Monday, November 21, 2011

Love Begins - A GIVEAWAY!!!

Have you read any of the books by Janette Oke, the author of the immensely popular "Love Comes Softly" series?`I feel like I'm the only dork in the room who hasn't. I barely have time to read the directions on the box of instant oatmeal - I never seem to have time to read a book.

Recently I was contacted by the peeps at 20th Century Fox to screen the latest edition of the Love Comes Softly movie series - "Love Begins". I LOVE watching movies. One day, when I'm not up to my eyeballs in Barbies and crayons and cheese puffs, I will definitely make time to read books. But for now, I'm getting a better use out of my minutes by watching a movie.

Okay, enough about how I'm shrinking my brain and succumbing to the idiot box.

This movie was really good! It was set in the frontier times and, I'm told, it's a pre-quel to the "Love Comes Softly" series. The main characters are Ellen (Julie Mond) and Clark (Wes Brown) - Ellen and her younger sister live alone in their frontier home after their parents have passed away, and Clark is a man on his way to the gold rush in California. After Clark gets mixed up in a fight at the town cafe, Ellen hires him on for odd jobs on the farm so that he can pay restitution to the cafe owner (Nancy McKeon). Ellen and Clark develop first a friendship and later a close bond.

I liked this movie, mainly because it was a fresh change from watching a TV show or movie with one eye flinched, waiting for the next curse word or flash of boobies. Not that I'm a huge prude or anything, but honestly I'm getting tired of telling my kids, "Okay, go out of the room, I'm watching something that's not appropriate for kids." And sometimes, that's just the commercials!!! The acting was o-kay, but the story line was sweet.

Here is something you may find shocking: I was speaking to the chaplain for the local prison and he told me how EXCITED the inmates were about this new release. Apparently, the "Love Comes Softly" series transcends all ... hmm.... incarceration statuses? He told me that the guys at the prison had watched all the movies that have been made so far and look forward to every new one that comes out. When I heard this, I'm pretty sure I stood there with my mouth agape for a few seconds, trying to imagine some giant prison inmate with gang tattoos watching a Janette Oke movie.

So, here's the good news: I have two movies to give away to you! All you have to do is leave a comment to let me know you'd like to win. (If you're anonymous don't forget to leave your contact info in case you win!)

If you'd like to tweet about it, you can do that for another entry! (come back and leave a comment telling me you tweeted, please.)

If you'd like to share about it on facebook, you can do that too! (I loves me some Facebook! Don't forget to come back and leave a comment telling me you shared.)

Deadline for entering is Saturday night, 11-26-2011, 11:59pm Central Time. I will pick two winners randomly and post the winners on Monday.

Texan Mama


Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Brad loves these movies! I'm going to have him enter too.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I'm going to share this on facebook!

Jennifer said...

I love the part about the prison inmates. I wonder if it is because they really love the movies, or if it is because they don't get to watch a lot of the stuff that we have access too (i.e., violence and nudity).

Gigi said...

I must really live under a rock - I've never even heard of it. But, I'll make a note of it and go looking for the book.

I read far more than I watch movies. But then I don't have little ones and I've got two guys in the house who pretty much commandeer the tv when they are here.

Anonymous said...

My wife was right, I love these movies. Enter me, please.

Anonymous said...

And with Ellie's help, I just posted about the giveaway on facebook.

Brad, again.

Jennifer said...

Well I am right there with you sister, because I have never heard of the books or the movies!