An abrupt end to Gold film series production Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope

Recent news of an abrupt end to the Turkish TV romance drama Benim Hala Umudum Var also known as I still have hope lead me to write an article. As the Gold film production has announced the series will have its end at episode 33 and will not be continued thereafter due to a high decrease in TV viewership, other reasons may took a part as well for this final decision.

It would interest me why the production company has come to this decision. There are some reasons that come to my mind. One of them to mention is that the Turkish broadcasting channels have changed. The first launch was in July 2013 and the Turkish channel Star TV was broadcasting it, a few weeks later also the Saudi channel MBC for the middle east took the broadcasting rights and aired the series dubbed in Arabic. In its beginning the series was a huge success and was one of the top 10 series rated in the end of November 2013.

The child in me still likes the idea of fairy tales and happy endings, even though happiness has its curves and obstacles along the way, that are not always joyful, but it is on oneself to make the best out of each situation i guess but aside from my drifting away, who would actually not like to watch one remake of a Cinderella  story with a Turkish twist of romance and drama. I loved the series from the beginning, so much that I even turned on the live channel to watch each weeks episode with Arabic subtitle.

This years Christmas holidays brought a drastic change, the Turkish broadcasting channel Star TV canceled the show and FOX TV took over the airing with episode 26. The channel has changed but not the timing, at the beginning. Since not all Turkish households have access to Fox TV viewership decreased, afterwards the date of airing as well as the airing time changed, what was once on Monday on 22:30 was changed to Thursdays on 20;30. Viewership also decreased in the Arab world due to conflicting series showing at the same time, at this point it was a decrease due to favoritism towards another show airing I would assume that this was also the case for Turkish viewers.

Another reason might be that the story of the manuscript did not suit with some of the actors so they left the show in a rather shocking and sad way. It could also be that viewers were opposing the story of a triangle love story and put pressure or threats on the production company to change its story script.

Another plausible reason is that continuation of the series is not bringing any profit to the production company, taking all these reasons into consideration may account to the case of discontinuing the series long before its true finale end. At this point the claim that the series will have a second season does not have any point anymore.

With all this in mind I would wish that the series wouldn’t end just yet at episode 33, and still have a hope that even if there is no change towards the final  decision of the Gold film production company towards writing new episodes and prolonging the series, I hope that the series will have an ending that is emotionally powerful in whatever way it may be!

For more information about the series Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope look at the video trailer or see the description for more.

Turkish Star TV: Benim Hala Umudum Var - I still have hope




Review: Place of Peace by Debra Diaz



Place of Peace by Debra Diaz

The storyline sounded interesting so while it was offered for free one time on Smashwords I grabbed myself a copy to read later on.
I didn’t like the beginning of the story very much, but there is some truth in one’s saying never to judge a workpiece beforehand by having read just a few pages.
The story evolved into a really nice romantic story that I enjoyed reading from half the book on.
It is based on an American novel held between at time of the post civil war in the south between Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Virginia Genny Romayne leaves her home-escaping from a marriage her father has chosen but she herself doesn’t want to go through.
In the note she left her parents writing she married another man and left with him. Arriving in Nashville she puts her status as a widow, so no one will ask any further questions. She gets employed as a secretary and nurse for the doctor in town, after a while both fall in love and marry. As in all relationships misunderstandings of crucial moments in life makes it painful for those who don’t speak about it in a common sense and just try to punish others and getting punished themselves for this, is no solution.
Got interested, I did. A little drama is always entertaining and it’s worth the reading just to see how the story turns.

Overall rating 3 /5.

Believe when you read Determinant by A.M.Hargrove


Determinant by A.M.Hargrove

When I was young I read fairy tales, then I read romance stories, I still like to read fairy tales, a child’s dream that cannot be harmed. In my world where everyone cares for himself and we live constantly in a state of war with others and ourselves, I want to believe there is something good and every step of the way has its reason and sense. When I read this story-I knew I am not alone in my thinking, I am not alone to believe in the good and happy forever after. I am not alone in being hopelessly romantic.

