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Bookstagram | #WishfulWonder October Bookstagram Challenge

Thursday, September 22, 2016


You are cordially invited to join the #WishfulWonder October Bookstagram challenge. 

In the past two-three months I’ve developed something of a problem. I’ve become a tiny bit addicted to joining bookstagram challenges. Though I’ve missed days here and there, the creativity of the challenges sends my mind into  creative overdrive which is why I’m constantly having “photoshoots.” With my books as subjects.  

(Yep, I’m strange. This I know, but am afraid there’s no cure for it.) 

Because of all this fun, I decided it’d be entertaining to put together a bookstagram challenge of my own. After asking you on Twitter for input and the types of challenges you liked best, one of my blogging buddies, Tressa of Wishful Endings (go check out my awesome bookstagram partner’s website) offered to partner with me for this challenge. Naturally I was thrilled to have her assistance so a few days, Tweets and emails later we were all set to get this party started. Good news is, we’ve already set plans in motion for challenges as far out as January – because we’re crazy (bloggers) like that, so make sure to keep us in mind when you chose new challenges.  

For those of you who don’t know what a bookstagram challenge is, it’s super simple – and fun.
 
Bookstagram is a hashtag term reserved for Instagram (books + Instagram = #Bookstagram). It’s a fun community full of creative, enthusiastic people and best of all, fellow book nerds. If you aren’t on Instagram but use Twitter, we’d be delighted to have you join. There are very few rules, but those will be listed down below. With all that said, here is our October bookstagram challenge.


Here is a rundown of the challenges that aren’t self-explanatory:

+October 5th: Watercolor | The novel The Problem with Forever inspired this prompt, so think anything colorful and perfectly imperfect.
+ October 6th: Mad Hatter Day | Did you know there was such a day? I didn’t. Here, use your imagination. I’ll probably feature an Alice in Wonderland re-telling, but if you’d rather, go for a book that’s “mad.”
+ October 15th: Sweetest Day | Feature the sweetest romance on your shelf or the sweetest couple.
+ October 17th: National Boss’ Day | This one might be a little strange for a challenge, but when I was seeking ideas, some of October’s holidays came up, along with this one. When I saw it, I immediately thought of characters like Andi and Miranda (The Devil Wears Prada) or Kara and Cat (Supergirl), so if you need inspiration, start there.
+ October 18th: Book + Costume | Show us your favorite cosplay inspired by a book or a book with an awesome costume on the cover. The choice is yours.
+ October 19th: #BookMail | Since Tuesday is “new release” day, we want to see the book mail you’ve gotten in October.
+ October 22nd: The Elizabeth and Darcy Effect | Pick a novel that features a couple who started out as Lizzie and Darcy did (on the wrong foot).
+ October 26th: Book + Favorite Blue Jeans | To give you an idea where this prompt came from, it was inspired by my copy of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants which I recently rediscovered in my piles of books.
+ October 28th: #BookBesties | This hashtag is something my Twitter friends and I randomly started tagging our tweets, so give a shoutout to your best #BookBesties or share a novel with best friends who are also respecters of books.  

If you have any further questions, please let us know. We’d be glad to answer them. I'll be posting about this on Instagram, and possibly Booktube as well, plus we’ll be posting reminders again at the end of next week. Above all, we hope you join us and have fun with it.

All we ask is that you tag ALL of your posts (whether you join through Instagram or Twitter) with the hashtag #WishfulWonder. This will ensure Tressa and I see your bookish pictures; we’re excited to see how you interpret the prompts and what you come up with.  
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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 
About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Series: Summer Harbor, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5  

He should have never run away. Yet that’s exactly what Riley Callahan did. Driven by the pain of unrequited love, Riley enlisted in the Marine Corp to escape the happiness of his brother Beau and Riley's best friend, Paige. Now, Riley returns home to Summer Harbor, Maine, only this time, he’s not the man he once was. He’s returning missing part of himself physically and emotionally. Beau is now engaged to another and Paige is still as beautiful as ever – and she’s made it her mission to help Riley. 

As this novel edged closer to its release – and even when I had a copy in my hands, the only book I had read of the trilogy was Falling Like Snowflakes. Needless to say, I made time to remedy the oversight that was to have not read The Goodbye Bride. Though these books can be read as standalones, I feel like the reader gets so much more out of the characters and their respective journeys when read in their proper order. This novel, the final in Denise’s latest series, is magical.  

