Monday, November 3, 2014

The Nine Lives of Christmas: Movie Preview & Book Review

Now that Halloween is over, my thoughts have turned to all things Christmas. Two of my favorite things to enjoy during the holiday season are Christmas books and Hallmark Channel movies. The best of both worlds will collide on Saturday night when one of my favorite Christmas books becomes a Hallmark Channel movie. There's still time to read the book (our review is below) and make sure you're settled on the couch Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn and a cat (or three)!


When a handsome fireman adopts a stray cat at Christmastime, he changes his confirmed bachelor ways and finally opens his heart to the love of a beautiful veterinary student in “The Nine Lives of Christmas,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Saturday, November 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Kimberley Sustad (“A Bride For Christmas”) star with Stephanie Bennett (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”), Chelsea Hobbs (“Make It or Break It”) and Gregory Harrison (“One Tree Hill”) in this heartwarming, holiday drama. “The Nine Lives of Christmas” is part of Hallmark Channel’s annual COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, the #1 most treasured holiday destination by television viewers.

“‘The Nine Lives of Christmas’ is a perfect fit for Hallmark Channel as it not only brings our viewers a special holiday story but also embraces pet adoption, the foundation of the network’s corporate initiative, Pet Project,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “As millions have fallen in love with Sheila Roberts’ novel The Nine Lives of Christmas, we couldn’t be happier to partner with her to bring to life her beloved holiday book into a film that will resonate with our viewers.”

Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray, tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but Marilee has vowed not to date until she graduates and Zachary is not ready to jeopardize his independence, though he senses Marilee is special.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, Marilee’s sister Jaclyn (Bennett) convinces her to add romance to her nose-to-the-grindstone life of work and school, while fire chief Sam (Harrison) encourages Zachary to understand the importance of love, marriage and having someone special with whom to share the holidays. When Zachary’s model girlfriend Blair (Hobbs) pressures him to get rid of Ambrose and has Marilee fired from her job at a pet supply store that her father owns, Zachary sees the light, realizing he is in love with Marilee and that life is better if shared with someone special.


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About the book: Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn’t enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him—and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles—and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle—to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.

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Destined to become a Christmas classic, this perfect little book is a must-read for cat lovers anywhere. Sort of a feline version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, darling Ambrose the cat is in his 9th life (if only it were true that they had 9 lives) and desperately needs to find his last forever home. I teared up as he looked back on his tragic previous lives (most seemed to end at Christmas), and laughed with glee at a cat’s eye view of the goings on around him. I loved the twist of how everyone he came into contact with he had known before, from the shelter worker to the maniac driver who ran him over, to the kind man who attempted to save his life and his little girlfriend kitty Aphrodite. Curl up with this book and the fur baby in your life…it will warm your heart and make your Christmas spirit soar.


18 comments:

  1. Sounds gweat. We luv Christmas too.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  2. I loved the book, and I'm looking forward to the movie!

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  3. This looks like a great book...and movie! We'll look for it. Thanks for the review.

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  4. This sounds like such a good book and movie! I don't have cable, so I don't get the Hallmark Channel, but I'll definitely put this book on my Amazon wishlist :)

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  5. I will dvr the movie so I can read the book first, thanks for letting us know. I am so excited between this and then Lifetime is having a Grumpy cat movie at the end of the month.

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  6. Now THAT is a good story! Thank you for letting us know!

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  7. I miss Hallmark channel's Christmas movies. (We no longer have cable/satellite.) I did buy some of my favorites, on DVD, but it was so much fun just to turn on the channel and watch all night. The book sounds wonderful.

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  8. Oh, I hope Mommy remembers to schedule this on the dvr! We love love love anything Christmas.

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  9. This sounds way to cute...I plan to set my DVR when I get home :)

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  10. At night when Pop sits in front of the TV and reads his social media messages, he has the Hallmark Channel on cos you don’t really need to pay that much attention. It’s backround stuff. He’s does like Christmas and has been laughing about how soon their holiday program has begun.

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  11. Sounds like a really cute book. I love the old Christmas movies too and the Hallmark Chanel. You just don't get any better than that.

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  12. I just read this one a couple weeks ago- not my usual type of read, but I liked it! Zach and Merilee were both very likable. I saw that they were making a Hallmark movie out of this, and I'm curious about it. Hope it's good! Enjoyed your review.

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  13. I love Hallmark Channel movies. Already have this one set to record on my DVR.

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  14. That book and movie both sound great. We don't get the Hallmark Channel. :( But we can certainly read the book! :)

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  15. We're sooo glad you love the movies on Hallmark Channel! Mommy says to watch out for Northpole (all one word - hee). She was involved with the promotion of that one!

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