Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Return of Devotion: Finding Forgiveness

Scorned gentlewoman Daphne Blackmoor has spent the last twelve years building a life of meaning and purpose raising her son and other illegitimate children. Her world is altered once again when the children are placed in loving homes and Haven Manor, where she works as a housekeeper, changes ownership.
William, the marquis of Chemsford is the new owner. He sees Haven Manor as a place where he can escape from his past, hoping to find peace and quiet. 
Daphne's character struck a chord with me. She's a dreamer, a hard work, an introvert and has a deep love for the children she cares for. The quote below describes Daphne well. "A caretaker, a mother of sorts. Perhaps a friend. More recently a housekeeper. But I don't know who I am when no one else is in the room" (Hunter, 321). 
William and Daphne are similar characters in the fact that they are both running from their pasts and seek refuge in Haven Manor. He finds himself drawn to Daphne. She's unlike anyone he's ever met.
William helps Daphne see that you can live as though you are forgiven, but not be really living your life by just merely existing. 

I was so honored to have the opportunity to read and review, A Return of Devotion. It did not disappoint! I laughed a lot and cried a little, and by the end I found myself so grateful to Ms. Hunter for penning such a beautiful story of forgiveness and learning to live your life there after. 

Reading is adventure,


~~ A Return of Devotion was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author .I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Isn't it Loverly: My Fair Lady Film Review

My Fair Lady graces the silver screen just in time for the post-Valentine's afterglow
in honor of its 55th anniversary.
Prior to its glamourous film adaption, My Fair Lady was a hit on Broadway.
Julie Andrews played the coveted role of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle.
While up and coming Andrews wanted to play the lead on the screen adaptation,
producer Jack L. Warner didn't want an unknown,
and cast the timelessly beautiful Audrey Hepburn. 
Hepburn was a well-known, Oscar-winning actress who lent an easy elegance to the role of Eliza. The one downfall... Hepburn was not a singer.
Warner Brothers studio decided to use Marni Nixon's singing voice for the vocals.
Nixon's other credits include dubbing for actress Deborah Kerr in both The King and I (1956) and An Affair to Remember (1957). 
 Mixing up a few quotes from My Fair Lady;
"don't sit there like a bilious pigeon, but get your bloomin' arse moving"
and go watch this timeless musical! 

Interesting Film Trivia:

In 2006 My Fair Lady was raked #6 in AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time.

When Rex Harrison accepted the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Professor Higgins he thanked his "two fair ladies" referring to Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn. (Harrison played the professor on Broadway and on the big screen). 

When Audrey Hepburn entered the set wearing Eliza's ball gown for the first time she looked so beautiful the cast and crew stared at her in silence for a few moments, then broke out in cheers.

During production, on November 22, 1963 Audrey Hepburn announced the assassination of President Kennedy to a shocked and devastated crew.