While reading each novel in this series, at the time I declare the respective book my favorite of the group only to then move on to the next book and realize it has then replaced the book as my favorite. Such was the case here as I consecutively read this novel with The Goodbye Bride, which precedes this. When reading ‘Bride,’ I wasn’t sure this novel could surpass it. Happily it kept pace with its companion and either met its high standard or perhaps, surpassed it. The characters of this novel are teeming with authenticity, are real, and still find a way to seek joy. Even amidst the emotion and challenges of the story, there is a stable point that guides the story to only good results and happy smiles.

In particular I found Riley’s journey interesting. Perhaps it was the wounded soldier angle or the distance he places between himself and Paige, either way, he’s a noble, worthy and wonderful hero. Similarly, Paige doesn’t let Riley run rough shot over her or the importance of her emotional input towards his recovery. Their interactions are fraught with tension and stolen memories from long ago which keeps their time together brimming with unfulfilled love and longing.  

Aficionados of the contemporary romcom genre are going to adore the journey Riley and Paige (how fabulous are these characters names!?) take. Those of you who’ve read Denise’s novels won’t want to miss this heartwarming story of finding hope when you feel everything is falling apart.  
 
SynopsisWatching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in? - Goodreads
 

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Book Giveaway | Denise Hunter's Just a Kiss


Good afternoon, friends and readers. We're ready to have another mini party here on Finding Wonderland. The reason for this? I have two copies of the book in question. Plus why not celebrate the launch of my new #Booktube channel!?

 
This giveaway features the latest from the talents of Denise Hunter, Just a Kiss. If you're a fan of contemporary romance then reading Denise's latest is a must for your TBR! It's more than just the surface beauty of a romantic comedy.
 
Let's look at the official synopsis of Just a Kiss.
 
Synopsis: Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?
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- Goodreads
 
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And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)
 
The giveaway(s) is open to US readers. The prize will be a paperback copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

 
About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5  

 
On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home - to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.
 
A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.  

Though reading this novel was at the top of my 2016 “must read” list, it somehow slipped through that leaning TBR and escaped the challenge. When its succeeding novel, Just a Kiss, released, I picked this beauty up in hopes I could speed read it, and discovered bliss. Prior to this I’d not read a contemporary novel for far too long. As I closed the final page, I reveled in the joy that it was. The story flowed easily and each flip of the page drew me further and further into the lives of this couple.  

BOOK REVIEW | Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Denise’s earlier works, you’re going to adore this darling romantic-comedy. With her signature style, she effortlessly combines humor and heartfelt romance that looks underneath the surface. The Goodbye Bride is a story you root for the reunited couple to finally find happy ever after, but also one you’re sorry to say goodbye to.  

 
Synopsis: Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again. - Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday | A Girl and an iPod (aka My First #Booktube Video - Sort of)

Monday, September 19, 2016


Much as I love reading, one of my other loves is music. This is why today, rather than focus on reading, we swerve off topic. Here’s what the official Broke and Bookish topic asked us to do when considering the audio side of being a reader.  


All About Audio freebie -- aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all-time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with. 
- Broke and Bookish

With this departure from normal topic, I’m also testing the start of something new. I have published my first #Booktube video. Sort of. As this isn’t a reading subject (for me), it’s not the traditional “booktube” video, but still… I’m counting it because if I’m consistent with booktube, bookish fangirl-y things will be the theme. But we’ll talk more on that at a later date.  

Since I’ve never listened to an audio book - *gasp* - I thought today’s post would focus on something I did like, which is music. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved music and the ways it can inspire. As usual, I’m not following the playbook of rules. Below there is only music listed, but it’s an assortment of songs and albums. 
 
Let's get this musical meme started! (And yes, I am recycling last weeks graphics because, I need time management help.)


1. “Comeback Kid,” The Band Perry | I hadn’t read that TBP had left their record label or that their last single, “Live Forever” (which I loved) didn’t perform well. So when I randomly ran across this new single, I snatched it up quick as you like.

2. Kill the Lights, Luke Bryan | Overall I love Luke’s latest album Kill the Lights. “Razor Blade” is a particularly catchy tune and features Karen Fairchild (of Little Big Town) on the track “Home Alone Tonight.”  

