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A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series)
A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series)
by Ruth Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.50
68 used & new from $6.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Amish crime drama a cut above the norm., May 24, 2016
WOW. A heart-pounder. I was captivated by ‘A Dream of Miracles’ and emoted anger during reading at the treatment of the young Amish mother, Mattie. I had to keep telling myself, “It is fiction, only fiction.” Part of my anxiety over this compelling story was a result of reading it in May right after reading an article in that month’s R’sD “When Good Parents Get Arrested” (also highly recommended for reading.) Author Lenore Skenazy of the R’sD wrote non-fiction. Simply by coincidence, the 2 parallel stories were published the same month, and I inadvertently read them back to back. Ruth Reid’s book, although Amish fiction, deals with a real social problem. CPS zealots without hearts. Narrisch (crazy).

Ruth Reid’s story is based on the events of an Amish community in the Michigan Upper Peninsula but it could be any people group, anywhere. It could be your neighbor, your family, . . . YOU! The drama tied me into emotional knots, a page turner that made me wonder, “can I take any more?” but certainly not willing to put it down until the end. Reid is noted for Amish storytelling of a unique kind, but I believe she has outdone herself. Some characters appear from earlier books of this series, but it can be read as a stand alone. This is the best of the 3, in my opinion, making this story worthy of SIX stars. It is not often the last book of a series is the culminating pinnacle.
‘A Dream of Miracles’ will even astound readers not normally drawn to Amish genre.

And, just as the final chapters began wrapping up the tumultuous story plot(s), yes, multiple, there came a couple of surprises I sure didn’t see coming. I like that. I like this book. I love this series. I want more from Ruth Reid. I highly recommend all 3 wunderbaar Amish relationship tales in “An Amish Wonders Novel” series. Jah, and if ‘A Dream of Miracles’ doesn’t win an award in the coming year, I’ll eat an Amish straw hat, with kaffi.


Murdoch Mysteries Collection 5-8
Murdoch Mysteries Collection 5-8
DVD ~ Yannick Bisson
Price: $96.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic crime/humor/romance historic series & a MUST OWN, May 22, 2016
Authentic 1890-early 1900s props & costumes. Beautiful Ontario settings. Always multiple story plots. Realistically gritty. Multiple plots in this historical Toronto suspense & crime drama. Includes fictional unveiling of [then-new inventions, science and forensics beginnings, and new merchandise.] Murdoch's path often crosses with historic personalities. Charming entertainment amidst suspense and bits of romance, all covered with ample tongue-in-cheek comedy throughout.

Season 5 = 13 episodes; 6 = 13 episodes; 7 = 18 episodes; 8 = 18 episodes.
62 total episodes. All with SDH Subtitles.
Yannick Bisson's leading role is joined with his boss, Brackenreid (Thomas Craig); Crabtree (Jonny Harris, a comic genius). Forensics are covered first by Dr. Julie Ogden (Helen Joy) and later adding Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly) who replaced Ogden after becoming a psychologist. Must not forget to mention Constable Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch).

This is a catch-up release package in DVD or Blu-ray. There is also:
MURDOCH MYSTERIES COLLECTION: SEASONS 1-4
And Season 9 releases on DVD Aug 2, 2016. ALL are highly recommended, and up there in my top 10 favorite series which includes Downton Abbey and Foyles War.
Want more?
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies


War And Peace
War And Peace
DVD ~ Lily James
Price: $22.99
26 used & new from $15.50

5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT in all ways; worthy of SIX STARS, May 22, 2016
This review is from: War And Peace (DVD)
WAR & WOW. “War & Peace” is one Leo Tolstoy classic. This adaptation by writer/producer Andrew Davies (‘Little Dorrit’ ‘South Riding’ ‘House of Cards’ much more) is masterful. Every aspect, costume, set, location, music, props, action, cinematography, writing, choreography… it is all impressive, worthy of the historic book of 1869. Much of the success is also due to the astonishing high level of the large cast. Too many major players to mention but here are a few:
Paul Dano perfects the Pierre role in his most stellar performance to date.
Andrei performed by James Norton (‘Grantchester’).
Rostov cousins Natasha (Lily James –‘Downton Abbey’) & Sonya (Aisling Loftus -‘Mr Selfridge’) play off of each other like they were real cousins.
Jim Broadbent with his career of great roles tackles Andrei’s father more than successfully.
Rebecca Front (‘Death comes to Pemberly’ ‘Insp Lewis’) plays menacing Anna.
Gillian Anderson (‘Bleak House’) marries Andrei, birthing a son.
Brian Cox (‘The Slap’) is Russian Gen Kutozov.
Even several small single episode parts are huge; like Adrian Rawlins (‘Harry Potter’ ‘Dickensian’) as Platon, a prisoner.
Too many more to mention them all.

