Christian Book Suggestions Based on Movies

book suggestions based on movies

I absolutely love watching Movies and TV Shows. It’s so easy to turn on Netflix and before you know it, went through a whole binge watching session. However, I also love to read and try to read more than watch tv/movies. While reading certain books I have thought - this would make a really great movie!

If you love a particular movie, there are many amazing Christian books similar to that movie to read. So without further ado, here are 3 movies and books related to them.

Photo via Vanity Fair

Photo via Vanity Fair

If You Love Gladiator…


Photo via Daily Express

Photo via Daily Express

If You Love Dances With Wolves…


Photo Via Mental Floss

Photo Via Mental Floss

If You Love The Notebook…


I hope you found some good books to read!

What are your favorite movies? List them below in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick

the women in the lake by nicola cornick book review

Synopsis:

London, 1765

Lady Isabella Gerard, a respectable member of Georgian society, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before.

Three months later, Lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim…

250 Years Later…

When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. Soon the fragile new life Fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can't tell what is real and what is imaginary.

As Fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.

  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

  • Published: 3/1/2019

  • Publisher: Graydon House

  • Pages: 320

  • Goodreads Rating: 3.64

the woman in the lake nicola cornick book review

Why I Chose This Book

What I found unique about this story is that it is centered around one dress. What is the mystery of this dress and how does it connect the two stories? I haven’t seen too many stories like this, so I definitely wanted to read and review this one.

First Initial Thoughts

There are two time periods in this book. I found it interesting that this book was set right as the American Revolution started against the colonies and the British. However, no war was actually mentioned but I am not sure how much England was affected at this time.

Isabella is a married woman in the elite society. She is married to a horrible man who abuses her. One day her husband gifts her this beautiful golden gown. After an event she wants to destroy it and sends her maid, Constance to destroy it. But some how it still survives. I really liked Constance her maid - she was there for Isabella when her husband was cruel. During this time - it was hush hush when it came to domestic violence. I found it quite sad.

Set in the modern time we meet Fenella. We first meet her when she is 14 and is on a trip to a historic home in London. When she was younger she had an impulse to steal- little things here and there. There she sees the golden gown. She steals the gown and leaves the home. When she comes home she stashes it away because of the odd feeling it gives her.

Then the story flashes ahead to 10 years later when she is in her mid twenties and divorced. She is a survivor of domestic violence. I loved how Nicola brought us attention to how Fenella acted in daily life. Afraid, lonely, suspicious, etc. This is very common for those that are victims of domestic violence. They often think that their ex partner is still out there to get them. And they also have a hard time trusting others again.

Setting

I love any story set in England. It’s one of my favorite settings for a book. And this book delivers. Nicola immerses you into both time periods so well and seamlessly goes back and forth in time. This book definitely had that eery feeling - and almost a feeling of confusion when either Isabella or Fenella was wearing the gown. Nicola definitely knows how to write a scene and make you feel like you are there right along with the characters.

Final Thoughts

The two woman in this story were so similar in their situation. Isabella and Fenella both had to deal with cruel husbands. However, we could see the differences as Fenella could get out of the marriage and Isabella had no choice. Isabella was stuck in the marriage and really only had Constance to lean on.

What really made this book was the characters. I absolutely adored Isabella. I liked Fenella but I felt more connected to Isabella. Nicola did such a great job in character development. As you all know good character development is on my top 5 must have in a book. I did find that the story was a little slow but if not for the characters I think I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much.

This book was quite chilling and suspenseful. I noticed there was a supernatural element throughout the book. Specifically the gown was the main supernatural piece. it wasn’t too much though (not like a horror movie) and found it interesting how the gown connected the two woman. Secretes, betrayal, murder, deceit, and such more were found within the pages of this book. I really enjoyed reading this story and reading how it developed over the pages.

The only question I have, is how did the gown survive all these 200+ years? Nicola made it seem like it was in pristine condition.

Would I Recommend?

Yes and no. There are supernatural elements to this story - so for those that don’t particularly like that may want to pass on this one.

