I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: A Summer to Remember & Movies: Pink: All I Know So Far

We may have been given complimentary copies of any books and/or other products listed below and/or complimentary access to any movies or other audio or visual media for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: A Summer to Remember

Today we are talking about A Summer to Remember by Erika Montgomery. After her mother dies, Frankie receives a mysterious package containing pictures of her mother with the famous movie star, Glory Cartwright and her husband. Frankie is convinced that the picture will lead her to discover the identity of the father she's never known. Accordingly, she travels to the yearly film festival which Glory founded to find out about her mother's past. As a result of Frankie's journey, secrets are revealed and lives are changed. This book is a bit of a bait and switch. Although the main question of the novel regarding the identity of Frankie's father is answered within the book, the revelation is very hasty and has very little to do with the main plot.  The story can also be somewhat slow-moving. It is full of very realistic characters, however, whom you can't help rooting for despite their flaws. If you enjoy books about found family more than real family, you especially may enjoy this book.

Movie: Pink: All I Know So Far 

Today we are recommending Pink: All I Know So Far. If you are expecting some juicy revelations about a horrible childhood or what an insane diva she is or something like that in this documentary about the singer Pink, you will not find that here. Instead, you will get a glimpse into the life of one of the most inspirational women on the planet.  At first glance, she may not appear like much of a role model especially if you judge her based merely on some of her songs or by the way she dresses or by some other external factor. However, to do so is to not really get a clear picture of who she is. This is a woman who deeply cares about people: her family and the people whom she works with as well as her fans. She is no pushover, however. She is clearly in charge but she does not rule with an iron fist, but rather with kindness and love.

Although it may not be possible to completely balance work and home life, Pink does about as good a job as anyone ever could at it. Her children are clearly very loved and cared for and definitely do not take a backseat to her career. They are an integral part of every aspect of her life including her career. 

You may not like Pink's music and watching this documentary is not necessarily going to change that. However, you will definitely come away from this film with an admiration for the kind of person she is, the kind of person we should all aspire to be. 

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Photo credits: All photos by Andrew Macpherson Courtesy of Amazon Studios 


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