Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it … Continue reading Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)


Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Themes Explored: romance, fantasy, lust, escape, rebellion, womanhood, piracy, love, hate, tolerance, husband-wife dynamics, children, fishing, loyalty Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. When chance leads her to meet … Continue reading Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

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Movie Review: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Director: Michael Mann Rating: R Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means Screenplay: Michael Mann & Christopher Crowe Based on the Novel by: James Fenimore Cooper Music By: Randy Edelman & Trevor Jones Cinematography: Dante Spinotti Running Time: 112 Minutes Premiered: September 25, 1992 DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999 Synopsis: British and French troops … Continue reading Movie Review: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Lauren Willig-The Other Daughter

Themes Explored: romance, identity, self-discovery, self-reliance, British aristocracy, familial relations, mystery, deception, male-female relationships, love, mother-daughter relations, daughter-father relations, family dynamics, journalism, starting over, facades, sibling relationships, roaring 1920s culture, new identity, forgiveness, letting go, moving on Synopsis: Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when … Continue reading Lauren Willig-The Other Daughter

Lauren Willig-The Lure of the Moonflower

Themes Explored: ostracism, belonging, sense of self, historical fiction, romance, mystery, espionage, modern romance, British aristocracy, Napoleonic Wars, caste system, familial relations, marriage, independence, perception, self-reliance, perseverance Synopsis: Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting … Continue reading Lauren Willig-The Lure of the Moonflower