Top Ten Tuesday -Fall 2018 TBR List

Today’s Topic: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Well, as is already well established, my TBR pile, existing and future, will already require a couple of lifetimes to complete. But hey, why let a little detail like that stop me when there are new releases to drool over. Here are a few I am adding to my TBR library this fall.

An Act of Villainy -I’m still one book behind, but I’m so excited about the latest release in the historical mystery series.

All Made Up -I’m thrilled about the fourth contemporary romance from New Zealand native Kara Isaac! I’m also hoping to catch up with some old favorites from her previous books.

Rose in Three-Quarter Time -I fell in love with Vienna thanks to author Rachel McMillan’s earlier novella. That romance continues in the second. I actually just finished it and Spoiler Alert! I loved it!

On Magnolia Lane -I never miss a book by Denise Hunter. And that gorgeous cover is bound to be a reflection of the equally gorgeous story inside, based on my past experience.

The Liberty Bride -I’m enjoying this multi-author historical fiction series Daughters of the Mayflower. Plus, I’ve been a long time fan of author Marylu Tyndall’s sea-based stories.

Royally in Trouble -Jenny B Jones is one of my must read authors. I adore the humor in what are often deeply thoughtful stories. There’s still no release date yet, but I’m looking forward to the continuation of her cozy mystery series.

Lies We Tell Ourselves -I always look forward to any new releases from contemporary author Amy Matayo. I’ve been a fan since her indie debut. Her latest looks to be emotional and introspective. I’m gonna go on a limb and say I will probably end up crying over it.

Searching For You -Jody Hedlund always writes profound stories based on lesser known stories in history. In this series she tackles orphan trains and the involvement of three sisters. I’m always up for a good sister book especially when it is historical fiction.

Hunting for Silence -I’m obsessed with this series and with Lilly Linton and her boss Rikkard Ambrose. I even joined Radish so that I could read the books that aren’t yet available on Amazon. In the last novel, the two finally admitted their feelings, so I’m curious to see where the story takes them next.

Marilla of Green Gables -This is the book I have been waiting for without knowing it! Who isn’t curious about the earlier people and events that made Marilla Cuthbert who she was in the Anne series?

What are some of your most anticipated TBR new releases?

Why Season Eight May Be Suits Best

I’ve been a faithful viewer of USA’s series Suits ever since it’s premiere. I was instantly captured by the bromance which developed by main characters Harvey Specter(Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). It is their friendship which kept me watching through seven seasons of ups and downs. That, along with the lovely romance which develops between Mike and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) as well as the romantic tension between Harvey and long time colleague Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty). But the end of season seven neatly wraps up  these three story lines. With the departure of Mike and Rachel and the seemingly final resolution to Harvey and Donna’s potential for romance, I wasn’t sure I would continue watching the series. All my favorite reasons for viewing were gone.

However, I’m here to argue that season eight just may be Suits best yet. It includes the addition of Rachel’s father Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) to the firm of Specter-Litt along with his protégé and favorite pit bull Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl). Continue reading “Why Season Eight May Be Suits Best”

Classic Film Review -Topper (1937)

Cary Grant is the quintessential leading man in both dramas and comedies. But I prefer his comedic films. He had a skill for appearing silly while also still being suave and sophisticated. One of my favorite among his comedy films is Topper. Made just as his star was hitting it’s peak, it is the last film in which he ever played a supporting role.

TOPPER SYNOPSIS

George and Marion Kerby are a socialite couple with few responsibilities. They live a fast, lively and glamorous life. One of the few drags on their carefree life is the annual board of directors meeting at a bank George owns. Once a year, he is forced to attend by the bank manager Cosmo Topper.

After a night of partying followed by the board meeting the next morning, George and Marion are killed in a car wreck. They are perplexed as to why they remain on earth instead of immediately going to the afterlife. Marion believes it is because they haven’t done anything that would earn them a spot in heaven. So they decide that they must accomplish one good deed. They settle on liberating their bank manager, Mr. Topper from the rigid and regimented life enforced by his wife.

Topper finds his life unwillingly and completely turned upside down by his ghostly friends. But before long, he begins to see the benefit of allowing a little joy and fun into his mundane existence.

For the full review please follow me over to The Silver Petticoat Review.

 

Lauren Bacall Blogathon -How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)

I’ve been a classic film fan since I was a young girl. But I didn’t have much access to them back then. Unless they were available at the library or occassionally airing on our local television stations, I was out of luck. One of the handful of movies I remember watching as a kid is How To Marry a Millionaire. Since then, I’ve seen it countless times. It is one of a few films that never fails to surprise me, no matter how many times I watch it. I always forget how funny it is!

