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Frankie Drake Mysteries - A Fearless World in the 1920s!

Frankie Drake Mysteries - A Fearless World in the 1920s!


Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017), Season One - A Fearless World in the 1920s!

There’s something glamorous about period dramas of a certain era. Maybe it’s the flashy autos. Or perhaps it’s the foreign concept of every night being designated for social engagements and dancing. Whatever the reason, it’s hard not to be swept up into the old fashioned worlds within.

Pretty much anything set in the the late 1800s - 1920s is, for me, worlds that fit this description. 

The feeling is no different with my current period drama find which is an underrated little series called Frankie Drake Mysteries.

TV SERIES REVIEWTimeless Pilot (2016) –Yesteryear Time Travel (A Historian, a Soldier and a Coder Walk into a Bar)

Frankie Drake Mysteries

When I discovered this series, not only did research reveal it's from producers of Murdoch Mysteries (hello, favorite bait!), it also had possibilities of being like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Though it’s not the same as ‘Miss Fisher,’ Frankie Drake and her band of cohorts are uniquely their own kind of investigators.

Full of unique investigations and characters, this Canadian series is easily one of my latest favorites. With its jazz music and snazzy costuming, the sets, scenes and costumes dazzle. Of course, none of this mentions the characters, all of whom are equally as compelling and curious. It’s Frankie we get to know best, though her partner in crime Trudy has potential for a great backstory too (her family is adorable), and then of course, there’s Mary. Mary is the most cheated when it comes to discovering who she really is, but I adored her sweet personality and flustered aptitude.

Also, fun trivia fact for you, Lauren Lee Smith who plays the titular character once starred as Christy in the three film remake series.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can purchase a region 2 (U.K. region) DVD set on Amazon. 

The official review for this one can be found on Silver Petticoat, but in the meantime you can read a snippet below and then follow the links to read it in full. Head over there to let me know what you think of this one, or drop a comment below! Did you see Frankie Drake Mysteries? Do you want to? What’s your favorite 1920s era series or film? I look forward to chatting with you all!

I find “simple joy” in the discovery of a new period drama. Such was the case when I found this Canadian series called, Frankie Drake Mysteries. Knowing very little about it, I promptly tracked down the first season and settled in one evening to meet Frankie Drake and her mates. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat →

Photos: Shaftesbury / CBC
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First Impressions – A Delightful Book For The Austen Fan

First Impressions – A Delightful Book For The Austen Fan


BOOK REVIEW | First Impressions by Debra White Smith – A Delightful Book For The Austen Fan


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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Debra White Smith
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018 (reissue)
Series: The Jane Austen Series, Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher Provided - thank you, Bethany House!
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Rating: ★★★ ½

Though she’s a newcomer to this small Texas town, Eddi Boswick isn’t about to take any nonsense – from anyone. No matter how handsome he may be! Such is the case when it comes to the town’s uptight bachelor Dave Richards! As luck would have it, Eddi is cast opposite this infuriating man in the local production of Pride and Prejudice. Wills and sparks fly between the two as Eddi’s dislike of the man grows… until he challenges her always-right track record of first impressions.

If you didn’t guess, this novel is a contemporary re-telling of the Jane Austen novel Pride & Prejudice. Though I don’t know if it’s true or not, information that’s readily available online is the thought that Austen’s tome was initially titled First Impressions. A title that’s certainly befitting of this story, and these characters. This is why this novel bearing the title impresses on the reader a fun little throwback.


Originally published in the early 2000s (by Harvest House), this book held many fond memories from that initial read through. Now, in 2018, Bethany House repackages and republishes the entire 6-book collection. May we also just take a moment to acknowledge how beautiful this repackaging is? (Seriously, I mean I had to add this one to the bookshelf!) Though imperfect, and not quite as I remembered (memories came back the more I read), I did thoroughly enjoy First Impressions. It follows the original narrative faithfully, only of course, in a contemporary setting and without the word-for-word dialogue as a script might use.

The characters are quirky and sassy, though I do feel like some of them (even those we’re meant to root for) make foolish choices. One character in particular disappointed me because I don’t see their choice meshing at all with the personality we know of this sensible and kind character. Beyond this, everyone seems to match their origin characters suitably albeit with shifts to fit in the modern world. The actions and reactions of everyone else seems like something they might have done if not for the confines of the 1800s.

