Now that I've watched several of these Lifetime productions of Nora's movie I know what to expect. There just isn't enough time in two hours to do one of Nora's books justice.
These movies are definitely made for those who read Nora's books. Otherwise, viewers only get to see quick snippets of action scenes and really miss what's happening.
While Nora's Carnal Innocence centered on the romance between Tucker Longstreet and Caroline Waverly, the movie spent more time about the mystery and still so it didn't really do a good job in explaining the reason for the murders, or at least not like Nora did in the movie.
The general idea of the movie is women are dying in Innocence, Mississippi. The one thing they have in common is that they were old girlfriends of Tucker Longstreet, the riches man in town. Tucker becomes interested in Caroline Waverly, a new woman in town who is staying at her grandparent's former home.
The women who are killed are found on Caroline's property. Now Caroline might be in danger, Tucker wants to protect her.
A lot of the plot is followed through the movie. The acting is actually not so bad. Tucker's character is played by Colin Egglesfield, from Melrose Place, and although he fits the profile, I was expecting someone a little older looking.
Caroline is played by Gabrielle Anwar, from Burn Notice. I liked her in the role of Caroline, but in the book Caroline, or otherwise known as Caro, was someone who was working on becoming stronger. Someone who was working on standing up to her mother and ex-boyfriend. Caroline in the movie is a lot like her character on Burn Notice. I like the actress in the movie. She was a very natural actress and probably the best actor in the movie.
Della is played by Shirley Jones and I have to say this is not the mother you remember from the Partridge Family. I think they should have colored her hair red like in the book.
Fans of Nora Roberts will definitely want to watch the movie and if you've missed any of the others check out the marathon.
Years ago CBS made a movie from one of Nora's books called Sanctuary. I've been looking around for it but can't seem to find a copy of the DVD. I actually really like the way this book was made into a movie. It would be nice if Lifetime could find that movie and re-release it on their network someday.