Wednesday, December 22, 2010

By Tiffany Young
I generally don't choose dark fantasies on my own, so if you're wondering why I continue to write about them, though I rarely give them decent reviews, it's because I'm a part of a supernatural book club. As such, each month, our group joins to discuss the book we've just read and choose a new one.

This month's book was "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Moning and, though the book was told in the eyes of its 22-year-old main character "Mac" it seemed a bit more from the view of a 17-year-old wannabe sorority girl. Even so, I somewhat found myself liking Mac—the fact that she wanted to avenge her sister's death, would go to Ireland to do so and liked pink, a lot, seemed to make me think perhaps we could get along. She also doesn't let people push her around, physically or emotionally, except when it might kill her to do otherwise.

The part of the book I wasn't as keen on was the fairies, known as the Fae, which only sidhe-seers, such as Mac could see. I guess I just don't like the idea of fairies being anything other than cute little troublemakers. Maybe if they had been called gremlins, I'd have been more keen.

I keep going back and forth on how much I like or dislike the book because it's the first of a series, which means at the end of the book, there's no resolution, meaning it could be going somewhere really good or really bad. With sequels, that's always the case, right?

But I'm digressing (which if you like, you should read the book, because the author does that A LOT).

The novel begins when Mac gets a phone call asking that she identify her dead sister, Alina's, body. Alina, who Mac believes she is very close to, has been living in Ireland for study abroad. Since Mac's family is grieving and she is having a hard time getting through to her parents she decides she must go to Ireland herself and figure out who killed her sister, since the investigator in Ireland has already closed the case.

Her first night there, Mac has a run-in with an elder lady who says puzzling things, including calling her by another family name. Mac assumes the woman is crazy and goes about her business. The next day she gets lost in a bad neighborhood, but then finds herself at a bookstore, where she can call a cab, but when she asks about a book her sister had told her about in a frantic phone call just before her death, the store owner begins questioning her. Mac is saved that night by a taxi cab driver who pokes his head into Barrons Baubles and Books. Though she doesn't know it, Mac has stumbled across a place she will soon look to again and again for safety from the dark fairies she will meet.

Mac begins having daydreams as she is looking at different people in which they are monsters. She thinks she's going crazy, but when she tells Barrons, the bookstore owner, he questions everything about what she sees and tells her she doesn't know what she is. But she soon finds out shes a sidhe-seer or human who can see the fairies that appear only as human to most humans or that cannot be seen at all by most humansl.

It turns out Mac is more than just a sidhe-seer, too. She's also a Null, meaning she can touch a Fae and freeze them, which gives her time to get away or attack. Now, with Barron's help she just needs to figure out how to use her gifts, since it seems not only have the Fae found out about her, but are after her to deliver the same fate as her sister.

If Mac did not have the skill to sense the dark book (through nausea) her sister said she needed to find, she would not be of use to Barron's, but this unique skill means he has a reason to keep her safe. Though they don't exactly get along, they do put up with one another enough to use one another.

Mac finds herself far from her world of relaxing at the pool painting her fingernails to one of killing fairies, stealing magical objects and taking off her clothes in public (this part, you'll have to read for yourself).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dancing and singing in "Bride and Prejudice" makes for an exciting remake

By Tiffany Young
Based on Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," "Bride and Prejudice" is a movie in English that takes on Bollywood-type qualities with music and dance throughout.

A fun musical, the movie begins in a small town in India where Lalita lives with her three sisters. Her mother is trying to marry her daughters off to rich men, so she does not have to worry about them.

A wedding is taking place, bringing a wealthy man, Balraj—who is interested in Lalita's sister—back to India. He brings Darcy, a wealthy American and one of his best friends, and his sister along on the trip.

While Darcy would rather be working, Lalita catches his eye with her beauty and her dance moves, but Darcy seems to say all the wrong things whenever he attempts to speak to Lalita causing her to dislike him even though he caught her eye at once, too.

Throughout the movie, the two run into each other through Balraj, and later through a business acquaintance of Darcy, Kholi, a distant relative of Lalita's looking for a bride to take back to America. Lalita is meant to be set up with Kholi, but she refuses him, leaving her best friend next in line. When her best friend decides to marry Kholi, Lalita's family is on their way to California where her destined meeting with Darcy continues.

