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Moving To Blogger

I’ve moved Between The Covers over to Blogger.  Check out the new site here.  This site will no longer be active

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The Genesis Code Review and Giveaway

Once again it’s been a long time since I posted, but I should start posting more regularly soon.

About the Movie:

Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins to develop Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry — who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front — sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation. Could it be that what science teaches us about creation and the Story as told in Genesis are both true!

This is a fun, family friendly film that I think anyone would enjoy.  I highly recommend it.

For a mandatory entry you must leave a comment on this post.  The extra entries detailed below do not have to be completed in order to enter, but they will increase your chances of winning.  Giveaway ends June 3rd, 2012.  This means you can no longer enter.  This contest is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.A. only.

  1. Subscribe to this blog.  (If you have already done so, put up an extra comment telling me, or else it won’t count.)
  2. Like this blog’s Facebook page.
  3. Like the Genesis Code page on Facebook.
  4. Share the link to this giveaway on Facebook.
  5. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.
  6. Post about this giveaway on your blog/website.  When you comment for this extra entry, include the link.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Caledonia: An Ancient Strife

An Ancient Strife (Caledonia, #2)

Author: Michael Phillips

Genre: Novel

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Historical Fiction

Time Period: Modern/Old

My Review:  I enjoyed this book very much.  The modern part of it didn’t interest me as much as the four novellas weaved throughout the story.  The were all about old Scotland and made for exciting reading.

My Overall Opinion:  If you are looking for a good book to keep you up at night, this is for you.

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A Short Break

I’m going to take a short break from book blogging.  I recently started up a new blog in Blogger and I want to devote my time to it for a short time.  Don’t worry…I won’t be gone forever.

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My Apology

I just want to apologize for my lack of posting for a few days.  I’ve been busy for the last few days, but I hope to start posting again soon,.

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Vote For Me!

Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Elegance of Fashion is hosting a Period Drama Advice Event.  This is the second time I’ve entered.  I would like to appeal to all of you to vote for me.  The post is here.

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Please Vote For Me

The voting for the best letter has now started at Elegance of Fashion.  The letter I wrote is here.  Please vote for me and of course feel free to vote for other contestants.  

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Interesting Video

I found this video on Youtube.  Enjoy!

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The Woodcarver – Review and Giveaway

Description:

Restoring their faith in God and in Life.

Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church’s beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.

This is a great family movie.  It starts out excitingly with an anonymous person vandalizing a church with a baseball bat.  I liked the different details that were talked about in relation to carving.  It ends happily.  I would recommend this movie highly.

Giveaway Rules:

For a mandatory entry you must leave a comment on this post.  The extra entries detailed below do not have to be completed in order to enter, but they will increase your chances of winning.  Giveaway ends March 20, 2012.  This means you can no longer enter.  This contest is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.A. only.
  1. Subscribe to this blog.  (If you have already done so, put up an extra comment telling me, or else it won’t count.)
  2. Subscribe to my writing blog.  (If you have already done so, put up an extra comment telling me, or else it won’t count.)
  3. Subscribe to my Jane Austen blog.  (If you have already done so, put up an extra comment telling me, or else it won’t count.)
  4. Like this blog’s Facebook page.
  5. Share the link to this giveaway on Facebook.
  6. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.
  7. Post about this giveaway on your blog/website.  When you comment for this extra entry, include the link.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Jane Austen Heroine Week

I’m hosting a JAHW on my Jane Austen blog – Elinor and Emma (just click the picture to go to it).  It promises to be a wonderful week with an AWESOME giveaway at the end.  Check out the introductory post here.

 

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Announcing My New Blog – Elinor and Emma

I have started a new blog all about Jane Austen.  You can visit it here.  I think it’s started out quite well and I hope that all my readers will like it.

This is an important development because from now on I will not be posting any more Jane Austen-related posts here.  I will be doing my favorite Jane Austen film proposals series at Elinor and Emma instead.  I hope you enjoy my new blog as much as you are this one.