SDH SUBTITLES for all episodes & bonus. There is much discussion on length. My purchased DVD box (cover left black, right white, and portraits of Pierre, Natasha, & Andrei) states 357 minutes and has 8 episodes.
[[Episode 1]] 1805 Russia warring with Napoleon. Illegitimate Pierre and social misfit defends Napoleon. Friend Andrei enlists to fight the French.
[[2]] Winter 1805. Pierre weds Helene . . . but! Andrei and his brother-in-law Nikolai survive the 1st battle.
[[3]] Pierre duels over wife Helene. Natasha and Sonya get marriage proposals in Moscow. Marya assists Andrei’s labor.
[[4]] Spring 1809 to Winter 1810. Relationships come and go. Pierre having joined the Masons, works for bettering others. De directs Andrei to quickly propose. Natasha attends her first grand ball, the Tsar’s Ball.
[[5]] Natasha is frustrated that a marriage is not at hand, leading to temptation. Pierre tries to mend woes. Napoleon marches an army to Moscow.
[[6]] Summer 1812. Russia is under attack by the French. Nikolai assists Mary’s family exit. Pierre cares for ill (depressed) Natasha.
[[7]] Battle of Borodino, biggest Napoleon vs. Russia battle, and Pierre and Andrei are on the front line. French enters Moscow causing Natasha & Rostovs to flee as Pierre plots to personally assassinate Napoleon.
[[8]] Russian winter sets in and Pierre remains a prisoner. War, nay peace, continues. Russian aristocrats find need to adjust. Napoleon retreats Moscow. War & Death. War & Survival. War & Love. The unforgettable climax of “War & Peace.”
“As long as there is life, there is happiness.”
[[BONUS]] subtitled: From Page to Screen, 4 min; The Read Through, 3 min; Making the Music, 3 min; Count Rostov’s Dance, 2 min; Rundale Palace, 2 min; What is ‘War & Peace’?, 1 min.

A BBC miniseries future-classic to own for multiple viewings.


The Everstone Chronicles
The Everstone Chronicles

5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to start this series soon going to book 4, May 19, 2016
I’ve now read them all. It is a series that continues with the Everstone Family who live in wealth in the Appalachian Mountains of central Maine. It is a picturesque setting and Dawn Crandall does a more than remarkable job of letting the reader experience the setting through nearly all the senses. Her words become the sounds, tastes, smells, sights, and oh my, those scintillating touches. It is Christian historic romance fiction with a rich dollop of mystery and intrigue. Even murder is not lost on this family.

There are plenty of reviews and book synopses provided on Amazon’s individual book listings. But take my word for it, once you read the first, you will want the next in the series, and then the next, and a fourth is to be released in October of 2016.
I do tend to like reviewing authors from my home state, Indiana, but I give this author consistent 5-star ratings regardless of the fact we are both Hoosiers.

The series began as Kindle editions, but all have been made available in softcover form due to a high demand. So you have an option. Whatever you prefer in book form, but DO NOT MISS reading The Everstone Chronicles.
#4 The Cautious Maiden


Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles V3)
Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles V3)
by Dawn Crandall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.99
29 used & new from $10.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This mighty historical romance series now in softcover., May 19, 2016
Dawn Crandall paints a literary picture of central Maine’s majestic Appalachian setting like no other. “The Captive Imposter’s” protagonist, Elle, carries a sketchbook and tin of pencils. Plural. A real artist uses more than one hardness of pencil, even when sketching black & white. This demonstrates the accuracy of detail and description by this storyteller. Her “Everstone Chronicles” series deserves a gilded frame, like masterpiece oil paintings. Christian Historical Fiction turned into a saga of delight.

