It’s true! I was cheesed into The Knight Before Christmas!
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Interesting article. Netflix has picked up the first two seasons. Diana is working on another book. This article was published in Oprah Magazine on May 15. Follow link to read.
Gabaldon is currently working on the series’ ninth book titled Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone.
I have been overdue for a good period drama and waiting patiently for the release of this film. In anticipation, I ordered the book but found it to be a compilation of letters and not written like a regular novel so I put it aside.
After seeing the trailer for the movie version, I’m so thankful it’s finally out. There’s no disappointment whatsoever in this touching story staring Lily James. As usual, I find her adorable, and her performance goes well in this sometimes heartbreaking story that eventually has a happy ever after.
The story is about Juliet Ashton, an author from London, who receives a letter after the war in 1946 from a peculiar group of people who calls themselves The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. They are a book club that was formed on the Isle of Guernsey (a British island in the Channel), during the German occupation. Curious about the group, Juliet travels to the location to meet those who make up the book club. In doing so, she learns of the years of occupation in which they endured and a very sad story about one of their members.
The story jumps back and forth from the present to the war, giving insight as to what actually happened to the characters now speaking to her in 1946. Juliet wants to write about their experiences, but the club would prefer that she does not because of the pain it represents in their lives.
The others who star in the movie are some of your favorites, such as Tom Courtenay, Katherine Parkinson, and Penelope Wilton who does a wonderful job in her role. Add to the cast is Matthew Goode, and you have a well-rounded, experienced group of seasoned actors.
Though you may find the movie a bit slow in parts, it’s worth the scenes to take the slow walk on the beach or run around the pig pen to get the feel of the location and its people. If you’re a period drama junkie or enjoy WW2 stories, check it out on Netflix.
Have you ever had a dream that you knew in your heart would never come true? Are you brave enough to watch a show about that dream and torture yourself by seeing others live it instead? Well, click your heels three times and say with me, “escape to the country in England.”
Currently streaming on Netflix is this wonderful BBC insight into country living. It’s a reality show where individuals or couples are seeking to leave the bustling cities and find a property in a quaint village in the English countryside. The host shows them three properties that fit into their desires (i.e. budget, number of bedrooms, size of lot/land, location), with the last one termed as the “mystery home.” After viewing each of the properties, the home seekers guess the price before being told the actual listing.
The show covers a variety of counties in England. What is nice about each location visited, is that the host introduces interesting tidbits about the small country village’s history and what they may be famous for in the way of special goods, i.e. leather, lace, candy, etc., and then shows examples of how these are made. (The lace one blew me away! I never knew the intricacy and hours of work for one piece of handmade lace.) It gives the guests and the audience the flavor of the locality, along with stunning views of national parks, rolling hills, dramatic coastlines, etc.
Frankly, I’ve only been through three episodes shot in York, Wiltshire, and Devon. Future episodes are Dorset, Shropshire, Scottish Highlands, West Wales, East Midlands, North Dorset, Gloucestershire, Northumberland, Cornwall, Somerset, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire.
Usually, my mouth doesn’t drop open while watching television, but I’ve had a hard time keeping it shut while entering some of these properties. From the typical country thatch roof to converted barns to small estates to Georgian-style houses, I’m green with jealousy wishing I could live in one of these fabulous places, in a country village setting. Alas, life will probably never grant me that dream. (Perhaps, I should be glad based on the murder rates on so many fictional British crime shows.)
On the downside of this series, you are left with the knowledge of which house the guests like but not given the knowledge of what house they actually purchase!
If house hunting bores you, this is not the show for you. However, if you’re curious about English properties in the country, their cost, etc., you’ll love the show even though it’s not a five-star British period drama with a handsome duke to sweep you off your feet. Instead the properties will enthrall and cause your heart race to increase.
Oh, you lucky Brits! I’m green with envy.