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Booktube Talk | Spooky-ish Period Dramas, Films and All Hallows Eve!!

Booktube Talk | Spooky-ish Period Dramas, Films and All Hallows Eve!!


Darker days coupled with shorter days (and dark nights!!) plus the invasion known as PSL can mean only one thing. It’s October. How this happened I’ll never now. But in celebration of this most momentous event, I wrote a little post.


If you were to dig into the archives, you’d like discover some post, somewhere, in which I mention that I don’t celebrate Halloween. I grew up not celebrating October 31st and as an adult this is something I’ve also chosen not to celebrate. It’s a personal choice and one I haven’t felt jipped about nor as if I’ve particularly missed something that would aid me in my every day.

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However, during October, I cannot deny that – on occasion – I enjoy a spook(ish) read. Or a Gothic infused period drama. I also cannot hide from the fact that mystery novels are something I tend to read during this season. In consideration of all this (and because, guys, I’ve seen some ah-ma-zing Gothic-esque dramas), I decided to write a little “spooky” post today.

As I like to do, I’ve split my list up. On the blog’s Booktube channel, we talk about eight films that are perfect atmospheric dates. Below, we discuss an additional four that also fit nicely with this season. Without further intro or rambles or incoherent speaking, let’s have a look at those six dramas.


1. Beastly (Film Adaptation) | Super sweet, this "dark" YA adaptation re-tells the Beauty and the Beast legend for a younger, contemporary audience. (PG13) 

2. Gosford Park | An Oscar-winning film, Gosford Park is from acclaimed writer Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame). The story follows a group of people at a house party, all of whom find themselves embroiled in a whodunit when someone is murdered! Of course, this isn’t a film marketed for this season, but it boasts the proper vibes – plus it’s worth seeing for the cast alone. (One that reads like a let’s-pack-all-of-the-British-talent-in-one-film agenda.) (Rated R)

3. Great Expectations | Anything based on a Dicken's novel is apropos this time of year. Great Expectations or The Mystery of Edwin Drood is particularly so. (TV14)

4. Houdini & Doyle (Fox Series) | Lighthearted and fun, this cute series starts off as a fun series! Though I haven't finished the entire set, I was thoroughly enjoying the stories, and appreciated that the brevity was complimented by deeper themes and topics. (TV14)


5. The Living and the Dead (BBC Series) | Spooky with sweeping cinematography, this miniseries is as elegant as it is atmospheric. Its only flaw? The ending! I suspect the writers wanted to keep the door open for future installments, but had it ended five to ten seconds earlier, things would have been rosy. (TV14)


6. Pirates of the Caribbean (Franchise) | Again, this isn’t a series catered to this time of year, but with its ghostly pirates and ships, it “feels” appropriate. Plus, I have a soft spot for this series (even though I can admit the first is the best of the bunch). (Rated PG13)
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That’s it for our little “spooky” recommendation talkative blog post. Have you seen any of these? Do you like any of these? Or are you drawn to any for any reason? Let’s chat all about these down below! Or any other bookish talk.


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Written in the Dust by Christina Coryell - Sequel Completes Readers Hope Canyon Journey

Written in the Dust by Christina Coryell - Sequel Completes Readers Hope Canyon Journey



ABOUT the BOOK
Publisher: Indie Published
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Series: Backroads, Book 2
Source: Author Provided – thank you, Christina
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Rating: ★★★½ 

With her past unresolved and her future uncertain, Brooke Langdon feels stuck. As she continues to prepare her grandmother’s house to sell, Brooke’s life remains unsettled. Making matter worse is Gatlin Moore. The boy whose heart everyone accuses her of shattering. The longer Brooke remains in Hope Canyon, the more hostile he becomes. Words are spoken, hearts break anew, and healing seems out of everyone’s grasp…

Then there’s Holly Christian. She’s still trying to figure out how to live among people who believe she was still planning to marry her recently deceased fiancé. A challenging feat in the small town she calls home; a place where everyone knows everyone and everything. When things shift between her and Hunter Pearce, they’ll have to decide how to define their relationship…

Full of interesting character connections, and past histories, Coryell’s follow up (to Written in the Stars) is a lovely way to end the duo near to her heart. Those characters are further explored in this story, which threads everything together in the back half of ‘Dust,’ a story that tests its protagonists in all the right kind of ways.

