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Speakeasy – An Ambitious Yet Flawed Debut

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly (I received a free copy of Speakeasy from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, to write an honest review on The Silver Petticoat Review. I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.) Official Synopsis of Speakeasy: Thirty-year-old Lena Stillman is living a perfectly respectable life when a shocking newspaper headline calls up her past: it concerns her former lover, charismatic bank robber Bill Bagley. A romantic and charming figure, Lena had tried to forget him by resuming her linguistic studies, which led to her recruitment as a Navy code-breaker intercepting Japanese messages during World War...

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ITV’s Dark Angel: A Chilling Tale of Britain’s First Female Serial Killer

21SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Well-known for producing period dramas of the highest caliber, MASTERPIECE switches gears from light-hearted romantic dramas to a dark tale of desire and murder. ITV’s Dark Angel is an engrossing story of Britain’s first female serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton. Make no mistake, this is a chilling tale riding the edge of obsessive love and material desires. Moreso, because it begins so innocuously. A dramatic romanticization of Mary Ann’s story, Dark Angel will leave you breathless with both heartbreak and...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: The Sweet Romance of Cranford’s Matty and Thomas

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly THE SHOW: Cranford THE PAIRING: Cranford’s Matty and Thomas THE EPISODE: Episode 3, “November 1842” THE ROMANTIC MOMENT: Thomas asks Matty to consider their future. As much as I love epic and swoon-worthy romantic moments, there is something equally captivating about the sweet, gentler side of a grand romance. Especially when the joyful discovery is a love once lost. With the smallest of gestures, a sweet romance becomes as sigh-inducing as a passionate first kiss. This is why I chose to feature the pure and wholesome romance of Cranford’s Matty and Thomas. Matty and Thomas were sweethearts in their youth. Unfortunately, Matty’s...

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By a Charm and a Curse Book Review – A Rich and Vivid Fantasy Read!

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly (I received a free copy of By a Charm and a Curse from the publisher, Entangled TEEN, to write an honest review on The Silver Petticoat Review. I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.) About By a Charm and a Curse: A kiss is never just a kiss. Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and...

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Carnegie’s Maid Book Review – An Intriguing ‘What If’ Story of an Irish Immigrant & the King of Steel

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly (I received a free copy of Carnegie’s Maid from the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, to write an honest review. I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.) Official Synopsis of Carnegie’s Maid: Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money...

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The Light Between Oceans Movie Review – An Unremarkable Yet Poignant Film

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Based on the novel of the same name, The Light Between Oceans is a romantic period drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. World War I veteran, Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender), becomes the lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Australia. Seeking isolation after the horrors of war, he unexpectedly finds love with a local girl, Isabel Greysmark (Vikander). During their early years of marriage, however, Isabel is unable to carry a child to term. Related Post | Silver Petticoat Review’s Winter 2018 Box Office Preview Shortly after losing their second child, a small rowboat washes...

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The English Wife Book Review – A Delectable Romantic Mystery

21SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly (I received a free copy of The English Wife from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, to write an honest review on The Silver Petticoat Review. I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.) Official Synopsis of The English Wife: Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks...

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Literary Romantic Moment of the Week: Wadsworth and Cresswell

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Traditionally, our Romantic Moment of the Week features a scene from a film or television show that hits all the right wickets for a swoon-worthy, old-fashioned romantic moment. Almost kisses, the brush of hands, marriage proposals, and more made their appearance in this weekly feature. Occasionally, we feature a literary moment. Notably, Jane Eyre, North and South, and Evelina. While there are a number of classic novels on my favorites list with gush-worthy romantic moments, I nevertheless chose Wadsworth and Cresswell from the novels of New York Times bestselling author, Kerri Maniscalco. I stumbled upon Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince...

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Royal Brides – 10 Romantic Happily Ever Afters

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly The world loves royal brides and right now, all eyes are on England! In just a few short months, one of the world’s most dashing bachelor princes will walk down the aisle with a gorgeous American actress. It’s a fairy tale romance, straight from a film or novel. It’s Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier for the 21st Century. It’s….swoon-worthy romance at its finest! If you haven’t seen the interview Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave just after the announcement of their engagement, head over to YouTube now. It’s perhaps one of the most romantic interviews…ever! Spoiler: They met...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: When Calls the Heart Christmas Waltz

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly THE SHOW: When Calls the Heart Christmas (2016) THE PAIR: Jack and Elizabeth THE MOMENT: A romantic Christmas Waltz On December 25th, When Calls the Heart returns for their annual Christmas special. Hearties (for those of you unfamiliar with the term, that is the term for When Calls the Heart fans!) are breathlessly anticipating the return of When Calls the Heart for another magical and romantic special! More importantly, they are hoping a certain someone returns from the Northern Territories to surprise a certain lovelorn school teacher! While the synopsis for the special hints at Jack’s return, nothing is certain. Still, Jack...

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The Scarlet Trilogy Book Review: A Bold, Romantic Re-Telling of Robin Hood

109SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Overview of The Scarlet Trilogy – Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker, Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: The Silver Petticoat Review’s Most Popular Romantic Moments

19SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly In July of 2013, we published our very first Romantic Moment of the Week. The idea of this feature was to celebrate romantic moments in films, books, and television. We wanted to highlight that connection between old-fashioned romance and modern entertainment. Unsurprisingly, a significant number of modern films and television shows have elements of old-fashioned romance. The original intention was to put the spotlight on moments that occurred during the week. Although, that evolved to include classic romantic moments. Published nearly every Saturday, our goal was to add and encourage a dialogue on romantic moments. We felt it...

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