‘A Good Rogue is Hard to Find’ by Kelly Bowen

agrihtf kbSTORY: He Thought He’d Seen It All . . . 

The rogue’s life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what’s afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.

. . . Until He Meets Her

He’s tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it’s going great – until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .

REVIEW: London, June 1817

William (Will) Somerhall, the Duke of Worth, has a reputation as a complete rogue.  He owns Breckenridge estate and runs it well, but his main interest is horse racing.

Will’s mother, Eleanor, the Dower Duchess of Worth lives in the Dower House on his estate.  Will avoids visiting her as she has become known as being extremely eccentric.  Unable to say no again to her many invitations, he agrees to attend a dinner party but arrives late to find total chaos.  Chickens are running around the house and his mother has a pet python she has named Phillip.

Will is introduced to his mother companion, Jenna Hughes.  He is immediately smitten with her as she is the same woman he met at a ball a year ago and disappeared before he could get to know her.  Fearing that his mother has totally taken leave of her senses, he insists that he is going to move in with her.

Ah, but Jenna and her mother have a secret that slowly starts to come to light.  The Duchess has built a very impressively large horse barn and has acquired some outstanding horseflesh.  As Will has always prided himself on being a horse expert, he is surprised to find these expensive horses.

Jenna claims to be the daughter of a now deceased surgeon and thus has good medical knowledge.  What she fails to add is that her father was a veterinary surgeon.  When the Duchess first met Jenna, she was extremely impressed with her knowledge of horses and immediately hired her to be her “companion.”  However, she is much more than that.  Jenna has known extreme poverty and has seen many shop owners lose their businesses due to the fact that some arrogant customers don’t even bother to pay their bills.  Thus, she is on a mission to change that and, hopefully, get a law introduced into the House of Lords where people will be forced to pay their bills.

As Jenna and Will become attracted to one another and Will learns more about her plans, he is quite intrigued to join with her to help in her campaign.

The unique way in which Jenna and the Duchess have schemed to help the poor and carry on with the horse racing is knitted together beautifully in this book.  The plot is quite different from what I’ve read before and I must say that the author has a fabulous imagination.  I enjoyed the novel very much and look forward to reading more from Kelly Bowen.

This novel does not publish until April 28, 2015.  Thus, I have tried to add as many teasers as possible without giving away any spoilers.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

‘Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down’ by Rosecrans Baldwin

pilbybmdSTORY: A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn’t turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old.

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.

REVIEW: This is a delightful biography about a man and his wife who decided to move to Paris for a time and completely immerse themselves into the French culture. He worked for a French company and learned to better speak the language.

We are introduced to the French office atmosphere and work ethic, the food and total attitudes and behavior of this country.

I found it to be very educational, enlightening and funny. It brought back great memories to me from the time I lived there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning more about this glorious city and its citizens.

Connie for b2b

#AskOutlander with @SamHeughan!

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Here we go!!

If we looked inside your refrigerator, what would we find?

Coffee. Chicken. Vegetables. Coconut water. Blueberries. Just don’t look in the freezer…..!!!

What are you going to do after this live tweet session? Get a drink, take a nap, work out???

Sushi! And maybe a gin…

Apologies! Haven’t been tagging #AskOutlander Replies are on my feed. Sorry!

What’s in your freezer!?

Not telling!! #ice

Running gear & headphones/buds, what do you recommend? 1/2 marathon in October #mypeakfitness

Good earphones. Good music. Fitted shoes. Vaseline… and excellent nutrition.

Twin Peaks remake…yay or nay?

Yay!!! Until Lynch left… We shall see…!

Jamie and Dougal have a pretty intense encounter at end of Book 2. Nervous to film that? Excited? Sad?

Excited. @grahammctavish will rock it, he’s so good!

Who’d win in a duel: Jamie or Jon Snow?

He knows nothing. But would love to see that!!?

I Love u and Caitriona! Will all 4 books be done with Starz? And what made you decide to take the part of Jamie?

There are 8 books at moment… Let’s hope more!!

Have you ever listened to Blues artists like Robert Johnson or Leadbelly?