BOOK REVIEW | Written in the Stars by Christina Coryell - Bittersweet Contemporary Indie with Hopeful Underpinnings 

Written in the Dust picks up right where its prequel leaves off. The story starts by diving further into Brooke’s story, her personal struggles and the emotional scars she wears like a second skin. Her story is the most interesting because she has this deep and personal backstory that no one else does. Though a novel told in four POVs (Holly, Hunter, Gatlin and Brooke), it’s hers that feels as if it lends the energy to the story, all of which “drives” it forward. As a reader, hers is the story I was most curious about.

This novel comes across very much as Brooke’s story. Of course, Holly is still present as a vital part of Brooke’s “today” (and their friendship is a solid representation); Hunter continues to be a generous and kind soul who loves Holly deeply; and Gatlin, well, he takes some warming to. His broken heart and pride begins to blur the lines of the present, and rather than learn to move on, he loses himself in the pain. Fortunately, as all great storytellers do, Coryell’s characters learn to come into their own, and come out the story's end as stronger people.

Readers who enjoy Written in the Stars will love this return to Hope Valley; this follow up stitches together beautifully with ‘Stars,’ and digs deeper into the lives of its main central characters. The second half of the novel in particular pulls the reader in as everything comes together and plays out. Frantically, we flip the pages as they make decisions, choices and finally find their respective bliss.

Emotional, Written in the Dust is sure to make readers cry and giggle, and best of all, the ends is a full circle conclusion that will feel nothing but right.   

Synopsis: There are two basic types of people you’ll come across in small towns. Planters have the land in their blood and want to stay forever. Dreamers long for the day they will finally escape. Holly Christian? Definitely a planter. She’s never considered leaving for greener pastures, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to move forward when people finally stop telling her that will never happen. Thank goodness she has an ally in Hunter Pearce. He has no desire to leave now that he has what he’s always wanted. Well…almost. The words he can’t take back are still clinging closer than a humid summer afternoon. 

Then there’s Gatlin Moore, who leans more in the dreamer direction. He used to imagine a future away from his hometown, but circumstances changed his plans long ago. Now he can’t stop thinking about bringing some of his dreams back to life, namely the ones that involve Brooke Langdon. Breaking up in their small town was hard, but getting back together might prove impossible. She may not be around long, unless she rediscovers what she used to love about the place. Putting her future in order by piecing together the past could mend her heart…or break it for keeps. 

Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story. - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the author for providing an e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own. 
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Autumn Dreams (2015) – Small Town and Big City Reunite in Sweet Romance

Autumn Dreams (2015) – Small Town and Big City Reunite in Sweet Romance


Sometimes there are films (big or small screen) that really draw me in, but for varying circumstances, I cannot see them. This is one of those films. Back when it premiered, Autumn Dreams was one of the telefilms I was counting on settling in to watch. (Especially because of its leading man.) Sadly, I never did have a chance to do so, which is why when I spied the DVD on Amazon, I wasted zero time in preordering it.


At eighteen years old, Annie and Ben are madly in love. So much so, the teens make plans to elope and leave behind their small-town Iowa roots for the bright lights of New York City. The only thing giving Annie pause is hurting her parents. But with Ben at her side, she’s prepared to look to the future, and she does. All their plans shatter when, just after they vow to “love, honor and cherish,” Annie’s father breaks apart the newlyweds citing their age as being too young to marry.

15 years later, Annie (Jill Wagner) is working hard on her family farm and trying to earn a grant for a project she’s working on. She’s also being pressured by her fiancé of two years to set a wedding date. Just when she does, she receives divorce papers from Ben (Colin Egglesfield). It would seem their marriage was never formally annulled, an unexpected complication that brings Annie to New York…

Though a wait was attached to my seeing Autumn Dreams, the wait was worth it. If the plot sounds familiar, then you’re probably a fan of the 2002 Reese Witherspoon-led romantic-comedy, Sweet Home Alabama. With many similarities to that “classic,” this sweet teleplay still manages to stand on its own two feet with lovely results.

