Movie: The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton
Like/Don't Like: Like
I put this on my Netflix because 1.) It was a Masterpiece Theater that I had not seen yet 2.) I'm 80 and 3.) It had the guy from Northanger Abbey who was so adorable.
I'm glad that it gives you the ending at the very beginning because otherwise I would not have liked it nearly as much. Let me just say that she does not die of consumption like I had hoped. No, not consumption.
I believe it's a true(ish) story. Mrs. Beeton was a wife of a publisher who wrote a very popular cookbook and home management handbook back in the 1860s (I think it was the 1860s. Don't quote me on this.) This chronicles how it came about and how she convinced people that she should do it. While it was a little sad at times, I really enjoyed how it portrayed her as a very real woman with very real domestic problems while creating this image of perfect domesticity in her book.
And the guy from Northanger Abbey was very cute. I run pretty deep here.