Love the blues. Used to play trumpet and trombone. Played a little blues!

Is there another role you can’t wait to play?

Macbeth!

Do you ever cause Cait to giggle on purpose?

Much as I can!

I notice you taking the quill in your left hand. Reference to book Jamie being left-handed? (I’m a leftie) 

Yup! Important document and for a second Jamie forgets and does what is natural! Well spotted!

Favorite chapstick smell?

Burts bees

With the new season 2 upgrades did you and Caitronia get fancy new trailers & maybe a new gym for you?

Both!!!

How much time in advance do you get a new script to learn before filming the episode?

Sometimes a couple weeks but script changes can happen overnight. A lot of dialogue comes from @Writer_DG books

In episode 10, Jamie fights with the McDonalds. I thought I read you were descended from the McDonald clan.True?

True. I tried to get it changed to Campbell’s…

What other historical Scottish figure would you like to play?

Looking at a racing driver at moment…

What bothers you about being famous? 

Loss of personal life I guess..

Did you know Caitriona before working together?

No, I’m lucky we found her!

Who’s a better kisser @caitrionambalfe or @TobiasMenzies? #SpoilerAlert 

Depends what you’re in to…

Favorite word?

A bhalaich!

Hi Sam, any pets now or as a child? xx

Many! Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, goats, birds, stick insects, sheep… #menagerie

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Did Cait laugh during the takes when Jamie asked Claire if she was a witch?

Most likely! We worked a lot on that scene. Very important. Had to stop a lot for passing trains…!

What sites would you recommend tourists visit in Scotland? 

Skye, Edinburgh, and Outlander studios..

How do you like learning lines? Or is is just grunt work the whole way? 

Humph!

Sam will you do a podcast with @RonDMoore for one of the episodes this season? #wouldbegreatfun

Would love to, Ron’s podcasts are awesome, check them out

Do you read…watch movies or binge watch television shows

Binge anything. At moment, Masterchef!

What are u most afraid of? 

Good question. Fears? I try to face them…

When you are in Scotland, how often do you get a chance to see MOM?

Mom? Oh…. Mum!

Would you ever audition for the live-action role of a Disney prince?

hmmm depends on the role… Which?

Will u grow ur hair longer for the show?coz i think short hair suits u better

I’ll do what happens in the books… My hair is pretty long now!

how does it feel to be back on set in Scotland? you’ve traveled the US a bit have you ever been in Miami,FL?

love Miami!

during shooting, how many hours a week do you work out?

depends on what schedule is. Every day if I can…

can you tell us of filming season 2 is much more exciting since season 1

feels like we have a good foundation to build on. Returning for season 2 we can keep moving forward. Feels like family.

You were in Toronto recently for a tiny bit. Is there a place in Canada you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?

love Canada! Want to see more of the Rockies!

Who cook your dinners?

I do! I love to cook. Though maybe think I’m better than I am…

work out advice??

maybe join @MyPeakChallenge next time!?

Is your hair naturally curly or permed for the show? #allaboutthehair

all natural baby!

if you meet Obama what would you say to him?

it’d be an honour. Don’t know much about the politics involved but charismatic person.

Have you been fitted for your Paris costumes yet? Any favorites that you can’t tell us about?

I know @draiochta14 has some fantastic ideas and the whole team is working flat out. #giftForAnActor

what did Cait & her sister say/do to inspire you to do the LA marathon? We are so proud of you!

thank you! We went for a hike. Caits sister does triathlons. She inspired me to do it. Trying to get Cait to do a half…

Hey Sam!! Why don’t Jamie and Claire ever say “I love you”, or will they??

they have more complex ways of saying it? Or in Gaelic…!

in school were u… a jock, jokester, nerd, popular, quiet

ha! All of the above actually…

Are you able to cry on cue? Well done on the performance at the end of last episode!

Not usually. But somehow this show I can, when needed.

I’ve seen some new characters…! So exciting!! Perfect casting!

Who’s the biggest flirt on set and why?

Ummm @caitrionambalfe !

Hi! :) How long does it take the makeup crew to get your back scars to look so realistic?