Those looking for the kind of epic love story we know between Darcy and Elizabeth will be disappointed. I don’t feel like the romance is very well developed and written, but what’s there is cute and fun to follow. Despite my few quibbles, I did enjoy this (re)read. It’s easy to jump into and provides a fun bit of escapism for those wanting something lighthearted. First Impressions is sure to give you this experience.

Content note: this one does deal with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, talk of abortion, drug use, and sexual situations. However nothing is ever graphically depicted.

Synopsis: Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she's cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town's most eligible--and arrogant—bachelor. – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
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Book Giveaway | Contemporary Re-Telling of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'

Book Giveaway | Contemporary Re-Telling of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'


Coming to you today with another giveaway. 

There really is no reason for this other than I have on hand an extra copy of today's feature novel, and I'm all about finding those extra novels good homes. 

BOOK REVIEW | First Impressions by Debra White Smith – A Delightful Book For The Austen Fan



Up for grabs is the recently repackaged and re-released novel, First Impressions. In case you haven't seen this one about the blogosphere or show up on Goodreads, this is a contemporary re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. Originally published in 2004, this has been reissued by Bethany House with a new cover (which, by the way, is beautiful!!).

You can read the details about this novel below, and if it sounds like a must read, you're invited to join the giveaway fun. 

SYNOPSIS | In an attempt to get to know the people of London, Texas--the small town that lawyer Eddi Boswick now calls home--she tries out for a local theater group's production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She's thrilled to get the role of lively Elizabeth Bennet . . . until she meets the arrogant--and eligible--rancher playing her leading man.

Dave Davidson chose London, Texas, as the perfect place to live under the radar. Here, no one knows his past, and he can live a quiet, peaceful life with his elderly aunt, who also happens to own the local theater. Dave doesn't even try out for the play, but suddenly he is thrust into the role of Mr. Darcy and forced to spend the entire summer with Eddi, who clearly despises him. 
Sparks fly every time Eddi and Dave meet, whether on the stage or off. But when Eddi discovers Dave's secret, she has to admit there might be more to him than she thought. Maybe even enough to change her mind . . . and win her heart. - Baker Publishing

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Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!

Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!


Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!

This might be a little late in coming considering many of the summer TV shows have already aired their pilot episodes. Nonetheless, summer TV (or let’s face it, any new TV season) is one of my favorites so this list is written in the stars. At least in the style of Finding Wonderland's 'stars' it is.

As I look at the slate of upcoming TV, the ones that most excite me are TV shows that have no U.S. premiere date and are instead making a splash in Canada or Australia. That said, of course, TV addict that I am, there are some shows I’m eager to give a chance with stars I’m excited to see return to our TV screens.


Below you’ll seen mostly new 2018 offerings with a couple of returning shows throw into the mix – because they’re that good. 

Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!

(listed by premiere date) 

1: Reverie
Network: NBC | Premiered May 30 | When: Wednesdays

Photo: NBC

Already familiar to summer TV addicts, Sarah Shahi headlines this one. It’s about a former hostage negotiator who solves murders with the help of virtual reality. It’s so excited to see Sarah in another summer TV show after the cancellation of Fairly Legal and pass on her modern-day Nancy Drew pilot. Though I’m not sure what I think of the sci-fi angle of this one, I like that the lead is a hostage negotiator thanks to one of my favorite novels by Dee Henderson, The Negotiator. This one is also giving me Stitchers vibes!

2: Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger
Network: Freeform | Premiered June 7 | When: Thursdays  

Recently I saw the headline toting this as Freeform’s biggest “launch” in two years. That’s pretty impressive though I suspect much of this has to do with Marvel in its title. I’ve not watched this one either (same goes for Reverie), but it’s one I’m curious about just because Marvel! The story follows two teens, who discover their superpowers work best together – all while falling in love.

3: Take Two
Network: ABC | Premieres June 21 | When: Thursdays

Photo: ABC

From the creators of Castle, this one looks really (really) fun. While its upside is that it looks like the perfect frothy summertime vendor, the downside is, it’s likely a little too similar to Castle. Don’t mistake me, I don’t mind this, but I’m worried it might not earn the ratings because of this. It’s about an actress (Rachel Bilson) looking to partner with a cop (Eddie Cibrian) to study the profession for an upcoming role.

4: Anne with an E, Season Two
Where: Netflix | When: July 6

Photo: Netflix

Though if ever I do watch this, this will be new to me, I realize this is also a show with a season already to its name. I’ve not binged season one as of yet, but have read conflicting thoughts, and opinions on this one. Tell me, have you seen this more contemporary approach to the classic L.M. Montgomery novels?