Back to the review:

This book is the third installment of the Vesturon Guardian Saga. I read the first and the second installment and was totally mesmerized by a series of events. This one follows the life of January St. Davis and her relationship later on with one of the Yarrister Clan members of Vesturon, Rykerian. The book is divided in several partitions so you might get a glance of thoughts from each January and Rykerian. It is well organized to the end and has some funny parts as well. Anyone who knows the other stories, will love this too – if not more. There is good and there is evil everywhere and the Guardians of Vesturon are the protectors of peace while others thrive to destroy it. Just to give a few hints to what you will miss: Breakout of a viral pandemic illness, Kidnapped out of space, extraterrestrial life forms, love story. In no ways we can see what lies ahead but it’s worth while to fight for life than surrender to death, no matter how long,hard or excruciating painful the way. Read on and YOU will believe it yourself.

Overall rating: 5 / 5.

Do you believe in ghosts? Evangeline’s Miracle by Lisa Buie-Collard


This is the story of Evangeline’s Miracle by Lisa Buie-Collard.

Whatever you might think about ghosts, this story is unlike any ghost story that you might have read so far,for sure it was the case for me. I found great pleasure reading this kind of a story. In some ways it reminded me on Zynga’s game Hidden Chronicles which I like to play sometimes.
Evangeline Lacroix is the main protagonist of the story. She is an author still unpublished with doubts on herself. She leads an estranged relationship to her mother, also her husband Christian is unhappy with the life they lead and leaves her behind. She is a lonely woman.
Evangeline will find herself to be tasked with a puzzle most unusual and must follow the given hints to solve a mysterious encounter where she herself doesn’t know the reason why she has been chosen for it. A ghost like appearance or spirit in form of a woman calls for her. Evangeline is drawn into the world of this ghost who is Miracle Sobieski by night, while she sleeps, and is surrounded with the life of a family in England in the past. Also it becomes clear that also Miracle is drawn to the future and dreams of an unknown world to her,the present life of Evangeline Lacroix.
The story is very much intertwined together between the past and the present that everything becomes clearer throughout the story line. While on this mysterious path of solving a puzzle she will find herself travelling between USA, England and France. There she will find all the answers that she was looking for her entire lifetime, she will know who she is and to whom she belongs and gets to know, that she is not alone in this world. With a new found strength she will be able to fight back for the love of her life and save more than one life.

While reading this kind of a story i felt to be involved with the emotions of the protagonist. I shared the despair as well as the joy, the sadness and happiness. And like a puzzle which entertainment you can enjoy on several occasions so is this story to be read again after a while and unlock its hidden mystery.

Overall rating: 4/5.

My Top Turkish TV series Muhteşem yüzyıl (Hareem Al Sultan)

From all the TV series that I have seen so far Muhteşem Yüzyıl is going to make my Top List of TV shows and is unfortunately kicking Chuck to 2nd place.
I loved watching all 5 seasons of Chuck and never thought another show would take its place, this was before I even knew about this Turkish Series which premiered in the Arab world in the end of 2011.

There have been other Turkish series that have been dubbed in Arabic and which I followed to the end more as a daily entertainment show since I am not the going out type of person but I couldn’t say I loved them as to want to watch them again.


Hareem Al Sultan is the Arabic title to the series it refers to the wives ( hareem pl. to hurma – wife) of the sultan. More particular all woman who were privately involved with the sultan.
Since we don’t know what has happened between closed doors in the private life of Suleiman the Magnificent we can only speculate. This is where this series jumps in, it is a fictional historical piece of art which is inspired by sultan Suleiman and takes us back 500 years ago to the era of the Ottoman Empire.
The main focus is on the relationships between the members of the Imperial household especially romance entanglements and rivalries.
This makes the story so much more interesting I already became infatuated with it and can hardly take my eyes of the screen, sleepless nights are not so unusual.

So far there have been 2 complete seasons with a total of 63 episodes from 70 – 130 min. in the Turkish series, yet in the Arabic dubbed version I need to watch 3 episodes which make up 1 episode to the original Turkish streaming episode. Sometimes it is frustrating just to be cut off, but after all I feel that I am lucky cause being able to speak Arabic I don’t need to rely on English subtitles, I share the joy,sadness and suffering for the actors of the show. They truly lived up to their role.
Read all about the characters and its story by A place for Romance Lovers
It is very detailed and descriptive and I liked it very much.

Many rumors have been towards the 3rd season which is now airing on Turkish Star TV, one of them being that they wanted to bring an international well-known actor who played the role of a Mongolian Khan in a side role.
I don’t know upon who took the role in the end, my last source tells me they got Mel Gibson but I couldn’t get it confirmed.