About 3 hours in morning. 1hr in evening after shooting. But more prosthetics meant ALOT more time end of season….

What about London marathon on Sunday

So exciting!!!! Good luck to everyone running @LondonMarathon for @beatbloodcancer !!

What’s your favorite hero WOD in crossfit ?

Whitten ooft!

Do you have any pets that travel with you while on location ?Bbelieve we may have “Eddie” joining us! But I love Jamie’s dogs…

I seriously want to know how @SamHeughan got that beautiful single tear last episode.Who knew a drop of water was that amazing

Good writing. Great cast

On Air Force base watching training flights now. How many hours did you get in Spitfire cockpit?

Couple days! Loved it!!!

In the show, interviews..all of the cast seem to b drinking so much whisky all the time. Don’t u ever get pissed?

never…. Ahem

Saw you gifted Davie with some top notch rum from Barbados. What was the best part of your vacation there?

swimming with turtles… No, rum…. No, sleeping. No, eating good food…

congratulations on the show, did you had fun shooting with @TobiasMenzies and Steven Cree? :)

@TobiasMenzies great fun. Great guys. Very different. We have an amazing cast!

Do you cringe when you watch yourself in old acting projects? #betterwithage?

very much. Worst critic. Ugh.

so no menthol under the eye needed?

No. Never. If it happens it happens.

Do you read…watch movies or binge watch television shows

Binge anything. At moment, Masterchef!

What are u most afraid of?

Good question. Fears? I try to face them…

When you are in Scotland, how often do you get a chance to see MOM?

mom? Oh…. Mum!

Would you ever audition for the live-action role of a Disney prince? 

Hmmm depends on the role… Which?

Will u grow ur hair longer for the show?coz i think short hair suits u better

I’ll do what happens in the books… My hair is pretty long now!

How does it feel to be back on set in Scotland? you’ve traveled the US a bit have you ever been in Miami, FL?

Love Miami!

During shooting, how many hours a week do you work out?

Depends on what schedule is. Every day if I can…

Can you tell us of filming season 2 is much more exciting since season 1

Feels like we have a good foundation to build on. Returning for season 2 we can keep moving forward. Feels like family.

You were in Toronto recently for a tiny bit. Is there a place in Canada you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?

Love Canada! Want to see more of the Rockies!

Who cook your dinners?

I do! I love to cook. Though maybe think I’m better than I am…

Workout advice??

Maybe join @MyPeakChallenge next time!?

Is your hair naturally curly or permed for the show? #allaboutthehair

All natural baby!

If you meet Obama what would you say to him?

It’d be an honour. Don’t know much about the politics involved but charismatic person.

sam

Have you been fitted for your Paris costumes yet? Any favorites that you can’t tell us about?

I know @draiochta14 has some fantastic ideas and the whole team is working flat out. #giftForAnActor

What did Cait & her sister say/do to inspire you to do the LA marathon? We are so proud of you!

Thank you! We went for a hike. Caits sister does triathlons. She inspired me to do it. Trying to get Cait to do a half…

Hey Sam!! Why don’t Jamie and Claire ever say “I love you”, or will they??

They have more complex ways of saying it? Or in Gaelic…!

In school were u… a jock, jokester, nerd, popular, quiet

Ha! All of the above actually…

Are you able to cry on cue? Well done on the performance at the end of last episode!

Not usually. But somehow this show I can, when needed.

I’ve seen some new characters…! So exciting!! Perfect casting!

Who’s the biggest flirt on set and why? 

Ummm @caitrionambalfe !

How hard was it to sit in that window for 6 months? #legcramps

Still there! Send help!

Hi! :) How long does it take the makeup crew to get your back scars to look so realistic?

About 3 hours in morning. 1hr in evening after shooting. But more prosthetics meant A LOT more time end of season….

What about London marathon on Sunday

So exciting!!!! Good luck to everyone running @LondonMarathon for @beatbloodcancer !!

How’s the weather in Scotland?

Colder than LA!!!!

Do you speak french ? One word for your French fans please :)

….. Epouse

Who is your favorite character on Friday Night Lights?