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Jane Austen Film Proposals Part 1

I’m going to do a short series of my favorite Jane Austen film proposal scenes.  There will be three.  Note:  All of the posts in this series will contain serious spoilers.

My first proposal scene will be…

Pride and Prejudice 2005!

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I love this scene.  It’s so beautiful – the sun rising and coming up between them (by the way, that was pure accident – but what a lovely accident!)  And the script is wonderful too.  Let’s compare the script and the book.

Script:

LIZZIE: I couldn’t sleep
DARCY: Nor I. My aunt?

He stops, looking wretched.

LIZZIE Yes. She was here.
DARCY: How can I ever make amends for such behavior?
LIZZIE: After what you have done for Lydia and for all I know, for Jane also, it is I who should be making amends.

Darcy looks at her for one deep moment.

DARCY: You must know – surely you must know, that it was all for you.

Lizzie is still as stone.

DARCY: (cont’ d) You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my Aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I had scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me forever.

Lizzie is silent.

DARCY: (cont’d) If, however, your feelings have changed. .

Darcy looks at her. Something in her eyes gives him confidence.

DARCY: (cont’ d) I could, I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love and love and love you. And never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

Lizzie looks at him very serious, very simple.

LIZZIE: Well, then.

Darcy takes a step towards her, one hand stretched out. Lizzie takes hold of his fingers.

LIZZIE: (cont’d) You’re hands are cold.

Darcy nods.  Their heads touch as the sun rises behind them.

Book:

“Mr. Darcy, I am a very selfish creature; and, for the sake of giving relief to my own feelings, care not how much I may be wounding your’s. I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister. Ever since I have known it, I have been most anxious to acknowledge to you how gratefully I feel it. Were it known to the rest of my family, I should not have merely my own gratitude to express.”

“I am sorry, exceedingly sorry,” replied Darcy, in a tone of surprise and emotion, “that you have ever been informed of what may, in a mistaken light, have given you uneasiness. I did not think Mrs. Gardiner was so little to be trusted.”

“You must not blame my aunt. Lydia’s thoughtlessness first betrayed to me that you had been concerned in the matter; and, of course, I could not rest till I knew the particulars. Let me thank you again and again, in the name of all my family, for that generous compassion which induced you to take so much trouble, and bear so many mortifications, for the sake of discovering them.”

“If you will thank me,” he replied, “let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you.”

Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. Myaffections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”

Elizabeth, feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.

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I think that both the book and the script have their undeniable merits and I like both of them very, very much.  (Although I must say the script was more romantic.)

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Pride and Prejudice Photo and Sense and Sensibility Photo

Someone was very clever putting this together… 

I made this myself.

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What I’m Watching

That’s right.  I’m watching Emma 2009 with my mom and sibs.  I watched the first part yesterday and am planning to watch the second today.  I really like it so far and I’ll def be posting a review when I’ve finished it.  If you want to check out a good review just go here.

The photo I used came from here.

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A Spirited Discussion

I have a blogging weakness.  (Actually I have several but we won’t get into that right now.)  Whenever my readers post delightful, well thought out comments (not the generic “nice post” comments), I want to post them and let the whole world see their cleverness.  Usually I resist but in this instance I couldn’t (or wouldn’t).

You remember the post I did a few days ago about Pride and Prejudice 2005?  (I also did a page, but that’s another matter.)  Anyway, I received a lot of comments on this post, all by one person – Maria Elisabeth of Miss Georgiana Darcy.  Now if there’s one thing I like, it’s a good discussion, especially by comments on my blog.  And Maria did just that.  She challenged my to a verbal duel and I accepted.  Here is our discussion:

Maria – I, ahem! respectfully disagree on which adaptation is the best. But to each her own, right? Now will you tell us why you like 2005 P&P better than the 1995 P&P? Because I love arguing, *coughs again* I mean debating.

Me –  The reason I think 2005 is the best is a manyfold reason.

