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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Coming Home for Christmas ~ Giveaway and Review

As long as you have siblings, you are bound to come to a point where conflict ensues no matter how great the relationship. Such is the case for sisters Kate ( Carly McKillip) and Melanie (Britt McKillop) O'Brien who have remain close despite their differences at least while they were young. Kate has always lived in the shadow of her sister Melanie, who was outgoing in school, always had plenty of boys who wanted to date her and has always been beautiful and successful at anything that crosses her path. Quite different from Kate who was shy and didn't see herself as beautiful when hidden behind the glasses she needed to wear. During a family Christmas, the O'Brien family decided to incorporate a time capsule to be opened at a later date. It was during that time that the division in the O'Brien family began. When Kate buried her beloved sisters favorite marionette in the backyard as her contribution. In order to discover the time capsule, all members of the family must be present because they each possess a portion of the clue to find it again.

Only the family never dreamed that years later, their family would be torn apart. When Kate discovers that Melanie's soon-to-be husband is busy flirting at their wedding with a bridesmaid, Kate storms out telling her sister she can't be a part of watching her destruction of the perfect life. Without telling her the specifics, she abruptly leaves and places the parents at odds now that the girls are much older. Somehow the parental authority doesn't hold much weight. When faced with the dismiss of their daughters relationship, even Al (George Canyon) and Wendy( Amy Jo Johnson) begin to fall apart in their marriage beginning when the family home goes into foreclosure and they end up in another home. Now faced with no longer having anything in common, Wendy and Al decide a separation and divorce are their only hope for a future.

However when the girls learn that their parents are divorcing based on the problems stemming from Kate and Melanie's conflict, they decide to see if one last family Christmas in their old home will be just the right about of kindling to fan the flames of restoration for all of them. Only now the family home has been sold to Mike (Ben Hollingsworth) a Marine veteran and woodworker. Is is possible to pull off the ultimate Christmas miracle? You'll have to pick this one up to find out.

I received Coming Home for Christmas by director Vanessa Parise and Fly By Promotions for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is such a heart warming family movie that I believe everyone can relate to. For me, even though my brother and I were close, we had our moments that undoubtedly tested our parents resolve. I love how they are willing to work together despite their differences and try hard to work through things without finding forgiveness with one another first. We see how well that works later in the movie. This is a movie about hope, faith and forgiveness despite how things may initially look on the outside and is a wonderful warm movie to begin the Christmas season with. I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and will look forward to incorporating this into our Christmas movie time each year. Finally a great movie with a message that is perfect for families.

For more information about Coming Home for Christmas please click on the links below:

The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!

Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
Available at Walmart
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon

Now the best part....

Thanks to the folks at FlyBy Promotions, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of my blog Reviews From The Heart. Here are your guidelines to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog Reviews From The Heart

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy of the DVD along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols. I will notify the winner once the giveaway ends on November 25th.


  1. You mean there are people that don't know Norman Rockwell? I can't imagine that. This sounds like a wonderful movie to add to my collection to watch every year at least once.

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. I remember my grandmother having Norman Rockwell photos in McCall's magazine each month . She would always show it to all of her grandchildren. This was in 1950's.
    Norman Rockwell represents essential wholesome family and values that are slipping away today. Would love this to share with my grandchildren same as my grandmother did for hers. Thanks for the memories I had forgotten.
    I follow this blog by e mail

  3. I am a follower, and a lover of all things Christmas.

  4. I'm a follower and would love to see this movie it sounds like it's captured the Christmas spirit with a bit of mystery.
    theresa n

  5. I am a follower of your blog. I would love to see this movie and have it to add to the Christmas movies I love to watch this time of year.

    wwchildren at gmail dot com

  6. Hi Kat,

    I am a follower of your blog. :)

    I would LOVE a copy because my daughters really enjoy watching Christmas movies and so do I. Thank you for the giveaway.

    I hope you and your family are doing well. :)


  7. I follow via email. I would love to add this movie to our Christmas collection. It looks like a good movie

  8. Sorry forgot the email it jonesfd(at)aol(dot)com

  9. I love Christmas movies and watch a lot so I'm sure I'd enjoy this! Hadn't heard of the movie before.


  10. I love watching Christmas movies. I think this would be perfect for a girls' day movie party.
    bveinotte at juno dot com

  11. Hello, I am a follower of this blog. I also live in the United States.
    I would love to win this book for the review sounds like a good story, I love Christmas shows, and I love Norman Rockwell. Have admired his paintings for many years. Thanks for a chance to win it.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  12. I'd enjoy watching this with my family!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  13. I would love to win this movie because it looks like a wonderful warm story for Christmas that I would enjoy watching with the family
    I follow you by e mail
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com


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