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Though my past two books have been on the squeaky-clean side, I still hoped for a bit more. Since this is a Love Inspired Historical, it is once again sprinkled with Christian values and silent prayers uttered throughout the book. Emotional intimacy rather than sexual are the guidelines for this genre on the publisher’s submission page.
In my opinion, though, men and women who fall in love still have an attraction that goes beyond those confines. In this genre, those emotions are never expressed, which I find making the “falling-in-love” part somewhat bland. Attraction begins at many levels and not with just a meeting of the minds. You can keep a story clean, but be honest about the deep human emotions, yearnings, and temptations we all experience – even as Christians. As Marianne Dashwood declared in the movie version of Sense & Sensibility:
“The Courting Campaign” is a slow burn rather than a story of blazing adoration. Over all, I’d give it 4 Crowns – Princess of a Charming Story for the writing, character development, and plot.
One last comment, the formatting on Kindle was terribly inconsistent. Not sure what happened but the font size changed to extremely big on some pages and then back to normal on others. The basic paragraph formatting was inconsistent throughout, as well as an obvious area of “hard” returns (not good in eBooks) that screwed a few pages up entirely. Hopefully, they will correct before release. (Reviewed by Countess Victoria)
I’m happy to report that we are registered with six book tour sites. It is disappointing to see the lack of historical romances being promoted. :wipes away tear: I have put in for one novel for promo for the end of July. Of course, we have authors contacting us directly as well. Our reviewers are going to begin picking up titles on their own. If I can squeeze it in, I’m curious to read The Heiress of Winterwood.
I’ve been working on our Goodreads page, too, and visiting groups, collecting friends, and telling authors about our site. While I was clicking from here to there, I glanced at my one lonely quote I had tagged on my page spoken by Marianne in the movie Sense and Sensibility:
“Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections? To love is to burn – to be on fire, like Juliet or Guinevere or Eloise…”
Hmm…I pondered. I know that there are many more quotes that move my heart, so I flipped over to the quote section and starting tagging all sorts of wonderful words. Goodreads has a nifty widget that I added to the sidebar that will rotate all sorts of great lines and quotes.
Of course, I favored Jane Austen’s work, only because her lines are so memorable and moving. I think it might be fun as we start reviewing books if we take our favorite words of love and post them from the books we read. I’ll have to put up that idea to my team.
Nevertheless, here are the quotes I so love from Austen’s work. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment with a few of your own memorable quotes from books! Now, if we could only get the men in our lives to whisper such glorious words to melt our hearts.
“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than a woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” (Captain Wentworth – Persuasion)
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.” (Captain Wentworth – Persuasion)
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” (Mr. Darcy – Pride & Prejudice)
“I cannot make speeches, Emma,” he soon resumed; and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing.“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”(Mr. Knightly – Emma)
“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.”(Edward Ferrars – Sense & Sensibility)