Throwback Thursday – The Scarlet Pimpernel

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

One of my favorite love stories is the daring and dynamic romance that develops between Lady Marguerite Blakeney and her husband, Sir Percy Blakeney, in the dramatic tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Set during the French Revolution, this slightly over the top story was great in so many ways.

 

One thing to note is how the main lady fell in love, then out of love with her husband. She resented what he became after their marraige- an embarassing, foolish, foppish baboon of man. As her eyes slowly open to reveal the courageous and cunning hero her husband truly is, it was almost too late.

 

The main man was SO SWOONY! You guys, he tricked EVERYONE! He only PRETENDED to be an idiot so that he was free to secretly SAVE THE WORLD! Well, sort of.

 

Anywho!

 

You guys, just read this book, OK? It’s a classic love story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be filled with the warm and fuzzies, and order your copy below!

 

the scarlet pimpernel

 

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

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pride and prejudice

Throwback Thursday – Pride and Prejudice

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

Now, we can’t talk classic love stories without highlighting one of the most romantic tales of all time, the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitz William Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

 

So epically quotable, so hilarious, so angsty, and so swoony, this is a love story at its finest!

 

I want to be Elizabeth Bennett when I grow up.

 

I love her sense of humor; her deep love for her sister, Jane; her conviction on what constitutes proper behavior in her younger sisters; her feistiness when confronted by the Dowager; and her desire to marry for love.

 

She is beautiful, but known more for her cleverness than for her good looks.

 

She is a good friend to Charlotte. (Let’s be honest, would ANY of us have been willing to visit her after she married the appalling Mr. Collins? I, for one, would not have been able to endure his insufferable presence!)

 

Basically, Miss Elizabeth Bennett is the bestest.

 

Now, let’s not forget Mr. Darcy!

 

*sigh* Mr. Darcy…

 

At first glance, he appears proud, cold, and condescending. And maybe he is all of those things.

 

But then we learn that he is a fiercely protective brother, a loyal friend, and a kind master to his people.

 

When confronted with the truth of his character, one’s earlier impressions of the man are forced to change.

 

He is abrupt but decisive. Domineering yet sexy. Arrogant but smart.

 

You can’t help but love the guy!

 

When these two fabulous characters interact, magic happens. I love, love, LOVE their love story. You will, too. Check out the brief description below, and get your copy RIGHT NOW. You need to read it!

 

pride and prejudice

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

 

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Mansfield Park

Throwback Thursday – Mansfield Park

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

First up, Fanny and Edmund from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park!

 

Some haters claim that Fanny Price is an annoying character, because she is just too perfect. Some even go so far as to call her the most boring heroine Austen ever penned!

 

You know what I say to these critics and curmudgeons?

 

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate… Shake it off!”

 

Yes. Yes I did just quote Taylor Swift as a valid argument on why Fanny Price nay-sayers are, as Sheldon Cooper describes, POOPY HEADS!

 

Fanny Price is a good girl. She is pious, polite, compassionate, and always willing to serve. Is she a bit of a doormat at times? Perhaps it seems that way. But growing up in the church, I have always been taught that those character qualities are something to aspire to and be proud of. I firmly believe that one can display all of those assets without becoming a push over.

 

In fact, Fanny displays that she does have a spine on a few occasions. She discusses Maria Crawford’s flaws with Edmund in a kind way, but the talk DOES occur. Maybe not as soon, or as colorful as I would have liked, but it happens nonetheless!

 

Fanny also vehemently opposes the drama the band of young people put together, despite all kinds of pressure to give in. She knew that it would only lead to trouble, and that her uncle would not approve. Even Edmund gives in, disappointing her greatly, but Fanny always disliked the whole acting scheme.

 

She rejects Mr. Crawford, even though he would be a fine catch by society’s standards, because she knew he was not a man of integrity. She had witnessed him dally with both of her cousins’ emotions, and knew his upbringing had made him a worldly, rogue of a man. No amount of presents or pretty compliments could convince her to look beyond his character flaws to accept a position of money and status. To Fanny, a man’s moral fiber was more important.

 

I’m sure there are many other occasions where Fanny stood her ground and was her own kind of fierce, but honestly, it has been so long since I have read the book that I cannot recall more details!

 

Do you remember any other instances where Fanny showed she was not a doormat after all? Please comment below! I need someone to refresh my memory!

 

So, no matter what the haters say, I still believe that Fanny and Edmund’s love story is one of my favorites. Be sure to check out the description below, and order your copy today!

 

Mansfield Park

 

‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

 

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Throwback Thursday- Janette Oke

Throwback Thursday- Janette Oke

I had not thought of these books in a while until a friend from Jr. High posted a picture of them. I used to love reading Janette Oke books! They were all about Christian romance back in the day on the prairie.

In the Love Comes Softly series, Marty is headed to the pioneer West when her husband dies, leaving her pregnant and alone. A widower Clark, offers  a marriage of convenience to her- she will do the cooking, cleaning, and help raise his daughter and he will provide for her. Of course, the two end up falling in love and the books that follow chronicle their lives together.

Oke also has a similar series titled Women of the West, but the books can also be read alone. One of my favorites was Roses for Mama, in which a young girl is left to raise her siblings alone. I also remember reading A Bride for Donovan, where a farmer in the West orders a mail-order bride from overseas.

Did you know a lot of these books were also made into movies for TV? The first Love Comes Softly movies stars Katherine Heigel! I’m not really into historical fiction any more, but I sure remember loving these books. They taught me a lot about the history of the time and all that the women of the West had to face.

                                

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Lily Rules- Throwback Thursday

Lily Rules- Throwback Thursday

As a young pre-teen Christian girl, I loved the Lily series by Nancy Rue! Lily was an adorable redheaded Christian pre-teen, who deals with the struggles of growing up. There are fourteen books featuring Lily. I loved her extremely spunky personality and how she dove into everything she did with a full spirit.

In the first book, Here’s Lily, Lily becomes obsessed with becoming a model and has to recognize the true definition of beauty. In Lily Robbins, M.D., she decides she wants to be a doctor. In Lily and the Creep, Lily learns how to deal with a teasing bully. In Lily’s Ultimate Party, Lily and her friends have to reconcile their friendship. I remember Ask Lily being one of my favorite books! In this one, Lily has an advice column at her school. So fun! Lily the Rebel teaches Lily to fight for the right things. Lily becomes obsessed with being an actress in Lights, Action, Lily. She becomes class president in Lily Rules! In Rough and Rugged Lily, she decides to become an outdoorswoman. Lily Speaks is about Lily earning a chance to compete in a schoolwide speech contest. Horse Crazy Lily is pretty self-explanatory. In Lily’s Church Camp Adventure, Lily is excited to go to church camp with her friends, but the troubles begin when she isn’t in a cabin with any of her friends. When Lily’s in London, she immerses herself in all things English. In the last book, Lily’s Passport to Paris, Lily has grown up quite a lot and tries to help a French boy.

If you’re interested in checking out the Lily series, start with book one (above)!

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