The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Angela Workman (screenplay), Diane Ackerman (based on the book by)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl
2 h 7 min / Drama, history, biography
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters March 2017 - YouTube
Look, another good one! And yes, based on a book :)
Ok so I know that you might all think that all I do is cry when I watch movies, but honestly I almost never cry. Except for when I was preggers and then high on hormones. So no, I did not cry, but I was sure near. The first time when omg the animals, the animals! And then there is this scene with Dr Korzak and a few kids. And since I read The Good Doctor of Warsaw recently I knew, there were SO many more. Warsaw was devastated in the war, and the Jewish population...
Yes it is a sad movie.
The Zabinskis love their animals, and when they can no longer help those, they turn to help smuggle out Jews. I had to google, I shall not say a word, but I had to google to see what happened. I could not take it. Spoilers were needed, they were just such good people.
Good and sad
Recommended. Because some things should not be forgotten, and there are too many people around who actually think these things never happened. And we are always doomed to repeat history.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.
Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.
Audio CD, 8 h 13 min Published March 20th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 1st 2014) Sex, Love & Stiletto #3 Contemporary romance For review
Riley was always the sassy one who knew everything about sex. I always thought she was so confident and cool, but then her book come around and I get to see that it is all a facade. Riley knows sex...on paper. Her bedroom skills are lacking and it has been so long so now she is all omg I can not even do it anymore! I feel ya Riley, I really do.
I liked getting to know Riley more, and to see that there is a whole other person underneath that talk. I also saw that she has been hopelessly in love with her brother's bff for 10 years. And he does not even look at her.
Sam, aye Sam, one of those I can not look at my bff's sis! Silly men. But I liked how the author made it more than that. Sam has a whole other person underneath too. Just as insecure as Riley, if not much more.
So, they get together. Just one night, and then there is one more, and one more, and one more. And then they live happily ever after, after some drama.
I do enjoy these! They are fun, cute and sexy.
Narrator Samantha Cook
I really liked her voices and she is a must for this series. There could be no one else.
Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.
Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.
When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.
ebook, 384 pages Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon Forbidden Hearts #3 Contemporary romance Edelweiss
Lily is restless. I get that. Omg, her dad was a d*ck! She wants to do something for herself, and that is not easy when she is a Chandler. The big name in her town. She was smart, sweet and totally lusting after Gabriel. Like this girl wanted him bad. You go girl.
Gabriel is a tattoo artist. The son of the help and with issues. I liked those issues. That sounds bad, but poor guy. I feel your pain! He does not stand a chance against her.
The book feels sort of short. Most of it takes place at this big house where the wedding will be and they are alone at first. Finally a chance to get to know each other better. And then there will be drama and secrets before we can have a wedding (not theirs obviously.)
It did make me interested in the previous couples.
One thing at the end could have been left out, I did not want to know why her dad was a d*ck. That felt like an excuse. Some people are just evil.
Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business. Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford-until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul. Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?
Audio CD, 12 h
Published March 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 2nd 2018)
Ruin & Revenge #3
I was hesitant, I mean he is a criminal! And not just any criminal. He is a mafia enforcer, and he will pull the trigger without blinking. As you can see this was my first trip to the darker side of romance, I guess gangsters need love too. So at first I was all, he kills people! *eyes wide* But dang it, he managed to steal my heart! Told you, a thief too.
Rocco as you might have guess is a criminal. He kills people. He break their knees and he was raised to feel nothing. And he is SO alpha. Possessive, dark, too much, but at the same time, he is just so broken that my inner voice goes all, someone needs to fix him. He is not very likable, but to those that see past it, yes, he has a heart and I like that Castille managed to give him a soul. Because it was tough in the beginning.
Grace ran away from her mafia family and made herself a new life. I do wonder who she could be so blind and not see that her dad was a mobster. Oh girl, seriously? She was broken too after something that happened that we later learn about. She was anti violence, anti mafia, anti family. She was also really self conscious about her scar. Again poor girl, stand up for yourself and tell people to go to H if they stare!
After 6 years they meet again. And they could never forget each other, awwww. But he is nothing and a killer. She is still way above him and not to mention she does not want that life. They had a lot to go through and I did wonder at times if they would make it. I mean I knew they would but how?
Throw in lots of violence, mob hits and hiding. And let us not forget lots of passion too.
One thing, she explains a lot of terms, this being book 3 I guess the explains those terms in all books. I wrote a paper about Lucky Luciano in HS, I know those terms (and yes I was weird, who writes about him?).
But the end, omg, there is this secret and they are all, we will talk about it tomorrow and the book ends! And no word about more books. But but but I wanted to know!
It did make me go back and listen to the previous two!
So dark and passionate.
Narrator Aiden Snow
I liked his voice for Rocco. He was Rocco, all dark and edgy. He did a great job bringing this terrible world to life. Perfect.
Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
March 20th: What books are you excited to share with your kids or younger readers in your lives?
I knew there was something I forgot to do yesterday! Ok, let's try this then.
Well obviously Harry Potter! That is gonna be fun. Then there is The Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables. This Swedish series I enjoyed when little called Kulla-Gulla. Oh and all the Astrid Lindgren books!
Then there are all the cute picture books! I can not remember names, I more remember where int he library shelf they are.
And so many mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooore!! I hope that she will love books.
After a shocking incident, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors! However, working with Dr. Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?
Paperback, USA edition, 282 pages Published January 16th 2018 by Harlequin The Wild Warriners #3 Historical romance Own
Wow, this family had a bad rep, such a bad rep! Poor guys! I just wanted to smack a few people over the head. These are good men, despite having an idiot for a father and grandfather. Not their fault!
Jack is a doctor. He is good, sensible and up to date (not like a certain other doctor.) He cares for those that have nothing to offer in return. He is just, omg, so nice. Even if his head sure is turned by a pretty face and he does not see the obvious before him. But hey, he can't be perfect now can he?
Isabella had a shocking incident. And you know what, it was shocking! When they say these things I am all come on, but here...poor Bella. No wonder she is skittish. But she is trying and she loves to help people and she has even read medicine books. We can all guess where that takes her.
These two slowly becomes friends of a sorts. And yes he will see the light and she will find peace. But before that there is some drama with people in need and some people that need to be hit over the head, or the face. Oh yes. d bags.
Conclusion: A nice historical romance, with some interesting elements in it
I have not talked about covers in a while, but look! Handsome and omg he even has chest hair, lol
Title: Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Where I Got It: My shelf (Friend gave me copy)
The inspiring account of one man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.
I have been dreading writing this review honestly. It’s not that this book is bad by any means, but it is bad. Read on and you will hopefully see what I mean.
The story follows Greg Mortenson who is pretty much a world hero and a self-proclaimed hero who has brought education to parts of the world that really need it, especially for the young girls. I say that with love. He is not humble in the work he has done. WHICH he shouldn’t be humble because he has done some amazing work, BUT an ounce of humble-pie is good for you when helping write your own book.
Which brings me to my biggest issue of the book. This was written by two completely different authors. You can really tell. You get used to one format and style of writing and then BAM the other writer hops in mid-paragraph. *blinks* I swear I was getting whiplash.
Not only did the writing style change, but the format of the text. The tense would change. It was like a documentary written down word for word. Things are going well and then the camera would change to an interview with the subject to get his opinion on a certain topic or event and then back to viewing the story. It was horribly distracting and made the flow as well as a choppy ocean during a hurricane. My poor brain.
Besides for the terrible writing I had to endure, I really did like the story. Yes, yes. That sounds hard and impossible. I really did like seeing the people he ran into and the growth he had as a person as he filled the shoes of a World Hero. He really did do wonders for people who needed it.
That is why I loathed writing this. I do not want to take away this story. I want people to experience the journey the man went on. Maybe watch his interviews and documentaries instead though. This? Gah. I can’t fully recommend it without a huge WARNING sign on the cover.
Now…the 2nd thing I dread….the star stamp…errr…ummmmm….2 stars. Is that too low? Gah! I don’t know. I’ll stick with 2.