1. Kiera Knightley has all the vigor, wit, and playfulness that Elizabeth Bennet should have – and fine eyes to boot.

2. Matt Macfayden is the perfect Mr. Darcy. The right mixture of shyness (as in the book – “You are right, none of us perform to strangers.”) and pride, mixed with a passionate love for Elizabeth Bennet.

3. The cimeotography and music are delicous and beautiful. I love listening to the soundtrack and the scenery (Liz on top of the world.) is breathtaking.

4. IT’S THE BEST!

Now despise me if you dare.

Maria – Indeed I do not dare, but I will argue with you anyways.

1: Kiera Knightley does have vigor and wit, but to me she has too much modern ‘rebelliousness’ and is a little too rude sometimes. Elizabeth is witty and sometimes borders on the uncivil, but not downright rude. She does have fine eyes, but then, so does Jennifer Ehle.

2: Matthew Macfayden’s Mr. Darcy gets the shyness very well, but, in my opinion, not the pride. I’m trying to remember a single instance where what Elizabeth thought was his pride can’t be traced to something else. In this he doesn’t seem to have ‘no improper pride’, he has no pride. And it makes Elizabeth’s opinion of his seem even more ridiculously ill-founded than it actually is.

3: I won’t disagree with you on this. The scenery is beautiful, although it annoyed me that to put in the scenery they changed the settings of many of the scenes. Isn’t Jane Austen good enough for them? I listen to the soundtrack regularly, and love it almost as much as the 1995 soundtrack.

4: It……….. isn’t. :P

5: WARNING: TOTAL RANDOMNESS AHEAD There’s one thing in the proposal scene I don’t like. Matthew Macfayden’s shirt. It isn’t even done up, and he’s not wearing a cravat. (I have this thing about cravats, actually.) What the use of a proposal scene if the hero’s not wearing a cravat? END OF RANDOMNESS

Me – I will of course respect your views but I won’t agree with them.

I must confess that I never saw any bad manners of Lizzy (examples, please). But of course when you think that P and P 1995 is the best you just look for faults (sorry, just saying). Matt Macfayden is not as full of pride as Colin Firth but he does have his moments (the first proposal, when Elizabeth and him are talking at Netherfield, etc.).

I will admit that P and P 2005 does have some faults.

1. Pigs in the Bennet’s house? No way!

2. Mr. Bingley would never go into Jane’s bedroom even to see how she was doing and even if Elizabeth was there. In those days, a lady’s reputation was everything.

4. Elizabeth Bennet often has her hair down – another Regency no-no.

However, I still will stick to my opinions and you may stick to yours.

Good day, Madam.

P.S. About that total bit of randomness, I don’t blame you. Cravats – oh my! But, I still enjoyed that scene very much…

Maria – The reason I wasn’t focusing on the good points of both movies is because they have so many and that would get really beside the point.

Argument aside, I will confess that I did love the 2005 P&P. Not as much as the 1995 one, but still quite a bit. And I’m even putting one of your buttons on my sidebar! (After saying why I didn’t like as much? Am I crazy? Yes :) )

And about the cravats, I know this is beside the point, but have you watched The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982. The cravats are ooooh, so amazing. (As is the rest of the movie, except for two scenes that are easy to skip) I’m linking to my blog devoted to The Scarlet Pimpernel, where I hope I will post a review in a few days.

Me – I haven’t watched the Scarlet Pimpernel but I hope to read the book(s) soon. I’ve checked out your S.P. blog and I quite like it.

Thanks for putting up one of my buttons on your blog – and thanks for not turning your comments into nasty ones.

P.S. I quite liked the invigorating discussion we’ve had.

Maria – Exactly!  There’s nothing better than a good discussion.

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11 Random Things Tag

You know how much I love answering tags so when I saw the one on Miss Abby’s blog Newly Impassioned Soul, I planned to do it as soon as possible.

Here are the rules:
  • Post these rules.
  • Post 11 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  • Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  • Go to their blog and tell them they are tagged.
  • Tag 11 people.
11 random things about myself:
  1. I currently listening to classical music
  2. I love to write
  3. My Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is missing.  😦 
  4. I wear glasses
  5. I have two blogs
  6. I love grape juice
  7. I a wearing a plaid shirt right now
  8. I am currently reading Les Miserables – it’s tough but I’m working on it
  9. One of my favorite books is Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  10. I like playing around with the My Memories software
  11. My absolute favorite movie is Sense and Sensibility 1995
The 11 questions Miss Abby made up:
1)      What smell reminds you of your childhood?  Homemade pizza
2)     What one thing would you like to change about the world?  More people appreciate Mansfield Park – dumb, I know, but it’s my wish.
3)     How long is your hair?  I’m not sure the exact length, but everyone says it’s quite long
4)     Which period in history would you love to spend a day living in?  Easy – Regency England
5)     Do you have one maxim you try to live by?  No
6)     What is your favourite accent?  British
7)     What did you think of the last book you read?  William and Catherine.  It’s a book about Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s romance and wedding.  Gorgeous photos
8)    What is your favourite foreign cuisine?  Sushi!  I could eat it every day
9)     What is your handwriting like?  Kind of messy – in a nice way
10)  What is the first thing you notice about people?  I couldn’t really say
11)  What colour is your bedroom?  Blue, but I’d like it to be lavender
My 11 questions:
  1. What was the last thing you wrote (grocery list, note, letter, instructions, novel, etc.)?
  2. What color are your eyes?
  3. Spaghetti or lasagna?
  4. Do you like Jane Austen’s novels?
  5. How many friends do you have on facebook (if you have a facebook account)?
  6. Do you keep a journal or diary?
  7. How many books do you estimate you own?
  8. What kind of music do you like listening to?
  9. What’s your least favorite color?
  10. What is your favorite food?
  11. What are you wearing right now?

I will never be able to find 11 blogs to tag so just use this tag.  Please link back to me.

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LOL – Mr. and Mrs. Palmer

I made up this page in My Memories today.  One of my favorite funny lines from the movie.

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Cooper & Me And The Military Review and Giveaway

Author: Monique and Alexa Peters

Genre: Children

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 9

Type: Picture book

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Cooper and Trooper

My Review:  Cooper and Me and The Military is a wonderful children’s book.  With rhyming text, fun pictures, and an interesting story, it is the perfect book to hold children’s attention.  I read it to my little brother, and he enjoyed it very much and carries it with him everywhere.  It tells of a boy and girl (and their dog) who send a special gift to their parents who are overseas.

My overall opinion:  A very interesting book that I would highly recommend for young children.

For a mandatory entry you must leave a comment on this post.  The extra entries detailed below do not have to be completed in order to enter, but they will increase your chances of winning.  Giveaway ends February 29, 2012.  This means you can no longer enter.  This contest is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.A. only.
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  4. Like the Cooper and Me page on Facebook.
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Pride and Prejudice 2005 Banner

Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Elegance of Fashion has made an Elizabeth Bennet banner from P and P 2005.  She has made several other lovely banners, but this is the first one she has made from P and P 2005.  

I was the one who asked her to make it since I feel very strongly about P and P 2005.  Even though it’s not her favorite version, she graciously agreed to spend her time making it.  She e-mailed it to me this afternoon.  Isn’t it beautiful?

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Join the Revolution!

Pride and Prejudice 2005 is THE BEST P and P adaption.  However, many bloggers do not share my opinion.  “1995 one is the best…Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are the best…”  Whatever.  You and I know that P and P 2005 is the best, but until now we’ve kept it a secret, afraid to let the truth out and get bombarded by angry 1995 fans.  No more.

I am starting a revolution only for the stoutest and bravest of P and P 2005 lovers.  If you love the 2005 version display one of these buttons on your blog or website.  Tell the world that Pride and Prejudice 2005 is the best.

When you put one of these up on your blog please link back to this post or the page that I’m going to create to go with this post.  I want to see how many of you out there are brave enough to do this.

I got the photos for the buttons from here.

Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts at kraftyhorselover@hotmail.com.

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