Miracles Happen at Christmas
When Maggie (Jill Wagner - Christmas Cookies) was young she experienced the best and the worst of times, all in one day, when she had her first kiss with a boy called Kade only to return home to learn that her father had left her and her mother. Now twenty years later and Maggie happens to be a divorced divorce lawyer who loves her son Jordan (Lauren Guci) but with work commitments doesn't spend as much time with him as she would like. It is why she hires Casey (Luke Macfarlane - The Mistletoe Promise), a diner owner who also tutors children at the nearby school, as Jordan is falling behinds in maths class. And everything goes swimmingly with Jordan getting on well with Casey. But Maggie's personal life becomes complicated as she is dating Tanner (Lane Edwards - The Sweetest Christmas), a divorce lawyer who not only doesn't click with Jordan but ends up representing the husband of one of Maggie's friends in their divorce case. Realising that Tanner is not the man for her Maggie becomes close to Casey but fears not only her heart being broken but also Jordan's.
I've got to be honest and say that I was expecting "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" to be really special, maybe it is having author Karen Kingsbury's name in the title led me to think so but I expected some thing more than I got. The thing is that as Hallmark Christmas movies go "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" delivers what you expect with a charming romantic drama which from a visual point of view has been beautifully crafted with lots of warm camera shots with roaring fires in the background and so on. Add to that lots of classy decorations and snowy street scenes and visually this delivers the full works.
And to be honest the story to "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" is charming as we have Maggie, the single mum, needing a tutor for her son leading her to Casey. To be honest this storyline is not only cliche but pretty obvious as we have Maggie clearly with the wrong guy whilst Casey is the epitome of modern charming but it works. But right down to the bit of "magic" everything about "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" is obvious and as such you watch kind of wrapped in this blanket of Hallmark romantic drama warmth with a good idea of what is to come, at least as in how it will play out.
A big part of that warm blanket feeling comes down to two things; Jill Wagner and Luke Macfarlane. Wagner and Macfarlane are not only attractive but they are extremely relaxed around each other and have an easy going chemistry be it in the scenes alone or amongst others. And as I have said before, the natural, relaxed chemistry of the leads can make a Hallmark Christmas movie sink or swim with in this case helping to make "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" swim.
What this all boils down to is that "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" is an incredibly charming and in truth beautiful Hallmark Christmas movie with a lead pair whose relaxed acting brings out the movie's charm. But this is one of those movies which is obvious and that is a shame as in a way the look and acting was deserving of something a little less obvious.