Thursday, January 29, 2009

Encore Presentation on Masterpiece Theatre of Sense & Sensibility!!

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Sense and Sensibility

Airing February 1-8, 2009 on PBS check local listings

Sisters Elinor (Hattie Morahan, The Golden Compass) and Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield, Jane Eyre) have opposite approaches when it comes to the pursuit of love. One is tempered and rational, the other impulsive and full of youthful passion. The sisters attract a trio of suitors -- handsome Edward Ferrars (Dan Stevens, The Line of Beauty), heroic Colonel Brandon (David Morrissey, State of Play), and effusive John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper, The History Boys). But are the men as genuine as they seem? A romantic odyssey full of seduction and abandonment unfolds in Andrew Davies's bold adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Sense Behind the Scenes Video
The cast, the costumes, the locations and the relentless rain that threatened to ruin it all.

A Life Coach Takes on Austen
Author and coach Cheryl Richardson on the surprising insights Jane Austen has for your 21st century life.

The Men of Austen
Heroic Brandon or passionate Willoughby? Meet Austen's heroic, aloof, and dashing leading men, and pick your favorite.

Longing, Betrayal and Redemption
Screenwriter Andrew Davies on his sultry start and invented scenes in Sense and Sensibility, and why Austen's book deserved another draft.

If you missed it last fall, or if you are like I am and just want to watch it again... Do not miss it!

Scrapping Plans by Rebeca Seitz: a review

Scrapping Plans (Sisters, Ink #3) Scrapping Plans by Rebeca Seitz

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the play on words with this title, because it really means many different things. At least it did to me. One thing with this book that I would preface, is that I would definitely say it is for an older audience, college age and married. I would not give this one to a teen girl, because I feel the "marital bliss" although wonderful and fully appreciated would be out of place for a young reader.

Earnestly, I could hardly put the book down even in the sad parts. This is the third book in the Sisters, Ink Series. Reading the back cover or description blurb you know that it is about Joy Sinclair. She is the sister with Chinese ancestry. From the previous books you know that she is married and shy. Reading the pictures and description you know that she is having a bit of an issue with infertility, you know one of her sisters gets pregnant, and you know that she debates a trip to her "home land".

What you do not know is all of the twists and turns and amazing depths and insights that the author takes you on. Bits of the book are written in a journey or thought like entry from Joy's deepest thoughts. Going with her on this journey is incredibly moving and educational. As a reader, you think one thing is going to happen, and then something entirely different occurs. At first I was unsure if I was happy with the change, but Rebeca's writing guides you to a point without manipulation or controversy of your thoughts.

It is a fabulous story. I recommend it for a read, but I do recommend that you read the series in order, to fully appreciate what occurs in the lives of the Sinclair sisters.

As a person who has dealt with infertility and some of the almost same issues of the heart that occur in this book with sisters and other things this book was an incredible piece to open into my heart, and I feel extremely blessed that God brought it to me at this point in my life. Go read it, read them all! I cannot wait for the next one later this year!

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Click here to pre order and buy.
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805446923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446920

Fabulous Contest!

Jump on over to Preacher's Daughter, author Jamie Carie's blog as she is having an fabulous contest for you to enter!

Jamie Carie is doing an amazing giveaway on her blog - a $150 giftcard to edressme she only has two entries so far and it finishes on Feb 1st.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Wish List "Currently"

Surrendered Heart, A (The Broadmoor Legacy, Book #3)

Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel, Book #1)

A Love to Last Forever (The Brides of Gallatin County, Book 2)

A Dream to Call My Own (The Brides of Gallatin County, Book #3)

The Host: A Novel


Beyond This Moment (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 2)

The Inheritance

Forevermore (Texas Historical Series, #2)

Fancy Pants (Texas Historical Series, #1)


Enduring Love (Sydney Cove, book #3)

Beloved Counterfeit (Fairweather Keys, Book 3)

Hollys Heart, vol. 2: Books 6-10

Hollys Heart, vol. 3: Books 11-14

The Mandie Collection: Volume One: 1

Mandie Collection, The, Vol. 2

Mandie Collection, The (Vol 3, bks 11-15)

Mandie Collection, The (Vol, 4 bks 16-20)

Mandie Collection, The (Vol 5, bks. 21-25)

Two old reviews: Missing Mary & Miss Potter

Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Church Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Church by Charlene Spretnak

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a book that I read as part of a full semester independent study of the differences between the Lutheran and Catholic Churches. I wrote a detailed research paper on Marian Devotion. This was one of the best books that I read during that whole study.

It contains annotations and underlines through out. It was a fabulous read, and I'm excited to have it back on my shelf after it's long term loan to my sister for more than three years. *grin*

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Miss Potter: The Novel Miss Potter: The Novel by Richard Maltby Jr.

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a book that I had the opportunity to read while visiting my sister in the spring after the birth of her fourth child. It is the novelization of the fairly recent movie Miss Potter and it is quite enchanting.

I quite enjoying going into the mind of Beatrix Potter and getting to know her and bits of her life a little bit better. There were some fully depressing points in life that I did not expect, but they are not entirely surprising and I was able to be sad with her and expectant with her at all the right times.

I do recommend this read.

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