Sunday, September 18, 2011

DVD review and giveaway: The Shunning


For some reason, I never got around to reading Beverly Lewis's novel The Shunning. I'd heard about it though, so was happy to have the opportunity to review the movie version of this story. Here's a bit about The Shunning, from the movie's website:
Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead.  Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted.

The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.
I'm always a little skeptical about the quality of made-for-TV movies, but this one was a pleasant surprise. I thought the acting was good, the depiction of the Amish people was very interesting, and the story definitely lived up to the hype!  One thing I wasn't prepared for (again, I did not read the book) was the abruptness and the non-ending feel of the end of the movie.  There's not any resolution of the issues brought up in the movie, just an end. I've put the next two books in this series on my hold list at the library, so I'll hopefully know soon what happens to Laura and Katie next. I hope that the rest of the books are made into movies as well- I'd definitely be sure to watch more of this story!

I have good news for you- I'm giving away a copy of this DVD to one lucky reader! Open to US mailing addresses only, please.  I'm running this giveaway through Rafflecopter, so be sure to enter at the widget below.


 
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38 comments:

Tonya said...

I've heard so many good things about this movie -- I'd love to win the DVD.

Heather! said...

I also have read some good reviews of this. I don't read Beverly Lewis, but I was a librarian in a not-so-distant former incarnation of my life, and her books were always incredibly popular. Based on the popularity of her books and the great reviews I've read of this film, I'd love to win it for ME! :)

(Regarding the lack of resolution to the ending...do ya suppose they're making a sequel???)

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Heather! said...

I also entered the 4Her Football giveaway!
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mrsshukra said...

I like the lead actresses in this movie!

skgaff said...

I would love to win this because I love Beverly Lewis' writing!
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entered vtech prize pack giveaway
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Helena said...

I'd like to win this dvd because it sounds like an interesting movie!
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Christina said...

My cousin recently read this book and was telling me about it, I was so excited to pick it up at the library last week and I'd love the chance to see the movie after reading the book!

Christina said...

I entered the My Baby Clothes giveaway

ruthhill74 said...

I can't remember if I had read anything by Beverly Lewis, but she has been on my TBR list for ages. This movie would be phenomenal.

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lisawith4 said...

I've entered a bunch of your giveaways: pretzels, 4her clothing, scale, bitty bows...

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I'd like to watch this DVD, it has such a good sounding plot.
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Raven In A Blue Room said...

I would like to win because the story is captivating and gives some insight to the Amish culture

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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cjabdelnour said...

I would like to win this because it is a good story and I LOVE movies. Cheryl cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

cjabdelnour said...

I entered Spooky Buddies. Cheryl cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

A (Daily) Woman said...

I have heard many good things about this video and would love to watch it.

A (Daily) Woman said...

Entered your Rock N Learn Giveaway

moushka said...

I have always been fascinated by the Amish.

mrsshukra said...

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Judy said...

I'm really fascinated by the Amish and am definitely intrigued by this movie!

shelbers434 said...

i want to win because it looks like a great movie
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jakiesmom said...

i'd love it for my folks, looks like a movie they would enjoy
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jakiesmom said...

entered pognae

Stacey L said...

I would like to win this movie because I love her books andmovies and I am sure I would love this one too.

Stacey L said...

I entered Miss Amy

Kristen said...

I'd like to win because it sounds like the kind of story I like.

Kristen said...

entered Football PP

laura20v said...

my mom would love to have this for her b-day!! laura20v@hotmail.com

Her Royal Highness said...

I would like to win because I've heard alot of good things about this movie.
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Her Royal Highness said...

I entered the Reel Steel prize pack giveaway.
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deanna said...

want to win because I love watching new movies
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Garilyn said...

I love Beverly Lewis' books and I've heard great reviews of this movie, so I'd love to win and be able to watch it.

Dealsfan32 said...

I haven't seen this movie and I would like to watch it, thank you!
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SweeTidbits said...

It looks like a great movie! :)
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Diana said...

I would love to see this DVD because I have read ll her books and love them
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