Meanwhile, however, another man has entered the picture, a man known by his last name, Wickham, who says all the right things to Lalita and all the wrong things about Darcy—confirming Lalita's opinions of him.

But when he gives up his first class seat to her mother on the trip to Los Angeles, Lalita gives him a chance and goes on a few dates with him. His mother is not keen on his dating an Indian girl and invites his girlfriend—someone he does not seem interested in and is dating only because his mother wants him to—to the wedding. Since Lalita did not realize he was dating someone, she is upset and after the wedding Darcy tracks her down to express his love for her. Darcy says the wrong things again, however, causing her to tell him he is the last person he would want to be with.

He follows her to India, which turns out to be a good thing, since Wickham has been seeing Lalita's little sister, Lucky, behind her back and is now planning on seducing her. When Lalita finds out Wickham had gotten Darcy's little sister pregnant attempting to get her family money, Lalita trusts Darcy to help her find Lucky and Wickham. They find him and he and Darcy get into a fight in which Lucky sees he was always interested in her older sister anyway and they both leave him for good.

Darcy still has to make a few things right, but when he explains himself, Lalita's heart is finally won.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Powerful story about the aftermath of Katrina for one family

By Tiffany Young
Dave Eggers, best known for his book "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," blew me away with "Zeitoun." A book about one family living in New Orleans and their experience before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, you'll be amazed at the events they go through, especially the father of the family Abdulrahman, who goes simply by Zeitoun (pronounced Zaytoon) through most of the book.

The family owns a fairly well-known business in New Orleans, building it from a small operation to one that works on many projects per day and hires many contractors. The Muslim family has many friends in the area and has a very good reputation in their community. Eggers lays out their characters and their background in the beginning of the story and begins weaving events leading up to Katrina and through the storm with events of the family's past: where Zeitoun came from, how he met his wife Kathy, what his family was like growing up and his desire to do something great like his older brother, who died at a young age.

Zetioun decides to stay in New Orleans through the storm, because the city often has storms coming through at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall and he wants to be around to keep his various real estate well-kept as well as be available to his clients. His wife decides she and the children must leave, but is worried about leaving Zeitoun behind after hearing news reports continuously warning the public to leave New Orleans.

Zetioun is not worried and weathers the storm fine and afterward feels very peaceful as he begins rescuing others from their homes and taking care of his properties. For several days he meets with acquaintances, using his canoe to get from place to place, and does what he can to help others and the animals that had been left behind.

However, while at one of his rental properties to use the phone to call his family, as he had done each day before, a knock at the door challenges his freedom and rights as an American. What ensues is the part of the book that must be read for yourself to believe that such an atrocious mistake could be made to an upstanding citizen.

The Zeitoon's are tried in a number of ways and must seek justice to overcome the trials that follow.

This book is a must-read in my opinion. It is powerful and will make you think about what is right and wrong and how doing small acts without questioning can lead to large injustices in the world—perhaps even in your own back yard.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Anastacia Hopcus Book Tour

Author Anastacia Hopcus is going on a blog tour Dec. 5–18 for her first book "Shadow Hills." I really enjoyed the book and would encourage anyone who has an interest in "Twilight, or similar supernatural-type books, to check it out. There is the list of blogs she'll appear at on The Teen [Book] Scene.

Here's my quick synopsis:
This novel surpassed my expectations. In the beginning I worried it may just be a knockoff "Twilight," but as I continued reading it took it's own turn. Phe, the main character, moves from L.A. to an east coast private school because a brochure comes in the mail for her sister who has recently died. Her family has not been incredibly supportive since her sister's death and she feels led to the school.

As she moves to the new school and begins meeting people, the nightmares she's been having seem linked to real life and the mystery of why she was led to Shadow Hills private school leads her from one adventure to another to see how she fits into the odd events transpiring.

Hopefully there will be a sequel, as this fictional tale seems like just the beginning for this teen character.
Visit Hopcus Blog for more information or to purchase a copy.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Solving the mystery that can't be solved

By Tiffany Young
After repeatedly hearing how good "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Steig Larsson was I decided I must read it, so I put it on hold at the Austin Public Library. When I went home, my brother was reading it and that peaked my interest even further. I didn't know anything about the book, but when I got home from Thanksgiving I had an e-mail from the library saying it was in.

