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A Patchwork Christmas

NYC robotics specialist HOLLY LUNDGREN, on the hunt for an angel investor in her hometown, instead finds herself in a tug-of-war about a valuable lost Christmas quilt and the lost respect between the business mogul and his disinherited grandson NICK SANTARELLI—who happens to be her foster mother’s physical therapist. #

“A Patchwork Christmas” (Synopsis) An original story and script by Peggy Williams and Christine DeSmet

NYC robotics specialist HOLLY LUNDGREN, on the hunt for an angel investor in her hometown, instead finds herself in a tug-of-war about a valuable lost Christmas quilt and the lost respect between the business mogul and his disinherited grandson NICK SANTARELLI—who happens to be her foster mother’s physical therapist. #

HOLLY LUNDGREN, a NYC robotics specialist, will do anything to avoid Christmas, including working her staff overtime and turn down a chance for a holiday cruise with her boyfriend. But when a call to come home to Belletown to help her foster mother is coupled with the opportunity to meet a wealthy angel investor, Holly flies home. Holly first encounters NICK SANTARELLI at the airport where she accuses him of stealing her luggage. He’s innocent, of course. Then at a Christmas tree farm, he accuses of her trying to steal his tree. When she discovers he’s her foster mother’s physical therapist, she’s bruising for a fight. Foster mother ALICE talks Holly into taking over her organizing duties for the annual Winter Wonderland Fundraising Gala, during which quilts are to be auctioned. Alice and her friends nudge Holly and Nick together by engaging them in delivering donated quilts to children at the local hospital and decorating for the gala. As Holly gets to know Nick, she learns he’s estranged from his grandfather; she reveals she lost her own beloved Grandma Ivy on a Christmas Eve years ago. The one memento she’d hope for—a Christmas quilt they made together—went missing shortly after her grandmother’s death. Holly is stunned when she learns her angel investor, Mr. Santarelli, is Nick’s grandfather. She becomes consumed with wanting to patch the tear in the Nick-grandfather relationship. She is also forced to deal with work problems when a key employee leaves and needs to be replaced. And then there’s the “mystery quilt” being stitched by Alice’s quilt club. The patterns in it look unsettlingly familiar. Holly is on a quest to find out why. After getting to know both men, Holly learns that Nick is resentful that his grandfather doesn’t approve of his choice of profession, and Mr. Santarelli is resentful that Nick refused to go into the family business. Holly uses the subterfuge of quilt gift giving to get both men in the same location at the same time—the local V.A. hospital. Mr. Santarelli sees first-hand how important Nick is to the community, and Nick sees that his grandfather does have heart. They reconcile. Holly is thrilled to know that she helped mend a patchwork relationship, and she and Nick become even closer. And while Holly solves her dilemma at work, and discovers the mystery quilt was based on her own grandmother’s lost quilt, the whereabouts of that quilt remains unsolved, ripping a tiny thread in Holly’s happiness. On the night of the gala, Holly’s former boyfriend returns, hoping to mend their rift and causing Nick’s heart to break. But Holly knows which of the two men she truly loves, and during a wild ride in a horse-drawn sleigh to rescue Nick’s snow-stranded grandfather—who is supposed to be Santa for the night—she tells him he’s the one she loves. He proposes. And when Santa reaches into his bag for one last gift, the magic of Christmas brings Holly and Nick a special gift—the lost quilt she and her Grandma Ivy worked on together during a Christmas years ago. Nick declares this is their first wedding gift—from Grandma Ivy, the sign Holly has been looking for that Grandma Ivy has been watching over her all along. Holly feels whole again and patchwork quilts patch together hearts all over town with holiday happiness. #

Format:
Screenplay
Starring Roles For:
30s/40s female any background
30s/40s male any background
50s/60s father/grandfather
In the Vein Of:
Hallmark holiday movies
When Harry Met Sally
Tom Hanks romantic comedies
Posted:
10/11/2019
Updated:
10/11/2019
Author Bio:
Christine DeSmet and Peggy Williams are award-winning screenwriters (Slamdance) and have optioned to New Line and others. They are not currently WGA. Both are authors of mystery novels under their names of Christine DeSmet and MJ Williams. Christine also writes a romantic novella series and has won a national contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. The writers are members of several national and local writing associations including Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.

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