FILM SYNOPSIS

Schatze, Pola and Loco are three models who devise a scheme to marry rich men. They agree to share the lease on a New York penthouse. Schatze believes that they must put themselves in the same orbit as men of wealth in order to attract them. And if they must pawn the furnishings of their new apartment to make ends meet while they hunt, well then, a girl must do what is necessary.

Schatze: You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap. All right so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.

Loco: You mean marry him?

Schatze: If you don’t marry him, you haven’t caught him, he’s caught you.

Continue reading “Lauren Bacall Blogathon -How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)”

Book Review -Impossible Saints

SUMMARY

Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.

As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for. Continue reading “Book Review -Impossible Saints”

Top Ten Tuesday -Hidden Gems in Books, Series and Authors

Today’s Topic: Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Ooh, I love this week’s topic. Nothing excites me more than discovering a wonderful book or author, that no one else is talking about yet. I love to share these discoveries with other readers. Partly because I’m proud to have found something no one else is talking about but mainly because I like to share the love.  This week’s choices are a mixture of hidden gem authors, series and/or books that I think deserve more praise and attention. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hidden Gems in Books, Series and Authors”

August Classic Film Quickie Reviews

I watch many more films than I have time or interest to review. So, I am trying  something a little different this month. I thought I would share the list of (new to me) classic films I watched during the month and my brief impressions of each. Let me know what you think.

George Brent & Kay Francis in Stranded

Without Honor (1949) -An unexpectedly intriguing drama about an adulterous wife who accidentally stabs her lover. Meanwhile, her vindictive brother-in-law tries to ruin her marriage. Laraine Day is an underrated actress in my opinion. Here she stars and gives an excellent performance.

Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) -I’m working my way through Robert Taylor’s films. He is a former combat pilot who has lost his nerve and is hiding out from his life and wife in Spain. Dorothy Malone is gorgeous as his wife, but otherwise the movie is rather forgettable. Continue reading “August Classic Film Quickie Reviews”

Classic Film Review -Father is a Bachelor (1950)

SUMMARY

Johnny Rutledge (William Holden) is rootless bachelor who works for a traveling medicine show. When his employer is arrested, Johnny finds himself cooling his heels in a small town, while awaiting his employer’s release.

While out fishing he comes across a small cabin where the five young Chalotte siblings live. The oldest child confesses that his parents are dead and he is trying to keep the family together. Johnny feels sorry for them, but explains to young January that he can’t stick around to help. Past experiences have left him with a distaste for anything resembling roots or commitment. Still Johnny finds himself drawn to these children named after the months of the year. He also finds himself more and more intertwined in their lives.

When the beautiful Prudence (Coleen Gray) stops by the Chalotte home and discovers the children living there without adult supervision, Johnny steps in to keep them from being split up. But can this roaming bachelor really transform into a stable family man? Continue reading “Classic Film Review -Father is a Bachelor (1950)”

Book Review – Ramble and Roar

SUMMARY

Eliza Belcourt has everything money can buy, except the love and approval of her parents. After they force her into an unwanted engagement to save her father’s business, Eliza flees to New York City to pursue her dream of being a famous singer.

Hugh Whitmore has loved Eliza for years. When Eliza rejects him, he heads to New York to expand his father’s business. He is also determined to prove to Eliza that they are perfect for each other.

Warren Moore is a dangerous and mysterious man. Only twenty three, he has risen in the ranks of New York’s Irish mafia by doing whatever was necessary. It’s a world where trust doesn’t exist and loyalty is everything. When Warren’s past catches up with him, it is his loyalty that becomes suspect.

Three people looking for approval. Eliza, Hugh and Warren find their lives slowly intermingling in New York. But they may be surprised by just how much they have in common. Continue reading “Book Review – Ramble and Roar”

Top Ten Tuesday -Bingeworthy Streaming Series

Today’s Topic: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies (The new fall TV season is starting up this month, so let’s talk about what shows everyone should watch when they’re not reading!)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Aside from one or two TV programs I watch with my best friend, I’m not much of a television watcher. Most of the shows I enjoy best are British series aired on PBS. So instead, I’ve decided to share some the series I’ve found on various streaming sites that I really liked. These are definitely worth binge-watching. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Bingeworthy Streaming Series”