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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9

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The title actually stands for Romance with the page and screen so it's not just about romance alone but all kinds of movies and books. Though I will confess that my favorites always seem to be romances in some way ;)

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November 15, 2014

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November 14, 2014

Movie Review: Civil Love

Starring: Elise Groves, DeMoyne Hunt
Directed by: Bryan Carzan

BLURB: Rachel is a widow during the Civil War who holds the South responsible for her husband's death. When a wounded enemy soldier takes refuge in her barn, Rachel reluctantly helps him. As she gets to know him more, she realizes she must protect him from the dangerous men pursuing him, and discovers a courage she didn't know she had - the courage to love again.

REVIEW:  Civil love is a historical drama set during the Civil War. Rachel Taylor and her two children have been doing the best that they can, and trying to make a go of it on their own after Rachel’s husband (who fought for the union) was killed by confederate troops while trying to surrender. Things have not been easy but they are doing pretty well on their homestead and thanks also to Rachel’s brother in law who is the sherriff in the nearby town that comes to check on them and bring them supplies as are needed.

Rachel holds a deep resentment of the South and all who are fighting for them because of the circumstances of her husband’s death. And when an injured rebel is found laying unconscious in their barn she wants nothing to do with him. Her son and daughter however do not hold their mother’s feelings of resentment towards the wounded man and want to help him. Rachel reluctantly agrees as it is the Christian thing to do but is vehement that as soon as he is able to get on his feet he must leave, as well as that he must remain tied up for their own safety.

Daniel (the wounded Confederate soldier) is actually on the run from two men who are trying to kill him after he escaped from a Union prison camp. And nothing will stop them until they see Daniel dead. He knows that he might be safe for a short time at the little farm but knows as well that he needs to get moving as soon as possible both for his own safety as well as that of the young mother and her son and daughter who have been nursing him back to health.

As time passes though it becomes clear to all that the people on both sides of the war are not so different from one another and the children who have taken to Daniel right from the start try to get their mother to see that fact. Daniel and Rachel begin to talk and get to know each other more and more and as he can Daniel begins to help teach the young boy and girl ways to do things easier and correctly around the farm that their father would have been able to have shown them had he lived. Rachel starts to feel her steely resolve against the young man breaking down more and more as his kindness and good nature show through. Could it be that she might be able to find love again and with all people one of her enemies? Or will the two villains catch up to Daniel and reap vengeance on them all?

This isn’t a big budget movie and yes you can tell that in places. But the story is very well done and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have always loved the Civil War era and find it fascinating that coupled with the romance and drama in this one was a win win in my eyes. I highly recommend it for anyone that won’t judge a movie unfit just because it wasn't put out by a major studio. It’s a great little movie and one the whole family can enjoy together. So if you like the Civil War and some romance ta boot definitely give this one a try.

Some mild violence, no dirty language, only sweet kisses nothing
that is inappropriate for kids I would rate it a PG at the most.

November 3, 2014

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I sit here wondering what to say about one of my favorite novels of all time...

There are so many things that make up Outlander… it is action packed, romantic, rich in historical detail, funny, heart-wrenching and so much more. I was a young mother the first time I read Outlander way back in 1999 and since then I have revisited this beloved book numerous times. I just finished my latest re-read of this outstanding tale just a few weeks ago when I decided to revisit the entire series before reading the latest installment that released earlier this year.

It's one of those novels that from the moment you pick it up you know you have found a story that is extremely special. And I found that I am even more in love with it now than I was all those years ago when I first found it and love it all the more with each reading.

Now for those of you that have not heard of this wonderful book yet let me give you a tiny bit of info on it ...don't worry I won't go into to much detail because I know that in doing so on this one would release spoilers aplenty. 

Outlander is the tale of Claire Randall, a combat nurse during WW2, who takes a second honeymoon with her husband Frank to picturesque Scotland at the end of the war. They both want a chance to reconnect after being apart so long during the war and both felt that it would be the perfect place for them to revisit and get familiar with being together again (because they didn’t get see each other hardly at all for the duration of the war) since they were married and honeymooned there before.

While there Frank a history professor and avid genealogist is fascinated by all the history and traditions of the Highlands and searches diligently for more information about an ancestor of his who was a British Captain of Dragoons during the 1700’s around the area they are visiting. Claire is happy to see her husband so happy and just enjoying getting to spend some peaceful time with him again. When they learn of a small hinge of standing stones on a nearby hilltop called Craigh na Dun and hear that a local group of druids plans to hold a secret and ancient ceremony at the stones for Beltane, Frank is adamant that they must go see it! He and Claire sneek up the hill and watch the group of modern day druids (all women) and their dance that they perform just before sunrise. Both Frank and Claire are fascinated by the ritual but Claire feels a bit uneasy. After the women leave Frank goes to inspect the circle of stones and Claire who has a keen interest in botany spots some beautiful blue flowers at the base of one of the stones. But when one of the women from the druid group comes back they quickly hide so as not to be found out that they were watching the ceremony and when it appears the woman may stay for a while they decide to leave. Claire once back at the bed and breakfast where they are staying tries to find and identify the flowers she saw at the circle in one of her botany books. Frank who has an appointment with a local historian friend asks her why she doesn’t just go back to the stones and get the flowers. Claire says she will do just that and Frank kisses his wife and heads out the door never dreaming that it would be the last time he would see her…

Claire goes back to Craigh na Dun and is eager to get a sample of the the beautiful little blue flowers.  Suddenly there is a strange sound on the hill that seems to be emanating from the stones themselves and when Claire touches the middle stone her world spins out of control… 

She awakes to find herself in the middle of what seems to be a battle between British Redcoats and kilted Highlanders. And quickly becomes obvious that she is no longer in 1945 but has somehow been thrown back in time to Scotland during the 1740’s. And Claire’s adventures are only just beginning as she has to use her wits and all the bravery she can muster to assimilate as quickly as possible with the people of the time to survive. Along the way there is adventure aplenty, danger, deceit, intrigue and love… in the from of a braw and handsome highlander who comes to her rescue. His name is Jamie Fraser and in him she finds protection, solace, and love… more than she ever dreamed possible. I feel very safe in proclaiming that Jamie is one of the best and most loved fictional characters that has ever graced the pages of a book, and once you read Outlander you will know why!

Outlander truly has no one genre that it will fit into it encompasses the genres of Sci-fi fantasy, Romance, Historical fiction, and so much more and is one that men and women alike will enjoy.

If you have never read Outlander before I HIGHLY encourage you to take the plunge. Yes it is a large book as are all the books in the series but do NOT let that intimidate you in the slightest. Honestly you will fly through them because once you start you won’t be able to put it down (that goes for all of the books in the series too). I hated to see it end truly and I had to immediately go out and buy the second book because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and to spend more time with Jamie and Claire.

There is a reason why fans of the series refer to Diana Gabaldon with the lofty title of Herself. She is truly a gifted writer. There are few authors who can immerse their readers into the world of their novels like Diana can. Her meticulous attention to detail and historical accuracy is nothing short of amazing and it makes you feel as if you are there living the story right along side of the characters. And they and the story stay with you long after you turn the last page. She is in a word brilliant. 

I can’t say all I want to about this wonderful start to my favorite series of books because I just can’t find the words to say all of how I feel about it. Nor to say how deeply I love them. They are very special to me and I do hope that you will pick them up and be swept back in time to the Scottish Highlands as well. Believe me when I say that you will be glad you did Sassenach.

*P.S.  I also highly HIGHLY recommend getting the unabridged audio version of Outlander and indeed the entire Outlander Series it is read by the mega talented Davina Porter. Davina does an outstanding job and literally acts out the novel with her narration. She is amazing and it makes the books come to life even more as you hear the accents and all the different character's voices come to life. It is a must listen for any true fan, and a great way to enjoy Outlander while you are doing around the house or riding in the car!* 

Get your copy of Outlander today!

*Reviews for the rest of the series and the TV series will
be coming in the next few days stay tuned!*

ALSO be sure to join the Outlander Reading Challenge hosted
right here at Romance P.S.  :)


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As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception...


For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart.

Janet Buchanan is no man's property. She refuses to marry her family's sworn enemy-consequences be damned. She'd rather take a dagger to the brute herself. Yet when a tantalizing-and infuriating-man from her past comes to her rescue, Janet finds herself undeniably tempted by his hot, hungry kiss.


Notorious for his prowess as a lover and a fighter, Darach Grant has only one goal in mind: to defend his kin's land from the impending siege of a hostile clan. The last thing he needs is the delicious distraction of Janet Buchanan-the only woman who can stir his ire as deeply as she warms his blood. But Janet's intended will stop at nothing to claim her, forcing Darach to choose between surrendering his honor ... or his heart.

About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings. 

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The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd Excerpt

He moved up against her again, sending hot fissures down her spine, and curled his arm around her waist. His grip was filled with strength and tension, yet gentle when he pulled her closer. “Miss Grant,” he scorched across her lips, hypnotizing her, paralyzing her. “I’ve had the Royal Navy on me arse. I don’t care about yar kin comin’ after me. Still, I’d prefer not to battle me father’s friend.”

In an instant the gravity of what she had done became clear. Her kin would indeed come after her and he wasn’t afraid. He was obviously mad, not in his right state of mind. Nevertheless, her kin could die in a battle on the sea. “Then…” She arched her back to get away from him. He moved in over her. What would a madman do with her? With Kyle? She needed to know. “…what d’ye plan on doing with me?”

He gave her no time to think, to catch her breath, to pull away…if she had a mind and the strength to do.

Caitrina had been kissed a few years back by young John MacKinnon. But she knew, as the captain’s beguiling mouth dipped down to hers, that this kiss was going to be very very different.
And hell, she was correct.

There was nothing gentle or curious about it. His mouth covered hers with dominance and scalding heat while he dragged her in against the rigid, flat lines of his body. His tongue teased against her lips, licking, tasting her, tempting her to join in his sweet madness. Like that flame, he swept over her, consuming her muscles, scorching her nerve endings. He kissed her until she began to believe he had every right to do so—until her knees went weak and a slight, pitiful gasp escaped her lips.

He finally broke away with a slow, seductive smile she wanted to gaze at for years to come.

She slapped him hard across his face, lest he think to take further liberties in the future—since she hadn’t stopped him the first time.

    For a moment, something dark and fully seductive moved across his features. She thought, trying to slow her heartbeat, that he might either strangle her or rip the gown from her body and have his way with her.

    “Fergive me,” he said roughly and without a trace of remorse. “I misjudged. I don’t bed children.”

    Her mouth fell open and her eyes narrowed into slits. Here she thought he was being gallant, when he was simply being insulting. Children! How dare he imply that she wasn’t yet a woman! “I should slap ye again fer yer insult,” she seethed.

    “Do it,” he provoked her with a sinful, sinuous smile, “and the beast that I am at this moment keepin’ at bay, will more than likely haul ya up against that wall and take ya, despite yar protests.”

    She felt the color drain from her face. She couldn’t breathe, or think, or speak, blushing and stammering about for something to say. The images he conjured for her frightened and thrilled her out of her skin at the same time. She didn’t like being threatened but she wasn’t a fool to test him.


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