3. “From the Ground Up,” Dan + Shay | Though I’d heard of Dan + Shay with the sensation that was their single “19 You + Me,” I’d not heard any of their recent tunes. Then during the spring season finale of Dancing with the Stars, I heard this latest song and loved it. Naturally, I was on iTunes the following day. 

4. Breathe In, Breathe Out, Hilary Duff | After years away from the music industry, Hilary Duff returned with this solid effort. One of my favorites? “Confetti.”


5. “Castle,” Halsey | I don’t listen to a great deal of Halsey’s music, but I heard this one in The Huntsman film during the closing credits and walked away knowing I simply had to find the song. 


6. “Stranger than Fiction,” Katharine McPhee | Before she played on Scorpion as one half of hashtag team #Waige, Katharine was an accomplished singer. She recently released another album, and this is one of my favorite songs. Ask me why and I won't be able to say. But it is.

7. “Almost,” Megan and Liz | LOVE this song so much. 

8. Wildfire, Rachel Platten | Pretty much every song on this album is a new favorite. Everything from the breakout hit “Fight Song” to “Superman” is on  repeat.   

9. 1989, Taylor Swift | Yes, I'm still obsessed with this album.

10. Storyteller, Carrie Underwood | Though I think the romantic in me loves “Heartbeat”  or “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” best, I enjoy this album in its entirety.

BONUS! Recent Finds

1. ‘History’ (Lauren Alania)
2. ‘Fresh Eyes’ (Andy Grammer)
3. ‘Through Your Eyes’ (Britt Nicole)
4. ‘Hate to See Your Heart Break’ (Paramore and Joy Williams)
5. ‘Coming Home Soon’ (Andy Woodall)
6. ‘Unsteady’ (X Ambassadors)  

#BookTube, Top Ten Tuesday   

So, below is my little booktube video. I’ll admit, it was tons of fun to create, piece together and edit. I’m in serious danger of finding yet another “addiction” for my creative orientated personality. As a new blogger to booktube, I don’t know if I'll be able to be consistent with Booktube because for me that's a must. But I thought I'd try it and see what happened.

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What songs are you currently jamming to on your iPod? What advice would you have for me (about booktube)? Or tell me all about the topic you chose today! Comment down below with all of your
thoughts and bookish fun! I'd love to read your comments.
 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Fall 2016 TV Preview

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


If you read the title of this blog post and thought, “Wait a minute… didn’t she already publish a TV preview?” Well, yes and no. A couple of weeks ago the Top Ten Tuesday meme asked us to talk all about television shows. This could be anything from our favorite shows of yesteryear to the shows we’re anticipating this coming season, or anything we could dream up. I chose to focus on the shows I’m anticipating, but decided a “proper” (i.e., one that’s less “biased” and more of a complete preview) was in order.

This was inspired partially because I really am a TV nerd. Seriously, I was just thinking the other day about the amount of shows I have started and scolding myself about it. This also creates quite the dilemma for a night owl such as myself. What to do to fill those hours? Do I write, read or watch TV? Sadly, more often than I should, as my arrow hovers over that glorious little iTunes square on my laptop, I click and am lost to my “unwatched” archives of possibilities.

Yes, all this to further demonstrate where I was going: I’m a TV addict.  

The second reason I thought it’d be fun was because of the conversation involved in the comment section of the aforementioned Top Ten Tuesday publication. Since the new seasons of fall premieres are usually lengthy, we’ll jump in to take a look.

1. American Housewife (ABC) | Katy Nixon
 
Premieres October 11th | Comedy about a non-conformist wife and mother trying to fit in a world of “perfect” housewives.  

2. Conviction (ABC) | Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill and Shawn Ashmore 

Premieres October 3rd | A former first daughter gone party girl and drug user, is offered a second chance to investigate wrongful conviction cases.   
 
Photo: ABC

3. Designated Survivor (ABC) | Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q 

Premieres September 21st | A low-level cabinet member is suddenly the only surviving man in line for the US Presidency.  

THOUGHTS: Keifer Sutherland aka Jack Bauer is in this. That’s all I need to know.   

4. Notorious (ABC) | Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata 

Premieres September 22nd | Tells the story of a TV producer and DA and the give-and-take of the two different forms of investigating criminal cases.  