For starters, the characters are 110% endearing. I adored their easy-to-relate-to nature and the contrast between their respective worlds. Annie is the epitome of the girl-next-door definition. She’s sweet, caring and kind in all the right ways. Her world is one I can relate to not in every sphere, but certainly the small town vibes. Contrast this with Ben’s city life and wealth, and you have two different characters and worlds that still (for storytelling purposes) blend effortlessly. Furthermore, I appreciate that Ben doesn’t follow the stereotypes. He may be successful by the world’s standard, but none of it has affected how he lives his day-to-day.


Speaking to more specificity about this, it’s this that’s one of the reasons I adore this script. I’m a firm believer that the city doesn’t have to be “evil” to a character or a story. It can be magical, and have an eclectic vibe or feel that the quaint small town never can. While I understand why so many stories do the whole “small town return,” I respect a story that can depict a person living in the big city without a chip on their shoulder. Autumn Dreams accomplishes this with flying colors.

One of the reasons I was drawn to this one was the leading man. Having seen Colin in a romcom (with Kate Hudson), a Nora Roberts TV drama, and also recurring on one of my favorite TV shows (Rizzoli & Isles), I was excited to see him show up in something new. He and Jill (Christmas Cookies) are fabulous together, most especially during the New York sequence, which gives them some great time to rediscover what they love about the other.

If you enjoy sweet, wholesome and funny romances, be sure to add this Hallmark gem to your lists. It’s the perfect Saturday night flick to say “in” with, perhaps with a bowl of popcorn while curled up in your favorite cozy chair. ♥



Photos: Hallmark Channel /Crown Media Press
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Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Look Good Enough to Eat (ALMOST!! Or Books for Foodies!!)

Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Look Good Enough to Eat (ALMOST!! Or Books for Foodies!!)


(Forgive the mess! For some reason this theme decided today was a good day to have a temper tantrum. I'm slowly working on fixing and restoring everything.)

Hello, readers! I hope your new week has started off well. With the arrival of a new week, Finding Wonderland kicks off another week of content with another edition of Top Ten Tuesday.

Broke and Bookish October 17: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you'd love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don't read foody books.) – Broke and Bookish


Today’s topic allows me to discuss another of my hobbies: baking! Or cooking. But like all the rest of my pursuits, this one is of the amateur nature and isn’t anything I work at to become a cook. Instead I enjoy discovering new recipes and trying new things without having to have any know-how of the science behind cooking or trying to build a new recipe.

That said, as I already mentioned, I do enjoy new recipes, all of which is fueled by the many amazing Instagram feeds I follow (or you know, the “old fashioned” way, and I Google it). IG feeds from food bloggers who know how it’s done. Some of my recent favorite finds include a chocolate recipe that this non-chocoholic girl thinks is divine; a butternut squash skillet meal that’s as tasty as it looks; and a salty (and sweet!) treat sure to satisfy those salty foodies.

But now I’ve rambled about recent recipes finds, let’s take a look at the books featured in this list. Before we do that, while on the subject of foodies, I will say, one of my recent reads saw the heroine ordering one of my favorites: a southwest salad. Because who doesn’t love those yummy tortilla chips drizzled in the spicy southwest dressing? Back on topic. Let’s (for real this time!!) have a look at the books. Because, they’re pretty awesome too – or they sure look to be.


1. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Waffles on the cover? (#WaffleFan) Check. Cute storyline? (#Bookworm) Check. Obviously the fact that I haven’t read this one is a travesty. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauk | Though I’ve read many of Rachel’s novels (and enjoyed so many), this Lowcountry series is one I haven’t. This one features a chef as one of its two main characters, so it fits nicely with today’s topic. Amazon | Goodreads


3. Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeyboun | Ok, so technically, this book doesn’t rock food on its cover, but there IS a food truck, so that totally counts. Plus, this book sounds darling. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Two Blue Doors (Trilogy) by Hillary Manton Lodge | A trilogy about an Italian family, and their many (many!) meals together. Plus, the protagonist and her brother own a restaurant. In short, this book (series) will make you want all the food. Amazon | Goodreads


5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Aside from the fact that I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve yet to read this book (which I hear is a Matson favorite), I decided to remind myself of its presence because ice cream. What better reason need there be? Amazon | Goodreads



