Her Real Name Was Rose

Rose’s first husband was killed in the “reign of terror.” She had also been imprisoned for being too close to the counter-revolutionary financial circles, but was miraculously was freed with the fall of the dreaded Robespierre.  Her second husband was Napoléon Bonaparte, who insisted that she would be forever called Joséphine. Napoléon needed a richContinue reading “Her Real Name Was Rose”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury theirContinue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

The Day After

“Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie Romance novels always stop at the beginning.   The real adventure starts the day after“happily everContinue reading “The Day After”

Happily Ever After

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice And so begins the story of the love between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, one of the most famous romances in English literature.  Mr. Darcy, an educatedContinue reading “Happily Ever After”

St. Valentine’s Day

“Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.” Percy Bysshe Shelley St. Valentine is the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriages.  His feast day – yes, you guessed it – is February 14th.  The world commemorates the exhilaration of love with flowers, candy, romantic dinners and festive parties. A quick Google search confirmed thatContinue reading “St. Valentine’s Day”