• Film and TV Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Love, Life, and Tuck Everlasting

    As a lover of period dramas there are countless that I adore, but few have managed to eclipse my love affair with the 2002 film, Tuck Everlasting. I love absolutely everything about this story. From the beautiful costumes, to Winnie’s stunning Victorian house, to the cozy “Tuck” home and the breathtaking scenes of nature, this film is mesmerizingly gorgeous. A coming of age story with a fantastic twist, it tells the story of young Winnifred “Winnie” Foster, played by Alexis Bledel, a young girl on the cusp of womanhood. Stifled by her prim and proper life, and desperate to avoid being sent to boarding school, she flees into the woods…

  • Book Talk,  Uncategorized

    The Secret Garden on Screen: Old and New

    Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, has been a beloved story in my family for many years. My mother read it to my aunt when she was young, and then later to me and my sister. Carrying a message of hope and renewal, the tale of a little girl who learns to bring a garden back to life, and along with it, the hearts of all whose lives she touches, including her own, is a timeless classic of children’s literature. And since there hasn’t been a major adaptation for years, not since the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland starring Kate Maberly (Daniel Deronda), I was really excited to see…

  • Book Talk

    Simpler Times and Strawberry Acres

    Hello all! I am back again with a fun, and rare find that I guarantee is not something you already have on your shelves, but something you hopefully may want to add after reading this! But first, a bit about me. As many people who know me in real life know, I was homeschooled growing up. My mother also had a very large library, (and still does.) I grew up lucky enough then to have access to a wide-range of children’s literature of all kinds, and I still remember lying on the little, padded bench, tucked in a small nook under the cabinets of our converted library space, my nose…