5: The Outpost
Where: CW | Premieres July 10 | When: Tuesdays

Newcomer Jessica Green stars as a woman out for revenge on those who murdered her family. The show is given a sci-fi treatment that is sure to look and feel at home on this network. The only question is if the story too will appeal.

6: Burden of Truth
Network: CW | Premieres July 25 | When: Wednesdays

Kristin Kreuk returns to TV in this legal drama. Previously starring in Smallville and Beauty and the Beast, Kristin is sure to feel right at home with this return to her network. Burden of Truth is a Canadian drama about a young lawyer who returns to her hometown to help a group of girl’s suffering from an unknown illness.

7: Endeavour, Season Five
Network: PBS | Returns August 1 | When: Sundays

Ok, so this is the second “returning TV” rather than new show, but it’s so good, it deserves a special shout out. For anyone unfamiliar with this one, it’s a drama set in the 1960s about a cop named Endeavour Morse. The supporting cast and its lead Shaun Evans are superb! I watched the fifth season with my parents last month and found it captivating – and the romance in this show? It’s like a slow burn at its most subtle, but also at its finest.

8: Chesapeake Shores, Season Three
Network: Hallmark Channel | Returns Unknown (August?) | When:

Photo: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

This one isn’t a new-to-TV series in 2018, but it’s so sweet I had to add it. This is without a doubt my favorite of Hallmark’s original series with exception to the ongoing back-and-forth on-and-off romance between its protagonists Abby (Meghan Ory) and Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe). Were it not for this, I’d easily given this all the stars. (But despite this conflict, I still adore this show – it’s one of my favorites to unplug, sit back and enjoy.)

9: The Innocents
Where: Netflix | When: August 24

Another YA spun Netflix original, this one takes the main idea of Romeo & Juliet star-crossed lovers and tosses in some sci-fi. Specifically of the shapeshifter variety of sci-fi. To me, it appears a little too intense for the kind of TV I’m seeking out, but it’ll find an audience.

10: Jack Ryan
Where: Amazon Prime | When: August 31

Based on the novels of the same name written by Tom Clancy, this time John Krasinski steps into the titular role of CIA agent Jack Ryan. Presumably some influences of the earlier big-screen film adaptations will creep in, but I’m eager to see how Amazon produces an actioner! Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce co-star.

Returning TV | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, May 1); Younger (TV Land, June 5); Poldark (BBC1, June 9); The Bold Type (Freeform, June 12); Shades of Blue (NBC, June 17); Young and Hungry (Freeform, June 20); Shooter (USA Network, June 21); Queen of the South (USA Network, June 21); Endeavour (PBS, June 24); Salvation (CBS, June 25); Anne with an E (Netflix, July 6); Suits (USA Network, July 18); Wynonna Earp (ScyFy, July 20); The Sinner (USA Network, August 1).

That’s a wrap on our Summer 2018 TV Preview! Tell me, which of these are you planning to give a chance? Have you tuned in to any that have already aired that inaugural episode? Tell me all of your thoughts down below. I’d love to chat with you.

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Waiting on Wednesday | Eighteenth Edition

Waiting on Wednesday | Eighteenth Edition


Waiting on Wednesday | Eighteenth Edition

Hello, readers and followers! Happy (almost) Wednesday. Welcome

Here we go, a new week and a new Wednesday that brings with it yet more bookish talk. Not that any of mins, right? 

Today's feature is all about the books we're "Waiting On" with Can't Wait Wednesday. A meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in. 

Organized by the lovely Tressa of Wishful Endings, here's another edition of Can't Wait Wednesday.



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)
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Taking a break from all the contemporary fiction and taking a trip to the 1930s as author Rachel McMillan imagines the era. 

If you've read Rachel's (SUPER entertaining) Herringford & Watts series which was published with Harvest House, you'll be delighted to know this is a kind of "spin-off" series to her original trilogy. A series which featured a host of original and endearing characters, something I've zero doubt will also feature in this new novel by this author. 

Without further ado, we're waiting on...

MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO
Author: Rachel McMillan | Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Publication Date: July 2018
“Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…”
Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets his cousin's “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand. 

Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, heir to a New Haven fortune, has fled fine china, small talk, and the man her parents expect her to marry. Determined to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she’s seen in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures, Reggie runs away to Boston, where she finds an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari. But as she and Hamish work together in Luca’s glittering world, they discover a darker side to the smashing Flamingo night club.

