Forbidden by Time (Negeen Papehn)

Forbidden by Time is the third novel in the Forbidden Love series by Negeen Papehn.
Finished on: 27.8.2019
[I won this book in a librarything Early Reviewer give-away.]

Plot:
Bita is a successful dentist and she’s pretty content with her life. But her family – above all her mother – can’t accept that Bita is single. When Bita decides that it is time to get her own house, she finds an old family friend as the real estate agent – Ramtin. Ramtin is incredibly charming, divorced and 15 years her senior, but sparks fly between them. Their age gap shouldn’t be a problem – or at least that’s what Bita thinks at first.

Forbidden by Time is a generally nice read and I liked that it was set in the Iranian-American community, but it definitely would have needed some more editing. I enjoyed it for the most part anyway.

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Love Letters (Andromeda Dawson)

Love Letters is a novel by Andromeda Dawson.
Finished on: 19.8.2019
[I won this book in a librarything Early Reviewer give-away.]

Plot:
Lauren and Rich got married young and Lauren was prepared to find happiness with him. But the longer the marriage lasts, the worse things get and Lauren gets more and more depressed. When she meets Zander through a facebook group, a friendship starts to blossom between them that makes Lauren question whether she really shouldn’t expect more from life than what she’s gotten so far.

Love Letters has a strong first, and a weaker second half. But especially for that first half, it is really worth reading for its realistic portrayal of a marriage on the brink and depression.

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Dear Jane (Marina DelVecchio)

Dear Jane is a novel by Marina DelVecchio.
Finished on: 17.8.2019
[I won this book in a librarything Early Reviewer give-away.]

Content Note: abuse, domestic violence

Plot:
Elektra was adopted from Greece when she was eight. Now a teenager called Kit Kat in the USA with a single mother who expects her to forget that she ever had a life before her, she is at a loss. That’s when she stumbles upon a copy of Jane Eyre and in reading it, finds a kindred spirit in Jane. She starts to write letters to her to work through her past and her present, finding parallels in her life to the life of Jane Eyre.

Dear Jane felt a little too much like misery porn to me to really enjoy it. It does have good grasp on the characters, but I felt like they heaped a little too much on Elektra/Kit Kat – and then veered into positivity too quickly.

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Little Women (2018)

Little Women
Director: Clare Niederpruem
Writer: Clare Niederpruem, Kristi Shimek
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Melanie Stone, Elise Jones, Taylor Murphy, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson, Barta Heiner, Stuart Edge, Michael Flynn
Seen on: 10.8.2019
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[Here’s my review of the 1994 film.]

Plot:
Meg (Melanie Stone), Jo (Sarah Davenport), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy (Elise Jones) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Lea Thompson) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (Michael Flynn) grandson Laurie (Lucas Grabeel) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

This take on Little Women is a modernized version of the story, set in the present time. And for the most part, the modernization works perfectly. Other things, not so much. In the end, it’s cute but not quite as good as either the book or the 1994 version.

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Re-Watch: Little Women (1994)

Little Women
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Robin Swicord
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, John Neville, Mary Wickes, Florence Paterson
Seen on: 10.8.2019
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Plot:
Meg (Trini Alvarado), Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes) and Amy (Kirsten Dunst) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Susan Sarandon) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (John Neville) grandson Laurie (Christian Bale) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

There was a time when I was a teenager that I was very much obsessed with this film and I watched it quite a few times. But it took me until now to finally read the novel and it’s been many years that I saw the film, so I looked at it now with fresh eyes. I still love it, but I do see a couple of things more critically now.

The film poster, showing the four March girls (Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes) and their mother (Susan Sarandon).

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Saga – Volume 3 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 3 collects the issues 13-18.
Finished on: 9.8.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Plot:
Marko, Alana, Hazel, Klara and Izzy are finally reaching Quietus to meet Oswald Heist, the famous author that inspired Marko and Alana’s rebellion. But Heist may not live up to his name. Meanwhile, The Will’s team-up with Gwen is still uneasy, though their goal remains the same: find Alana and Marko. And the press has also started to take an interest into Marko, Alana and above all Hazel.

Saga still leaves me breathless – it is exciting and stunning, full of great ideas and even greater characters. If you aren’t reading it yet, what are you waiting for?

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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Little Women is a novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Finished on: 8.8.2019

Plot:
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are sisters, living with their mother Marmee as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s grandson Laurie moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

I’ve been meaning to read Little Women quite literally for decades and I’m so glad I finally did. It’s a great read that celebrates the everyday life of (still rather privileged) women at the time. I was really impressed, despite expecting a lot because I love the (1994) film.

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