Tuesday, November 30
Sunday, November 28
Saturday (ish) Movie Discussion: A Castle for Christmas (2021)
This month we decided to discuss A Castle for Christmas
Blodeuedd is in red and Carole is in green.
Title: A Castle for Christmas
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Family
To watch the trailer, click HERE.
XMas movie time!
Yesss Xmas time!!! Gotta love Xmas movies!
Thank you Netflix, keep them coming. They are just so light and fun, not a lot of drama. Cheesy, and just lol
They are perfect movies to watch with some wine and snacks! I do love how most of them, like this one, have little drama. Usually, the drama is because one or both are being stubborn or there is a miscommunication. Easily resolved!
Perfect and light. And we even got a grumpy Scottish Duke this time, yay. Of course, my mind was working overtime and I was all, oh, his line is dead now isn’t it
Yes I was excited he was a grumpy Duke. Made me happy. I thought the same thing! He is the last of the line (unless he has some brother or nephew out there). They are too old to have kids. WHICH. It made me happy that this was an older couple. I loved the whole you are never too old to find true love. Very refreshing and melted my heart.
I do not think the creators put much thought into it, most think Dukes are royals. Like hello. And that the title finds someone, yeah, not anymore.
But yes I loved that it was an older couple who had been through it all
Yea they are not too concerned anymore to find someone. I bet so many titles have just died out.
It was so nice to see an older couple who were both super burned in love find love in an unlikely place. It was also so nice to see Sophie find some legit friends. It sounded like she only had her daughter and her agent.
Her husband sounded like a proper ass! Good riddance. And I loved the new friends she made
Yesssss a super asshat and the Duke’s lady (was she a fiance or wife) left him in the dust what a B-word! I’m also glad it took them months to get together. They both were burned so bad and they are stubborn. Perfect. I loved her friends and I’m glad that Thomas and the Inn rekindled. I want to see more of that village.
Yes, that would be fun! More village and I am sure her daughter can find a grumpy Duke too
OOOOO! I nearly forgot about Lexi! She is a good girl and deserves love. Maybe a mystery nephew that comes wanting the title ;) LOL So much room for sequels.
Ohhh, good call, yes mystery nephew for the win
The castle was saved...now the Title needs saving!! What a perfect plot. Plus we all deserve to see and hear Cary and his Scottish accent. Flawless….hot. HAHAHA.
I so love this, I hope they do something with it next year.
One can hope! I really adored the characters and the story. I want to go to that village and learn to knit!!
Lol, not that keen on the knitting, but the village looked fun.
But hey we have to talk about how she wrote 10 books about the same character and owns a million-dollar apartment in NY.
TRUE I did make a comment to JP (bless his heart….poor guy woke up to me watching it and he was so confused since he woke up halfway through it) how on Earth does she have THAT much money!?!?!?!?!?! Maybe she does some short stories or helps write on TV shows??? ORRRRR did she get one heck of a settlement from that Arsehat ex?
I guess she was the next 50 shades. But still, how does one even write a romance in a 10 book series. Omg I would be mad too if she killed the guy!
Maybe! Has to be. She has so much money. I am curious how she stretched a romance that long. Maybe it was an on-and-off relationship? Or you see them and their life? Struggles of marriage….first kid….retiring….etc. But yes - after all that I would’ve been MAD that she killed the guy off.
I want to read them now, still 10 books with one love and then boom dead. Thanks for that author. But the covers, boring! ;)
Yess I want to read them too. Especially that last book she made. It sounds badass. :D
Oh yes, that last one sounds cool. Still, what was that? Historical fiction romance? Damn the movie made it sound like authors make a lot of money. And that people recognize them in the street?!
Right?? Maybe her hubbie was famous too? I don’t know. Sure it can happen becoming a millionaire as a writer….but not celebrity status where people have a picket/protest because they are THAT mad at her book. Very unrealistic there for sure.
Lol, but sure fun to see at least. A good movie. I do not need much.
I think that was my only issue, but the rest? Adored it! I do want another movie. Sequel pleaseeeee!
For sure worth the watch this holiday season. I kinda wanna watch it again ;)
The end! I don’t have much else. Can’t wait to watch more Xmas movies! GIMME MORE!
Wednesday, November 24
Audiobook Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
- #80 for Audiobook challenge
Monday, November 22
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: The Christmas Bookshop
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Release date: 11-16-21
Carmen has a dead end job, and then the store closes. She likes her life, but is not really doing much. So she ends up in Edinburgh, living with her sister and working in a bookshop. She sees her sister as perfect, and is rather resentful.
And sure Sofia is rather perfect, but she works hard for it. She says that her water can broke in the office and she will then go have her baby. But yes she needs to let loose a bit. And not to rely on her truly annoying nanny (omg, ugh the nanny.)