6. When Dimple Met Rishi by | I’m not a coffee person unless it’s a. a Café Mocha (K-cup) or b. a Starbucks Frappuccino. I’ve simple never acquired a taste for the stuff. That said, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a “cute cover alert” featuring a girl holding a coffee! Amazon | Goodreads

7. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay | This story does indeed tell one about a chef, but it’s so much more than this. It’s a tale of sisters and family and learning to forgive, and “let go.” Amazon | Goodreads



8. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine | Why I picked this one I don’t know. I mean, yes there IS an apple on the cover (which fits with the topic) BUT I have strong suspicions one wouldn’t want to take a bite out of this particular apple. #LetsBeHonest #PoisonApple Amazon | Goodreads

9. When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren | Another story that doesn’t feature food ON the cover, but its heroine, Grace is an aspiring chef. (Plus it’s partially set in Hawaii – that’s forever a great attention-grabber.) Amazon | Goodreads

10. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welsh | More ice cream. Enough said. Amazon | Goodreads

BONUS!! More Book Covers for Foodies

11. Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Never read this one nor do I know much about it, but how cute is its cover? Plus that color palette is to die for. Amazon | Goodreads

12. What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard | Almost bought this one a while back, and then opted for something else. Don’t let its chocolate coated cover fool you. This one has some weighty issues to deal with if the synopsis is an indication. Amazon | Goodreads

13. The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano | This one releases next year, but I’m stoked about it. A friend recently recommended it, which makes me all the more excited for the story inside. Amazon | Goodreads

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Though there are many other books that could be featured with today’s topic, these are a few I discovered. Do you enjoy cooking? What new recipes have you discovered? What books/topics did you feature today? Comment all the thoughts down below.

Let’s chat. Tell me all the bookworm, fangirl thoughts! I look forward to chatting with you and visiting your bookish spaces.

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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series


ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Rachel Dylan
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher provided
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Rating: ★★★ ½

If there is one thing everyone who knows her can say of Kate Sullivan, it’s that she doesn’t back down. It’s this tenacious part of her personality that’s about to come in handy. As one of the best attorney’s at her firm, Kate is about to try a big pharmaceutical case; a case that involves clients who suffered terrible losses. Their loved ones were all victims of a new drug with the Mason Pharmaceutical label. A conglomerate corporation, Mason has the resources (and money) to sweep this under the rug, and they begin by hiring the best law firm money can get.

Landon James is a former Army Ranger with more than one skeleton in his own closet. When he’s hired by Kate and her firm to do some investigative work for the case, it soon becomes clear, his talents are needed elsewhere. Witnesses begin to disappear and when Mason’s threats turn to Kate, the one mission Landon refuses to abandon is to keep Kate safe.

Unlike the white-knuckle suspense of fellow Baker House (publishing house family) novels from Dani Pettrey or Lynette Eason, Rachel’s stories take an entirely new approach. Since Deadly Proof is a courtroom drama, it’s more about the methodical building of the mystery rather than the suspense or thriller feeling. Think more conversations and paperwork research versus’ kidnappings or foot chases.

Before I press onward about the good of 'Proof,' I do want to preface this review with the following. Much as I did enjoy this story (and I did), I have a personal quibble. The story is well developed and intriguing, but I did feel a (slight) disconnect in the balance between the mystery and the characters. Because the story needs to devote so much of its time to unraveling the mystery, it feels a little like the characters suffer from this.

As I said, don’t misunderstand. Deadly Proof is still a fabulous read. (Though Dylan is not a debut novelist, this is her debut from Bethany House.) Its complications and need to unravel the questions take precedence. And I understand this. I think because I tend to often read character-driven novels, this is a reason why I noticed this. … I do think the characters as individuals are well informed. What I feel lacks are the connections, specifically those of a personal nature. As I say, this in no way hampers a fondness for these characters, nor support of their endeavors. I’m also very willing to admit, these feelings might be the result of a distracted reader.

Deadly Proof is a great start to what I know will be a fascinating series. If you’re a fan of courtroom dramas, this hobby will definitely aid in the payoff of this series. It’s going to help the reader envision the world and set ups even if this story steers clear of other popular tropes. Instead of thoughtless drama, this story keeps its focus on Kate’s sense of justice and doing right by her clients. A noble pursuit not all stories (aka TV dramas) pursue.