THOUGHTS: Though it looks to be ripe with drama, this one does intrigue me. I confess much of this might be because I’m excited to see Piper landing a new TV role. But again, as is sure to be the case with Conviction, all of the sexy over-used drama tropes might be too much for those of us looking for simplistic stories. Plus, Shondaland is pretty much THE only thing Thursday night viewers are interested in.

5. Speechless (ABC) | Minnie Driver 

Premieres September 21st| A family with a special needs child must deal with the challenges that come as he begins school. 

 
6. Bull (CBS) | Michael Weatherly  

Premieres September 20th | Loosely inspired by the life of Dr. Phil, this drama is about a man who can read juries and for his clients, predict the outcome of a trial. 

THOUGHTS: For some reason, I get a bit of a Lie to Me vibe with this one. I don’t think it’s my most anticipated new show of the year, but it’s Michael Weatherley (NCIS), so yeah, the pilot will be watched.

7. MacGyver (CBS) | Lucas Till 

Premieres September 21st | A remake of the classic show. 

8. Frequency (CW) | Peyton List 

Premieres October 5th | Reboots the film (of the same name) starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. This script  changes things and makes the child a daughter (who becomes a detective) who can communicate with her deceased father.  

9. No Tomorrow (CW) |  Tori Anderson
 
Premieres October 4th | A cautious woman with an average job meets a man who lives every day as if it were his last.
Photo: CW
 
THOUGHTS: When I first read about this, I didn't think it'd be anything to pique my interest. But the trailer does look cute, and we need more happy in shows.

10. Lethal Weapon (Fox) | Clayne Crawford
 
Premieres September 21st | A "buddy cop" procedural about a veteran cop and his "unhinged" partner. Another remake of a film (of the same name).

11. Pitch (Fox) | Kylie Bunbury
 
Premieres September 22nd | Chronicles the story of the first female MLB player.  

12. The Good Place (NBC) | Kristen Bell 

Premieres September 19th | A woman tries to assimilate to life in the “good place,” existing between Heaven and hell.  

THOUGHTS: I’m skeptical about this one as someone who has firm belief in what comes after death, but it has Veronica Mars aka Kristen Bell, so I’m willing to give it a fair shot.  

13. This is Us (NBC) | Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia

Premieres September 20th | This is Us is a multi-character story that connects a series of people born on the same day. 

THOUGHTS: Though I will probably watch the pilot, if my assumptions of this one are proven correctly, this one is going to be too sad to stick with. But the allure of seeing "Jess" as a responsible dude? Yeah, that appeals.  

14. Timeless (NBC) | Matt Lanter 

Premieres | Tells the story of a group of people who travel back in time to ensure our most precious moments in history aren’t erased.  

THOUGHTS: This looks exactly like my kind of show though last year, I wasn’t wowed by Legends of Tomorrow, so maybe my only time-travel show will remain Doctor Who 

13. The Crown (Netflix) | Claire Foy, Matt Smith 

Premieres November 4th | Chronicles the life of a young Queen Elizabeth II.   

Photo: Netflix
 

14. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix) | Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

Premieres November 25th | A series of four installments catching fans up with the beloved Gilmore women, Lorelai and Rory, along with the men in their life. 
 
Photo: Netflix
 
THOUGHTS: Oy, with the poodles already! Let's get this return to Stars Hollow started.

15. Van Helsing (SYFY) | Kelly Overton  

Premieres September 23rd | Remakes the comic legend with a female “Van Helsing” in Vanessa Helsing. 

RETURNING SHOWS

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC); The Catch (ABC); Dr. Ken (ABC); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC); Once Upon a Time (ABC); Blue Bloods (CBS); Elementary (CBS); Hawaii Five-O (CBS); NCIS (CBS); Scorpion (CBS);  Arrow (CW); Jane the Virgin (CW); iZombie (CW); Supergirl (CW); The Mindy Project (Hulu); The Blacklist (NBC); Blindspot (NBC); Longmire (Netflix); Poldark (PBS); Younger (TVLand); and many more! 

