Books

Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer

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My book review of “Worth the Wait” written by Karen Witemeyer

In my view…

This book is about a woman who lives with her son in a women’s village. Because of her past and because she met an important person she decided to live here, in Harper’s Station. This woman who is named Victoria Adams and is referred to often as ‘Tori’ [in the Dutch version though], is very ambitious and starts a shop. Every item that belongs to or is part of or is needed for a household, is a come and go in this shop. Business is going well and Victoria decides to travel to some nearby villages and stop at every house. Having a chat and maybe some business can be done and she will have more customers. In this story there is not an exact time period given in which this story takes place, but you can imagine a period like 1850, before cars were invented and people travelled by horses and carriages.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I rarely found a spelling mistake and the pace of the writing style is nice. It quickens up a bit towards the end. It is a really nice short book and is an inbetweener of a series named ‘Harper’s Station’. I did not know that when I was reading it, found out later on. You do not really notice it in the writing, only that a few people seem more familiar with each other and you think you miss a piece of history somewhere. Although towards the end these pieces are completed as well so you can read it as a standalone too.

Main characters

MAIN CHARACTER(S) EXPLANATION – NOT TELLING ABOUT THE STORY

There are a lot of characters that come forward in this short novel. The main characters are Victoria Adams, Lewis Adams, Benjamin Porter and Emma Chandler (Shaw). Other quickly mentioned character names are: Malachi Shaw, Alberta Chandler, Grace Mallory, Angus Johnson, Bartholomeüs Porter, Marlow Hutchins, Paul Crawley, Hazel McPhearson, Sarah McPhearson, Colin McPhearson, Helios, Hermes, Hercules, Maybelle, Jed Crawley, Frannie Crawley, Michael Crawley, and Daphne Crawley.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Films

Restless (2012)

Poster from IMDb.com, their copyright.
Poster from IMDb.com, their copyright.
In my view…

The story is about a woman who is living her normal life in 1975. Thirty years after the end of World War II. Her mother is now and then a bit anxious and was until recently dependent on a wheelchair. The film is written with long flashbacks. Stories told from the mother to her daughter. And the daughter – Ruth – who is doing a research to the World War II and the role of some persons and secret services. The mother, who’s real name is not Mrs. Gilmartin but Eva Delectorskaya – has written everything down for her daughter so she can investigate what happened over 30 years ago and why her mother’s life might be still in danger.

I skip writing about the middle part because this would lead to factual spoilers. Some facts have not a lot to do with the characters or with predicting the story of the film, but give a little imagination of the settings in which the story of this film is written.

At a certain moment towards the end I found the flashbacks more confusing and they switched more quickly. But this was also important because it speeded it up a little bit and also held the tension of the film viewer close to the story.

The end – description of feelings – no facts spoiling

The end is in my opinion surprising, I did not expect that concluding end of the film. I predicted the end differently, way differently. But I did not exactly know what to expect either. The current time of the film – 1975  – was quite clear and in an average pace. But the end of the part of the flashbacks, was the part that was really surprising. Not only the end but in fact the whole part. You are constantly questioning yourself: what is yet to come?

But again, I did not expect that ending and the quickness the whole clue is being explained. So simply explained, so short, so genius. It felt like all the puzzle pieces of all characters and happenings fell into place.

The film has a sad end. And I don’t like it when people die or really good actors and actresses play an important role and one of the characters they play die. According to the story it had to be and I understand. And for the other main character, this leads to a happy end. So the film has a happy end as well.

The Writing

To write a screenplay like this – with such extremities in happy and sad, beloved and betrayed, well-kept secrets and conspiracies – is a skill not many people possesses as far as I have seen and discovered.

The Cast

This film has been made by a wonderful cast full of great British actors and actresses. Rufus Sewell who plays now and then the sweet guy and now and then the bad guy. Great actor for his role! And Michelle Dockery who is also known for her role in Downton Abbey, plays a sweet kind smart woman who knows how to stand her ground. Charlotte Rampling is the best known actress of this film. With her filmography of over 120 roles! And you will see her five! times this year in the cinemas. And of course the good lord of the Harry Potter films – after late Richard Harris – Michael Gambon! Also names that are coming up such as Alexander Fehling and Tom Brooke

 

Trailer:

I am not telling too much about the story – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it times and if you did not figure out the story completely, it is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Barista! | Solace – Elsbeth Witt

Cover design: Studio Marlies Visser Authorphoto: Desiree Engelage
Cover design: Studio Marlies Visser Authorphoto: Desiree Engelage

My book review of “Solace” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

The trilogy is based on three young women who are baristas at a coffee bar named Barista!. In the first book was the main character Laura. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Café au Lait . In the second and previous volume the main character was Iris. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Sweet Irruption. In this sequel and the final one of the trilogy the character Sophie is the main character of the book. The other two women are still important side characters.

In my view this book is a nice final volume of the trilogy. Lots and lots becomes clear about how it all started in the first book Café au Lait and Sophie has also her own extraordinary life. A life not many would expect when you start with this series. But it is beautifully written and fits in my imagination about her character. She is my namesake but our lives are quite different. What we have in common is our love for music, smoothies and sometimes a piece of cake.

Writing style / spelling

In this sequel and final volume I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes. Nearly at the end I had trouble with a sentence, but it was no grammar mistake, I had just read the sentence too quickly.