One of the plot surprises is the multiple perspective POV’s. We don’t just experience a Kate and Landon switch off, we also get two perspectives from opposing council. One is from the lead attorney, who also happens to be Kate’s best friend. The other is his associate, a woman by the name of Nicole, who finds herself at an impasse during the story.

Solidly crafted storytelling, with a great “hook” and sense of “place,” Deadly Proof is a wonderful first book in the Atlanta Justice series. It’ll make you wonder about the outcome of the case while feeling a sense of pride in its leading heroine. She’s all about doing the right thing, even when it means seeking truth proves to be dangerous.

Synopsis: In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Rachel Dylan, LONE WITNESS: When prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the lone witness to a gang-related double homicide, her world is turned upside down. Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to protect Sophie from the gang, but she's more concerned about prosecuting her latest case than the threat to her life. Sophie wants to stand for what's right, but can Cooper keep her safe? – Goodreads, May 2018 | Add on Goodreads

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Book Giveaway | Rachel Dylan's 'Deadly Proof'

Book Giveaway | Rachel Dylan's 'Deadly Proof'


Hello and happy Wednesday readers. Today's content included a book review (finally getting a review for Rachel Dylan's BH debut posted!!) and with that arrives a book giveaway

If you like mysteries that are more about the conversations and paper trails vs the breath catching thrill of the chase, Deadly Proof has your name written all over it. It's a great mystery to work to unravel alongside its fierce and independent heroine, Kate Sullivan. Plus, its hero, Landon James isn't bad. Not bad at all. (Read: Army. Ranger. Enough said.) 

(Yes, I do have  thing for military characters.) 

BOOK REVIEW | Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

What can you win in this giveaway you ask? Well, for entrants who can provide a U.S address (sorry!), you can enter to win a paperback copy of Rachel's Deadly Proof. Below is the Goodreads synopsis. 

Synopsis:  Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.- Goodreads

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Power Rangers (2017) – Live Action Adventure Flick of a Pop Culture Favorite

Power Rangers (2017) – Live Action Adventure Flick of a Pop Culture Favorite


When it comes to the films I like, I’m a rebel. (99% of the time.) Those that the “powers that be” critics tear apart (and I understand they do objectively view films) and belittle are often the titles I’m most fond of.

Pushing the limits is one of Jason Scott’s mottos. His latest dare devil stunt lands him in the hospital after a brush with death. Because he tore up his leg, his chance at a football scholarship is impossible, and now he's on his father’s list of disappointments. 


As punishment for vandalizing school property, Jason (Dacre Montgomery) must spend his Saturdays in detention with a bunch of “weirdos and criminals,” or so his father believes them to be. Jason along with two of his fellow detainees - pretty-girl-cheerleader-turned-rebel, Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and Billy (RJ Cyler), a bright kid on the “spectrum,” wind up connected in unusual ways.

During a night of curfew breaking, Jason, Kimberly, Billy, and two fellow classmates, Trini (Becky G) and Zack (Ludi Lin), discover colorful coins buried in a quarry. As they try to escape notice, they are in what should be a fatal car accident. Only the following morning, each awake to find they’re unharmed… and very different.

To bottom line my feels for this summer flick, I have to say the following. I 100% love this. That said, do I have more to say about this including getting into specifics? Of course I do. This wouldn’t be a Finding Wonderland review if not. Though I’d read about this in bits and pieces back when made the rounds in theaters, enough time elapsed since then to erase any early impressions. Distance that I’m glad to have gone into this flick with.
This Ranger team did what my team could not. You will humbly walk amongst your peers, but heroes you all will be. Each of your names will be etched alongside the great Ranger teams before you. I will always owe a debt of gratitude to you all.
The story opens with “campy” origins that, if you’re anything like me, may cause a kind of OK-this-is-going-to-be-a-silly-plot reaction. In many ways, that is just what Power Rangers is, but it’s also completely entertaining (and this is how it wins me over), engrossing and all-around fantabulous. Once it settles into a groove, I was completely “in” the world of these five strangers and wondering what's around the bend. The script does employ clichés, but it does so in a non-cliché manner. (I know, this is contradictory.) Rather than fall into some of the trope traps (not that I'd have been annoyed if this one had done so) this type of story ordinarily would, this one opts for navigating away from these story cues. I’d say more, but in consideration of spoilers and all that, I’ll avoid this.