33!!! Riggins!

What do you like to do when you have a quiet night at home? What are your comfy clothes ?

Whisky. Good food. Music. Candle. Binge TV

Will we see Jamie in and out his father’s swimming flannels

Probably out of them…

Name of your horse, man, name of your horse :)

Sleepy!! Dammit, SLEEPY!!!!

Do you speak any German ?

Ein bisschen

What’s your favorite hero WOD in crossfit ?

Whitten ooft!

Do you have any pets that travel with you while on location ?

Believe we may have “Eddie” joining us! But I love Jamie’s dogs…

Do you ever want to steal anything from Jamie’s wardrobe?

Armory stuff. Or Jamie’s bonnet

What type of music inspires you, while you filming in outlander?

Loving @cuillinmusic !!

Which fairy tale impressed you most as a child?

Long Arthur legends

Favorite new artist you can’t stop listening to?

Always @wwpj !!!

I seriously want to know how @SamHeughan got that beautiful single tear last episode.Who knew a drop of water was that amazing

Good writing. Great cast

On Air Force base watching training flights now. How many hours did you get in Spitfire cockpit?

Couple days! Loved it!!!

In the show, interviews..all of the cast seem to b drinking so much whisky all the time. Don’t u ever get pissed?

Never…. Ahem

Saw you gifted Davie with some top notch rum from Barbados. What was the best part of your vacation there?

Swimming with turtles… No, rum…. No, sleeping. No, eating good food…

Congratulations on the show, did you had fun shooting with @TobiasMenzies and Steven Cree? :)

@TobiasMenzies great fun. Great guys. Very different. We have an amazing cast!

Do you cringe when you watch yourself in old acting projects? #betterwithage?

Very much. Worst critic. Ugh.

So no menthol under the eye needed?

No. Never. If it happens it happens.

Thinking I will need rehab after outlander ends for the season. Any recommendation??

Me too!!! Any suggestions?

Thank you all for joining #AskOutlander !! Sorry I forgot the “#” Enjoy ep tomorrow!! It’s a big one for Jamie! X

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Outlander – #1.11, Let’s discuss!

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After  watching this episode for …well, I honestly can’t say how many times I did watch it! I know that I eagerly waited for midnight Friday to see if Starz will have it ready for us, as they’ve been doing it for the second half of the first season [btw does anyone know WHY are they doing it? I’m not complaining because regardless of it, I watch it Saturday night again and enjoy Tweeting along with you all!], and they did, so the first time I saw it, not gonna lie, I was a mess. And I was alone [hubby worked third that night], so it was probably a good thing.

The second time I saw it with him in the early dawn hours [went to sleep at 5 a.m.!] and the third time I watched it on mute as Ron D. Moore and the writer of the show, Toni Graphia were talking about it from the podcast. As for the other times? It looked like if the TV was on, it was always cued to Starz, so what was I to do?! ;)

Our frenemies are stuck in the hole and it looked pretty grim ...

Our frenemies are stuck in the hole and it looked pretty grim …

Poor Claire is searching the crowd for someone ANYONE from Castle Leoch, but no dice! It looks like they're on their own ... BUT WAIT!

Poor Claire is searching the crowd for someone ANYONE from Castle Leoch, but no dice! It looks like they’re on their own … BUT WAIT!

Here comes Ned Gowan to their rescue!

Here comes Ned Gowan to their rescue!

He destroys the first witnesses testimony ... the wee beasom servant wench!

He destroys the first witnesses testimony … the wee beasom servant wench!

...the second witness is none other but the mama of that changeling baby that died, so our lawyer threads carefully [while Claire is screaming her head off telling them all that she's a healer] ...

…the second witness is none other but the mama of that changeling baby that died, so our lawyer threads carefully [while Claire is screaming her head off telling them all that she’s a healer] …

This dude right out lied that he saw Geillis take flight! OMG! And the crowd believed him!!! While Geillis smiled at the absurdity.

This dude right out lied that he saw Geillis take flight! OMG! And the crowd believed him!!! While Geillis smiled at the absurdity.

