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, January 25, 2022

Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Fashion Orphans & Movies: The King's Daughter

We may have been given complimentary copies of one or more of any books and/or other products mentioned below as well as complimentary access to any audio or visual media. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: The Fashion Orphans

Today we are recommending The Fashion Orphans by Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose. When estranged sisters Gabrielle and Lulu's mother dies instead of the monetary inheritance they expected they receive their mother's collection of mostly Chanel high-end vintage and designer clothing and accessories. They are tasked with trying to find a fitting and appropriate way to handle the collection. This is a beautiful book about family both real and found. It is about reconnecting with the family that you are born into and forging new familial type connections with people you may not be not related to by blood. If you are feeling down about the state of the world and people's horrible treatment of one another, you are definitely going to want to read this book. There are so many good, kind, and caring characters in this book, it will make you feel hopeful. You will wish you could be a part of this family group.

Movies: The King's Daughter

Today we are recommending The King's Daughter. When the King's illegitimate daughter. Marie-Josephe is orphaned and brought to live within the palace grounds, she discovers that the King has captured a mermaid as he believes it contains a force that will grant him eternal life.  She sets about rescuing and setting the mermaid free before it is too late even if it puts her at odds with her father. This is a fascinating story about a spunky admirable heroine who does what she thinks is right without worrying about the risks. She is a good role model for young girls in the sense of being able to stand up and take charge and do what she thinks is right. 

If you are looking for a romance, you will find that in this film as well. Inevitably, Marie Josephe and the young man tasked with caring for the mermaid, who eventually joins her quest to set the mermaid free, fall in love. However, the predictability of the plot is more than made up for by the true love story of  Kaya Scodelario and Benjamin Walker,  the two actors portraying the characters in the film. The pair actually fell in love on set and are now married and the parents of two young children. Their real-life story only adds to the romanticness of the film. 

The major problem with the film is that it all seems to go by so fast. At about an hour and a half running time, the film goes by in the blink of an eye. Everything just seems to get resolved too quickly.  However, it is still a mostly enjoyable story especially if you focus on the screen-to-life romance.

The King's Daughter is in movie theaters now. 

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

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