Monday, June 3, 2013

The Confession…DVD Review and Giveaway!

A brand new Drama, The Confession, based on the Novel by Beverly Lewis, is now available on DVD and here is your chance to win a copy!

Last year, I reviewed the DVD The Shunning, and my biggest complaint was that it left you hanging at the end.  Well, this sequel to it ends much the same way.  But it does get us one step closer to the resolution!  Lol!  And once you’ve started down the path, you have to finish right?

If you are not familiar with the Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy, by Beverly Lewis, here is the release that gives you a little synopsis of the story line.

Raised by an Amish family, Katie Lapp (Katie Leclerc, TV's "Switched at Birth") always felt the call of another life. Now, her quest to find her birth-mother, Laura Mayfield-Bennett (Sherry Stringfield, TV's "ER"), has drawn her into world of the "Englishers." Along the way, two very different men try to help her overcome a devious scheme to steal her rightful inheritance. Business-minded but kind-hearted Justin Wirth (Michael Rupnow) reaches out to discover Katie's hidden secrets, while her childhood companion Daniel Fisher (Cameron Deane Stewart) sacrifices his own happiness for her future. Katie's heart is divided between two worlds as love reveals the truth in the moving saga based on the hit novel from New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis.

And here is the movie trailer…

Now for my candid take on the film.  I was disappointed that it didn’t follow the book more closely.  Unfortunately, I read the book again just prior to watching the movie, so there were scenes I was all geared up to see played out, and characters I wanted to “meet” and see depicted.  When they were skipped or changed, I have to admit, I felt a mite bit cheated.  :) 

On the other hand, having elements of the story changed kept me from knowing what to expect.  And anyone who has never read the book would simply enjoy the narrative.

The actress who played Katie was different than the one in The Shunning.  But I have to say, she did a great job!  In fact, all the acting was well done. 

The few scenes involving Katie’s parents strayed not only from the novel, but from what I believe to be an accurate portrayal of Amish custom and culture.  But as I said in my review of The Shunning, having grown up surrounded by the Amish, I tend to be very protective of their ways and community.

All in all, though, it was a pretty good family-friendly film and one you won’t want to miss—especially if you saw The Shunning.  If you would like your own copy, leave a comment saying so on this post, and I will pick a winner Wednesday, June 5th!

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Personal Family Update

For those of you wondering how my dad is doing, he is hanging in there.  He is home, in Pennsylvania, being cared for by Mom.  My brother lends daily support (as do visiting nurses) and I'm so glad he is there for them. 

With the boys now on summer break, we are planning a trip out to visit with them.  I am looking forward to it with mixed emotions, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Some specifics I would covet your prayers on:

  • That Dad would tolerate our visit well.  We bring lots of energy and commotion, and over the last few weeks, he has grown weaker. 
  • That the boys would be able to handle with grace the changes they see in him.
  • That God would be gracious to us in the repair of our van (which we need for travel).  After a trouble code indicated transmission problems, we took it to the shop.  If what the mechanic tells us is correct, this will be the third 4-digit repair to our vehicles in the last month alone.    :(  I’m trying not to stress.  But it’s SO not easy!!  I keep reminding myself that God is in control.

Thank you friends for all your love and encouragement!  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, now.   :)

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the above DVD in hopes I would give it an honest review.  And my honest opinion is what I always promise to give.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 comments:

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

Oh I couldn't stand the way they The Shunning left you hanging. I love a good sequel.
And I'll be praying for a good trip to see your dad. I know it's going to be difficult.
P.S. I'm sure you sent the other movie I won out but I didn't ever get it. Not sure what might have happened. Just thought I'd let you know, I know you have a lot going on.
Love ya!
Kim

Cheryl Jordan said...

I have been thinking and praying about your Dad. I'm glad you were able to update us on his condition. I will continue to pray for your needs and hope your visit goes well. I'm sure they will be glad to see the boys.