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Items of the Week
Movie: “Remember Sunday” (2013) – Alexis Bledel and Zachary Levi
A lonely waitress meets a handsome, quirky jewelry store clerk who had a brain aneurysm and thus has short-term memory loss.
This new TV movie was really cute – though it reminded me a little bit of a cleaner version of “50 First Dates.” For a cute movie to watch with your significant other or just the girls, check it out.
News: “Tatum and Gordon-Levitt in Talks for ‘Guys and Dolls’ Remake”
If you liked Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum's brief turns as songs and dance men at the Oscars last February, the good news is there are plans to cast them together in a splashy big screen musical.
20th Century Fox has struck a deal to make a new film version of "Guys and Dolls," the classic Broadway musical by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, with songs by Frank Loesser. Reports have it that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are in talks to play the leading roles, good-natured gangsters Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson.
“Guys and Dolls” is not only a classic Broadway musical-turned-film in 1955 but one of my favorite musicals of all time.
What is your favorite musical? Has it been made into a film?
Book: “The Distant Hours” by Kate Morton
It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II.
The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls.
The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. In this enthralling romantic thriller, Morton pays homage to the classics of gothic fiction, spinning a rich and intricate web of mystery, suspense, and lost love.
If you have not read bestselling author Kate Morton, you are a bit behind on the times. :) She is a superb writer and storyteller and weaves intricate tales that are reminiscent of du Maurier’s Rebecca. (Plus don't you love that book cover!)
At times, haunting, romantic, mesmerizing, a bit depressing, there is no doubt that Morton is consistent as one of today’s most prolific fiction authors. I definitely recommend this book or her second novel, “The Forgotten Garden” to see what you think of these international bestsellers.
For more information about the author click here and about the book click here.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” – Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
“A well composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter any other way.” - Caroline Gordon
Song: “Pioneer” – The Band Perry
I’m a big fan of The Band Perry and their new album has been happily stuck in my CD player for days now. Definitely worth listening to in its entirety, but this song is especially amazing—makes me think of the great men and women who founded and settled my home—the United States of America.
Check it out here.