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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Nancy Drew Mystery Puzzle


Love Nancy Drew, and I remember all of the books and even the TV show on Sunday nights. What a great surprise that there is now a puzzle out which showcases, "The Nancy Drew Series" with all the cover art. Puzzles are definitely a must, during the cold winter months, to enjoy when you have to stay inside and keep warm on a snow day.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tiffany Christmas Gingerbread Houses


This is a Tiffany inspired Christmas street even Miss Audrey Hepburn, would love to stroll down. I am sure that you would agree, that it is so very magical and enchanting on a winter's night. Hope you all enjoy the season and have a "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Meet Me in St. Louis



Christmas came a bit early this year for me. I am so excited to report, that I received a first edition book, "Meet Me in St. Louis" by: Sally Benson. The only copy that I have every seen is under glass at the, "St. Louis Historical Museum." This is my favorite book, that is based on the famous movie that is shown at Christmas time with Judy Garland.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Breakfast At Tiffany's Nail Polish


Just in for the Christmas Holiday's Season a collection of nail polish dedicated to, "Breakfast at Tiffany's." How exciting is that? Audrey Hepburn, would just love all these beautiful shades, made just for her. Hope you all get a chance to check them out and then pick your favorite. This set also includes, famous quotes from Audrey, which makes it even more special. This would be a great stocking stuffer for "St. Nick's Day."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Young Victoria


Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne.

Comment:

This was a beautiful historical version of the life of Queen Victoria and her reign, I really enjoyed watching it and I am sure you will as well. Emily Blunt did a wonderful job in her role as Victoria. The love story between her and Albert was amazing. So until the series comes out in January this will give you something to sit back and relax and entertain you till then.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen: Official Companion to the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS


by Helen Rappaport (Author), Daisy Goodwin (Foreword)

The official companion to the Masterpiece presentation on PBS, Victoria delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.
From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona.
At only eighteen years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Written by author and Victoria historical consultant, Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin—acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter of the series—Victoria details the history behind the show. Revealing Victoria’s own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England.
Full of beautiful photography from the series and genuine imagery from the era, Victoria takes you behind the palace doors and discover the girl
behind the queen.

Comment:

Even though this hasn't been released as of yet, it is a must for any Downton Abbey viewer. I wanted to give everyone the heads up on this since, it will be coming out in January on PBS in a series so that everyone can mark their calendars. This companion book is gorgeous and amazing to have while you watch this series. So I hope you all preorder it, so you receive it in time as you watch the show.