Thursday, June 9, 2011

Field of Vision

Do you remember the after school specials that used to air on TV?  They were some of my favorite movies as a kid... they always had a "moral to the story" and usually spoke to something going on in a teen/child's life.  Well  that is exactly what Field of Vision by Family Movie Night reminded me of.  

Field of Vision is about a young man (Cory) who moves to a new town to live with a family that is not his.  He never really Knew his father and his mother died when he was young.  Cory doesn't really like school and plans on dropping out when he turns 18, but he does enjoy football, so he goes out for the team.  Coach allows him on the team, but says he can't promise that he'll play.  Cory also loves to read and is actually very smart, in class he answers questions that no one else on the football team can answer and in doing so, he makes enemies.  The football bullies attack Cory.  First, they take his clothes and strew the contents of his backpack in the locker room. Second, they rough him up a little and threaten him and take his backpack. Tyler, the team captain, thinks he knows who is doing the bullying (Cory isn't telling) but he doesn't want to upset the chance of winning the state championship (by getting these guys kicked off the team). 

Will Tyler do the right thing?  Can Cory fit in and find some peace in his young life?  These questions and more are answered by the end of Field of Vision.

All in all, it really was a good, clean, wholesome movie that teaches values!  WOW!! We don't see that much anymore!  Enjoy it with your family... we can all use the reminder of doing the right thing is always right. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

51WtZgXpL-L._SS500_.jpgPatchwork Dreams by Laura Hilton is not the normal Amish book.  I really love to read novels about the Amish. I have read so many over the years and, although they show the humanity of the Amish, none has come further with that than Patchwork Dreams.  WOW!

Becky Troyer has finished her running around years with an unwed pregnancy and being the outcast of the community.  She feels that she will never marry for love because of her sin.... she will be destined to marry a widower who just needs a housekeeper/mom for his children, but she wants to feel love just like any other woman.  

Jacob Miller has had a steady girl, Susie, for some time, but his parents don't think she is good for him. His dad arranges for him to leave the community and move to the community of Seymour where he can "help his cousin" who has only daughters.  

Jacob meets Becky and wonders why she doesn't smile... he sets out to make her smile while remaining faithful to Susie.  They have both been deeply wounded by those they loved and this seems to draw them to each other.   

Will Jacob honor his pledge to return to Susie or will his relationship with Becky win out?  They must both work through the hurts they have experienced in life and find love on the other side.

Author Bio:

Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books: Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, visit her blog at http://lighthouse–

An Interview With Laura:

How has being published changed your life? 
Well there’s a lot of administrative stuff that I didn’t know about beforehand. And a lot of things that take me out of my comfort zone. I’m naturally a shy quiet and private person, and suddenly I have to be more willing to talk about what I’m doing. 

What is your current work in progress?
I am starting the third book in the Amish of Seymour series, which will be Becky’s friend, Annie’s story. 

What would be your dream vacation?
Oh, well, I would love to spend a month or two in Michigan (our whole family loves Michigan and we missed it when we moved away) and just poke around the lighthouses, waterfalls, etc. that make the state great. Also, if I ever have a chance to go overseas, I would love to see Big Ben and visit some of the European castles. Also, I’d love an extended stay at an Amish bed and breakfast.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Well, most Amish books are set in Ohio and Pennsylvania because that is where the largest communities are. I chose to set mine in Seymour, Missouri, because there is an Amish community there. Missouri is an untapped setting for Amish stories, and it was close enough for me to drive up there for research. 

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why? 
Oh, Beverly Lewis. When I grow up I want to write like her. I’d love to talk writing with her. 

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it? 
My most difficult obstacle was trying to write in the living room with five children! I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking out noises though. Unless the children are fighting or crying I can work through it.