The Mistletoe Promise: Book vs Movie

Today, we have put together a post on The Mistletoe Promise Book vs Movie. The book is by Richard Paul Evans.

The Mistletoe Promise Book vs Movie

Do you love Hallmark movies or books that read like Hallmark movies? Did you know that many Hallmark movies are actually based on books? Even many of their Christmas movies are based on Christmas books. 

Today, we featuring one of the books that have been turned into a Hallmark Christmas movie for our book vs movie post.

The Mistletoe Promise Book vs Movie

I love both Hallmark movies and books that read like Hallmark movies. Although I will admit, that I have to be in the mood for them. 

Two things tend to put me in the mood for Hallmark movies and books that read like them: stress and sickness. 

When I am sick, I tend to read fluffy fun easy to read books. When I am stressed, I read them as well. But when I am super stressed or overwhelmed, I often turn to Hallmark movies or movies that are a similar style. 

I know a lot of people avoid the Hallmark type of movies and even make fun of them, but once in a while, I love them. 

2020 has been a year for loving these movies. Between staying at home more and a little more stress than normal, my reading and movie life has included a lot of light and fun books and movies. The kind of books and movies that don’t take a lot of thought. 

I read The Mistletoe Promise a couple of years ago and loved it. Then I watched the movie and loved it too. However, as usual, the movie did not follow the book. 

I think that this is similar to The Mitford Years book vs movie. If you have never read the book, you will probably enjoy the movie. If you have read the book, you might not enjoy the movie as much. 

In the book, the characters have some depth to their lives. It is not a picture-perfect romance. I could totally see how the book was going to end, but the main characters in the book had flaws and problems in their lives giving something more to the story than just love. 

In the movie, they took away those problems and focused on other things. I didn’t find the characters as likable in the movie. 

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

In both the book and the movie, one of the main characters works for a travel agency. In the book, though, she is an employee. In the movie, she co-owns it with her ex-husband. 

In the book, the other main character is a lawyer that has worked hard to be a partner in a law firm. In the movie, he is a lawyer but is trying to become a partner at the law firm. 

In the movie, that guy lies to his boss about having a girlfriend, so he forms a contract with a girl he met at the mall. His reason for wanting a girlfriend at that particular time is in many ways selfish. 

That storyline is totally different in the book and actually has way more meaning and depth. I am not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil the book, but by the end of the book, you will totally understand why the guy wanted to get to know the girl and why he offered to form the Mistletoe Promise. 

On its own, the movie is fine. It is a predictable clean and fun Hallmark movie. But when you compare it to the book, the book is definitely better. 

This is one that I would say, read the book and watch the movie. But if I were going to skip one I would skip the movie and read the book. 

Have you watched the movie or read the book? 

The Mistletoe Promise Book vs Movie

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    • I know I am a little late reply to this, but thank you so much for your kind words. We love talking books with readers and look forward to sharing a lot more books in 2021.


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