MIDSEASON PREMIERES 
 
Katherine Heigl in "Doubt" | Photo: CBS

Time After Time (ABC) with Josh Bowman; Doubt (CBS) with Katherine Heigl; 24: Legacy (Fox); A.B.P (NBC) with Justin Kirk; Emerald City (NBC); and more!
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There are some shows I didn't include, of this I am aware. But I hope this is a decently well-rounded look at what's about to invade our TV screens. I don't mind telling you, I'm quite excited about several of these. (Plus my family got a new telly, so yeah, let's get this big(ger) screen TV party started.)

Now that I've expressed all of my (extra) chatty thoughts, let's hear yours. Comment down below with the shows you're excited for and the why. Which of these would you like to see reviewed? Or any thoughts you have. I'd love to read them.
 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Classic Romantic Moment: An Ideal Husband – Lord Goring and Miss Mabel

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


THE FILM: An Ideal Husband (1999)
THE PAIRING: Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett) and Miss Mabel (Minnie Driver)
THE MOMENT: Lord Goring Proposes to Mabel under the “Usual Tree.”

Period dramas are gems no matter their sub-genre. This we strive to convey and continue to stress here on The Silver Petticoat Review. But for me, when they effortlessly (and with class) double as a sort of comedy of errors, that’s all the more joyful. Today’s revisit to a “classic” romantic moment turns the spotlight on the brilliant An Ideal Husband.

THE LEAD IN – AN IDEAL HUSBAND

An Ideal Husband introduces us to four primary characters. There are the blissful marrieds (Gertrude and Robert Chilton), Robert’s close but idle playboy friend, Lord Arthur Goring, and Robert’s sister, Mabel. Gertrude and Robert’s perfect life falls apart amidst a political scheme and scandal involving Robert’s past. For Gertrude, this is the end of her fairytale life and the ideal she’s made of Robert.

FILM REVIEW | An Idea Husband (1999) - A Sassy Story about Blackmail... and Romance

Involved in this predicament is Lord Goring who sets about trying to help his friend by retrieving an embarrassing letter. Also involved in attempting to bring the couple back together is Mabel. Throughout the ordeal, there is a pull between them and expressed concern by Arthur. All of which makes Arthur begin to see Miss Mabel in an entirely new light…

THE ROMANTIC MOMENT

Though she’s never said anything, from each of their interactions, it’s clear Mabel has feelings for Arthur. But with his inability to commit to anyone, he’s not quite there yet. Until today. As he watches his friends reunite, he spies Mabel leaving the room and as her fiery red gown fans around her, she ascends the stairway.

Giving chase, he calls out to her.

Not about to make anything easy for the man, she ignores him, until his third attempt stops her. At the top of the stairs, with a swish of her skirts, she turns to face him – an impassive expression on her face. He slowly climbs the steps to meet her.

Nervous, he stumbles about trying to find where to begin. Finally, he says, “I… have something very particular to say to you.”

Matter of fact, she queries whether or not it’s a proposal.

“Well…” He begins “…yes, it is.”

Surprised, she asks, “It is?”

Lacking his usual confidence, he remains lost as he tells her he thinks it is. Demanding a firmer answer, her expression turns to annoyance as she asks, “Well, yes or no?”

With hesitation but still edging closer with each stair step, he replies, “Actually, yes, I’m afraid it is.”

Brushing her skirts, she tells him this will make the second of the day. After all, she’s had her usual proposal earlier in the day from her long-term suitor, Tommy Trafford.

With a smidgeon of worry in his voice, he wonders, “You didn’t accept him, did you?”
With a look, she refuses him the satisfaction of an answer. Instead, she tells him, “I shall be in the conservatory under the second palm tree on the right.”

Flouncing off to his confused echo of their meeting spot, she replies “The usual palm tree… and then we’ll see how you do.”

Later, he finds Miss Mabel waiting just where she said she would be.

“You having something you wish to say to me?” she asks.

Awkwardly, he forces himself onto one knee in front of her. “Marry me, M-M… Marry me, Miss Mabel.”

With a delighted smile she cannot hold in, she feigns surprise.

Fearful he’s to be rejected, he quickly rises and says, “Well if you need to consider, I’ll just…”

Cutting him off, she turns serious and tells him she isn’t wishing for time… no, she needs a reason.
Stumped, he wonders what she means.

Looking up at him, she clarifies. “A reason why you think I should marry you.”

“A reason, you say?”

Yes, and she’s looking for a good one she tells him.

