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TAG: Soul Ripping Romance

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Many thanks to Nel @ ReactionaryTales for this awesome new tag. Nel and I met a few months ago and chat every day through our blogs. She’s very funny, smart and knowledgeable about lots of cool things. Go check out her site.

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)


Brace yourselves:

When Nel tagged me… I thought… so many of the couple I longed to see together were in books that maybe weren’t huge in popularity. And while it’s a chance to promote something new for someone to read, it’s hard to capture it without reading it or seeing it. So… I’m taking the easier course and highlighting 5 couple whom I felt were magic.

  • Matthew and Mary from Downton Abbey:  There were quite a few couple to choose from this show, and this is probably the most obvious of them. For me, they came close too many times, and the difference between their thoughts and actions nearly a century ago caused the pain and heartache throughout their days together. I loved their relationship, felt it had a power unlike most others… and when she said no to his proposal, I was so devastated but understood why. And then the last few episodes happened where they finally get together but not all is meant to be… that rips your soul when it’s permanently lost.


  • Estella and Pip from Great Expectations: No pictures for this one as I’m talking straight out of the book. Pip is all of us at some point in our life. Caught between the love of someone who won’t return it and the parental figure who tries to teach you how to get through it. But the moments they have together, with the time period of this happening, and the echoes of the wedding that never happened generations before… you really want something to work out.


  • Christine and The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera: I may be in the minority here, but I wanted them to get together. I have a thing for someone who is dangerous and almost controlling you. Part of me thinks while it may be obsession at first, it would gradually reduce itself to the power of love. When she says goodbye to him, and he disappears… I cried.


  • Claire and Jamie from Outlander: I have not seen the TV show nor read anything beyond the first book in this series. So it’s not like I’ve just jumped on a bandwagon. I also understand some people look at this relationship and feel she was taken advantage of and/or hurt. I didn’t interpret it that way. I saw two people destined to be together, who had a powerful connection… and sometimes it got a bit wild. I choose to believe that it was something they both wanted and felt and went after. And when she steps in and out of the past, my heart felt the pain of choosing between two things in your life.


  • Molly and Sam from Ghost: I really enjoyed the movie and the relationship between these two characters. How can you not feel the pain of a love separated by death, when one comes back as a ghost to say goodbye to the other. A few cheesy moments, but when you step back, the entire package was presented in such a soul-crushing way… love like this one is strong and powerful.


I tag:


If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Have a great day thinking about romance.


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I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!


Review: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era by Jessica Fellowes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Exactly what you’d expect: highlights from the show, cast and real-life castles. It’s a beautiful book, a must-read for any fans… and if you’ve not seen the show, it’s a good intro!

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Review: Victoria

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4+ of 5 stars to Daisy Goodwin‘s Victoria, a historical fiction novel released with a PBS TV series bringing the book to life on Sunday evenings. I was very sad when Downton Abbey was ending, but looked forward to the release of “The Gilded Age,” “The Crown,” and “Victoria,” all of which handled similar themes and historical families. I won this book through a giveaway but had already started watching the TV series. I finished the book this week with one episode still left to watch to see how this chapter of the story ends — and so far, I’m quite fascinated. A MUST-READ for all…


Victoria’s father was next to be king, but he died young, and his brothers inherited the throne after their father passed on; however, none produced heirs. At 18, Victoria became Queen when her uncle died and she was quickly thrust into the spotlight. Raised by a German mother, with little education, and still a very young girl, Victoria waffled between rebellious teen and resourceful leader throughout this story. It covers about 2 years of her life from 18 to 20, ending when she proposes to her cousin Albert in order to bring some additional stability to her power. Based on Victoria’s journals and several other historical documents, Goodwin recreates the beginnings of a rocky reign which eventually became the longest British royal on the throne (until Elizabeth II recently surpassed it a year ago). While the TV Series ends with Victoria and Albert married, having their first child, and her Prime Minister about to retire, the book stops a few months earlier… but it’s still an amazing story.


1. The story is classic: rebellious teen, loves someone she cannot have, fights with her mother, wants all the beautiful things, but is coming of age… so much drama we all have today but with the splendor of nearly 200 years ago added in for good measure.

2. It’s full of family genetics and history. Who’s married to whom? Who cheated on whom? It’s her cousin? It’s her uncle? It’s also her third cousin once removed from the other side? Crazy… but it seems logical and makes sense all at the same time.

3. The ability to recreate the setting and the ambiance is well done. Goodwin is a master.


I have very little to suggest. Perhaps a family tree tucked into the jacket of the book? A little more background on her father and early years before she inherited the throne? It may help readers understand how her parents fell in love, what kind of relationship they had, how she was raised by her mother using German educational systems. You get a flavor of it, but I thirsted for a bit more.

Final Thoughts

Forget this is founded in some reality. Ignore that it’s about royalty. Pretend it is modern times. The story is just a classic tale. And it has everything.

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TV Show Review: The Crown

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5 stars to Netflix’s original series “The Crown,” episode 7: “Scientia Potentia Est,” about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign of the United Kingdom — the early years. I may have found a temporary, suitable replacement for “Downton Abbey.”


A chronicle of the last days of King George VI before his unprepared daughter became Queen Elizabeth II. In episode #7, Elizabeth faces 3 primary obstacles: (1) Her own lack of formal education, (2) An inability to choose her own new private secretary and (3) Her government’s leading two men’s failure to inform her of their crippling illnesses.


  1. The tone of the acting, the drama, the setting and the direction is strikingly mid-century British. Now, of course you’re thinking… it’s supposed to be you fool… and you’re right; however, it’s brilliantly assembled such that I don’t even mind when a few parts may be an exaggeration of the reality that took place. After all, how would anyone alive today know exactly what happened in the privacy of some of these conversations? And so… that’s why I find it enlightening! It feels exactly like what would have happened.
  2. Costumes and scenery are wonderful. Props are used in all the key places. And the actors seem quite comfortable in their roles.
  3. Winston’s comeuppance was amazing. I waited all episode for it to happen, and when it did, it came just short of where I wanted it to go… I wanted him to apologize. I wanted her to browbeat him. I wanted to hear the faltering in their relationship. But alas, that is not the British way, and so… I did not see it. Brilliant. It was all done in the facial expressions, the silence and the imagination. Loved it!
  4. How could her parents not properly educate her. I agreed with Elizabeth for confronting her mother… and then her mother’s drunken response was classic… she stated the simple truth. She didn’t know better. No one told her. How can you blame her? It suddenly felt so clear, and so sad… not just because she was a women but because she was not the expected heir at the time. Karma’s a bitch, though… so it comes racing back!
  5. The fight over her selection of the secondary back-up secretary to replace the current secretary instead of the primary back-up secondary… excellent plot. I too would have told them where to shove it. But there’s that tradition that she is so stuck on following despite her own needs.  Tough predicament. I feel like she and I would be good friends.


  1. I’m fearful with only 3 episodes left, we may only get to Elizabeth’s second set of pregnancies and still have another 50 years of non-aired history. I can hope for a season 2!

Final Thoughts

Yes, it’s less drama than Downton Abbey. And it’s based on reality which means it can be a bit of a repeat. But with such a fresh set of eyes and a look into years before my time, I am happily hooked and enjoy my new Sunday evening calm. All 10 episodes are available on Netflix, but I carefully watch one per week so savor each moment.  Check it out at: