Friday, March 9, 2018

Dear Abby - Favorite Dog Movies: Oliver and Company

Dear Friends,

Several friends have mentioned Oliver and Company as a favorite movie that includes dogs, so I wanted to be sure to include it here.

Oliver and Company is a 1988 Disney movie.  It is a clever retelling of the story of Oliver Twist.   However, in this movie Oliver is a cat and his friends on the street are all dogs!  Oliver and Company is set in present day New York.  The dogs in the movie include a mixed breed dog (the Dodger), an Afghan Hound, a Chihuahua, a Bulldog, a Poodle, and a Great Dane.  Voice actors in this movie include Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dom Deluise, Robert Loggia, Bette Midler, and more.

The movie features songs by Billy Joel, Huey Lewis, and Barry Manilow.  The movie's song "Why Should I Worry?" won a Golden Globe award.

A little trivia:

The animators who worked on this movie shot footage of New York City from 18 inches off the ground in order to capture a dog's eye view!

Roger Radcliffe from 101 Dalmatians makes a cameo.  He appears when Oliver wakes up after sleeping on the truck.

The "Why Should I Worry" number also features Pongo (101 Dalmatians) and Jock, Trusty, and Peg (Lady and the Tramp).

The dogs do dances that are inspired by the work of Bob Fosse.

Here is the trailer for this movie:

Have you seen Oliver and Friends?  Or do you have any other dog movies to share?

Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful weekend!


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Keturah by Lisa Bergren

Book Synopsis

In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

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My Review

Keturah, Selah, and Verity are sisters in 1772 England.  After their father suddenly dies a world away in the West Indies, they discover that they have inherited his sugar plantation.  The only problem?  It is in financial and administrative trouble and needs immediate care.  


The three sisters travel to the West Indies to attend to family business -- and in the process, they start new lives for themselves.


This was an interesting historical novel.  I have never read a book set in the West Indies, so I was curious about this read.  I found the historical details fascinating, although some aspects of life were also deeply troubling.  I found the passages about slavery difficult to read.


The book starts at a very leisurely pace, but it picks up once the sisters arrive in the West Indies.   


At its heart, Keturah is both a historical novel and a romantic story.  Keturah's childhood friend, Grey, is also starting a new life in the West Indies, and the connection between Keturah and Grey is strong (although she resists it!). 


This novel is well written, and it is the first in a series.   It is a glimpse into an era and location that is not depicted often in historical fiction.  I think readers of historical fiction who also enjoy an inspirational message will enjoy Keturah.



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I received a copy of this book from Litfuse.