Full of relative unknowns, this cast is well suited, although is again a good deal older than their high school aged counterpart characters. In regards to this cast, here’s a fun bit of trivia for you: Scott has been cast as Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. She’s going to suit the role very well in my opinion. Beyond the main cast (all of whom play their roles with unique perspectives and plenty of emotions), Elizabeth Bands and Bill Hader (voicing a hilarious robot) co-star.

Anyone looking for a fun popcorn flick to enjoy should look no further than Power Rangers. It’s fast-paced, cool to watch (sci-fi effects and whatnot), plus it features a (surprisingly) good cast with strong performances. Some of the scenes drag a bit (the climax), but overall, the humor keeps things lighthearted and the themes of sacrifice add depth. For this girl, Power Rangers is the kind of film that's perfect to enjoy on a weekend, and let me tell you, I thoroughly did enjoy this.


Content: there’s some minor profanity and innuendo. Some tense moments (including two car wrecks) and of course, some sci-fi violence. The film is rated PG13.
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Top Ten Tuesday | A Portrait of Autumn (Works of Art aka Book Covers that Capture and Frame the Essence of the Season)

Top Ten Tuesday | A Portrait of Autumn (Works of Art aka Book Covers that Capture and Frame the Essence of the Season)


With Indian summer behind us (or that’s the hope), autumn has (sort of) returned to my part of the world. Perfect timing to match up with today’s popular Top Ten Tuesday meme.

Broke and Bookish October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish) – Broke and Bookish


This is really the ideal subject for me. I don’t as much as I used to, but once upon a time I published “Cover Candy” posts at regular intervals. These are posts where I tried to put a spotlight on beautiful cover art. Today I get another chance to do this.

I decided to stick with the whole “fall vibe” looks, though a couple on my list are more about the stories inside “feeling” like fall rather than the covers. Still, all of these are on the list for, what I think is a very good reason. Either way, all of these books are as lovely on the outside as they are inside (or those I’ve read are) albeit for different reasons.

Since today is all about the book covers, I’ve decided to curb my rambling (temporarily), and instead just let the books speak for themselves.

TEN BOOKS WITH AUTUMN COVERS

1. The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron ● Amazon | Goodreads

2. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess ● Amazon | Goodreads


3. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon ● Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz ● Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter ● Amazon | Goodreads

6. Close to You by Kara Isaac ● Amazon | Goodreads


7. Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson ● Amazon | Goodreads

8. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon ● Amazon | Goodreads

9. Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell ● Amazon | Goodreads

10. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay ● Amazon | Goodreads

11. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart ● Amazon | Goodreads

12. All This Time by Melissa Tagg (but really, ALL THE BOOKS!) AmazonGoodreads 

13. Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh ● Amazon | Goodreads

BONUS!! AKA, why didn’t I include these??*

1. Death at Thorburn Hall (November) by Julianna Deering ● Amazon | Goodreads


2. Blue Ridge Sunrise (November) by Denise Hunter ● Amazon | Goodreads

3. If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren ● Amazon | Goodreads

* Ok, so the reasons “why” are legit. Books 1 and 2 are not yet published (therefor HOW could I have them on my shelf?? And book the third is only in Kindle format!

*goes live tomorrow afternoon; channel linked above
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That brings yet another Top Ten Tuesday edition (Finding Wonderland style) to a close. What are some of your favorite cozy, nostalgic or “creepy” autumn reads; what genre are you drawn to this time of year? Did you base your list on book covers or the story?? Which books did you feature – have you read any of these??

Leave all the bookish comments below – and feel free to introduce yourself, and leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. It may take me the entire week, but I’ll be by to visit!

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland 
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Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns

Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns


As the autumn season descends,  a shift in our choice of entertainment follows. If you’re anything like me, where the summertime is full of contemporary stories and light-hearted beach reads, during the autumn season, you discover some cozy mysteries. This is just one of the reasons I was so excited to discover the Gourmet Detective is back!

