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We read to know we're not alone - C.S. Lewis

Fan Cast: The Advent Bride
The Advent Bride - Mary Connealy

 

Melanie Douglas - Leighton Meester

Henry "Hank" O'Keefe - Adam Driver

 

Review: The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy
The Advent Bride - Mary Connealy

Title: The Advent Bride
Author: Mary Connealy
Series: The 12 Brides of Christmas, 1
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: 51 pages

Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Melanie Douglas attempts to connect with a troubled student using an advent box with hidden rewards. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a remarkable change in his son, he has to meet the new teacher. Will more than one prayer be answered in the small Nebraska town?

 

Favourite character: Melanie 
Least favourite character: Magda Rathbone

 

Mini-review: Oh my goodness, Mrs. Rathbone ruined this novella for me. It would've been so much better if she had either been removed or toned down by about ten, and stopped the accusations and demands. Other than that I enjoyed it. I liked the ending, but would've liked Simon's take more than "marry us we love you."

 

Fan Cast: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport
Accidentally Amish - Olivia Newport

Annie Friesen - Jennifer Lawrence

Rufus Beiler - Kendall Schmidt
Rick Stebbins - Alan Ritchison
Ruth Beiler - Billie Lourd

 

Review
2.5 Stars
Review: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport
Accidentally Amish - Olivia Newport

Title: Accidentally Amish
Author: Olivia Newport
Series: Valley of Choice, #1
Format: ebook
Length: 788 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 2.5 stars

 

Synopsis:

Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

 

Favourite character: Ruth
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review:

This felt confusing, not gonna lie. It’s four stories combined into one and the only thing really holding it together is their family tree, one of the stories taking place in the 1700s, which made it feel a bit…I don’t really know what the word is, but longer than necessary, I suppose. Then there was the fourteen different ways of spelling Beiler. It was also very stilted in writing, kind of like like the British or a robot or a British robot. Except for “I’m” there were no contractions, which you could expect from the Amish, but it’s everywhere and everyone, from the Amish, to the English, to the descriptions. It was “do not” instead of “don’t.” Which is fine, but when there’s one on every page, you start to pick up on it. It just doesn’t feel natural. Despite all of those things, I enjoyed it. I will most likely be finishing the series.

 

Fan Cast: They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

 

Victoria Jones - Lily James
Mr. Dakin - Peter Capaldi
Edward Goring - William Moseley
Henry Carmichael - Noof McEwan

Richard Baker - Tom Hiddleston
Dr. Pauncefoot Jones - Jim Broadbent

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

Title: They Came To Baghdad
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: N/A
Format: hardcover, bind-up
Length: 280 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis:
Baghdad is holding a secret superpower summit, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks.
Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.
The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words: Lucifer… Basrah… Lefarge.…

 

Favourite character: Victoria
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review:
I was super confused through parts of this, as it is very political and I know zilch about politics. Other than that it was a good book. Maybe not one of Agatha Christie's best, but it's a good mystery, even though the murder doesn't take place until halfway through the book.

 

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Review: The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2) by Pfeffer, Susan Beth [Hardcover(2008/6/1)] - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: The Dead and the Gone

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Series: Last Survivors, 2

Format: ebook

Length: 636 pages (iPhone)

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis: Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

 

Favourite character: Alex

Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: While not as shocking as the first one (because we know what to expect, it's the same things from someone else's perspective) it's still very hard-hitting. It's scary to read about and I like how Alex was left in charge of his sisters and he had to battle with the thoughts of being man of the house, a man his somewhat abusive father would be proud of.

I loved the Catholicism aspect.