Elle, a multi-millionaire of 1891, has taken a new identity due to a brother’s murder leaving her own life similarly threatened. Like police protection of today, but arranged by the Everstone family. Plot tangents are as plentiful as Elle’s pencils. Intrigue, mystery, and romance, plenty of romance.

This great series was originally released as Kindles, but demand encouraged the release of softcovers. Now both are available in all 3 stories and a fourth releasing soon.
Reading “The Captive Imposter” was something like I’d expect if taking a 6-week vacation in a mountain adventure resort with my lovely wife. Smell the pine—see the wilderness—and experience romance.

Also consider: Books 1 & 2, plus #4 The Cautious Maiden
Also available is a 3-in-one buy: The Everstone Chronicles
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Birds of a Feather, Set 1
Birds of a Feather, Set 1
DVD ~ Pauline Quirke
Price: $22.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny sitcom is back; a houseful of jollification., May 18, 2016
This review is from: Birds of a Feather, Set 1 (DVD)
3 ladies of Chigwell (real London suburb) end up back together in Tracey’s house. The one liners come fast and furious. Careful, your laughing may cause you to miss the next gag. Another hit for the after-30s viewers. But millennials might like to see where they could be headed too. A revived hit series of 1989 with a contemporary feel. A laugh a minute; no more. A refreshing change from all the UK crime/ blood/ murder series of late. Studio-filmed with a live audience.

Same old cast: Sharon (Pauline Quirke –‘Broadchurch’); Tracey (Linda Robson); Dorien (Lesley Joseph).
New cast: Travis (Charlie Quirke) and Garth (Matt Willis) sons of Tracey; Marcie (Camilla Beeput).
Note: Pauline Quirke is real-life mom to Charlie Quirke.

SDH SUBTITLES for 8 (under ½ hour) episodes in this 2014 season, and the bonus
[[1]] Gimme Shelter ==A book signing reconnects sisters Sharon and Tracey—unfortunately. The author is Dorien Green, pen named Foy Cohen on the book cover of her bestseller “Sixty Shades of Green”. She’s also an old acquaintance of the sisters.
[[2]] Slave ==Dorien treats Sharon as her slave maid. The packed house of 7 needs cash; solved by hilarious means.
[[3]] Hot Stuff ==With son Garth and lady friend Marcie needing ‘privacy’ there’s a house bed shuffle leading to a ‘hot’ loft (attic) booty.
[[4]]Hearts for Sale ==To get Garth’s restaurant repaired in time to open his ma dates a plumber. The other gals find a bit of romance too.
[[5]] Tattoo You ==Trio suffers aging anxiety. Hug, who’s deaf? And who’s gotten a tattoo?
[[6]] Blinded by Love ==Sharon’s estranged excon hubby asks for a divorce freeing him to wed his blind girl mate. Believe it or not, it gets stranger, and funnier.
[[7]] Back to Zero ==Job losses put the old strain on home cash flow. Who to the re$cue? Who’ll turn the heat on?
[[8]] You Can't Always Get What You Want ==The sisters meet an older sister pair at the market. A look to the future? Dorien’s court date.
[[Bonus]] Birds of a Feather Flock Again ==14 minutes of behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and the 3 stars talking about the reincarnation of a hit show after 15 years.
Don’t worry, the fun continues with seasons 2015 and 2016 and perhaps more.


Crossing Lines: Season 1 [DVD]
Crossing Lines: Season 1 [DVD]
DVD ~ Crossing Lines
Offered by kylakins
Price: $8.49
18 used & new from $6.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging cop show that runs out of bullets at the end, May 17, 2016
Cross-border Eurozone crime worth viewing, but… It’s a bit of a slowed down short version of “24” that starred this series Donald Sutherland’s son, Kiefer. Remember Donald from M.A.S.H.? The concept and story deserves 4.7 stars; compared to the 5.7 stars for “24”. But… but... the end?

