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Snapshots - #38: Only the Brave, Jane, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Only the Brave (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true story of the effort it took to get a municipal crew of firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, certified as Hotshots. After battling thousands of wildfires since their inception, the Granite Mountain Hotshots answered a call to battle the Yarnell Hill fire—about 30 miles away from Prescott—along with several other crews. How they got to that point and what happened is what this movie is about.
Only the Brave is a drama with some thriller on the side, and excellent performances to boast of. It's got a dynamic pace, engaging plot, amazing shots of wildfires, fun camaraderie, and great music to underscore the action. As an audience, we care for the journey of that crew, individually and as a group, and as heartbreaking as the closing scenes are, we stand in awe at the sacrifices that firefighters and their families make every day of their lives. Only the Brave is a darn great tribute to them, and elite firefighters such as the Granite Moun…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (♦♦♦♦)

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In 1708, upon the declaration that Scotland is going to become a part of England, Scottish nobles plan an insurrection to bring back to Scotland their exiled, rightful king, young James Stewart, who has been bidding his time in the French court in Saint-Germain since his mother spirited him away when a child to save both their lives.
In the Scottish north, the castle of Slains—home to the countess of Errol and her son the earl-- serves as scenario to the encounters and preparations before the expedition that would bring king James back to claim his throne.
Young Sophia Paterson has recently arrived to live at Slains at the countess’ invitation. Sophia narrates the story of the plotting and maneuvering to neutralize Queen Anne’s spies and successfully organize the mission. Amidst the war games, Sophia falls in love with a Scottish colonel--envoy and protégé of Queen Mary—, who has a massive prize on his head.
In present day, historical fiction writer Carrie McClellan is writing a book on …