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Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Did you know that August is Romance Awareness Month? I can’t say that I did. To me, August is all about the dog days of summer and the 3 H’s—hazy, hot, and humid (emphasis on the humid!) But according to the National Day Calendar (nationaldaycalendar.com), August is also Romance Awareness Month, thanks to Celebrate Romance founder Eileen Buchheim. She created the holiday to encourage couples to improve their relationships through romance all year long.

So how do you observe Romance Awareness Month? You add more romance into your relationship. Not currently in a relationship? Grab a romance novel or sit down with a classic romance movie and lose yourself in someone else’s romance.

Here are the Top 10 Romantic Movies of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes

1.    It Happened One Night (1934)
2.    Casablanca (1942)
3.    Singing in the Rain (1952)
4.    The Big Sick (2017)
5.    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
6.    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
7.    Vertigo (1958)
8.    On the Waterfront (1954)
9.    Carol (2015)
10. Roman Holiday (1953)

And here are the Top 10 Classic Romance Novels of all time, according to Travellingbookjunkie.com

1.    Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (technically not a novel; it’s a play)
2.    Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
3.    Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
4.    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
5.    Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
6.    Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
7.    Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
8.    Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
9.    The Graduate, Charles Webb
10. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles

If you prefer a more recent romantic read that’s both a tear-jerker and infused with humor, you might enjoy Finding Hope, a past Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist with a plot ripped from the headlines:

Finding Hope

Hope Morgan was always the good girl, doing what her conservative parents expected: she gave up her dream of going to college, became a secretary right out of high school, and married the boy next door. When Hope is suddenly widowed, she finds the courage to pursue her own dreams. Twelve years later, after working full-time and going to school at night, she obtains her degree and is offered a position at a prestigious architectural firm.

That’s when her long-exiled libido decides to resurface, and Hope finds herself falling head-over-heels for Ben Schaffer, her married boss. What Hope doesn’t realize is that Ben’s marriage is less than ideal. Within days of Hope starting her new job, Ben’s wife walks out on him and their three-year-old triplets–the same day the nanny lands in the hospital. When Ben can’t find a last-minute replacement, Hope agrees to step in as a temporary nanny–not the best decision she’s ever made, given her raging hormones.

Ben is fighting a battle with his own hormones, but an office romance is the last thing he needs or wants. However, he and Hope are no match for three very determined three-year-olds on a mission to find a happy ending.

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