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Cinderella 2015, Film Review


If you’ve been on the fence about going to the movies to see the new Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, here’s my unbiased, purely subjective opinion: get off the fence and go. I loved it, and I think you will, too. Everything about this film is sumptuous and beautiful, and even though we know the story by heart and can follow along, this version makes the tale feel fresh. The gorgeous costuming, outstanding acting, and stunning visual effects are nothing short of magical.

As a romance author, I’m naturally drawn to fairy tales, but I particularly wanted to see this movie because it stars Kate Blanchett, arguably one of the greatest actors of our time. (If you missed her Best Actress, Academy Award winning performance in Blue Jasmine, rent the film. She’s amazing!) Blanchett is fabulously evil as Cinderella’s stepmother, though one of the things I liked best about her character was the glimpse of Lady Tremaine’s backstory and motivation. Maybe someone in Hollywood will write a script for her, because I think the stepmother’s story could be the most interesting of all the Cinderella characters.

The mean stepsisters, Drizella and Anatasia, played by Sophie Mc Shera and Holliday Grainger, were both terrific in their roles, as was Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The leads—Cinderella, played by Lily James, and Prince Charming, played by Richard Madden, were both so breathtakingly beautiful it became impossible to look away, especially when they waltzed at the ball. Both characters brought tears to my eyes during their scenes with their dying parents. Screenwriters Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna added strokes of emotional depth with these touching goodbyes. And the wedding scene—wow! Major kudos to the costume designer and the superb hair and makeup designs. I see Academy Awards in their immediate future.

Cinderella 2015 is a story for everyone, young and old, male or female. I went to see the film at the local IMAX theater with my husband, my Prince Charming of nearly 30 years, and we didn’t feel the least out of place. We did hold hands through much of the film, though. Cinderella and her prince had that effect on us.


HER IMMORTAL VIKING, Amazon Top 100 Fairy Tale

HER IMMORTAL VIKING hit the Amazon Top 100 Fairy Tales category on release day and has received outstanding 5 Star reviews! Thank you!

If you would enjoy reading a modern day take on Norse mythology, I hope you’ll give the book a try. Here’s a little about the story:

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

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Her Immortal Viking_cover


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