The first chapter or two seemed interesting, but it had so much information concerning financial journalism I wasn't so sure I even got the right book! But I continued on in the hopes that it would live up to my expectation.

And thankfully, it did. It took about a week to read—maybe less—and the plot thickened as I went along. All these people who seemed unrelated wound their way around around like a string on a bobbin.

The main character, Mikael Blomqvist, has been found guilty of libel from a major corporation in Sweden and will have to do time. He gets a bit frustrating when he almost refuses to take on a job, despite his having no other plan to speak of for a time. It's well-paying, intriguing and best of all, flexible and out of the limelight while his court case can blow over.

The man who hires Blomqvist is Henrik Vanger, an old man who wants to solve the mystery of his nieces murder before he dies. He's spent years trying to solve the mystery of how she died and her body was never found on the island, but he and the retired police chief just can't break the case.

Blomqvist is hired to solve the mystery, but is also given the task to write the Vanger family's story. This task allows him to pry into the crevices of the family, but the Vanger's know better and realize right away what Blomqvist's real job entails.

But looking for a murderer who may still be living on the island complicates matters for the journalist, which leads him to be shot at, threatened and even almost strangled to death.

Another character even more complicated than Blomqvist or Vanger is the woman the book is named for. The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, a troubled young woman with an even more troubling background. Salander has been abused and misused her whole life and has no faith in fellow mankind. That may be what makes her such a great private investigator—her ability to dissect a person's character without getting too involved or assuming the best of someone. She believes everyone has secrets and if they have them, you can bet she'll find them.

After Salander is hired to do a background check on Blomqvist for Vanger, Vanger's lawyer lets it slip who she is and Blomqvist decides she is thorough enough to assist him in his research of the mystery. Once she finishes her initial task, she is hooked on the story and forces Blomqvist to allow her to continue working on the case alongside him.

The two make an odd couple, but between her computer hacking skills and his journalistic methodology they may just find the murderer(s) before their time runs out.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"West Side Story" a modern-day Romeo & Juliet

By Tiffany Young
While it seems odd to call a movie modern when it was released in the 1960s, compared to Shakespeare's time that's what it is. "West Side Story" tells about two gangs—the Jets and the Sharks—and how love does not understand racial differences.

Tony, who used to be a Jet, now has a respectable job and wants to stay out of trouble, but when the gang asks him to come to a dance he thinks he may find what he's looking for, though he's not sure what that is. He finds it in Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of Bernardo—a Shark. Maria has just come to America from Puerto Rico and does not want to marry Chino, who her parents and brother would like her to marry. When Maria's and Tony's eyes meet the world fades and they know they have found love.

However, Bernardo will have none of it and sends Maria home the moment he sees her kissing Tony, a white man from the other gang. But Tony goes up and down the alley behind Maria's home until he finds her later that night when they decide they will meet again the next day.

When they meet at the bridal store Maria works at after work, Maria convinces Tony to stop a fight between the two gangs that evening, but when he gets there he ends up being provoked and forced to fight and kills Bernardo, Maria's brother, after Bernardo accidentally kills one of the Jet's gang members. When he goes to Maria to tell her what he's done she is angry at first, but ends up forgiving him and agrees to meet later and run away with him.

Tony waits for Maria, but she is held up by a police questioning her about the dance the night before and attempting to find out how her bother was murdered. She sends her brother's girlfriend to tell Tony she will be late, but after the gang mistreats her, she tells them Chino found about about Tony and Maria and shot Maria. When Tony finds out, he is devastated, but then he sees Maria calling out to him. They run to one another and as they are falling into each others' arms, Chino shoots Tony in revenge of him killing Bernardo.

Maria comforts him until his death and then threatens both gangs that she will kill them all and then herself, but when the police officer shows up, she drops to her knees and cries as members of both gangs pick Tony up to carry him off in a procession.

