#LongandShortReviews #WednesdayBloggingChallenge 6.24.2020

I’ve been M.I.A. for a few weeks because….life. But today’s topic got me back in the blogging challenge saddle.

My “go to” book or movie for a pick-me-up. Easy peasy and I’m gonna do both!

Book first:

I’ve mentioned this book dozens of times on this blog – and others – but whenever I can’t find something new and intriguing to read, I pull out my copy of NEW YORK TO DALLAS by J.D. Robb from my book case. It is without a doubt my favorite Robb addition of the In Death Series to date, even though they are all excellent reads. This one, though, is so packed with emotion, suspense, and love, plus the way Robb really gets to the meaning of marriage, that it’s worth a re-read every now and again. The last three pages are my absolute favorite in the book and even though I’ve read the book numerous times, I always cry when I re-read them.

When I need a movie pick-me-up there is no better feel good, make me laugh until I cry movie than MOONSTRUCK starring Cher ( in her Academy Award winning role.)

The reason I love this movie isn’t only because it’s just the funniest, tenderest, loveliest movie about family that I’ve ever seen. I have a more personal reason for watching it when I need an emotional lift.

The movie was released in 1987, the same year I got married. Directly after saying our “I’do’s,” hubby and I relocated to Wisconsin for my husband’s job. He’d been there already for 6 months, coming back home so we could get married. And while he’d already gotten acclimated to the town and the people, even making new friends, I knew no one.

Not a soul.

I had no job, we lived in a tiny basement apartment and hubby was gone all day long at work. It was December/January 1987-88 and where we lived, on Lake Superior, the daily temps were in the negative 20’s. Every day. All day. So I couldn’t really go out and do stuff. I was lonely, missed my old life and was inching towards depression when it should have been the happiest time in my life.

One day I decided to get out of the house and go to the movies. The local mall-theater had Tuesday matinees so I figured at least I’d get dressed, get out for a few hours, and maybe, just maybe, feel better. Once I saw MOONSTRUCK was playing I purchased my ticket, got my tub’o’gross movie popcorn and settled into my seat.

I was the only one in the theater. Seems everyone had a life in Superior except yours truly.

Two hours later I left the theater with my spirits lifted, a huge smile on my face, and feeling so much better. Watching the antics of Loretta Castarini ( Cher) and her crazy Italian family made me feel like I’d been teleported back to NYC and my own crazy family. That was a turning point in my new life.

If you need a lift either emotionally, spiritually, or even physically, this is the movie to see. I just may watch it again tonight!

Now, let’s see what some of the other authors in this challenge read or watch to make them feel better. L&SR

I would be remiss if I didn’t do a little self promo here. I’ve got a new book releasing on July 1 titled WOKE. It’s an updated version of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, but in my book, Beauty doesn’t wait for love’s first kiss to bring her back to the land of the living!!

Waking up each day is a gift….

On her 21st birthday, someone slipped a potent drug combination into socialite Aurora Brightwell’s champagne putting her in a coma for the next ten years. It’s been a long road back, and it’s time to reclaim the life she lost and find out exactly what happened on that fateful night.

Financier Kincade Enright has his own reason for helping Aurora discover who poisoned her, but for the time being he’s keeping that – and his true identity – to himself. What he can’t keep hidden though, are his growing feelings for the one-time paparazzi darling and party-girl.

When this prince of finance joins forces with the former sleeping beauty, nothing can stop them from finding the answers they seek…or prevent the powerful emotions developing between them as they search for the truth.

Until next week, peeps ~Peg



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20 responses to “#LongandShortReviews #WednesdayBloggingChallenge 6.24.2020

  1. lydiaschoch

    Moonstruck does sound fun!

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  2. Moonstruck is also one of my favorites. Love Cher!! 🙂

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  3. I love both of these, too!

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  5. I get it. I saw Field of Dreams and it changed my life. Cool on the story and kudos on the release. 🙂

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  6. Marianne

    Oh, Moonstruck was amazing. Such a good choice.

    Have you read the latest JD Robb book (Golden in Death). I swear I’ve never cried so much reading a book…and I’m not a crier much when it comes to reading.

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  7. I haven’t ready that JD Robb book yet, but I am enjoying them from the beginning. Moonstruck is great! One of my favorites too!

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  8. Moonstruck is such a great movie! One I haven’t seen in years, will have to find that and watch it again soon.

    I’ve only read the first Eve Dallas book, but loved it! I’ve since bought the second and hope to read it soon.

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  9. Patrick Prescott

    I’ve read a couple of Robb’s books and like them, not familiar with this one so I’ll add it to my list. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/06/wc-062420.html

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  10. Michael Mock

    How on Earth could I forget about Moonstruck? It’s not really one of my go-tos, but it’s so much fun! And I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I really am going to have to sit down and make a start on J.D. Robb someday…

    My list is here.

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  11. Anna Taylor Sweringen

    Hi Peggy,

    I’ve got two J.D. Robb go-to’s: Naked in Death and Conspiracy in Death. Both still leave me breathless after all these years.

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  12. What a gorgeous story about how you discovered Moonstruck, Peggy! That was lovely.
    Those temperatures though… I can’t get my head around that. I whinge like crazy when the temp drops below 15 C (59F) here. Minus 20s? YIKES!


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