I enjoy watching movies and TV Series based on books. I believe the characters have more depth and the plots more developed when books drive the creative process of screen play creations.
My featured YouTube Video series for COVID-19 2020 Summer is “Laura’s Prairie Summer”. It is free for a little while and I hope you take the time to check out the series from the banks of Plum Creek.
This series is is straight from Walnut Grove, Minnesota and features people from all over the US that have studied or read the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books and one interview in the series was from one of the actresses that started in the “Little House on the Prairie” TV Series. The play scenes include actors from the community.
I hope I have all the links correct but if in doubt just search YouTube for Laura’s Prairie Summer and all the videos will come up for you.
It’s a well done series by local people in Western Minnesota in a small town where farming is the main source of income so anything you can contribute toward the efforts to keep the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum going along with the theater group will be appreciated.
The shows are for the whole family with new scenes included – every year the community puts on a pageant with an outdoor play that is very well done. Tune in and let the kids see entertainment for the whole family. Stay safe everyone.
I just completed reading “The Master Cook and the Maiden”. The story was full of adventure and happenstance that led to romance and hope. I hope you take some time to learn of Alfwen and Swain as they meet and explore the purpose for their time on earth with all the beauty and danger that comes with living.
I recommend reading Lindsay Townsend’s books. The reader travels back in time to a place full of magic and love.
I’ve been listening to JD Robb’s latest In Death Book too, “Connections In Death”. Very well written & narrated by Susan Erickson. This series is about developing family connections beyond those related to you. It’s a community of characters helping one another out while doing their jobs. I recommend this series to all that enjoy crime drama & finding connections worth holding onto.
I’m on the final stretch for collecting donations to help Masonic Children’s Hospital fight Childhood cancers. Here’s the info should you want to give:
Below is the link to my photos from the July ride. I didn’t make the whole trip but the donations will still go for fighting childhood cancer. If you don’t want to give on my ride website https://chainbreakerride.org/rider/1327
All donations are 100% applied to childhood cancer research.
Thanks in advance for considering giving to a great Children’s hospital.
Mary Balogh’s “A Secret Affair” gets 5 Stars from me.
More than a great romance story between a strong woman and man. This story covered some of the ills of the period and how two caring people were able to make a difference for those unable to improve their lot in life on their own. Anne Flosnik does an excellent job bringing the characters to life with her narration on the audiobook. Well done production. Thank you Hennepin County library for providing the best selection of audio and ebook for any library of similar size.
Consider a young girl, Elizabeth, finds out her Mother didn’t give birth to her for love but to make the best out of a sperm donor’s DNA. Elizabeth finds herself at 16 a college student that has never been on a date nor has she ever been shopping with friends. She has an opportunity to have a day shopping with a girl from her old high school and forging fake ID’s for them to go out to a popular club.
Elizabeth soon finds herself running for her life. What comes next will change her life in ways she would have never dreamed possible.
Will this naive girl survive into womanhood? If so, what sort of life will she have?
All this and more will be answered by Nora Roberts as the story unfolds. You’ll discover what happened to Elizabeth, her Mother and the Federal Agents assigned to protect Elizabeth or is it to prosecute?
“The Witness,” kept me guessing. It is a snapshot of a girl left on her own with no guidance and the trouble that finds her. A Mother’s love is important and this story shows why on so many levels.
The adult Elizabeth finds she still has things to learn about finding and keeping love between a man and a woman too. She has to find the courage and wisdom within herself to pursue the man of her dreams while staying safe from the men from her nightmares.
Nora brings all the characters in this book to life from the shy and bookish Elizabeth to the sterile, demanding and unfeeling Mother you’ll find those you love and those you will love to hate in this adventure of the heart.
There are very few writers that could bring a character like Elizabeth to life, but Nora Roberts does it beautifully. From the style of Elizabeth’s hair to the experience of wearing her first pair of heals, you will not be disappointed. This is a definite re-read for me. So much detail needs to be savored.
I hope you pick up “The Witness” by Nora Roberts and see for yourself what makes this coming of age story a suspenseful drama full of mystery and hope. You can get the book in the following formats at the links below:
What sets “The Ornament” by Zeke Changuris apart making it a must read novel for all ages? This is the journey of a young photojournalist striving to be the best when the woman of his dreams starts working at the same TV news station. The courtship of Amy and Sam is full of all the detail of what goes into being a good news anchor and photojournalist along with all the personal struggles these two face living life.