About Nicola Cornick

Nicola Cornick

USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick has written over 40 historical romances and now writes Gothic time slip for HQ and Graydon House.

Nicola’s writing is inspired by her love of history and was fostered by a wonderful history teacher and by her grandmother, whose collection of historical romantic fiction fed Nicola’s addiction from an early age. She studied in London and Oxford and works as a guide and historian in a 17th century house as well as acting as a historical adviser for TV and radio. Publisher’s Weekly have described her as a rising star and her books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards.

Nicola lives near Oxford with her husband and dog. When she isn’t writing she enjoys long walks in the countryside, singing in a choir and volunteering as a puppy walker for Guide Dogs.

Connect with Nicola

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Eilinland by Bailey Davenport

eilinland through the wall book review bailey davenport

Synopsis:

Four warriors of Southern Eilin receive a vision: a young girl locked in a cell. There is no question as to what this vision means. They must leave behind comfort and safety to depart on a dangerous journey to Northern Eilin – the toilsome region to the north of the wall dividing their world in half. As warriors of the south, it is their duty. But as they prepare for the journey the next morning, their plans are complicated by an unexpected addition to their team. 

They struggle to stay on track as their attention is split between the mission and the difficulties within their group. Trust is tested and allegiances questioned as they get closer to unraveling the mystery of the captive girl. It will take all of their strength and focus to overcome the powers they fight against and make it home alive.

  • Genre: Christian Fantasy

  • Publisher: Self Published

  • Published: 11/2018

  • Pages: 263

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.67 Stars

Eilinland bailey davenport book review
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel
— Proverbs 27:9

Why I Chose This Book

Bailey reached out to me to review her debut book. I found the synopses really interesting because she created a world completely different than ours. And I am always up for a new Fantasy book!

First Initial Thoughts

What I first noticed is that it read very much like a young adult book. Therefore, this book would be great for any age group over age 12.

Rheen is a young girl that recently traveled to Eilin and one day gets caught by the officers for stealing some bread. She then gets caught up with a group of warriors - Bierno, Jekka, Gillio, and Derick. The group of warriors were on their way to the north to help rescue a girl when they decide to bring on Rheen along with them. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Rheen. As the story continues you get a sense that she is running from something.

I really liked the group of warriors. They were friendly to Rheen when they didn’t have to be. They accepted her as one of their own and took care of her. I thought them to be very genuine and friends I would definitely like to have. Each of them had their own struggles and I liked that Bailey emphasized that part. It made me feel more connected to the characters.

Setting

Bailey created a whole new world in this book. It definitely had a Medieval feel but with dragons and various different creatures. I noticed that there was no magic which is a common theme in most Christian fantasy. I found it easy to understand the world and visualize the world of Eilinland.

God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
— 1 Peter 5:7

Final Thoughts

What I loved about this story was the emphasis of friendship and how important it is. In most books I think that love and family are the main focus but I what I loved about this book is that it was mostly about friendship. And that friends can be family too. Family doesn’t have to be those by blood.

This book also had a strong emphasis on forgiveness, especially on ourself and our past sins. While this world had no religion (or at least it wasn’t mentioned) there were common themes of God’s forgiveness and redemption when it comes to sin.

The only gripe that I had with this book was that sometimes I found there was too much description. For example, what a particular character was doing or thinking. I think if that wasn’t included the story would have went along a little faster.

Overall, I thought that this book read very easily and read at a good pace. I really enjoyed reading about the land of Eilinland and all it’s different creatures. I also found it interesting that each character resembled certain characters or beings in Christianity (or at least I thought they did). For example, the Sniw’s I think are suppose to be demons, and the warriors are suppose to be angels. Angels fighting demons kind of thing… But that is at least how I perceived it.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! Most definitely. I think this book would be great for any age group and those that love fantasy will throughly enjoy this book.



You can purchase the book —-> HERE

I hope you all enjoyed the review - and are recovering from the Facebook/Instagram blackout yesterday!

the caffeinated bibliophile