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20 Years Later, Elizabeth Montgomery Fans Are Still ‘Bewitched’

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It is currently 9:56 pm on Sunday night, May 17th, 2015 and tomorrow  marks the 20th year after actress Elizabeth Montgomery’s passing. When Founder/Executive Director of the Classic TV Preservation Society Herbie J. Pilato sent me some books about her to review (links to where you can purchase them will be below, and full reviews of each will be posted as they are completed), I really didn’t know what to expect. I had watched very few episodes of Bewitched in my life, but was aware of them somewhat in passing. I didn’t know her name, I simply knew her as the ‘witch with a twitch’ (referring to her Bewitched character Samantha’s habit of twitching her nose when she’s doing magic). That all changed when I picked up Pilato’s The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery. I became enchanted with the interesting and confident and gutsy life she lived, and fell in love with the characters I read about her playing. I came to deeply respect and admire a person who had such fame and used it to prove a point or to open eyes or to break down barriers. Ms. Montgomery was an intelligent, empowered woman, and the world needs more people like her. She passed away of cancer at her home in Beverly Hills in 1995, but her political activism and charity work are still remembered. Rest in peace, Elizabeth. Rest in peace.

Who is your favourite starlet of Classic TV? Mine would have to be Lucille Ball (which is interesting, since William Asher, who directed both ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Bewitched’ was also at one point Elizabeth Montgomery’s husband):

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For the Elizabeth Montgomery fan, or for someone who just wants to know about her filmography, check out this book: The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery – Herbie J. Pilato (the one I’m currently enjoying)

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For the Elizabeth Montgomery diehard who wants an in-depth look at Elizabeth’s life and career: Twitch Upon a Star – Herbie J. Pilato

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For any lover of the women of Classic television: Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door – Herbie J. Pilato

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‘Resurrection: Amazing Grace’ by Elizabeth Davies (February 21st, 2015)

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This is the second book in Elizabeth Davies’ Resurrection trilogy, and while still more interesting and well-written than most eBooks I have been unfortunate enough to read, I did not find it up to par with the first book in the trilogy, State of Grace. I truly enjoy the characters and the exploration of Brecon, Wales throughout various periods of history in this trilogy, but it is severely off-putting that the heroine, Grace Llewellyn, is constantly getting severely battered around (and not even seeking medical help!) without ever being able to properly fend for herself. I mean, she’s a pilot, right? Don’t you have to be really level-headed and focused to fly an aircraft? She’s really resourceful and sturdy, but would someone with the analytic skills required of a pilot really not look both ways when crossing an unknown street? I mean, yes, she’s been transported in this instance to 1873, but this basic safety principle has been ingrained in modern-day people since childhood, and would especially be put into effect by a person like Grace whose career involves piloting an aircraft. I mean sure, there are coordinates she must follow when flying, but she would also have to scan the sky at some point or other – she would be used to checking. There is no excuse for her to get run down by a horse because she didn’t look before she stepped out of an alleyway. And what was with refusing to go to a hospital when she returned from the 1700s??? Her collarbone was freaking BROKEN. I understand that she doesn’t want people to keep her in hospital because of her tumour, or to ask too many questions. But I mean, her consultant, Mr. Cunningham, is okay that she’s not in hospital, so if anyone had a problem with her leaving, she could refer them to him. She could explain her broken collarbone and bruising to thugs. They could be masked. The whole scene where Ianto smuggles her to London was basically just so Jeremiah could wipe her memory there. It was completely unnecessary. There could have been a better way to make that happen. However, I really do enjoy the time-travelling vampire romance idea, and I truly look forward to seeing if Grace will become a vampire or not, and if she and Roman will meet in their future.  Also, it bothers me to no end that this book series is advertised as a trilogy, when in reality it is more like three volumes of the same book.
3 stars out of 5.


‘Resurrection: State of Grace’ by Elizabeth Davies (January 18th, 2015)

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State of Grace is not at all what I thought it would be like. It’s a paranormal romance/time travel novel set in Brecon, Wales. Grace Llewellyn is dying of an incurable brain tumour and often finds herself transported back to various time periods but still in the same location. During these unexplained trips that simply happen out of the blue (which she attributes to her tumour), she meets and falls in love with an intriguing vampire named Roman, who had been born in Roman times and resurrected 900 years previous to the book’s main time period of around 1060. The tiresome repetition of erotic coupling scenes aside (the first one or two were engaging, the others felt somewhat obligatory to me, but then again, I’m not much for sex scenes unless I’m really specifically seeking erotica, so that could just be my personal preference), I was pleasantly surprised by Davies’ clear and concise, yet descriptive and emotionally engaging writing style. I enjoyed and appreciated the amount of research that must have gone into the historical accuracy of events and people and places and even the linguistic changes that can take place in one place over hundreds of years, as well as the same attention to detail regarding the popular culture of Grace’s (our) modern time. Reminiscent of the best parts of both the Twilight Saga and Shades of Grey, yet not completely either, I really did enjoy this book. I am not much of a romance novel fan, so I was really surprised how much I liked it.

The only thing I will say straight off that I did not like was how abruptly the book ended. A cliffhanger is one thing, but I felt that nothing had truly been resolved and that there had been no clear direction or catharsis after Grace’s sudden return to her own time near the end. It really is necessary to have the next book (and possibly the last in the trilogy as well) to actually feel a sense of completion or satisfaction, and I did not like that. I feel any given book in a trilogy should be able to stand as a book on its own unless it is merely the first volume of one story. This book is marketed as a complete story in and of itself, and that’s simply not true.

That said, I eagerly began the next book in the trilogy, Amazing Grace, and look forward to finding out why Grace is able to time travel, why she keeps running into Roman the vampire, how their relationship progresses, what can be learned about Wales during the times she experiences there, and whether or not she will meet Roman in her own time. Also: will she become a vampire herself? I have a feeling that story (if it does take place) might be something reserved for the third book, Sanctifying Grace. A great light read, which I give 3.75 stars out of 5.