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Sean Faris ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Lost Valentine") and Eloise Mumford ("The River," "Lone Star") headline "CHRISTMAS WITH HOLLY," a light-hearted romance for the holidays premiering as a HallMark Hall of Fame presentation, TONIGHT, DECEMBER 9 (9:00-11:00p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Mark Nagle (Sean Faris) is the uncle and guardian of six-year-old Holly (Lucy and Josie Gallina), whose single mother passed away unexpectedly. Mark owns the local coffee shop and roasterie in Friday Harbor, Washington State. Maggie Conway (Eloise Mumford) comes to Friday Harbor as a refugee of sorts from Seattle. Maggie was abandoned at the altar by her husband-to-be; it's a perfect time for her to achieve her long-held dream of opening a magical toy store in the town where she spent her summers as a girl.
Mark has help raising Holly from his two older brothers. All three uncles have their hearts in the right place. But they're charmingly inept in their new roles - and they're not helped by the fact that Holly hasn't uttered a word since losing her mother. That's where Maggie comes in; despite the approach of the busy Christmas retail season, she pays extra attention to Holly every time the young girl comes into Maggie's welcoming shop.
Maggie assumes Mark is "spoken for" during the whole getting-to-know-you dance, because Mark is in a relationship with Shelby (Alex Paxton-Beesley). But that relationship is floundering, and Mark and Maggie keep bumping into each other, which is not surprising given the cozy size of the village of Friday Harbor.
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