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North and South–timeless love story

26 Jan

The last seven days have been very hard on our family. We’ve lost a dear friend, an incredible generous and caring person who brought only love and sunshine to our life. He is greatly missed.

I don’t know how to deal with such a loss. I’ve lost my grandparents—the closest I’ve gotten to death—but never felt so much sadness as I felt since our friend passed away. And so, I find myself gazing out the window, lost in thoughts and memories. I find myself at loss for words, missing him with such intensity that my heart aches constantly.

I also spend time watching lots of movies, and so found “North and South”, an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel. It’s not the American version with Patrick Swayze, but rather the BBC version filmed in 2004 with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.

I’ve been so engrossed in this TV-series (only 4 episodes found on Netflix) that when the last episode finished I wanted more. Don’t want to give anything away, but the striking chemistry between Daniela and Richard goes beyond the screen. I’d go as far as to compare it to Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. There’s love and hate, poverty and richness, shallowness and depth, conflict and struggle. There’s every possible emotion one might want portrayed in a movie.

For fans of “Pride and Prejudice”, or the “Forsyte Saga”, this TV series is worth your while. For everyone wanting a dark, troubled hero and a strong-minded, too blunt heroine, kept apart by misconceptions, but brought together by loneliness I promise both Richard and Daniela deliver a timeless love story.


Giveaway Hop–Best of 2011

26 Dec

If you landed here it means you really have lots of patience. And you love to read. And you are persistent. Yeah, you. I’m talking about you. Thanks for stopping by. I know I’m at # 67  on the Giveaway Hop Best of 2011. And for you to make it down the list of blogs all the way here it means something. Your reward: an e-copy of either my debut novel Hidden Heart or my newest release called A World Apart . The winners will be announced here on January 1st 2012.

I know we are supposed to pick our favorite book for 2011, but I’m going to take it to the next level and pick the best book turned movie. “Gone with the Wind” that is, the best classic book and movie of all times. I have to say I’ve seen the movie at least 10-15 times and I never get tired of it. Clark Gable—handsome, devilish, sexy—and Vivien Leigh—sweet powerhouse, stunning, stubborn—are electrifying and the chemistry between them is almost palpable. I can’t think of anyone else playing their roles and no one ever would be able to fill their shoes. How can a movie be so powerful and so convincing?
I watched it again two nights ago. At the end of it I felt nostalgic and sad, as if not only did Rhett walk out of Scarlett’s life, but he gave up on love. And no one should ever give up on love. It’s what makes us grow, and gives us a reason to live, it’s why a man and a woman belong together, it’s why we feel butterflies in our belly…
I then remembered about Alexandra Ripley’s book “Scarlett” and the TV series with the same name made sometime in the 90’s and had a desperate need to continue watching the love story, as to confirm happy ending does exist after all. I just finished seeing it and I feel so much better. Joanna Whalley and Timothy Dalton are maybe not the best pick, but I grew fond of them throughout the movie. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to find it and watch it, it’s worth it if you are an incurable romantic like me.
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler’s love story is better than any love story out there, be it a book, a movie, a song or a screenplay. Better than Romeo and Juliet, better than Cesar and Cleopatra, better than Dante and Beatriz. It’s timeless and compared to any of the love stories it has a happy ending. And where is happy ending, there is hope.

My hope is that you will enter the giveaway contest below and you will give my heroes a chance to tell their stories.

Happy Holidays!