When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston—and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build.  - Goodreads

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we have a new review for the film Peter Rabbit (yes, I totally fangirl)

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I'll be glad to visit your blogs, too - but it might take me a week to circle around. Still, I look forward to visiting.

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Peter Rabbit (2018) – Adventure Brings to Life Iconic Characters

Peter Rabbit (2018) – Adventure Brings to Life Iconic Characters


Peter Rabbit (2018) – Adventure Brings to Life Iconic Characters

This feature, live-action film came and went in my theater in the blink of an eye. Still its popularity overseas seems to have earned it a sequel, already set to drop in 2020. (Why so long!?) Though I missed seeing these rascal rabbits on the big screen, I did snag a copy its release week on DVD. Let’s talk about Peter Rabbit and Co. 


Life is swell for Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) and his band of cohorts aka his family. This includes his younger triplet sisters, Flopy, Mopsy and Cottontail (Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley), and their wiser cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody). Along with their many woodland friends, the rabbits are happy – and they have their free-spirited artist friend, Bea (Rose Bryne) to look after them. 
Everything is almost perfect were it not for their cranky neighbor Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill). Peter and McGregor have a long history of fighting over McGregor’s perfect garden. Fate then hands Peter the keys to McGregor’s land, and for a short while, Peter and his friends have free reign over the garden.

Little does Peter know that the McGregor farm has been deeded to the old man’s nephew, Thomas (Domhall Gleeson). Playtime is over and now, Peter again must fight for rights to the garden… and the affections of Bea.

It seems realistic and safe to say, 95% of the time, I go all in for the whole “adulting” thing. But on occasion, that inner child catches up with me, and the end result is something akin to watching Peter Rabbit on a Saturday night. From the moment I read about this one I knew chances of it being adorable were high. Then I saw the promotional material and trailers, and this “kid’s movie” shot to the top of my must see list. Life didn’t allow me to catch this one at the box office, but adult or not, this didn’t stop me from snagging a BluRay.


Cute doesn’t even begin to describe this little film. Its charms come alive as we follow our plucky hero Peter through this journey. Whether it’s his overconfidence (dude could use a lesson in humility, but this is his weakness) or his sister’s cute banter over who’s the oldest, the characters are lovable. I mean, really, who wouldn’t find them cute? Just saying. The vocal talent is superb and features an array of “it” actors in Hollywood. Let’s not forget the humans! Both are fantastic. Though I’ve seen her in very little, I enjoyed seeing Rose in something, and of course, it was lovely to see Gleeson in a role so vastly different than that of his turn in the romantic drama, Brooklyn.

This is precisely the sort of film that can turn a frown upside down. The animation is so good, and the rabbits are darling. Whether its their cute jackets and white fluffy tails or their “aww” way of apologizing, they’re some of the friendliest little rabbits you’re likely to meet – albeit they are little rascals with all those schemes!

If you’re looking for something guaranteed to make you smile, and you don’t mind that it’s a kid's film, Peter Rabbit is the ticket. It’s colorful, entertaining and has a pretty cute story to boot. In short, Peter Rabbit is everything I anticipated and then some.

(This post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can rent or own Peter Rabbit on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD / BluRay.

Content: the film is rated PG, and contains nothing offensive with exception to some possibly troubling themes for really young viewers (a character’s death, using electrocution as a means to get someone to leave, etc.)
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Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Take us on Armchair Adventures

Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Take us on Armchair Adventures


Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Take us on Armchair Adventures

Hey, Tuesday – and fellow bookworm friends! It’s a brand new week, and an opportunity to have a happy week full of good things (like books!). Today we’re joining another week of Top Ten Tuesday with That Artsy Reader Girl.

That Artsy Reader Girl June 12: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

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Anyone who’s read Finding Wonderland’s reviews knows what an armchair travel bug I am. This is perhaps even more true considering I don’t real-life travel. Oh, it’s not that I wouldn’t like to now and again, but life simply doesn’t permit this right now. Still, why bother with extra costs when you can visit these places through the imaginative minds of creative authors?

Today’s list is comprised of two parts. The first is of books I have read and that did “awaken” that travel bug. The second are books I cannot wait to read and I fervently hope awaken the travel bug in me! On this list are familiar and “cozy” favorites (that I’ve likely “over-listed” – or is there such a thing for favorite books?!), and then there are some newer releases that leave me eager to read.

Let’s have a look at said list.