Main characters

 

The main characters and the important side characters are mostly explained in the previous volumes. This volume is more about Sophie. She is a young mother who loves to sing, works at Barista! and needs to keep her life and that of her daughter, running with order and regularity. Some strange things and some coincidences happen that makes her head spinning. A couple of persons are becoming more important in her life. Her daughter Yasmina, her nice Nadia, a man from the past named Mitch, the brother of Laura named Matthijs and a professional guitar player named Mark. I guess the author was in a mood of giving nearly all the men in the book a name that starts with ‘M’. Anyways how all those people are related or how big the role is they play, I will not explain to avoid spoilers.

My main question after completing these series:

Do you love coffee now more than ever?

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Barista! | Sweet Irruption – Elsbeth Witt

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Cover from goodreads.com

My book review of “Sweet Irruption” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the second of a trilogy about Barista! In this sequel Iris seems to have a settled life. Living in a house, finished her bachelor study and even finished a masters study. But something happens that will change her life drastically. Will she find a new love? Will she start a business on her own? What are her plans anyways? What does she really want in life. After a while she makes a couple of decisions and they do not really depend on each other, but every decision affects another decision. If it all will turn out good or turn out bad – depends also on what your expectations are when you read the book – is something I leave up to you,

Writing style / spelling

This sequel has no grammar or spelling mistakes so it reads quick in a nice pace.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Iris. Iris is a graduated student in Psychology and has also finished a Master’s study. She lives together with her boyfriend and has everything settles, except that she has no job.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Barista! | Café au Lait – Elsbeth Witt

Cover copyright Xander Uitgevers
Cover copyright Xander Uitgevers

My book review of “Café au Lait” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the first book of a trilogy about three women who are baristas in a coffee bar in Utrecht. A city crowded with students and lots of them studying in the medicine or psychology scene. Also these three baristas. Though they have their own life that is quite different from the other, they all come in one place: Barista! The coffeebar with their Italian boss Luigi.

Writing style / spelling

I have read this book in the summer of 2015 and I have not discovered any spelling or grammar mistakes. It is a book you can read within a few days or evenings. You read easily ~100 pages a day.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Laura. And Laura is head over heels when suddenly a handsome man steps by at Barista! Her colleague Iris is one of her best friends and she has – in contrast to Laura – quite a steady study period. Iris got her job at Barista! thanks to Laura and the Italian Luigi – the boss of Barista!

A book full of Italian coffee, now and then a cupcake and just lots of love for the job and the people around them.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Films

Ice Castles (2010)

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In my view…

The story of this television broadcasted film (sadly not been in cinemas) is about a young girl who dreams of figure skating and one day becoming a champion. The road to achieve such a succes is hard and she has to leave her family for a while. The beauty of this film is, at a sudden point she does not see that well anymore and she goes back to her family who always support her. From that moment on, she becomes a strong woman who makes her own decisions.

As far as I know, I have never seen acting the people of the top characters before. They fulfilled their role beautifully and sometimes a bit more simple. But this film is a remake of the film Ice Castles (1978). And in my opinion is that time difference not that clear.

The sport figure skating is beautiful! And this film shows that even with bad luck, tragedy or something negative in your life. If you really want something and fight for it, you can do it! And even better when your closests family and friends always got your back

A lovely film to watch on just a weekday evening.

Trailer:

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Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Netherby Halls – Claudy Conn and Claudette Williams

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My book review of “Netherby Halls” written by Claudy Conn and Claudette Williams

Title: Netherby Halls
Author: Claudy Conn / Claudette Williams
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Fiction / Light Thriller
ISBN: 9781301943999
Year 1st edition & read edition: 1977 & 2013
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: ‘Sassy’ [English]
Read language: English
Pages: 250
Places: Bristol / London / Netherby / Sutton / Tanderlay
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I hope you like the book too. It is a quite good book! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Books, Films, Lists, Series

Books to films in 2016

Not only YA books, áll books!
The book becomes a film anno 2016

The new year has started so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2016! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (January 5th, 2016). If a book was not mentioned in the media before in those lists – as far as I have seen – I have written New to the list beneath the title to make it clear. If I write …As in… means the author(s) of the book wrote a … kind of book.

The list sorted by release date

January 2016 – Total = 6 films

  • 14th, The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
  • 21th, Legend – John Pearson
    New to the list!
  • 21th, The Big Short – Michael Lewis
    New to the list!
  • 28th, The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • 28th, The Revenant – Michael Punke
    New to the list!  And partly based on the novel.
  • 28th, The Finest Hours – Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
    New to the list!

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Films

Julie and Julia (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009). Poster design by BLT Communications, LLC.

Title: Julie & Julia
Genre: Biography / Drama / Romance
Director: Nora Ephron
Writers (book): Julie Powell / Julia Child (‘My Life in France) / Alex Prud’homme (‘My Life in France’)
Writer (screenplay): Nora Ephron
Country: United States of America
Language spoken: English and French
Release Date: 30 July 2009
Release in NL: 15 October 2009
Time: 123 min.
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.
IMDb rating: 7,0 / 10
Rating: 9 / 10

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

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Films

Beastly (2011)

Beastly (2011)  a film of drama, magical fantasy and romance
Beastly (2011) a film of drama, magical fantasy and romance Poster copyright: IMDb.com

In my view…
The film ‘Beastly’ is a fantasy film – reminds you of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – in a modern suit. Yes, really a suited up version. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has its own fantasy classic charms and ‘Beastly’ has its own more reality-linked charms. The films are both charm and charming as well.
You would think that when I mention ‘Beauty and the Beast’ there are those little magical surroundings in ‘Beastly’ too. But they are not. In this film the charms is in and comes from the characters of the story. Only they are magical or special in some other way.

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