Fan Cast: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda Evans - China Anne McClain

Laura Evans - Danai Gurira

Matt Evans - John Boyega

Jonny Evans - Caleb McLaughlin

Mrs. Nesbitt - Hayley Mills

Dr. Peter Elliot - Sean Murray

Megan Wayne - Cailee Spaeny

Mr. Evans - Anthony Mackie

Lisa Evans - Kate Mara

Dan - Alex Wolff

Sammi - Gracie Dzienny

 

Movie Review: A Christmas Carol (1999)

 

Title: A Christmas Carol

Release Date: December 5, 1999

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Dominic West, Ian McNeice

Length: 1h 35min

Rating: PG

 

Favourite characters: the Ghosts

Crush: Bob Cratchit

Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: I don't know if it's the fact that it was made in the 90s (no hate, just being honest) or if it's because a Hallmark movie, or if it's because it's a 90s Hallmark movie, but I found this almost awkward. Not the CGI ghosts or anything, that actually seemed okay for it's time. It was the acting. Actors who are normally AMAZING like Patrick Stewart and Richard E. Grant, felt like they were giving half-hearted performances. Don't get me wrong, they were good, they just felt weak. Like I know that Cratchit is supposed to be a gentle and quiet kind of dude, but he felt too quiet and gentle. Ian McNeice was fantastic, he always is.

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: Life As We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: The Last Survivors, 1
Format: ebook
Length: 746 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis: Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

 

Favourite character: Matt
Least favourite character: Miranda & Megan

 

Mini-review: This was kind of incredible. So why the low rating, you may ask? Good question.

First though, I want to talk about how scary this book is. I'm talking about, it's so well written and believable that when you put the book down, you have to convince yourself your not in that world and if you go get a snack your not wasting your supplies. 

The bad part(s) of this book? If it hadn't been narrated by Miranda and if Megan had been less overzealous.

 

Originally posted on If This Bookworm Has Offended

Review
4 Stars
Fan Cast: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

Miss Jane Marple - Hayley Mills

Leonard "Len" Clement - Peter Capaldi

Griselda Clement - Joanne Froggatt

Inspector Slack - Burn Gorman

Lawrence Redding - Domhnall Gleeson

Anne Protheroe - Anna Maxwell Martin

Lettice Protheroe - Elizabeth Debicki

Colonel Melchett - Pip Torrens

Dennis Clement - Tom Holland

Gladys Cram - Anna Popplewell

Mary - Ruby Bentall

Amanda Hartnell - Lesley Nicol

Martha Price Ridley - Pam Ferris

Caroline Wetherby - Linda Bassett

Mr. Hawes - Luke Norris

Estelle Lestrange - Gwendoline Christie

Raymond West - James D'Arcy

Dr. Haydock - Guy Henry

 

Reading progress update: I've read 2%.
Reluctant Brides Collection:  Love Comes as a Surprise to Six Independent Women of Yesteryear - Janet Spaeth, Rosey Dow, Yvonne Lehman, Susannah Hayden, Colleen L. Reece, Cathy Marie Hake

Should've seen that coming.

Movie Review: Little Women (2019)

 

Title: Little Women

Release Date: December 25, 2019

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

Length: 2h 15min

Rating: PG

 

Favourite character: Jo and Marmee

Crush: Laurie

Least favourite character: Aunt March

 

Mini-review: This movie is fantastic! I went into so nervous that they would butcher it and came out loving it even more than the Winona Ryder 1994 version, which was my childhood. Everyone so well cast and well played (except Meryl Streep, who I felt could've been recasted and done so much better than someone else). I almost never cry at movies and I cried 3 times in the first half of the movie. I adored it.

Review
4 Stars
Audiobook Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Joan Hickson

Title: The Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

Narrator: Richard E. Grant

Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

Rating: 4 stars

 

Review: I loved this. Richard E. Grant has a fantastic voice. I loved listening to him. Every new character, even a maid with one scene, had a different accent or pitch. I think he used every accent in the UK and Ireland at least once. I loved the details. I really enjoyed listening to this and I recommend this audiobook.

Review
4 Stars
Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

Title: The Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: Miss Marple, 1

Format: hardcover, large print

Length: 332 pages

Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.

 

Favourite character: Miss Marple

Least favourite character: Lettice

 

Mini-review: I enjoyed this. I had completely forgotten the ending so it was like reading it for the first time all over again. I love how Agatha Christie ties everything up at the end so you almost never have any questions. 

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