Books that Took Me on an Armchair Adventure

(from A-Z)

1: The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson | Location: Prince Edward Island | One should argue that I really fell in love with this place thanks to Anne of Green Gables. But as I haven’t read the books (I know… should a read book nerd even admit this?), I opted to include Liz’s beautiful contemporary. Amazon | Goodreads 
2: Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge | Location: Texas, USA | One of my more recent reads, I really enjoyed this one. Contrary to my expectations, I also found seeing Texas through the eyes of Celia and Jane very entertaining. Amazon | Goodreads

3: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Location: Paris, France | Yes, I know. I’ve included this novel – a lot, on these types of lists. But in my defense I don’t think it’s been featured lately… plus, it’s PARIS!! Amazon | Goodreads
4: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay | Location: Italy | This is perhaps one of the most vibrant descriptions of an “armchair adventure” novel. It’s somehow intimate and still gloriously on display in this novel which is a testament to the talent of the author. Amazon | Goodreads

5: Geek Girl by Holly Smale | Location: England | Aww, Geek Girl! Who wouldn’t adore this character – and of course, the setting hurts nothing. Amazon | Goodreads
6: When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren | Location: Hawaii, USA | I’ve often heard Hawaii is beautiful, and if photos or the movies are any indication, I believe this. My cousin’s family has visited, and I’m wondering: do you think they’d noticed if I tagged along next time? Amazon | Goodreads


Books that That I Hope Take Me on an Armchair Adventure(Sorted from a-z, by author)


7: City Love by Susane Colasanti | Location, New York, USA | I’m under no allusion that New York would be a place I could call home, but I’d love to someday visit it just for the chance to see its bright-eyed hustle and bustle. Amazon | Goodreads

8: We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han | Location: A Beach Town | Reading one of Jenny’s books have been a high priority for way too long. This trilogy seems the perfect one to binge this summer, plus who wouldn’t wish to be transported to the beach? Amazon | Goodreads

9: Royals by Rachel Hawkins | Location: Scotland | This one looks fun and frothy! Amazon | Goodreads

10: Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch | Location: Italy | Yet another book that’s been on my bookshelf for far too long. Note to self: start reading your bookshelf books! They’re getting lonely… and dusty. Amazon | Goodreads

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This again wraps up today’s list. Tell me, what sort of book awakens that travel bug in you? Do you have favorites you could read again and again for the experience of the “armchair adventure”? Have you read any I mention today? Comment down below with all those bookish thoughts! I’m eager to chat with you all.

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces. (It may take me the week, but I’ll be by!)

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Mulan – 20 Years Later We Still Love Disney’s Fierce Heroine

Mulan – 20 Years Later We Still Love Disney’s Fierce Heroine


Mulan – 20 Years Later We Still Love Disney’s Fierce Heroine 

Attaching specific memories to Disney films isn’t something I have in my memory bank. Growing up, we had one day designated to movies. A day in which we could pick one of our VHS tapes and stay in to watch movies. Otherwise, our days were about school work and we were encouraged to play outside – most of the time, it was a schedule we loved.

Aside from knowing I did see Mulan as a kid, I don’t remember when for the first time I saw this one. What I do know is that this has always been one of Disney’s “newer” films in my mind. Imagine then my surprise when I realized this film turned twenty years old this year. It’s these little realizations that make me feel old.

In celebration of this milestone, I sat down to re-watch this film, and discovered despite its many differences in comparison to other films from this studio, Mulan still charms. Sure, it’s darker and isn’t the happy go lucky story most of Disney’s are. Nevertheless, even at this, Disney cannot hide the charms it’s known for.


(This post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can rent or own Mulan on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD / BluRay.

In short, as I discovered this story again, it reminded me how very much I adore this story – and how excited I am about the upcoming live-action adaptation of this story. The story sounds different, but still intriguing.

If you’d like to see my review in full, you can visit Silver Petticoat at the links below. Tell me, either down below or on Silver Petticoat, is this one of your favorite Disney films? What memories do you have of seeing this one? Drop a comment below with all of your thoughts. 

MULAN FILM REVIEW 

 It’s in the little realizations that make me feel old. One such fact is that Mulan is turning 20 years old today. Most days I don’t consider myself so, but when you realize that one of the animated films from your childhood is 20 years old, this feeling invades. Seeing 1998 as the film’s release seems strange, too because it’s always been one of Disney’s “newer” films in my mind. But here we are in 2018, and with this milestone, I take a trip down Disney memory lane. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat Review → 
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