While the movie starts out slow, it picks up quickly and its memorable songs and heartfelt scenes makes it a memorable classic. It's a real treat for those who love musicals and enjoy dancing. Instead of fighting, most of the fight scenes have more arabesques and finger snapping than punches and kicks. It's nice to see a movie that can tell what happened without all the blood and guts—and it didn't hurt its ratings either. The show won 10 Academy Awards and Best picture, the only musical ever to do so.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

What's the story with "Morning Glory?"

By Tiffany Young
Still in theaters, with only two showings a day at the small movie complex in Texarkana, Texas, this movie starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton combines romantic comedy with the world of journalism.

While not a very original idea, the way it is done changes the plot from being about how demanding bosses in the journalism world are to how media is changing--a little fluff thrown in can improve ratings even if die-hard journalists still want to cover real news.

Award-winning TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford) is finagled into being on Day Break a morning news show that TV Producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is attempting to save from being pulled off the air.

Pomeroy is cranky and resists helping Fuller in any way, but since she is the only one giving him a chance to do what he loves, he eventually comes around to seeing things, well, not exactly her way, but perhaps he'll loosen up a bit and go along with some of her ideas to keep the station going.

Colleen Peck (Keaton) is ready for a new co-anchor, but when she finds out Pomeroy is going to be starring beside her, a battle begins of who does which segments and whose dressing room gets what. Peck tells Fuller from the beginning she doubts she will be able to change the station's success, but begins to see change first-hand and backs her up by trying new things, such as handling animals on the show, for better ratings.

Meanwhile, Fuller, who has always had her sights set at the top is finally finding love from Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson), a man who has also worked with the difficult-to-deal-with Pomeroy. But Fuller's work has always been her life and she just can't seem to give that up, leaving the audience to wonder if this newly blossoming romance can withhold her obsession with answering her phone at all hours of the night and watching the news during conversations.

This underdog's tale of people who must overcome themselves to help each other out is filled with funny moments and is definitely a good way to spend an hour and a half forgetting one's own problems to be inspired. Knowing life is not always about your own is a message often overlooked by movies that focus more on the negativity that can be found at some news organizations.

A light-hearted film with funny moments, cute cliches and a little romance on the side.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black Magic Woman fails to bewitch me

By Tiffany Young
This novel by Justin Gustainis begins with supernatural investigator Quincey Morris showing up in a small, Texas town to rid the town of vampires. Morris is a likeable, if not predictable, character, with his take-charge attitude and quiet demeanor. When Walter LaRue comes into his office telling Morris about supernatural acts in his home threatening the lives of his family, Quincey takes on the case, saying he will take care of it.

After arriving at the home, Quincey finds charms left behind by the wife's mother that had been protecting the family against a powerful dark source and he calls in a friend, white witch Libby Chastain, to help out. The two go on a hunt quite literally to find the witch who is causing all the strife to the family.

In time, the detectives find out that the wife, Marcia LaRue, came from a family that had helped persecute a witch in the Salem witch trials and the descendants of that family are willing to do anything to get revenge.

Meanwhile, an FBI-type agent from South Africa—who has experience with supernatural activity—is flown in to help with a case of repeated child murders. Agent Van Dreenan and Agent Fenton may not have immediate respect or affection for one another, but in time come to an understanding as Fenton discovers a new respect for things that seem implausible.

Both teams set out on a series of leads to find the culprit behind their respective crimes only to find they may be looking for the same criminal or criminals.

"Black Magic Woman" may have been a bit too supernatural for my tastes. While I enjoyed portions of the book, there were times when sexual-type activities seemed to just come from nowhere without any kind of romance, there were so many demons and witches it was difficult to keep track of what was going on at times and some of the grammar and spelling mistakes in the book were distracting. There are also times when the novel gets a bit cheesy going from one silly spell to another—especially toward the end of the novel.

That being said, it wasn't a terrible novel and it certainly wasn't one that took much time reading. If you like dark novels, you may want to check it out despite my unenthusiastic review.

Climbing mountains, building schools

By Tiffany Young
"Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is an inspirational and true account of how Mortenson went from climbing the tallest mountains to falling in love with a culture and passionately wanting to help that culture.

By going back to the U.S. after promising Korphe, a village in Pakistan, that he would return and build the local children a school, Mortenson finds himself working extra shifts and sleeping in his car to save money to keep his promise. After giving presentations all over looking for funding, an unlikely source ends up being his prime benefactor in the years to come.

