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The Postables are back in another adventure. They must help decipher a letter that is burnt and unable to be delivered. With the help of Norman’s cleaning solution, they are able to read the letter. Figuring out who wrote the letter is only half the battle, as they must deliver the letter to the child of a solider. A surprise visitor arrives in the form of Oliver’s father with news that will cause some to re-think their feelings.

I liked the movie. It had a hopeful tone to it, of lost family being returned. It is like many in the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series. I also liked that they had more back history on the characters in this movie.  The movie deals with many themes, such as bullying. I think that they handled this very well with the time that they had. It had many twists that I did not see coming, which is not a normal thing for me! The Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie series is necessary for any Hallmark fan.

The cast are Eric Mabius as Oliver O’Toole, Kristin Booth as Shane, Crystal Lowe as Rita Haywith and Geoff Gustafson as Norman Dorman.


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A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

At eighteen, Stella seems like your average teenager – bored with small town life, and a bit rebellious. But now, Stella has been detained for the brutal murder of a local business man. Stella’s parents, a pastor and a criminal defense lawyer are shocked. How would Stella even know him, much less murder him? As they try to find out what really happened that night, both parents find themselves challenged in every possible way, and both must ask the question – how far are you willing to go to protect your child?

Because the story is told in three parts, each from a different character perspective, we get a unique insight as to what each character is feeling as the story unfolds.  It also helps to add to the sense of unease we feel as we follow each of them through the events leading up to the murder and the aftermath. Reminiscent of The Dinner by Herman Koch, this book would be great for a book club discussion – there’s a lot to talk about here! Recommended for fans of Tana French and Erin Kelly.

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The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Following the death of her husband, Jocelyn is forced to move back to the family estate in England. Long estranged from her family, Jocelyn is now confronted with her difficult relationship with her mother. Things get off to a rough start between the two women, and then, human remains are found in the lake on the estate. Jocelyn has always blamed her mother for the sudden disappearance of her nanny Hannah. Could this be Hannah? As the police investigation heats up, Jocelyn and her mother receive a surprise visit from someone in their past, and their whole lives are turned upside down.

I’ve been a huge fan of Gilly Macmillan’s books for a while now, and I think this is her best one yet! There’s a lot of well crafted tension throughout, and for awhile there, you really don’t know who you can trust. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s lying? How far is someone willing to go to keep their secrets safe? Recommended for fans of Mary Kubica and Fiona Barton.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream

Rita competes for the title of National Miss Delivery while she and the other Postables must work together and against the clock decoding a letter that will help them rescue a solider in Afghanistan and return her to her family. They are not just fighting the clock, they must also plead their case in front of an official Senate hearing in order for a rescue attempt to be authorized.

I liked that this movie continues where the last movie, Truth be Told, ends. I think that it was a good idea that they did not try to fit everything into one movie. I thought that it helped close the story nicely and I liked the back and forth between scenes that this movie had. As always, the cast did a great job. I cannot wait to watch the next Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie.

The cast are Eric Mabius as Oliver O’Toole, Kristin Booth as Shane, Crystal Lowe as Rita Haywith and Geoff Gustafson as Norman Dorman.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Lowen has just lost her mom and needs money to pay rent. She is a writer, who has a small following. When she is offered a lot of money to finish a series by a wildly popular author, Lowen agrees only if she doesn’t have to do press and can use a pseudonym. Lowen’s conditions are met and she is to go to Verity Crawford’s house to look through all of her notes. Verity has been through a lot of tragedy. She lost both her daughters and was in a car accident. She is now basically comatose. Her husband, Jeremy, is there to help Lowen with whatever she needs.

Lowen thought it would be a day or two but she ends up staying two weeks. She is a little creeped out by the fact that Verity is just upstairs and at times feels like Verity is more aware of what is going on then she is letting on. Lowen discovers a biography written by Verity that was never published and it reveals some very disturbing things. Are they true? And is Lowen in danger being in this house?

This was a different departure from a normal Colleen Hoover book and I think I liked it. The ending is left open to interpretation, which I am not a fan. The book held my interest and kept me reading to figure out what was happening.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart

Valentine’s Day has arrived and romance is in the air. As many send out their letters and packages through the post office, some being happier than others about the holiday. The Postables have a few intriguing letters, which will have effects for many people including a letter that has been lost for years and one that was lost for some hours. Some letters get lost but they always make an appearance right when they are needed the most.

I have to say that I was not expecting the twists that connected to the main plot. I thought the movie had many funny moments in it that made me laugh. I always like when Hallmark movies have holidays in the movies. I appreciate that they had different points of view regarding the holiday. This is a must watch for any Hallmark Holiday fan. However, make sure to watch all the movies in order to avoid spoilers or being confused.

The cast are Eric Mabius as Oliver O’Toole, Kristin Booth as Shane, Crystal Lowe as Rita Haywith and Geoff Gustafson as Norman Dorman.

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Power Play by Anna DePalo

Physical therapist Serafina Perini learns that after he suffered a recent sport’s injury, New England Razors hockey player Jordan Serenghetti is her new client. Serafina has a past with Jordan. Not only are they in-laws because of her cousin’s marriage to his brother, but they also had a brief encounter when he kissed her during Spring Break in college, but Jordan doesn’t remember her. Jordan has a reputation for being a player, and Sera, who has her guard up high, is adamandent that she won’t fall for him.

When she gets into a car accident late at night and Jordan rescues her, the two end up passionately reconnecting. Sera eventually succumbs to Jordan’s charm, but when the media leaks a story about a scandalous event from his past, Sera questions whether Jordan’s intentions are real, or whether she is just another one of his trophies.

Although DePalo’s (Hollywood Baby Affair) contemporary doesn’t break any new ground, readers will find the plot of this third offering of “The Serenghetti’s” series entertaining and the love scenes moderate.