TV FILM REVIEW | Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns. All text © Rissi JC; review first appears on RissiWrites.com

From professional (albeit reluctant) partners, to sparing partners (let’s face it, they still are) to 3-month anniversary. This is a snapshot of the relationship timeline and current status of Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) and Maggie Price (Brooke Burns). Following their working relationship with the SFPD (he’s an ex-chef turned consulting detective, she’s a detective), the two began dating and on this evening, Henry has plans to dazzle Maggie on their anniversary.

Only trouble is, the event, a costume party for an old friend, ends up not being a costume party at all. Needless to say, Maggie is a little annoyed with Henry (she now feels ridiculous in her 18th century garb!). But she soon forgets when David's, the guest of honor, son dies.

As the investigation unfolds, they discover this wasn’t an accident. Between David’s four children (all of whom never get along), business rivals and employees, the list of suspects begins to stack up.

Though this sleuthing duo doesn’t seem as popular as the finds of an antique shop (Garage Sale Mystery) or the emotional journeys of a postal team (Signed, Sealed and Delivered), this is actually one of, if not my favorite mystery series. Housed under Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries brand, there’s something about them that makes each one stand out.

TV FILM REVIEW | Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns. All text © Rissi JC; review first appears on RissiWrites.com

For me, one of these things is the fantastic chemistry between its leads. I'm so glad that kiss (from 'Death Al Dente') translates to an actual dating relationship rather than a "let's ignore that ever happened" script. These two together have a smart, easy-going and sassy (especially Maggie – she’s all about the sass!) chemistry. This keeps the viewer laughing often over their antics and hilarious arguments. Plus makes the story “pop” and keeps the rapport between them fun.

For anyone who watched crime dramas with a lighthearted feeling (like Castle), you’ll enjoy this franchise. It’s fun, full of mystery and of course, flirty. Those of us who’ve been rooting for these two to couple up, will be grinning with abandon as we watch them navigate the waters of a professional and personal life. One of the most humorous parts of the film is watching them navigate the pros and cons of personal and professional life blends. A potential snag in their otherwise blissful relationship is the introduction of Henry’s past, a past that crops up in the form of Bruce Boxleitner’s character! But to discover more, you’ll have to tune in.

With the primary cast remaining the same, a fun subplot setting up and an emotional component that is Henry’s past, ‘Eat, Drink and Be Buried’ is a fantastic telefilm. For those who love a good mystery, you won’t want to miss this latest installment – plus for the romantics among us, the ending is fulfilling and cute, aka flirty bliss. 

'Eat, Drink and Be Buried' airs TONIGHT on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries!

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press
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Carrie Pilby (2017) - New York Streets Backdrop Literary Heroine's Story

Carrie Pilby (2017) - New York Streets Backdrop Literary Heroine's Story


Every once in a while, I encounter a magical piece of cinema. 

Not the kind that transports you to a land where fairies guide a heroine through dangerous villains. Or the sort where magicians must carefully conceal their sorcery lest they lose everything. Nor even the ones that ends with a kiss that reawakens a beauty sleeping in the woods. 



No, it's the sort of magic that comes along once in a blue moon when I make a discovery of a contemporary piece of filmmaking that somehow, just "clicks." 

Quibbles, quirks and all, one such film is, Carrie Pilby. Let me introduce you to Carrie.

Carrie Pilby is an exceptionally bright young woman who graduated Harvard at 19. Now, without school as a buffer, she struggles to find her little piece of the world in the big, wide city that is New York. 

Witty, heartwarming, and even, swoony, Carrie Pilby is one of the best "happy accident" films I've seen. Boasting an all-star cast (trivia note: lots of British talent, including William Moseley from the Narnia films), this Indie is a gem of a story that explores life, living among the world but not of it, and love. 

Find my official, full review of this one on Silver Petticoat. ♥

Carrie Pilby Film Review

Indie films and I have what I’d call a love-hate relationship. I find them on a whim, read their premise, check out the cast list and perhaps finish with the two-minute trailer. After that, I add them to my “think about” list. If I ever get around to watching them, my reaction is one of two things: I either fall head over heels for their brand of charm or I detest them. Read on Silver Petticoat Review →
Content: British slang/profanity, and a use of the F-word. Some adult situations, including an underage affair (non-explicit) and talk of society’s obsession with “sex.” The film is unrated, but would, in all likelihood, earn a PG-13 rating.
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Top Ten Tuesday | In Which I Gush, Crush and Fangirl Over the Following Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday | In Which I Gush, Crush and Fangirl Over the Following Book Boyfriends


With a new set of prompts up to take us through the end of the year, the Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday just keeps getting more and more awesome. Why, you wonder? Well, for starters, there’s this week’s fangirl approved topic.