Hello everyone! This month Carole and I are reviewing, Darkest Hour. I am in blue and Carole in purple.
Title: Darkest Hour
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Running Time: 2 hr and 5 mins
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
My turn to pick a movie and, eh, maybe not the best pick. Not a lot to discuss, but I am sure we can find things! :)I honestly thought it was pretty good. NOT amazing, but pretty good. I can agree with that. It was good, but not amazing. But things to discuss! Eeek. Ok Gary Oldman! Damn. I did not even see it. You stole the words out of my mouth. I had that on my notes of what I wanted to talk about. Haha YES. Holy cow. He did wonderful in acting and in costume. You can’t even tell it is him. Fantastic.He seriously was Churchill! I still can’t see it even though I know it is him. It was amazing. Down to the not really understanding everything he was saying ;) He deserved an award for this role. Agreed. He had Churchill (or what I know of the man) down to a T. I think he was nominated for an Oscar...but I do not think he won. Who won….no idea! But Oldman should have. He really made the movie, but then the entire movie was about him so he better bring his A game. *does research* Oh! I think he did win! Good! He really deserved it in this film. *nods*Lol. SO went all why are you laughing??, but I had to laugh at that. Oh we know so little. But yes good! He so deserved it for this role. I used to be on top of that! But the last few years? Naw. Too lazy. That is what Google is for. Now! What did you think of the others? I liked his typist and his wife. They were fun. I always enjoy his wife. She is so funny! The typist was in Downton Abbey? Lily? Right? I liked her there if that was here and yes I liked her, but she did not really do much. I wish we had seen more of the wife, she sounded fun! From anything I see with Churchill and his wife, she doesn’t take his crap. I do wish we got more time with her. She is the only one who can truly handle that man. I think we need a movie from her POV! Bring it! :) Yesss! My next point. Why is everything about Churchill in the middle of the war? Yes, yes, he saved England and all, but I really want to watch something about young Churchill and his wife. I want to see them fall in love, get married, and watch them grow together. That would be fun. We can always start with his mother too to get the entire story. And yes it would be fun to see that. I have NO idea what Churchill did before the war. I mean, was he in WW1? He must have, I think. So much I do not know. Mhmmm I think he was? They mentioned, briefly, a mission he messed up. I wanted more info on that. I should google search one day. But yes, I want to learn more about the young man and his wife. I googled. He was involved with Gallipoli, and that was one big mess! Must have messed things up for years for him. So he resigned as an MP and joined the war in 1916 and went to the front. See, already interesting things we learn. Ah yes, I remember that name. They threw that in his face a few times. No details tho. Sighs. SO MUCH MATERIAL THEY COULD DO! So we have reached the conclusion the world needs more Churchill, lol. As for this one, I did not learn anything new. But it was interesting watching it from this side. When I watched Dunkirk everything was on that beach and the sea. Yes, it was interesting to see on this side. It frustrates me, because they wanted to make peace with the monster. NO. Insanity at that point. I did read a book that goes off and does a what-if Churchill caved and decided to make peace. A messed up world indeed. It was all of Europe vs America and Canada. But yes, I did enjoy seeing behind the scenes. Politicians are so crappy. Interesting. I like what ifs. But there would still be Russia. But maybe the Nazis took over? See, I am more interested in that book now. I have read a what if where Germany one and it was bleak, so bleak. Yes, the book was good. I can’t remember Russia. Maybe they kept to themselves...lol been so long. I wished they would’ve cut a little bit and showed more of the aftermaths and more time with him dealing with craziness of war. It was a short time for sure. But they ended on top so to say and that is what they wanted. Not a war that drags out. So do we have anything more to say? Oh oh, I liked when he talked to the people on the subway, that was fun. OMG that scene made me tear up. I’m such a baby. But such loyalty and love is amazing. I cheered. Beautiful scene.