After this asswipes testimony, back to the thief hole they went where they bonded while drinking whisky Ned provided …talking about Dougal, and the Jacobite cause. It appears our little witch is all about the Prince and Scotland.

Claire shares her flask and a quote  "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." from Nathan Hale, which it looks like Geillis knows as well.

Claire shares her flask and a quote “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” from Nathan Hale, which it looks like Geillis knows as well.

In the morning, up they go for a second day of this travesty of a trial and a couple of witnesses neither of them expected. First up, Leery …

Boy does she look smug! She has this testimony down path and she's going for Claire's jugular!

Boy does she look smug! She has this testimony down pat and she’s going for Claire’s jugular!

Since I’ve read all the books and not to spoil it for those of you that hadn’t read them all, I see a huge problem by making this character this much vindictive. But then again, I’ll trust Moore & Co. that down the line, they’ll reconcile this to my satisfaction and with a plausible explanation.

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Both Claire and Geilles know what was coming as they see this turd walk in, and then all three of us are stunned with his testimony. Talk about reverse psychology! By admitting Claire’s treatment of the boy saved his life and castigating himself, Father Bain’s plea to be let go from his congregation, falls on deaf ears and dumb reasoning that only witches can do such a thing to a priest!

Claire is here in Scotland by pure accident, and it looks like all she's ever done was for nothing! So she says to Claire "Looks like I'm going to a fucking BBQ!" And I thought it the best line I've ever heard!

Claire is here in Scotland by pure accident, and it looks like all she’s ever done was for nothing! So she says to Claire “Looks like I’m going to a fucking BBQ!” And I thought it the best line I’ve ever heard!

The court erupts in calling for burning of both women, and Ned sees that the tide isn’t in their favor, so he quickly asks for the recess and gets it. He ushers the women in the back room, and it seems that only one of them could be saved, and Ned suggests it be Claire. As they’re left alone, Geillis demands the truth from Claire, and gets it, which is not what she expected.

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Back at the courthouse/church, Claire is expected to denounce Geillis, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it, at which point the “judges” pronounce the sentence of death for both, and upon hearing it, Ned goes into protective mode, brandishing a gun, while Geillis looks at Claire and tells her she thinks it’s possible, and says 1968! but our Claire isn’t ready to go down without a fight, so she’s screaming bloody murder to the bloody bastards!

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Judges can’t let that go, so they decide before they burn her, they’ll strip her back and whip her. The mob is crazy with blood lust, as is Leery telling Claire she’ll dance on her ashes that night. WTH!!!! Now I’m really hating on this bitch! Geillis cringes as they begin whipping Claire but after five-six times, in walks Jamie, swords drawn at the crowd telling them that he’s sworn oath to God to protect this woman supersedes any authority they have on her.

jamie saves the day

OMG! This was awesome!

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Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser! Period! I’m done in with this man’s talent! He embodies this role and I’m buying it line, hook and sinker!

 And here is where the waterworks started with Geillis’s “I confess …”

And here is where the waterworks started with Geillis’s “I confess …”

HOLY SHIT! The voice this woman has! When she says the word “confess” you can feel her anxiety, fear for not just her life but for Claire & Jamie, acceptance of her faith and defiance! The waterworks don’t stop even at the end credits because fucking Bear McCreary guts me with the music as the screen fades to black! #Emmy4LotteVerbeek

Before Claire is whisked away, she catches Geillis showing to all her "mark of the Devil" ...and it hits her! Geillis has the same smallpox mark as she does ... meaning she's a time traveler as well!

Before Claire is whisked away, she catches Geillis showing to all her “mark of the Devil” …and it hits her! Geillis has the same smallpox mark as she does … meaning she’s a time traveler as well!

Our couple takes a flight and comes to a rest in the woods… and Jamie finally asks Claire that there be honesty between them always, which she agrees to …which I know exactly what’s coming but I’m still in a Geillis crying mode so now I have to turn into Claire and Jamie crying mode!

Honesty means if he asks her if she's a witch, she'll tell him the truth ...

Honesty means if he asks her if she’s a witch, she’ll tell him the truth …

..and she does. She tells him the truth. She's from the future! ...