Broke and Bookish October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?) – Broke and Bookish 

Fangirl Confessions | Previewing Fall 2017 TV


In fiction or the book blogging community, one of the favorite coined phrases is “book boyfriend.” It’s basically those characters you crush on and consider, well, you book boyfriend. Or if you’re anything like me, that term is plural because let’s face it, I have a few too many book boyfriends. (Or is there no such thing as “too many”??)

(*giggles* I’d argue there isn’t. But...)

You see, all of the guys below are all dudes and men I’d like to meet… *train of thought interrupted by logical self*

What’s that?

*whispers* These are fictional characters – as in, they’re not real…

THESE ARE ONLY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS!?? Sush.

When blogging and/or “work” involves picking through books and finding favored book boyfriends, I’m all for this job. After all, gushing about favorite leading men is never a hardship methinks. Though not all of these are necessarily guys I'd date... they are nonetheless, good guys - and most importantly, they are exactly who their leading lady needs. You’re about to meet a single father, a Navy SEAL (*swoon*), and boy(s)-next-door!

Here we go…

ALL THE BOOKS

1. Ben from A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay | Ben is not only a chef, he’s also an Italian who whisks his sweetheart off to Italy on a grand adventure to meet his eccentric family. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Aww, I recently met Cricket in a story that may lack his name in its title, but is 100% a story he owns nearly every corner of. He’s the cutest, best and smartest YA male character I’ve met for a while. Amazon | Goodreads



3. Davis Carter from A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese | Davis is, flat out (no ifs about it), a fantastic character. The way he loves his sweetheart, considers what's best for his son and lives his everyday life impresses me to no end. Amazon | Goodreads

4. John from True to You by Becky Wade | Ok, confession time. I really (like, really, really) wanted to put Ty Porter on this list (Meant to be Mine, also by Becky Wade), but since I gush about him enough, I decided to give John his due. Because, don’t get me wrong, John is an amazing character – one I wouldn’t  mind meeting. Amazon | Goodreads



5. Olly from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | I love Olly. At first blush, he’s kind of sporting that “bad boy” vibe (with the description of being clad in “all black”), but the guy has a heart of gold, and a backstory to go with it. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Seth Nguyen from Lucky in Love by Kasie West | Seth is the latest leading guy from Kasie West’s latest, and boy is he a good ‘un. LoveLOVELOVE his character. He’s the best kind of character because he’s genuine, and understanding and perfect for Maddie! Amazon | Goodreads

AT THE MOVIES (AND ON TV!)

1. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast | Let's be honest the real reason this prince of a beast made it onto my list is because Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley plays him. I mean, who didn't adore Matthew?? ...OK, I'll admit it. I have a (big) soft spot for the Beast too. ♥




2. Steve Rogers aka Captain America | *swoon* You know I adore Captain America. 'Nuff said. (Though I will admit I crush on Daniel Sousa too - a lot. Peggy has excellent taste.)

3. Steve Trevor from Wonder Woman | From Steve Rogers to Steve Trevor (I'm sensing a theme here...). The more I think about, see and get to "know" Steve, the more I like him. He's a fantabulous character and one I'm sad we may not see more of.


4. Trace from Chesapeake Shores | Though I haven't seen "season two" Trace (because I haven't watched 'Shores'), I do love this character. Now if only the writer's wouldn't create unnecessary drama by pulling Trace and Abby apart because of exes, and new love interests - whaaat!! #NotCool

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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These are some of my favorite book boyfriends. Some are because of a deeper emotional connection the characters make on the planes of the pages they live on. Others are for surface reasons *ahem* eye candy. Who are some of your favorite fictional crushes? Who are some of the most memorable fictional characters you’ve met lately?

Comment with all the bookish thoughts below – and don’t forget to leave your Top Ten Tuesday spaces and places. I’d love to visit; it may take me the entire week to do so, but I will be by to visit.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland 

...ps: before you go...

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