Monday, February 18, 2013

The Penning Board 2013-7

The Penning Board Items of the Week

Movie: "What a Girl Wants” – Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth and Oliver James
I had to write about this movie. Sure, it’s not a groundbreaking, award winning film, but it is one of my favorite movies. At moments, this film is hilarious and a bit silly but at others it is sweet and endearing, especially the moments between the main character and her father. 
Plus, I just bought my plane ticket for a return trip to England this spring and many future movies I watch will definitely involve London (like this one does) and other U.K. locales. 
If you need a pick-me-up and want to see a bit of London, check out this film. It will make you smile.
Interesting News: “Take in a City’s Sights and Cuisine at the Same Time”

Get a taste of the next big thing in sightseeing tours—Gourmet Bus by Grupo Julia/Gray Line Spain. Enjoy one of Barcelona’s newest and most innovative tours, combining a panoramic sightseeing tour of one of the world’s most elegant cities with an on-board, haute-cuisine dinner.

Travelers to Barcelona have been lining up to experience this revolutionary new concept combining world-class haute cuisine prepared by a Michelin-starred chef and the unbeatable views of a new city. 
The state-of-the-art Gourmet Bus coaches boast an innovative design combining the aesthetics of a fine restaurant with the panoramic views of a comfortable tour bus. Each customer is treated to a personal iPad for the duration of the tour, highlighting the famous sights surrounding them while they experience the city with all five senses. Visit the Gourmet Bus tour page for more information.
What do you think? Would you like to do a gourmet bus tour? Or do you think this tour might feel a bit overwhelming?

I really enjoyed this book from Susan Meissner. I love books that flow back and forth from present day to past…and I should since this style is how I write. :)
Meissner is a fantastic writer and the story line and depth of the history, along with her superb writing, held me captivated well up until the ending, which came quite as a surprise. I can’t wait to pick up another of Meissner’s novels. “Lady in Waiting” is her next one on my list. 

For more information about Meissner, check out her website here and this book here.

Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

Bible Verse: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Song: “I Won't Give Up” by Jason Mraz

I enjoy many of Jason Mraz’s songs, but this one takes the cake. Gorgeous, gorgeous song! My friends just got married this past weekend and this was their first dance song. If you haven’t heard it, you must…so click here. :)


  1. Your review makes me want to read 'The Shape of Mercy.'

    As far as 'What a Girl Wants,' if it has Colin Firth in it, it's probably worth watching!

    1. You should definitely read "The Shape of Mercy"! It was a really good read.

      Also you are right. If Colin Firth is in it, it is most likely worth our time. :)

  2. So exciting that you're going to England, Morgan!!

    And The Shape of Mercy sounds so good--I hadn't heard of it before, nor the author, but I'd like to check them out. I too enjoy books that move back and forth between contemporary and past, and it doesn't seem like there are too many out there--all I can think of right now are Lynn Austin's Wings of Refuge and Lauraine Snelling's The Brushstroke Legacy, both of which I really enjoyed. I'm glad you're writing one! Blessings. :)

    1. Hello my friend!

      I'm pumped about England! I'd love to check out Oxford, but it's not part of my itinerary this time. There's just too much to see. :)

      Yes, you must read some Susan Meissner. She is a really good writer. I also love Susanna Kearsley's "The Winter Sea." It's secular but clean and a fabulous read in the back and forth time period style.

      Thanks for the encouragement for my book! I'm writing Book Two now. Woohoo! Hope your writing is going great too! ttyl. Have a great weekend!