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4 Godwink Movies on the Hallmark Channel

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Before the reviews of the movies, there is some background readers need to know about the origin of the expression "Godwink" and about the books that the movies are based on.

SQuire D. Rushnell is the author of the bestselling When God Winks series. He is the one who coined the expression "Godwink." He explains it this way:

"An event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it could only have come from divine origin."

Godwinks are a series of divine interventions or answers to prayers. Unfortunately, many people don't pay much attention to them because they think they are only random coincidences. Rushnell believes otherwise. He believes so strongly in Godwinks that he wrote six books and produced four Hallmark movies featuring true stories of people whose lives have been transformed by Godwinks.

Kathie Lee Gifford is not only an executive producer of the movies, but she also appears in half of them.

Godwink Books

BookDate Released

When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life

June 2001

God Winks on Love: Let the Power of Coincidence Lead You to Love

June 3, 2001

Godwink Stories: A Devotional

December 4, 2012

Godwinks & Divine Alignment: How Godwink Moments Guide Your Journey

March 12, 2013

The Godwink Effect: 7 Secrets to God's Signs, Wonders, and Answered Prayers

June 5, 2018

When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life

September 25, 2018

Godwink Christmas Stories: Discover the Most Wondrous Gifts of the Season

October 23, 2019


1. A Godwink Christmas

A Godwink Christmas was the first Godwink movie released on November 18, 2018, starring Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Paula, played by Kimberley Sustad, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, who is more focused on his work as an attorney than he is on her and their relationship. When Paula's Aunt Jane, played by Kathie Lee Gifford, senses her niece has mixed emotions about the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home to think things through.

While walking through Martha's Vineyard, bad weather prevented Paula from returning to Aunt Jane's Nantucket house. Therefore, she stays at an inn owned by Gery, played by Paul Campbell. Even though Paula is engaged, she and Gery begin to have feelings for each other. Aunt Jane tells Paula that meeting Gery was God's way of "winking" at her to help her decide whether she should marry Daniel, the man she is engaged to.

Daniel surprises Paula by showing up in Nantucket and taking her back home with him. That's when Paula decides to go through with the wedding even though she couldn't get Gery out of her mind. Besides, she realizes she and Daniel are not compatible. Paula goes back to Nantucket around Christmas time and unexpectedly reconnects with Gery. They, along with Aunt Jane, realize that everything that happened was God winking at them.

At the end of the movie, an update is given about the real lives of Gery and Paula Conover.

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2. A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love

A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love was the second Godwink movie. It was released on November 18, 2019.

Jack, played by Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Alice, played by Cindy Busby, bump into each other a couple of times before they discover they are going to the same wedding during the Christmas holiday. Alice rides with Jack for the six-hour drive from Minneapolis to Iowa. By the time they get to the wedding, they have bonded and have deep feelings for each other.

Later, Alice begins to experience numbness and tremors in her hands and legs. When she goes to the doctor, she is devastated when she learns she has MS. She hesitates to tell Jack. In fact, she breaks up with him because she doesn't want him to be obligated to take care of her. Alice's mother, played by Kathie Lee Gilford, encourages Alice to tell Jack.

Alice never tells Jack about her illness, but her family tells him. He has grown to love Alice so much that he convinces her that he would never leave her because of her health.

At the end of the movie, an update is given about the real lives of Alice and Jack Totah who married and have a good life along with their three sons.


3. A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chance

A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chance released on November 22, 2020 is a holiday movie about college sweethearts reconnecting after 15 years. The romantic movie is the story of Margie, played by Brooke D’Orsay and Pat, played by Sam Page. Both of these actors have roles in many other Hallmark movies. In fact, Brooke has been in at least one Hallmark movie every year since 2017 when she appeared in Miss Christmas.

The former lovers went their different ways after graduation. After his divorce, Pat returns to his hometown with his two young sons for a fresh start. The former lovers meet on several occasions and before long they rekindle the love they thought was gone forever. Even though Margie is dating someone else, and Pat is focused on being a single parent, several Godwinks helped them find their way back to each other.

At the end of the movie, an update is given about the real Pat and Margery Godfrey.


4. A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love

A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love premiered on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on December 11, 2021. It is a true story based on the lives of Eric, played by Alberto Frezza, and Joy, played by Katherine Barrell. They are brought together when they sign up to do community service. Their assignment gives them a new purpose for their lives and for each other.

Even though Joy already has a boyfriend, she could not shake the feeling she has for Eric. However, she does return home to be with her longtime boyfriend. She soon comes to the realization that they are no longer compatible. Joy calls Eric and tells him to meet her at the airport because she was returning to the campsite to continue doing community service with him.

On the way to the airport, Eric has a serious accident and almost dies. The story continues with several Godwinks, and all ends well.

At the end of the movie, an update is given about the real Eric and Joy.

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