I kept waiting for him to make his speech too, but it was not as good as the subway, cos that was real. I loved the speech he made right before the “big” one. That one was good. He was good at that ;) A real politician. We need another Churchill to wipe this world into shape. LOLLL The man was awesome. Scary, I can imagine, but he was good. I chuckled when the King was all honest with him, “Errr...you are kinda scary you know?” haha I like King George (it was him right? ;) He was real and not meant to be king so I guess that is why. Yes, he was lovely. The actor did well. I honestly didn’t know the two had beef at first. I had no idea Churchill supported the old King wanting to marry his American. So one fact I did not know! THey should have been able to marry and for him to be king, but then again, he seemed to have been nazi oriented so...go GeorgeYes, it all worked out well. I liked George more. His brother was skeevy especially when those photos got out with him being all friendly with the Nazi Lord, Hitler. So England AND the world dodged a bullet. He would’ve SO not supported Churchill in wanting to fight back. Dodged a bullet there for sure. Anything more to add? Mhmmm no. I think that is it. Pretty good. The film was a little dry here and there. I want to see more Churchill movies and shows in the future featuring his young life. You? I agree with a bit dry in places. Still good and interesting, and yes we need young Churchill - the BBC mini series! ;) That would be fine with me. LOLL!!! The end! :=)The end! Back to work for meeeee
Forced to marry an American heiress to save his family, Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, vowed their marriage would be in name only. Abigail Price thought handsome, aristocratic Graeme was her knight in shining armor, rescuing her from her overbearing father. But when she was spurned by her husband on their wedding night, Abigail fled home to New York.
Now, years later, Abigail has returned. But this sophisticated, alluring woman is not the drab girl Graeme remembers. Appalled by her bold American ways but drawn to her beauty, Graeme follows her on a merry chase through London’s elegant ballrooms to its dockside taverns—why is his wife back? What could she want of him now?
Torn between desire and suspicion, Graeme fears that Abby, like her unprincipled father, has a devious plan to ruin him. But is Abigail’s true desire Graeme’s destruction...or winning his love at last?
Audio CD, 11 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published March 28th 2017)
Montclair-de Vere #1
I really wanted to hit these two over the head, but yes yes I totally get it, still one should think they would understand that the other person liked them back. Alas no.
Abby ran away 10 years ago (and I totally get why). Now she is back to give him a second chance. And she is confident (at times), stronger and her own woman.
Graeme spent the last 10 years alone, and not that he cared. He never wanted a wife in the first place.
Ok so yes their marriage started on such bad terms. He likes someone else. Her father blackmailed him and orchestrated the whole thing. Can you blame either of them?
And he is certainly no perfect gentleman! Shame on your Sir!
They have a lot work through. There is distrust on both sides and even when they enjoy spending time together they have second thoughts. Idiots! You clearly enjoy it!
But that is not all! There is danger and secrets to unravel too. I did guess it in the end, yes! I got one thing right for once.
Danger and drama.
Narrator. Gildart Jackson
His range was not the best. Of course I could still enjoy it, but I wished he had not forgotten her accent.
The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it's only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.
If only that kind of power didn't come with such a terrible price.
Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she'll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate...and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.
Audio CD, 9 h Published March 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio Dawn of the Highland Dragon #3 Historical paranormal romance For review
For a romance there was not a lot of romance. It's more historical romance, with romance or well, lust thrown in at the end.
Erik needs an old artifact that the Templars hid. So he hires a ship, and look the captain is his old friend Toinette. Friend and friend, they spent a few years together as teens and shared a kiss. Oh and they are both dragons.
For a Highland book it does not even take place in the Highlands! I was very sad, I mean only one Scot! Shame, shame. Most of the book takes place on this really creepy cursed island. I mean really creepy, when I listened in the dark all I thought was, I really hope this does not give me nightmares! It was one of those not shown, just speculation and then more and more. That was one freaky island! And there they are, stranded (and no, they can't just fly away.)
Most of the book is trying to get away, and these two growing closer and giving in to that passion that has been building.
Starting a book shakily it ended with a creepy bang. A good creepy bang.
Narrator Derek Perkins
Sure it worked, but, I honestly feel he would be better for straight up romance. Not this mostly pnr thing. I think I would enjoy it more in a proper setting, with balls and dinners. He does have the voice for that.
sexy dragon alert
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