For sure we will know soon enough.
I am still watching the episodes of season 2 without cheating, one by one. And though I might have taken a lead to the episodes shown on Arabic TV satellite,since I watch them online via Alarab TV (it’s an Arabic website). It is a joy to watch them over and over again.

The first season of Hareem Al Sultan is showing on several public Nilesat channels, I watch it on 7 pm KSA time (4 GMT) on Alhayat Musalsalat. It might have reached the mid 20s episodes.
The second season of Hareem Al Sultan I watch on 8 pm KSA (5 GMT) on Dubai TV. The premiere was last Saturday, so today was the 5th episode.

Since its begin it has captured the viewers on the national basis, furthermore reaching to the Arab world and becoming one of the popular Turkish series which in my eyes will have international attention confirmed.

The series is giving us a glimpse how the past could have been. The decor of the structure, the costumes,the details of the scenery beautifully presented lets me imagine how much work has been put up which shouldn’t go not accredited.
In my opinion Muhtesem Yuzyil as a series is a masterpiece of a kind of Turkish Historical Fiction TV.

Review: Reflection by Jessica Roberts


The first thought that comes to my mind is “LOVE is in the air by John Paul Young“. While writing these lines I am humming to the song. You might too, once you read this romantic story that revolves around Heather totally in love with Nick.

Most important characters that you meet along the way:
HEATHER: central person in the story. In her college days she gets injured in a car accident so badly that she remains in a coma state for a long time.
CREED: her childhood friend, whom she considers family. I think he is hopelessly in love with Heather.
NICK: the love interest of Heather.
Dr. WESTBROOK:he is in charge of Heather’s clinical condition, meets her daily to check on the memories of her dreams and analyze fact from fantasy. Finds that she is able to communicate normal with minor memory deficiencies or what Heather believes to have happened for real.

The book is hold in 3 parts, though the book does only mention 2. Before and After concerning both the accident that was the cause to Heathers long term coma. The after part deals with the present 2 1/2 years later. Once Heather wakes up in the hospital. For my better understanding I thought the talking sessions about her dreams with Dr. Westbrook to be the third part, which are divided into chapters that mark the beginning of Heather’s dreams of her first day in college, the romance between her and Nick to the end just before the accident. Jessica Roberts has a way of letting the reader feel the emotions described in the dream part, every detail of romantic moments is covered and it is easy to go on and get into the mood for love.
It is amazing to what our brain does once we are unaware of its activity. Memory association, observation and reasoning skills all to create a dream world that seems so real, that I want to believe.

I didn’t like that nothing is to be known yet about the cause of the accident, might as well wait and see if it will be revealed in the sequel to Reflection.
To the end of the story Roberts gives us a glimpse to the sequel of this book by mentioning Dr. Westbrook saying:
” Sometimes after waking from a coma, the mind can continue to play tricks on you in the form of hallucinations; they’re referred to as ‘reactions’

We can only hope for the best that this love story finds its way back, so the dream can become reality.

Overall rating 3 / 5.

Review: Resurrection-Book 2 The Guardians of Vesturon by A.M.Hargrove


The adventures of Maddie Pearce in this young adult paranormal romance story continues. The 2nd installment has topped all of my expectations. My wishes concerning more Maddie input became true. Never leaving the story too much out of my sight, I enjoyed every bit of reading. This book was divided into four parts but I felt that each of these parts were necessary to define different developmental and emotional stages that Maddie found herself growing into. We read how Maddie and Rayns live go through ups and downs of a relationship which displays some of the true challenges that the couple have to face sometimes in life and not all can be viewed behind rosy glasses. From those tests Maddie also grows and matures into a young woman worthy of becoming the next first Lady to the great leader of Vesturon in the future. It seems afterall Mariah, her mother has been right all along – Maddie is destined for greatness. Up on Vesturon everything is so much new and while learning more about the Planet, Maddie learns more about herself. Who wouldn’t be loving a high-tech planet with the most advanced households supplies in the world which makes life so much more easier and comfortable. You can count me in for the fun, definitely. For sure I didn’t see all of that coming and there is some surprise up ahead with Maddie’s close College friend January, which I probably get the answer once the 3rd book of the series has been published. Won’t be too long and I’ll be catching up.

Overall rating 5 / 5.