..and she does. She tells him the truth. She’s from the future! …

And here is Jamie’s reaction!

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Surprise and shock… bet that’s not what he expected to hear … Here he’s remembering the bard and his ballad …

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And I can see him accepting it right here! #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe for a rare talent only a handful of seasoned actors have: to tell the story by very little words and a lot of facial expression! BRAVO!!!!

She still doubts he believes her, but he assures her that he does and asks her to tell him more, and she pours it all out!

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I love it when these two bond!

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He finally realizes that she’s been trying to get to the stones all along, wanting to go back to her own world, her own time and to her rightful husband. You can see the wheels turning in his head, and he makes a decision right here to do the right thing. The honorable thing!

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She thinks he’s taking her to Lallybroch …they travel some more and bond some more!

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Okay, so this scene pops up… Seriously HOT! I mean, no clothes has been taken off! And a man saying I’ll give you pleasure because I want to watch yours, that’s H.O.T. I knew what he was doing. She had no clue!

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As the day comes, he asks her if she’s ready to go home… She has a huge smile on her face and says YES!

He's drinking her in as his decision takes root ...

He’s drinking her in as his decision takes root … then he tells her to look around the little hill …

Yeah …crying … the actors are superb! Did I say #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe?!!!

...and this is what she sees ... and now knows why she's here ...

…and this is what she sees … and now knows why she’s there …

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He knows this is what she wanted all along, and she confirms it for him.

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He takes her hand and walks her to the stones, drawing his sword just in case some redcoats are about …

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… he checks the area and asks her how did this work for her the last time…Claire is slowly explaining it to him and extends her hands toward the stones …

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… and he pulls her back! He’s not ready just yet, he says, and she understands …

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He then tells her that there’s nothing but violence and danger for her her …

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… she is better off going back to her own time and safety and … Frank …

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He says goodby to his Sassenach and turns to go, but she calls out to him …

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… but he doesn’t turn around, and she whispers goodbye …

Alone, she sits in front of the stones and is deciding if she should go or stay …

I have to say that these scenes had no need of a voice over because you could see the emotions in their faces.

I hear a lot of fans wanted voice over here to hear her thought process as she makes her decision, but personally I’m glad not to hear it. I can see exactly what she’s thinking.

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She turns around to see his fires at the camp … Walks up to the stones … and it’s fade to black! SHIT! I know what happens next, but I’m cursing a storm and hope to God this isn’t a cliffhanger!

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Thank you Ron! The next scene is in the dark of night, and our hero’s asleep … when he hears “On your feet soldier!” he is awake, but I bet he’s not sure if this is his dream or his reality!

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She nudges him as he’s looking at her …and looking shocked, bewildered, happy as a clam when she says “Take me home … to Lallybroch.” Tears in his eyes, he nods his head, smiling and reaching out to her. He knows without a doubt, she chose to stay with him.

And I’m a mess …

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And fading to black has never been sweeter! Bear dude, the music genius that he is, decides to give us his happy tune and I’m crying like a baby!

Can you tell I loved this episode? A lot of fans are saying this episode trumps even The Wedding ;) I’m equally divided on both. This one is chock full of action, drama, character development and if it was emotionally draining on a viewer, I can’t even imagine what the actors went through!

As always, you’re welcome to jump in and talk Outlander to me ;)

Anything you didn’t like? What was your favorite moment, besides the obvious ;)

Melanie

‘Rutherford Park’ by Elizabeth Cooke

rp ecSTORY: Snow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five-hundred-year old ship sailing in a white ocean…

For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much more than a place to call home. It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires…

Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives like a bird in a gilded cage. With her family’s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound—by the obligations of his title as well as his vows. Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in his footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own, like pursuing the new adventure of aerial flight. Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name.

