Sweet John Standring for Sunday & a sweet vid with Adele


A big, burly, awkward man with a tender heart and a steadfast one, John Standring, Yorkshire farmhand, has loved Carol, the daughter of his employer, for years. But the object of his affection and devotion only has eyes for Andrew. John’s near-crippling shyness and lack of social skills make it difficult for him to connect with others.

But when he has the opportunity to marry Carol and help her save Sparkhouse Farm, he takes it–even though he knows she isn’t really in love with him. “Never think there are things you can’t tell me,” John, a gentle man with a true heart of gold, says to Carol, who is damaged from years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her father.

Sweetie John–the steadfast, solid, reliable man who settles for second best. It’s hard not to love him and root for him to have a happily ever efter. The role of John Standring was a supporting one, but it was also a major breakthrough for Richard. He said it was the first role he auditioned for in character, and his transformation for this role is amazing. It’s hard to believe this is the same fellow who within a year of Sparkhouse played flirty-girty lothario Lee in Cold Feet.


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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Your pictures and Adele’s words have me in tears again for sweet John Standring, Guy and John Thornton. These characters are so real to us that we hated it when they were rejected, used or misunderstood. Richard brought them to life for us as usual so that we believed in each one! At least John finally won his Margaret!

  2. What a chameleon !

    Off the topic dear Angie I would like you to write a post for April 1st. You have the talent and that would be funny !

  3. Awww. This song always makes me cry. Darling, sweet John Standring. I think I’ve read all the Sparhouse fanfic available on dreamerfiction but my favourite was “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Khandy. It’s touching, gentle and beautiful.

    • Judith I loved “In the Bleak Midwinter” too and Khandy recently published a new version “Weathering The Storm” available on Amazon.

    • One of my favourites, too. Did you know that Khandy (Kate Forrester) expanded it to a novel , and changed some names so it’s no longer strictly fanfic, which is now available on Amazon?

      • Yes, I saw Khandy’s message on dreamerfiction but I haven’t checked the book itself out on Amazon yet. I will though! 🙂

  4. Teuchter has hit the nail on the head! Richard brings his characters to life. His powerful acting makes us fall in love with these guys. We want them to win. And we want them to live on!

  5. I’m reading Acting the basics by Bella Merlin and I’m learning a lot in one chapter she deals with auditions
    quote ‘they’re like building up to a blind date, you desperately want to be The One and that they’ll like you but you don’t want to invest too much in it in case you’re disappointed.’ This reminded about RA’s hopes over N&S.
    The other thing that made me smile was ‘don’t wear black’,so many actors have a passion for black and sometimes if the casting director has seen a line of black clad people, their memories are likely to linger on the boy in the green shirt!
    I wonder how many times RA turned up in black!

    • That sounds very interesting, Sapphire. I think actors really have to steel themselves to be prepared for rejection in the auditioning process. It is not a profession for sissies.

    • Very interesting indeed, thank you for sharing this Sapphire! RA does seem to like black..it looks awfully good on him too.I wonder though if every jobbing actor reads this book then they’ll all start to turn up to auditions wearing a green shirt and then the guy who remains faithful to his black will stand out! 🙂 (Joking!)

    • When Richard turned up at the Sparkhouse audition I believe he was in character as JS, so he would certainly have stood out if the others were in normal street gear!

    • Thanks, Mezz. Adele has such an amazing voice–she really owns a song when she sings it–and the lyrics made me think of those three men and how much they yearned for their ladies.

      • It’s hard to believe listening to her that she’s only in her early twenties. I saw her interviewed the other week, and she seems delightfully grounded and normal! I love her music.

        • I agree-her voice has such maturity and she can express feelings in a way most performers that young wouldn’t be able to do because they lack the life experience. It’s like she has an old soul. I read a print interview in Rolling Stone, I think it was, and she does indeed seem to have a good head on her shoulders, which I am always happy to see.

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