When Mortenson goes back to build the school he finds himself agreeing (sometimes by force) to help other communities get schools. It takes quite a while for Mortenson to build Korphe's school because of various delays, but the village becomes his family even as begins making a family back home—meeting his wife and having a baby during this tumultuous time in his life. Not only does the book describe Mortenson's ambitious goals of building schools that includes teaching to girls in the Middle East, but also tells a story of how someone immerses themselves into a culture in order to understand them and help them in the way that is needed—not always in the way he would like—efficiently.

The Pakistan culture shows that the American way is not always the way to get results—in some parts of the world, sitting down and having three cups of tea must come before making decisions, starting projects and diving in—regardless of how antsy you are to get your project underway.

I think readers will find this book inspirational in more ways than one.

There is also a young reader's edition for children eight years old and older.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lessons from the "The Fifth Agreement"

By Tiffany Young
The Fifth Agreement by don Miguel and don Jose Ruiz is an addition to The Four Agreements book published by the same father/son duo. Based on principals of The Toltec, the book shares principles that can turn ones thoughts from Hell to Heaven. The original four principals are:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don't take anything personally.
3. Don't make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
The fifth agreement that was added in this book is "Be skeptical, but learn to listen." I think this is a good addition to the original four, because it reminds us that what others are telling us may not be true—they may just be a reflection of what they believe to be true. I find this in my own life at times, where someone tells me something and then I assume all sorts of things from there. It's difficult to keep these things to ourselves, so e use others as sounding boards, which is fine if they are skeptical, but few of us are leading us to believe and pass on the lies that may be told. None of this has to be done on purpose or with evil intent to cause harm. Therefore, these little lessons put to use in our daily lives can be important. At the end of the book the reader is asked to make the world, your surroundings a better place—not necessarily by doing something outrageous, but something very courageous. To use our words to build better dreams and to create a Heavenly place. I found the authors' wisdom to be helpful. Let me know if you find the same.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

French film "Priceless"

I mentioned my love of libraries in my last post and one reason for that beyond the extensive list of books is that I can use the library as my very own "Blockbuster." Only it's free and has a wider variety of films!

For instance, yesterday I went to pick up a book I had on hold, "Pilgrim's Progress," and decided to pick up the first film I saw, "Priceless."

I didn't know it was a French film, but I thought perhaps it could be judging from the back description saying it was set on the French Riviera.

Sure enough, I had picked up a French film, which I would never do at Blockbuster. I'm not even sure they have much of a list of foreign films.

It turned out to be a very cute romantic comedy in which a bell boy and bartender for a swanky hotel falls for a woman who goes from man to man trying to find a rich husband and has nothing to own for herself. Thinking he is rich, she falls into his bed only to find out when her fiance has left her he has little money to speak of. She goes around spending his money like a little spoiled girl until he spends his last euro for ten more seconds with her.

But then he becomes a boy toy for an older woman and begins playing her own games. They sneak around their "lovers'" backs, but how long can they keep their secret and will love or money prevail?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Buy the Book

By Tiffany Young
Despite my love of the library, I'm ordering a book, "Black Magic Woman" from Amazon to take part in a supernatural book club some of my Twilight-fanned friends have begun. I missed the first book they read (although I heard it wasn't truly miss-worthy). Our next meeting will be at the beginning of December, and while the sci-fi and supernatural books aren't my first pick, I'm looking forward to a change. Sometimes a book will surprise you or lead you into a whole new genre. I always tell people who claim they're not a reader that they probably just haven't found the right kind of book for them yet. Try something different and try others' recommendations. You may be surprised! But don't feel like you have to finish a book if you're not feeling it. Sometimes I'll tuck a book for years before pulling it out and discovering the first time around just wasn't the right time for me to discover the book's riches. Have a readful day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thumbs up for "A Weekend with Mr. Darcy"