On Christmas Eve 1913, Octavia catches a glimpse of her husband in an intimate moment with his beautiful and scandalous distant cousin. She then spies the housemaid Emily out in the snow, walking toward the river, about to make her own secret known to the world. As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park…

REVIEW: The building of Rutherford Park first began in 1530.  It is a vast estate added onto and improved by each Earl who has lived there over the years.  Currently, William Cavendish, the 8th Earl and his wife, Octavia reside there with their three children, Harry, 19, and daughters Louise and Charlotte.  Louise is soon to be presented at court.  Rutherford Park has always been run is a very strict way and the staff is very attentive to their duties.

Harry is a young man who dreams of flying in a plane and hopes one day to do so.  Louise and Charlotte dream of their season and the balls and dinner parties they will be able to attend.

Octavia is woman who is becoming bored with her life.  Her children are nearly grown and her duties of running her home are not enough to stimulate her.  Her husband, William, is a good man but when Octavia sees him in the arms of a visiting distant cousin, her faith in her marriage is shattered.

The servants know their places and keep themselves separate from the family.  However, when housemaid Emily Maitland suffers a tragedy, the results end up affecting the Cavendish family.

An indiscretion from William’s past comes back to haunt him and ends up driving a wedge between him and Octavia.  Will their marriage be able to survive it?

With the threat of war imminent, life changes for the Cavendish family, the staff and the entire country. Louise finds herself caught up in a frightening situation that ends up showing the entire family what is truly important in life.

I enjoyed this novel.  It was written in a rather depressing way although it was still quite good.  Downton Abbey fans should find this book to be interesting to them.

Connie for b2b

 ‘The Devil Takes a Bride’ by Julia London

tdtab jlSTORY: A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace’s wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Geoffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion.

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Geoffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace’s temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can’t resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Geoffrey might just see it as a new beginning.

REVIEW: The Earl of Beckington has passed away.  His second wife, Lady Beckington and his four stepdaughters, Honor, Grace, Prudence, and Mercy Cabot are now finding themselves without the funds that they used to enjoy.  The Earl’s son by his first marriage has taken over as heir.  The large dowries the girls had always expected have now been significantly lowered and the girls are afraid that no one will want them.

Grace Cabot decides to take her future into her own hands and plots to be found being seduced by a well-known rake, Lord Amherst.  The plan goes well until the person she meets in the dark turns out to be Amherst’s brother, Jeffrey Donovan, The Earl of Merryton.  When they are caught, he agrees to immediately wed Grace and takes her to his home, Blackwood Hall.  Jeffrey has a reputation for being a very cold man but Grace hopes that she will be able to learn to love him and find out about the real person inside him.

Jeffrey is a man ruled by habit and perfection.  He has an obsessive compulsive personality resulting from the cruelty he was subjected to by his father.  In addition, much of his thoughts are filled with sexual depravity.  He thinks of himself as a mad man and tries to keeps his habits secret.

As Grace and Jeffrey settle into Blackwood Hall, she realizes that he has a problem and does all she can to help him relax his stringent ways which is not an easy task.  However, she is relentless and hopes to help him with his problem.  However, Grace has a secret too.  Her mother is mad and continues to go downhill.

The story is a perfect example of OCD and their sexual encounters are quite explicit.  This is a different type of story that may appeal to many people.  I enjoyed Grace and found her to be a strong woman. However, Jeffrey is a person that I would find hard to like.

Connie for b2b

#AskOutlander/Live Twitter Chat w/@lotteverbeek1

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HI EVERYONE!!! ready to roll :-)))

Was it a blessing or a curse not to get the role of Claire

It was amazing to get the part of Geillis as she is so fun to play!

I wonder, how long it took to put that fake pregnant belly on You? PS. I loved You in Nothing Personal :)

Thanks for watching Nothing Personal! did you see it on Netflix? belly took about 2 hours!!

You’re absolutely brilliant in this week’s ep! Would love to see more back-story on Geillis. Would you?

Yes! And we might…. ;-)

What is it about Geillis that makes her so quirky about how she wears some of her clothes? It’s great!

I like to think of Geillis as a creature more than a person. Something wildly animalistic about her

Any new projects coming out soon? Love your work on FIOS and as Geillis of course

tnx! THE LAST WITCH HUNTER opening Oct 23.

Did you read The Fault in Our Stars before being cast? How badly did you want that role?

