Teaser Ads for LITTLE MILESTONES and a Bit About the Novel

Set in beautiful St. Michaels, Maryland, my newest novel delves into the notion of the importance of family, friendship, moving on, and starting over. The idea of bringing in some of the characters from Inn Significant into this new story was an absolute thrill for me, and I did my best to do so for…

5 Lessons We Learn From Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen’s proud, authentic, romantic hero of the novel Pride and Prejudice, remains, in my humble opinion, the best male character in romantic literature. I never tire of Mr. Darcy—of how he enters the novel full of pompous righteousness, and ends the novel being a character readers adore—because he begins to see the…

Compare Yourself to a Hopeless Romantic

Do you believe this? This is the prompt I got handed today. COMPARE YOURSELF TO A HOPELESS ROMANTIC. But I AM a bloody hopeless romantic, so I can’t compare myself to myself! Look—some people know they are certain ways. For example, someone who’s a realist looks at the world through that lens—the lens of realism….

What To Do With A Broken Heart

We walk around in a daze. We make up lies and we tell them to ourselves. We go over and over it again in our minds as we attempt to decipher exactly what went wrong and who is to blame. We wonder if there’s any way possible we can fix it. We agonize, stop eating,…

The Friday Random Thoughts Roundup

I haven’t been blogging much lately, and I’m feeling badly about it. I’ve been incredibly busy with two kids in high school, teaching at the university, volunteering for things, and serving on committees, in addition to actually trying to fit my new mentality of health and fitness into my daily regime. I wish I could…

Finding Love on New Year’s Eve

Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about what my final blog post for 2012 would be. After much consideration, I decided to end the year the way I began it: with a love story—or two. The first is not just any ordinary story: It’s the story of my parents and New Year’s Eve….

A Delightful Surprise: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Every once in a while, a little film comes along, containing all the necessary ingredients of the tastiest of pies, and leaves you, quite unexpectedly, refreshingly satisfied. This is exactly the way I felt last night after watching “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” a film by director Lasse Hallstrom starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr…