →

Photos: Hallmark Channel. This review first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review. Photos: Hallmark Channel

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  • Courtney Clark December 3, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    Lovely review! I agree, this one was sweet. I haven't read the novella, though I'm sure it's fabulous (we are talking about Denise Hunter here, ;) ). There were a few moments that felt a little "uncomfortable", perhaps because of my opinion of Layla's response to Seth (she was a little too closed-off in some scenes). BUT, overall, I enjoyed it!

    One of my favorite characters was Beckett! I think they cast him well. Makes me want to see them adapt "Barefoot Summer", too!

    • Rissi December 3, 2016 at 7:27 PM

      The novella is fabulous! Of course, Madison plays a role (minor though it is) in A December Bride which means it probably came after 'Summer.' Either way, I sure hope more of Denise's books are adapted. I'd LOVE to see them take on Barefoot Summer. Perhaps in June's line up!? :)

      I agree. Overall I loved this one too. Such a sweet and charming film. One I'll definitely add this one to my collection if/when it comes to DVD.

    • Kara December 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      YES. I would love it if they'd adapt Barefoot Summer!!! That would be awesome. I really liked Beckett as well. :)

    • Rissi December 13, 2016 at 3:37 AM

      Dear Hallmark,

      Please make this happen.

      Hallmark Fangirls

  • Kara December 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    I loved this movie! SO adorable and sweet. My favorite bits were seeing Seth so head over heels for Layla. Loved watched Daniel look at Jessica with heart eyes! ;) The only downside is I knew they'd change it up, but I was really, really hoping they'd keep the first kiss scene just as it was in the book. Because that scene?? Ah my heart! *melts*

    • Rissi December 13, 2016 at 3:36 AM

      *swoon* Me too. I really liked how Seth's character translated to screen. I think Daniel did a fantastic job with the character.

      *whispers* Clearly I need to go back and re-read the first kiss scene because I'm drawing a blank. *runs and hides* ;)

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