The ICC team members all have a backstory. Bonus behind-the-lines interviews suggest the concept was based on the beginnings of America’s FBI. Europe needs cross-border cops for the International Criminal Court. Tom Wlaschiha plays Sebastian, a tech genius, German, gambler. Dorn (Sutherland) functions in the court based at The Hague. Hickman (William Fichtner) has a useless left hand resultant from NYPD work, now an excop, he’s also drug reliant. Maj Daniel (Marc Lavoine) of Paris leads ICC but suffers, like his wife (Elsa Mollien –‘Jane Eyre’) from their son’s death by a car bomb. DS Anne-Marie (Moon Dailly) is French and a criminal analyst working in human trafficking. St Eva is Italian and expert in covert/undercover work. McConnel hails from Northern Ireland, a weapons and tactical expert.

SDH SUBTITLES (English or Spanish); none for bonus
===Episodes 1-2 Pilot ==A team is assembled to solve a first case of a serial killer who’s victim trail passes from one European capitol to the next. Sienna by Genevieve O'Reilly (‘MI-5’).
===3 The Terminator ==After ICC serial killer successful case, they get a Paris office and soon go after another cross-border killer with an unclear, later surprising, motive.
===4 Long-Haul Predators ==a tense thriller episode of deaths in one country’s autobahn dumped in a bordering country.
===5-6 Special Ops: Part 1 & 2 ==Cannes murder & Russian kidnapping matches a Florence crime. Suspected is Russian link and Dorn’s in Moscow. In danger?
===7 The Animals ==Hague bank robbed as Hickman is inside providing cell phone audio to ICC. Bank Mgr. hostage is used as a human bomb threat on front steps.
===8 Desperation & Desperadoes ==McConnell meets up with his criminal brother. An Italy crime boss is ripped off & daughter kidnapped. The retaliation mass shootings cross national borders.
===9-10 New Scars, Old Wounds: Part 1 & 2 ==The team members face a murder charge, a hacking, a missing person, a deadly stalker, and more. Is it ICC’s end and all the team as well?
But . . . Massive threads of plot left with no ending. Duh! My 4.7 stars drop to 4.0 stars. And to date, 2.4 years later from this DVD, the next seasons have not been offered to America in DVD.


Grantchester: Season 2
Grantchester: Season 2
DVD ~ .
Price: $39.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What was great in season one continues in this new season, May 13, 2016
This review is from: Grantchester: Season 2 (DVD)
A long wait for a second season, but then greatness can come slower. They got the little burg of Grantchester, near Cambridge, right the first time. This season is just more of the same. It is captivating, believable acted characters, and an emotional builder. 1953s sets, costumes, props, music, cinematography, what’s not to like? It shows it’s worth taking the time to do it right.

Vicar Sidney Chambers by James Norton (‘Death Comes to Pemberly’ ‘War & Peace’); DI Geordie Keating by Robson Green (‘Reckless’); beautiful love interest Amanda Hopkins by Morven Christie (oh I like her); and the housekeeper Mrs Maguire by Tessa Peake-Jones have all returned for all 6 episodes, as they did in season one. Al Weaver puts the collar back on trying meekly to do his religious bit as Leonard Finch for all 6 (5 in 2014).
New cast for season 2 includes greats: Claudie Blakley (‘Cranford’ ‘Larkrise to Candleford’) and Neil Morrissey as Agatha & Harding Redmond.

Sidney Chambers wrote the books this series is based on, which I have NOT read, but most of us know, adapting a book is often unlike the book. It takes a long miniseries to do justice to one book; like “Outlander” as done. Even that series picks, chooses, and adds.
Viewers get a murder in every DVD episode, but also great character development and ongoing threads through the season. Definitely a DVD series to OWN. Even knowing the outcomes, it is worthy of repeated viewings. At least that’s what happens at our house. My wife and I both love Grantchester.