By Tiffany Young
This sweet novel should be on any Jane Austen fan's list of books to read. I realize their are some die-hard fans that may think it's an affront to the author to do spin-offs of her work, but this lovely read is inspired by Austen's novels, rather than trying to rewrite them as works such as "Clueless" attempted to do.
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, by Victoria Connelly is set in England, partly in Jane Austen's hometown. Book lovers meet for a weekend conference to enjoy, what seems to them, will be a relaxing, enjoyable weekend, but becomes a bit more of a romantic whirlwind for the two heroines in the novel.
Katherine Roberts, an Austen specialist, is done with lying, cheating men and just wants to get away when she meets Warwick, a handsome man that wants to get close to her, but forgets to to tell her a minor detail that she may think is more important that he share than he thinks.
Robyn Love, a romantic who has been dating a very unromantic fellow for years, tries escaping for a nice, quiet weekend only to be followed by her boyfriend whom she's trying to get rid of. When she meets someone who may be Mr. Right, will she be able to let Mr. Wrong go once and for all? Or will she let guilt keep her stuck in a rut "'Til death do us part?"
Find out by purchasing the novel at

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"The Beach House" BY Jane Green

A novel whose characters are interwoven as their stories unfold, this fictional book gets better and better as you read. Nan, a true character in her later years shocks strangers with her carefree personality, but when she opens her house to strangers in the form of a bed-and-breakfast, they instantly become family to loving woman and mother of Michael, who also comes home to stay at her home in Nantucket after his life begins to crumble. While all the housemates feel like their home-lives have all but fell apart, they find new homes that fit even better than the ones they've left behind. From Daniel, who must tell his wife that he's been living a lie throughout their marriage, to Daff, whose daughter Jess won't talk to her except when telling her she hates her, to Michael and Nan—they all find a way of life more fitting and natural than they could have imagined. Though Nan is in for a shock of her own, her new family is able to support her and help her through until she realizes she can finally let go of something she's held onto for years.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years"

This book is for writers, people looking for a great life and pretty much everyone. Donald Miller has already won his way into the hearts of many readers through his book "Blue Like Jazz." And his new book won't let them down. The book inspires readers to write their own great story through their own lives, just as he has learned to do recently in his own life in learning what makes a great story. Be prepared to feel challenged while enjoying Miller's struggle in finding a way to change his life from ordinary to extraordinary.

Miller begins "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" much like his other books—you may have no idea where he is going. But in his seemingly random thoughts he winds through stories and little moments in his life that illustrate his point in a meaningful way.

When someone calls Miller to transform his book "Blue Like Jazz" into a movie his journey begins. As he learns more and more about making his character in the movie interesting to a viewer, he also begins working on his own character, often by adding his own obstacles into his life: sign up for a bike ride across the U.S.? Sure, why not! Start a nonprofit? I guess so. Ask a girl he likes to go on an arduous hike in another country? OK. Miller invites readers into all these adventures with him as he discovers more of who he is.
If you're ready to write your own adventure, this book is one place to begin.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Letters to Juliet" Review

In preparation for my trip to Italy in October, I am trying to watch and read all things Italian. Last night I watched "Letters to Juliet" at Arbor Cinema Gateway. I was happy to see I wasn't the only woman making the venture alone. While the movie is as romantically cheesy as you may imagine, I'd still suggest it to anyone who loves romantic comedies and happy endings.

Sophia, a young woman living in New York and working as a fact checker at the New Yorker wants her chance to become a writer. When her fiance and her take off for a pre-wedding honeymoon to Italy, she finds her fiance has plans to mix work with pleasure, asking her to visit vineyards and auctions with his clients.

Sophia ends up letting her fiance continue working as she goes off and explores Verona on her own. What she finds is a wall where heartbroken women write letters to Juliet. When she follows a lady collecting the letters, she finds out that a small group of women actually write these women back every day with solutions to their men problems.

When she begins helping them collect letters, she finds a 50-year-old letter behind a stone that falls from the wall from a woman named Claire. Claire was supposed to meet her prince and runaway, but go cold feet and ended up moving back to her home in England. Claire decides she must respond to Claire's letter and a few days later Claire arrives with her doesn't-believe-in-true-love grandson. The grandson ends up tagging along as Claire and Sophia take a journey to find Claire's lost love, Lorenzo.

Will Sophia and her fiance make it after all this separation? Will Claire find her true love? And can they change the grandson's mind about love? Find out the answers to all of this by watching "Letters to Juliet."