Distracted, Arthur sees his friends, Gertrude and Robert in the hall. Hoping she’ll not notice, he steps away from Mabel for a moment to watch as they converse about their future.

As he watches them forgive and exchange words of love, Mabel joins him at the doorway.
Encircling her waist, he matter-of-factly says, “I love you.”

Turning her face to him, Mabel is left briefly stunned until she regains her composure and asks if that’s his reason.

Affirming that it is, he begins to speak as she remains silent, “Mabel, I said…”

“I know,” she says.

“Well… couldn’t you… love me just a little bit in return?”
“If you knew anything about anything, which you don’t, you’d know I absolutely adore you.”
Regaining her sass, she assuages his fears. “Arthur… you silly! If you knew anything about anything, which you don’t, you’d know I absolutely adore you.”

Curious, he asks, “Well, why didn’t you mention it before?”

“Because, dear boy… you never would’ve believed me.”

No more words pass between them as Arthur leans in and kisses the woman who has finally found in him, her ideal.


For me, An Ideal Husband is the best of the best. The romance and script, especially for this scene, couldn’t have been better. The sassy and flirty banter in this scene is priceless. It’s the kind of scene superb romanticism is made of to say nothing of class and wit. Yes, there is a difference between it and commonplace comedy. Though it’s a comedy as only Oscar Wilde could pen, at its heart, this film is a true romance yielding the sweetest results.

Have you seen this film? What do you like best about it? Sound off below! I’d love to chat with you.


This first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review.

Photos: Miramax

Author Spotlight | Tammy L. Gray

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Meet Tammy L. Gray
 
 
Tammy is an inspirational author who writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. When asked about writing “edgy” fiction, Tammy replied: “I know reading is subjective, so not everyone wants reality in their fiction and that’s fine. There are millions of Christian books without it. But I’m here to offer readers an option besides fluffy romance or general market smut. There is a middle ground and I’m finding more and more authors are allowing themselves the freedom to write authentic stories.”
 
Fun Facts about Tammy:

+ She lives in the Dallas area
+ She’s a Kindle Best-Selling author
+ She’s considered a “hybrid” author having published as both a traditionally published and self-published author
+ Tammy describes her novels as “Character-driven, Message-driven and Contemporary.”
+ She once published under the name "T. L. Gray."
+ Tammy's newest novel, My Hope Next Door releases TODAY! Wish her congrats and send her a tweet, @TLGrayBooks.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT, My Hope Next Door
Former bad girl Katie Stone can feel the weight of her reputation settle over her as she drives home for the first time in years. Feeling deeply guilty about her past mistakes, Katie wants to do the right thing for once. But the small town where she grew up is not nearly as forgiving as she’d hoped. Despite it all, she’s determined to help her parents cope with her mother’s recent illness, and Katie finds a surprise ally in the man next door.

Asher Powell never minded being the son of a small-town pastor until a recent breakup leaves him wounded by lifelong members of his church. He remembers his new neighbor as a mean-spirited high school troublemaker, but he senses that her newfound faith and desire for forgiveness are sincere.

Through an unexpected friendship, two people from different worlds find peace, hope, and a second chance they never dreamed was possible. – Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads
Every emotion is heightened thanks to these characters and their troubled pasts. There’s highs and lows as they reconcile with their mess of a past (especially for Katie) and amid it all, you’ll smile through the tears.” - READ MY REVIEW

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
It's gut-wrenching, yet hopeful, with one of the most authentic romances between two hurting people that I've read in a while. - Kara
This was an intricate look at a new believer's path to overcoming her fears by confronting her past. - Heidi
Real characters dealing with real life, some really great chemistry and some really hot kisses – right up my alley! - Carrie
BOOK REVIEW | Just One Summer (Novella Collection)  
 
More Novels by Tammy
https://www.amazon.com/Mercys-Fight-Tammy-L-Gray/dp/1477825711/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=R2FSGZ279RKAZG6D9201 https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Fight-Truth-Tammy-Gray/dp/1517283574/ref=pd_sim_14_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GSMA3T0BH2MK9S9YWJBQ https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Rose-Winsor-1-Gray/dp/1482584352/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442515960&sr=1-1
 
Waves of Summer (Novella)
 originally published as part of the Just One Summer collection
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