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I was recently given the chance to review a wonderful and inspiring Christian film about dating and courtship, called "Old Fashioned." (see my review here.) There is also a novel by Rene Gutteridge that the film was based on. The book and the film portray the beauty of courtship and falling in love with the theme that chivalry is not dead. Having two teenage daughters, it was important for me to share the book and the film with them. I want my daughters to experience true romance and courtship, and to expect nothing less from the young men that they date.
About the book:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
My thoughts: I loved this book. It is a perfect summer reading book about romance. Where was this book when I was a teenager who dated jerks? It is a real eye opener as to what romance can and should be for a young couple. You don't have to settle for less when you are dating! I have passed this book onto my daughters and I am certain that they will love it as much as I did. Perhaps I will make them turn in a book report to me by the end of the summer so I can make sure they read it and got the message the book is trying to send to young people about achieving old fashioned, ever-lasting love.
And if the movie and the book was not enough, there is also a beautifully written devotional on the subject of old fashioned romance!
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.
Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
See the promotional video of the book and the devotional here:
Win! One winner will receive a copy of Old Fashioned on DVD, Old Fashioned novel, and a devotional about how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. (ARV: $45)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
THREE FRIENDS, THREE PLANS FOR REVENGE, THREE SEXY NOVELS!
Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Currently ranked as one of the world’s most expensive streets, Fifth Avenue is home to the city’s most prestigious shops and historical buildings. It’s also called home by three of New York City’s sexiest men.
A brand-new trilogy from the world’s leading publisher of books for women, Harlequin Presents is excited to launch the Fifth Avenue Trilogy, stories of sex, scandal and the Upper East Side, beginning with:
Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
Description of the Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Austin, Hunter and Alex were inseparable during their school days, but the sudden death of their good friend Sarah Michaels tore them apart. However, her death was not as it seemed. Under the many falsehoods lies a corruption so sordid that New York’s elite would never believe it.
Now in positions of wealth and power, these men vow to use their influence to bring down the man responsible—Jason Treffen, an infamous philanthropic billionaire. With a plan in place, Austin, Hunter and Alex are ready for anything—until three very different women enter their lives, making them question their motives for revenge.
Maisey Yates found her very first Harlequin Presents book in a local thrift store. By the time she’d reached the happily ever after, she had fallen in love. She devoured as many as she could get her hands on after that, and she knew that these were the books she wanted to write! At age twenty-three, she sold her first manuscript to the Harlequin Presents line. Maisey lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and three children.
by Maisey Yates
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?
Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?
Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. Caitlin has made her home in places as far-flung as York, England, and Atlanta, Georgia. She currently lives in California with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of animals.
by Caitlin Crews
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!
Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret—she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!
Kate Hewitt discovered her first Harlequin romance novel on a trip to England when she was thirteen, and she’s continued to read them ever since. Kate moved to England with the man of her dreams and sold her first short story to a British magazine. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, traveling and learning to knit. After living in England for six years she now resides in Connecticut with her husband and her three young children.
by Kate Hewitt
With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex's chance.
He'll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself…
My Thoughts~ If you are a fan of romance novels like I am, then The Fifth Avenue Trilogy is for you! It has everything your heart could desire: romance, lust, intrigue, suspense, sex, happiness, sadness and tons of drama. I love drama.
To celebrate the release of the Fifth Avenue Trilogy, I was sent a Fifth Avenue “Summer Essentials Kit” Gift Bag which included:
- Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
- Kissing Elixers All Natural Fresh Breath Mist
- Kissing Elixers Looks Like Love Natural Lip Balm
- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream
- Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Thermal Shield Spray
- Evian Facial Spray
- Aromaflage botanical fragrance & insect repellent
- NYX Love in Paris 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette
- NYX Glam Lipstick
- NYX Glam Shadow Stick
When I received this fantastic gift bag, my teenage daughters tore into it and looted my bag! I didn't mind, of course. It was kind of comical to watch them fight over the luxurious items. All of the products are definitely perfect for summertime!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post however, I received a copy of the books mentioned above. I also received a free gift bag including the products shown above. All opinions are my own.