Thursday, February 28, 2013

Me Before You

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

The above blurb (from Amazon) makes it sound like a romance book. When I read it, however, it was anything but. Yes, there was a love angle, but it wasn't a love story. Not as such. It was a story of love. See the difference?

It was also a story of friendship, family, financial reality, life's general unfairness and adventure. Written in a deceptively simple, yet beautiful language, this is a book to be savoured.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Romantic Recipes

You know how they say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Whether your man is a health nut or has a sweet tooth, cooking him his favourite dishes will put you in his good books. (And, conversely, if he ever annoys you, just prepare him something he's not crazy about... in our household, you know things aren't rosy when it's stir fry for dinner!)

Here is a recipe I do when I want to show my husband love and deep appreciation: chocolate mousse.

250g chocolate (I use chocolate that has no vegetable oil in it)
3 egg yolks
5ml real vanilla essence
30ml orange liqueur
200ml cream

  1. Melt the chocolate.
  2. Add egg yolks, vanilla and liqueur.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Beat the cream.
  5. Fold the chocolate mixture into the cream.
  6. Refrigerate.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day and Chocolate

Because it's almost Valentine's Day, I've decided to give away a box of chocolates to a lucky reader (or two, or three). Simply buy an e-copy of "Not Complicated" and send the invoice number to bestseller at xtra dot co dot nz (email subject: Love Romance!).

For every 10 emails, I'll select 1 lucky winner. So your chance to win is 1 in 10 (or 1 in 5, or 1 in 2, depending how many entries I get). Not bad for 99c, huh?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Greatest Love Story On Film

My top five greatest romance movies:
  1. Casablanca
  2. The Impromptu
  3. 50 First Dates (am I the only one who found the ending sad?)
  4. Red Dwarf (if TV series count)
  5. Titanic