Zeke shows us how a single frame of video captures the emotions of a moment out of time. He brings to sharp focus all that goes into being human from dating, marriage and finding the courage to say what’s in you heart to a woman you’ve loved all your life.
“The Ornament” allows us to see inside the TV news profession in a whole new way. Zeke details the ups and downs in a news anchor’s and photojournalist’s personal as well as professional life. The journey takes us to Hagerstown, Maryland to Operation Freedom in Iraq and back to Washington, DC.
Zeke Changuris writes from the heart about a profession he loves and how hard it is to find and keep true love. Zeke’s characters are easy to imagine as well as the places they inhabit. Vivid descriptions as only a photographer can capture are brought to life in Zeke’s dialog and narrative. Beautifully and poignantly written.
Reading to me is finding something new about the human condition that is both inspiring and helps me see myself a little more clearly. “The Ornament” does this and more. It pulls the emotions out of me. I feel for Sam and I have a better understanding of what a man experiences as he travels through life.
Thank you, Zeke Changuris for sharing these beautiful characters with me and all readers that enjoy a story that celebrates living life to the fullest. Keep on writing from the heart, Zeke, you have a gift to not only bring characters to life off the page but to also share the complex emotions that make up each and everyone of us.
From Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe at a Nora Roberts sponsored book signing event. I hope you all take a few minutes to check out this book and order from TTPBooks.com a safe and secure way to get books quickly and in great condition all over the world.
“The Ornament” is a must read book for our time for all ages. My book reviews are my own. I only strive to help readers find books that I’ve enjoyed and found some new insights into the human condition. Comments are welcomed.
I found this book on Twitter when Sheryl Seal (@sherylseal) tweeted the cover art. It is amazingly beautiful. When I found out it is the cover art of a book I knew I had to read it.
What’s so special about “Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)”? It takes us on journey into the spiritual part of our being. Into that part of us that makes us part of the universe. Sheryl also introduces us to the consequences of unharnessed emotion and the price we all pay when we fail to control our thoughts and feelings.
“Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” shows us why it is so important that we get to know our inner selves. Sheryl delves into what makes us human and unique. She demonstrates how important it is to be straight with ourselves and others.
Any young adult to senior citizen (rated G for wholesome family reading) will find “Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” engaging and inspiring. Sheryl writes from the heart and pens imagery like the cover art that moves us to try and capture all the beauty that is around us.
“Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” is fantasy that has roots in reality. All that experience life will find moments from Oria journey to womanhood that connect with their soul. Keep on writing Sheryl Seal you have a gift that speaks to the heart.
I purchased my copy for iPad Kindle on Amazon at this link:
Why do I recommend Daisy Goodwin’s “The American Heiress“?
First, the novel is well written with elements of romance but not focusing on the happily ever after concept. Instead Daisy Goodwin provides a fresh look at turn of the twentieth century America and England. Her perspective is a new one for me painting a picture of how truly callous the wealthy are during this era.
You’ll learn much about what a British title costs the young Cora Cash. Cora pursues the title to appease her Mother but finds herself drawn to a Duke she meets by chance.
I think what brings depth to “The American Heiress,” is the relationship between Cora and her maid, Bertha. As Cora is drawn more and more into the drama of English Aristocracy, Bertha is able to ground her on what’s most important. Bertha’s story is every bit as important to the plot of this excellent tale as Cora’s.
There’s also plenty mystery and intrigue as the story unfolds. Daisy Goodwin keeps me guessing until the final chapter.
Will Cora be happy? Is Bertha going to be able to keep her position and the love of her life? You won’t find out until the very end, but I can guarantee “The American Heiress” is a page turner that keeps you hooked until the very end.
I listened to the audiobook and found Katherine Kellgren’s narration engaging and full of emotion. A very well done production.
You can get an audiobook from iTunes or the book or e-book from Amazon at the following links.
On this blog click on the Weight link on the left to read about the beginning of my journey. I’m keeping my ongoing journey in Journal form on http://lifeafter50m.blogspot.com/
I have to share and celebrate how books change my life and bookstores with heart carry just the books you need. So glad I traveled to Boonsboro last July, hope all that are able attend this year as well. Find out more about the 2014 book signing and brunch with Nora on her blog at this link: http://fallintothestory.com/eventssignings/