As for Carmen, she also have to loose some of her prejudices. She will also see how good she really is trying to turn around a bookshop. And finding out kids are not horrid.
Lots of interesting people comes into her life, a chance for romance too, but since this is not a romance it takes time.
And I really want to visit that street in xmas times now. Awww xmas times.
Good xmassy book.
The narrator had this great voice for Carmen that fitted her so well, the same with the rest if the voices too. Annoying people, stuck up people, the kids, yes everyone got the voice they deserved.
When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life.
Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone.
At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?
Sunday, November 21
Audiobook Review: Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek
- #79 for Audiobook challenge
Thursday, November 18
Book Review: Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
Tuesday, November 16
Audiobook Review: The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
- #78 for Audiobook challenge
Monday, November 15
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown
Narrated by: Maggie Mash
Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
Release date: 01-01-13
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Fiction /His fic
I won this one ages ago, so long that I have forgotten from who, and I never got to it. Not before I decided to try it in the car. It did take me 1,5 months, but it worked, sort of good, outside noise, ugh.
I haven't really read anything about the Spanish civil war, horrific, how does one even forgive and forget? The answer here was they decided to forget cos it was so horrible,
Emma is preggo, and goes to a rundown house in Spain. Her looser ex, oh yes I will call him that, cos damn girl, you deserve better! He cheated on her cos she was away too much, boohoo. Also the woman he cheated with was their mutual friend, and a bigger bitch I have not met. Gods, she was the worst.
Emma finds herself again in Spain, and love.
Flashbacks are of her grandmother Freya and her brother Charles during the war. And seeeeecrets.
It worked well the way I listened to it. It was interesting even if some characters felt a bit over the top. Like her bitch friend who stole her looser man. And this horrible creep Freya encounters in her time.
Good narration, but it took some time to get used to Emma, she had this weird naive, and whispering voice for her.
High in the hills of Valencia, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since Franco’s forces tore through Spain in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled, and the garden, laden with orange blossom, grows wild. Emma Temple is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Emma is London’s leading perfumier, but her blessed life has taken a difficult turn. Her free-spirited mother, Liberty, who taught her the art of fragrance making, has just passed away. At the same time, she broke up with her long-time lover and business partner, Joe, whose baby she happens to be carrying.
While Joe is in New York trying to sell his majority share in their company, Emma, guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed to her in Liberty’s will, decides to leave her job and travel to Valencia, where she will give birth in the house her mother mysteriously purchased just before her death. The villa is a perfect retreat: redolent with the exotic scents of orange blossom and neroli, dappled with light and with the rich colors of a forgotten time. Emma makes it her mission to restore the place to its former glory. But for her aging grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed in Valencia during Spain’s devastating civil war, Emma’s new home evokes memories of a terrible secret, a part of her family’s past that until now has managed to stay hidden.
Friday, November 12
Audiobook Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
- #77 for Audiobook challenge
Wednesday, November 10
B's Wednesday Review: The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath
Narrated by Kitty Kelly
Publication date Oct 26, 2021
Running time 8 hrs
Pride and Prejudice continuation
Oh this was delightful, I do love variations, they are so much fun! I used to read a lot and when this one came up, yes at once.
Mary has grown a bit since PP, less preachy, more coming into her own. But then it is just she and Kitty left. Maybe Mary should get married? So Lizzy invites her to Pemberley.
When someone showed up I just did not know, but at the end, yes, absolutely perfect, and I was happy for her.
As for the Burghs, as annoying as always.
Good fun :D
The narrator did so well with her different voices. Annoying Lady Catherine, sarcastic Lizzy, flighty Kitty. It really got me into the feel of the story.
A great listen
The third of five daughters, Miss Mary Bennet is a rather unremarkable girl. With her countenance being somewhere between plain and pretty and in possession of no great accomplishments, few expect the third Bennet daughter to attract a respectable man. But although she is shy and would much prefer to keep her nose stuck in a book, Mary is uncertain she wants to meekly follow the path to spinsterhood set before her.
Determined that Mary should have a chance at happiness, the elder Bennet sisters concoct a plan. Lizzy invites Mary to visit at Pemberley, hoping to give her sister a place to grow and make new acquaintances. But it is only when Mary strikes out independently that she can attempt to become accomplished in her own right. And in a family renowned for its remarkable Misses, Mary Bennet may turn out to be the most wholly unexpected of them all...
Tuesday, November 9
Audiobook Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles
- #76 for Audiobook challenge
Monday, November 8
Audiobook Review: The Christmas List by Chrissie Manby
- #75 for Audiobook challenge
Thursday, November 4
Audiobook Review: Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper
- #74 for Audiobook challenge
Wednesday, November 3
Audibook Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
- #73 for Audiobook challenge