Wallander: Season Four
Wallander: Season Four
DVD ~ Kenneth Branagh
Price: $24.92

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And after a long pause, Wallander continues in a great way, May 13, 2016
This review is from: Wallander: Season Four (DVD)
I was slow in picking up on this series. It’s another cop show and the primary character is key to the success of the series. For season four, comprising 3 new stories, Kenneth Branagh (‘Shakleton’), who plays Inspector Kurt Wallander, is back as good as ever. It’s been 4 years since season 3, and the series began in 2008. Branagh is the only character around for all 4 seasons, 12 episodes. Richard McCabe is back as Nyberg having played that part in 11 episodes; and Jeany Spark returns as Linda Wallander. Barnaby Kay returns in 2 episodes as Mattson. These are all seasoned fine actors that do a smashing job and keep it feeling real.

Setting is southern Sweden, beautiful by the way, near Ystad, and the views are stunning. That’s where the filming took place. Each episode, like previous series, is a feature-length story unto itself. The crime is bizarre for such a picture perfect location (much like England’s Midsomer Murders). Henning Mankell wrote the books the series is based upon, but I’ve not read any of the novels. Likely the series is different. Book adaptations usually are, and both can be great for the media they are.

Wallander fans will enjoy, and newer viewers like me can do the catching up by buying the previous season later. New or gently used, it’s worth the DVD investment.


Detectorists, Series 2
Detectorists, Series 2
DVD ~ Mackenzie Crook
Price: $25.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic 6-star GOLD found in this 2nd ‘detectorists’ series, May 11, 2016
This review is from: Detectorists, Series 2 (DVD)
Laugh Out Loud crazy funny. Dry humor that unearths side-splitting. DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) members are hilariously quirky characters. Suffolk film location is beautiful to view. But it is the masterful comic writing and acting that won season one a BAFTA for Best Situational Comedy; and ‘detectorists II’ is added rib-tickling. The DMDC, always ‘detectoring’ for a primo GOLD find, typically must settle for milk bottle caps and farm machinery parts. Common folk full of quirks & foibles, but DMDCs really dig one another.

Cast is a LARGE part of the sidesplitting success. Mackenzie Crook (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) plays Andy, simultaneously writer/director. Mack Crook is to detectorists that Jeff Foxworthy is to Rednecks. Andy is a quasi-sane MrMom, an out-of-work archeologist. Lance (Toby Jones –‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Titanic’ miniseries) definitely off-norm, divorced, but a devoted detectoring partner, and now with feelings. Other DMDC-ers include Rachael Stirling (‘Bletchley Circle’) as Andy’s wife Becky; Aimee-Ffion Edwards as beautiful Sophie, normal other than her comradery with DMDC; Gerard Horan as the DMDC leader and Sophie Thompson (‘Emma’) as his ‘blonde’ wife; Divian Ladwa & Pearce Quigley play another beyond-odd pair of DMDC (Hugh & Russell) often teeming in ridiculousity; Orion Ben & Laura Checkley are DMDC quiet partners Varde & Louise. Diana Rigg (‘Bleak House’) is the mother-in-law.

SDH SUBTITLES for 6 half-hour episodes plus the bonus stuff
[[1]] Medieval to WW2 to today’s lack of work for Andy to provide for Becky & son. Lance id depressed over divorce. A German looks for a war plane with the looser pals help. A DMDC naked calendar?
[[2]] Plane research continues. Lance lands a female meeting. Becky’s bored, making Andy suspicious. The Mayor needs a metal loss found.
[[3]] Becky & Andy to Africa? Mayor owns the WW2 crash site? Something’s awry with the lost Mayoral Chain of Office.
[[4]] Mayor’s pressured for detectoring dig rights. Andy’s Africa job interview. New war plane discovery. Lance rejected by his Irish girl connection.
[[5]] Funniest trampoline gag ever conjured. Andy lands a job-secretly. Sophie believes a lie due to love. Is it GOLD? A DMDC stakeout.
[[6]] DMDC rally time at the crash site. Character subplots find endings-not all good. Andy detects “canslaw” and Lance digs . . . dances with Andy.
[[BONUS]] Christmas Special episode length about Lance’s Late Saxon Aestel find—life after a gold dance—fame—the curse of the gold—and more jollification. See Rebecca Callard (‘The Grand’)
[[A Day Out with Detectorists]] Featurette 33min with behind the scenes work and frolic.

“Get your coils to the soil” and enjoy this 6-star gold series. “Brilliant.”
You must also view season one.
Detectorists


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