When a doctor doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.


Peter Sullivan


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candace Cameron Bure ... Lauren Brunell
David O'Donnell ... Andy Holliday
Robert Pine ... Henry Brunell
Kendra Mylnechuk ... Billie
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Frank Holliday
Joyce Cohen ... Maggie Brunell
James Gaisford James Gaisford ... Wyatt
Page Petrucka ... Hattie
Anita Rice Anita Rice ... Faith Holliday
Robert Bear Robert Bear ... Clay
Bryce Fernelius ... Nate
Jacque Gray ... Melissa
Jessica Villeneuve Jessica Villeneuve ... Nurse Joanne
Darren Ewing Darren Ewing ... Lester
Christian Tyler Christian Tyler ... Martin


Resident doctor Dr. Lauren Brunell loses out on her dream Boston fellowship and accepts an offer to practice in Garland Alaska as a fill-in position until her "big-city" opportunity. But she unexpectedly falls in love with the quaint town and inhabitants, including handyman Andy Holliday and his jovial father Frank. Will she follow her life plan to Boston, or listen to her heart and stay?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Romance with a little surprise
21 December 2014 | by stefbuikSee all my reviews

Really nice and unpretentious Christmas romance. No convoluted "problems" with the love interests, for a change.

I like the fact that they made a movie that's just cheerful fun. It's a made-for-TV movie, and as such the little niggles like sunny dawns in wintery Alaska, snow that's not entirely convincing here&there (but thankfully none of that horrible "foam snow" they often use) didn't bother me to much.

The actors are adequate, but sometimes too sitcom-ish. Though, it has to be said that theater veteran Kendra Mylnechuk as the busy, joyous nurse Billie really jumps out.

The Utah locations are nice, but to me don't look a whole lot like Alaska. Still, as a background it was good enough for me.

It's just, basically, a movie with a wholesome, upbeat and positive vibe. Fitting for Christmas.

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29 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Christmas Under Wraps See more »

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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