Friday, September 6, 2013

Fancy Fridays- A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story Character Casting

AWW! I'm So Happy! So, I FINALLY read A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman, the last of the Daughters Of Boston and Winds of Change series! As you all know I have fallen in love with them, most of all the O'Connor family. I feel like I am standing, laughing, and living with them whenever I pick up one of these stories. This whole week I have literally been jumping onto my bed and diving into this story, sinking way down into the O'Connors' time period and lifestyles.

Now, I have the character casting! I chose these actors based more on how I pictured them as husband and wife in the other books, and then found one younger picture of each which I think look great! So, here we go...:)

A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

*Cool Fact*- The B-E-A-UTIFUL woman on the cover of this book is Julie's very own daughter!

Character Descriptions:

Marceline Murphy- A beautiful 18 year old who just moved backed to Boston with her parents after leaving 5 years ago. Marcy is ready to pick up where she left off: with her best friend, schooling, activities, and life itself- All except for her best friends brother, and his best friend who teased her as a little girl and preys on other women now.

Patrick O'Connor- A dark, tan and handsome man at the age of 21, Patrick is the number one womanizer in town. A man who goes to church, but then then goes to Brannigan's Pub to hook up with multiple women. A man that does not have a good relationship with his parents so he finds love anywhere he can get it.

Sam O'Rourke- Brother to Marcy's best friend Julie, and best friend to Patrick, Sam has known Marcy since she was a little girl. He took her under his wing when she was a little girl and now he sees her beauty as a grown woman. However, he has turned out to be quite the rouge, and is only second with the ladies to his best friend Patrick. Can he give up his lust for women to get the the girl who is turning his head now?

My Choices:

Elizabeth Banks as Marceline Murphy

MarcyElizabeth Banks- Young Marcy? Elizabeth Banks- Marcy?
I love Elizabeth Banks! She is gorgeous and extremely talented. When she came to mind I had absolutely no doubts that she would be good for the part. I also think she looks enough like both Charity (Julianne Hough), and Katy (Reese Witherspoon), to pull off being their Mother in the future.

Henry Cavill as Patrick O'Connor

Young Henry Cavill- Young Patrick O'Connor Henry Cavill..... Hubba Hubba Patrick Henry Cavill in magazine
I saw a picture of Henry Cavill and automatically knew he was the right Patrick O'Connor for me, but I was a little hesitant to show him to Julie. I was getting fuzzy on the details about Patrick and wasn't quite sure if he would fit the bill in Julie's opinion. So, I e-mailed Julie asking for a small description of Patrick a while back, she replied something like this, "Dark hair, and Greek God physic with a spark in his eye." I then showed my older sister Henry Cavill and asked her if he fit the description. She said he didn't, so I continued to look and show Julie other actors which were all nicely turned down. I finally decided to show her Henry because he would not leave my mind, and by that time I thought, "Why not?" So, I showed Julie Henry here and she absolutely loved him!!! Lol, and there's my story about that...
I would love posting more pictures of him because he is so freaking handsome, but unfortunately I give each actor three pictures to try to show different sides of them or different ages.

Patrick Dempsey as Sam O'Rourke

Patrick Dempsey - TV & Movie Star A younger Patrick Dempsey, 1987 Patrick Dempsey

Funny Story... SOoo... If you have gone to Julie Lessman's blog then you have seen my collages of the O'Connor family, including Patrick Dempsey as Patrick O'Connor. That was a Mistake! Sorry! That was an old collage that I had made and sent to Julie to see IF she would like Patrick Dempsey for Patrick O'Connor. She replied no, that he was actually the guy she picked a while ago to play Sam. So, we switched him back to Sam and made Henry Cavill Patrick O'Connor, but their was a mistake and Julie accidentally put up the wrong collage.


Now, she isn't in this book, but she is in some of the others... Introducing my version of Gabe!!!
Young Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin- Gabe


What do think? YAY or NAY? Who would you have chosen?


  1. You're good Salyna! The guys are perfect for their respective rolls :) And a GREAT pic for Gabe!! I too loved A Light in the Window and the O'Connor family. And who can resist that amazing cover for the book? I've enjoyed your actor/actress picks for your collages!

    Julie @My Favorite Pastime

    1. Thanks so much! I enjoyed doing them! And yes, the cover is absolutely amazing! Did you read my fact above that the woman on the cover is her daughter? And another cool fact, that her husband designed the cover?

    2. Yup, I knew all that and it made me love it even more! A very talented and good looking family huh? :)

  2. Hey Salyna!
    I so enjoyed being a part of your Julie Lessman casting series. I was inspired by all your blogs where you 'cast' the characters for a film so I started my own "If I Made Movies" blog series. I too want to focus on book to film adaptations. I only just posted the first one today, but I hope perhaps you will take a look at it and tell me what you think. I keep up pretty regularly with your blog. You do a great job! Hope to hear from you! God bless! ~ Sarai