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In the 1970’s when I was in high school, I read Ice Castles by Leonore Fleischer, a novel about a teenaged girl who becomes a famous ice skater, then goes blind. Being visually impaired but not into skating, I was nevertheless inspired by this character’s determination in the face of adversity.

Before I had a chance to finish the book, I saw the movie. I was just as spell-bound by this ice skater’s story on screen. Because I found it intriguing, although I knew how it ended, I decided to finish the book. I wanted to know if the book’s conclusion was just as satisfying as that of the movie, and it was. This was one of those movies that did the book justice.

Several years ago, I saw the movie,   Philomena, after it first came out. I hadn’t yet read the book. I was captivated by this true story of a woman in Ireland, forced to give up her illegitimate son, who, years later, tries to find him with the help of British journalist Martin Sixsmith.

Once I’ve seen a movie, I usually don’t read the book, but curiosity got the better of me. I was amazed at how much material Sixsmith provided that wasn’t in the movie. Granted, there is only so much time for a film to tell a story, but this movie didn’t even scratch the surface.

How about you? I’d love to hear about a movie you saw that is based on a book you read. Do you think the movie does the book justice?


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?



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