Saturday, July 16, 2022

Review Time: Netflix's Persuasion


It has long been realized that a woman of good fortune must not look below her station to marry. 

But what about love? Love should never factor into it as love can fade, but good family connections with the right people do not. 

Persuasion has always been my favorite Jane Austin book. Probabaly because there is something about Anne that reminds me of myself. How easily influenced I was in my youth to do things that were not always in my best interest and lived to regret them. 

If you don't already know the story, Persuasion is about Anne Elliot who turned down a proposal from the man she loved when she was seventeen because he did not come from money. She didn't want to turn him down, but was persuaded by her late mother's best friend to do so for her 'best interest'. The book opens with Anne, now 27, still unmarried and absolutely miserable. She puts on a good show for her friends and family, who never suspect how lonely she is. She misses her Captain terribly, and while has had decent proposals from others could not bring herself to marry them.

Now Captain Wentworth, whom when he was courting her was considered to be so ineligible, has made his fortune and returned in search of a bride. But will that be Anne? 

There is something terribly romantic about a second chance at love with someone who your heart never quite forgot. I think that's why I've always loved this story. And while I felt Netflix's version told the story in a more updated way, for me at least, it lost none of the underlying heartache and sadness that is at the core of Anne's character. 

There has been a lot of outrage on the part of the Jane Austin purists because this version does not strickly follow the book and Anne talks directly to the camera. But in my opinion it makes the story easier to understand. In the original version, there were certain elements of the story that confused me when I first read it. The romance was always easy enough to determine, but the other moving parts of the book with the other characters at times confused me. Mostly because of how society worked and at times the way the book and several movie versions played out made it difficult to follow unless you were well versed in the culture of the time. 

This version lays out things in a manner easy to understand and follow. Sure, it's updated to make it more relatable, but it loses nothing from the story itself, and in my opinion adds quite a lot to it. 

If you haven't already had a chance to watch it, I highly recommend you do. Laugh and cry with Anne as she gets the chance to win back the man whose heart she broke when she was influenced to give him up. It is currently on Netflix. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Enter to Win a Signed Copy!


Author's Note:
I'm thrilled to announce the Signed Book giveaway for Wild Country Hearts paperback!! A lucky reader will win a signed copy and an exclusive band sticker from Lexington Steele, Peter's band in the book.
You are not going to want to miss out, so make sure you click the link to get your name in the running. **You are not obligated to purchase or sign up for anything in order to win. **

Winners will be chosen at random on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 and announced on Friday, May 27th, 2022 on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and here, on my blog. There will also be bragging rights in my newsletter!

Good Luck everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Release Day! Wild Country Hearts

 I'm thrilled to announce that Wild Country Hearts is now available! This is the complete box set of books 1-3 of the Wild Romance Series and Peter & Kristina's FULL story!  

Kristina is alone for the first Christmas since her mom died, caring for the stable full of horses, when Peter slides off the highway in the middle of a blizzard and crashes into her fence. Neither of them were looking for love, but forgetting their amazing connection isn't easy after they go their separate ways. 

Then Kristina finds out her mother's death was no accident and that her life is also in jeopardy. Peter will do anything to keep her safe, including give up touring with his band. 

In the words of one Amazon Reviewer, this story is suspenseful, steamy and keeps you on the edge of your seat!  

This book will be available as a PAPERBACK in May, so all of you who insist on having a book in hand will be able to get a copy soon. I've also been asked to consider doing a couple of in person book signings at local bookstores. My team is working to see if we can make that happen, but no promises yet. 

Stay tuned for more details and happy reading!