Yes! I just new I had to have it :-)

Shout out from one Dutchie to another ^^ love you on Outlander! What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Thank you!! i would say… trying to nap wearing a bumrole… #luxuryproblems

Are you as tactile as you portray Geillis to be? One of my kids is like her, touchy-feely.

Yeah…. very much so….

Was it difficult to do the naked ritual scene last episode? You were amazing, I was swept away as I watched

tnx! i love being naked so that is not so different from Geillis. But it’s the added cameras …..

You are an amazing actress! What has been your favorite scene to film so far?

Thanks!!! The one coming up this weekend. plus dancing in the forest too

I read that many signed extended contracts. As the story progresses, it will be you coming back, I hope?

Who knows….

How many pronunciations of your name have you heard this year?

Lost track. Best ones were Vladimir and Lobster.

What did you think of all the fan support at the recent NYC premiere?

Amazing stuff! Thank you everyone who came out to support!

In the beginning, did you realize how dedicated Outlander fans are?

No! #overwhelmed #grateful

Do you color your hair?

Nope. Got it from my dad :-)

Would love to see how Gellis got along after she first came through stones!

Me too! Let’s add a scene?!?

Dogs or cats or horses???

I am more of a guinea pig type gal

What TV shows are your favorites? If you watch TV, that is

Love Ray Donovan

It all comes from @Writer_DG where would all of you be without her?

True that

I recall seeing a picture that you tweeted of your feet very muddy. What scene is this?

Good memory! Dance scene in the forest

I love Gellis’ squeaky “unlaugh” . Do you do that IRL Lotte ? I wait for Gellis’ to do that! ;)

Yes I love to laugh and am not shy about it :-)

Who is your favorite actor/actress you would or would’ve liked to work with?

The Meryl of course!

Geillis understands Gaelic, but she doesn’t ever speak it that I can recall. Is there a reason?

To make my life easier on set..??

Voice is great, but creepy – as befits her character. How did you come up with it?

Well, @Writer_DG wrote her really really well!

How was it like acting with Vin Diesel in ‘The Last Witch Hunter’?

Fantastic! Vin is the best

What’s your fav color??

Emerald

Who is the funniest person on set?

My on screen man Graham McTavish

Hey, do you have a life philosophy?

I am a Buddhist!

Hi! I’m curious why the different colors on the sides of your hair? It looks AWESOME!

Nature’s way. Truly.

Do you have any secret talents?

Am a great cook. No poison intended.

What has been your favourite costume to date? You are sensational portraying Geilis…

tnx!! The pixie coat and The Raven!

How many pronunciations of your name have you heard this year?

Lost track. Best ones were Vladimir and Lobster.

Has anyone mentioned to you that you look and sound a great deal like Angelina Jolie?

Ha-ha I feel very humbled. Love her

Your prosthetic baby bump in the dancing scene looked pretty real – what was it like to wear one?

Cozy. It made me feel very maternal.

How would you compare your role as Geillis to your former iconic role of Giulia Farnese? :)

So many differences. GD is just a bit more foresty, I would say

You are truly very sympatica when it comes to the fans. Thank you!!

Because you are sympatica y’all!

Where do u think Dougal and Geillis met to consumate their affair? Include details

Ha! Naughty question. The still room? in front of the fire where she throws away the poison??

Geillis is a character that fans love to hate. Is it weird for you playing that kind of character?

Frankly, i only feel the love… @Outlander_Starz fans are the best!

What is your favorite thing about Geillis?

That she is so freaking wicked!

You must watch this weekend’s #Outlander! “The Devil’s Mark” is an unbelievable hour of TV.

tnx! We are all very excited for this ep to air. Worked on it for over a week!

What’s one thing you can’t leave without that you always take with you?

Dark choco

Do you think Geillis had anything to with Dougal’s wife’s death?

erhm…..

It’s pretty useless but could you tweet me something in French? :) You’re a great actress !

bonne journee a france!!

Did you get to keep the fabulous red shoes? I hope so!

Nope :-( but i do own a few pair of redsies myself

What do you think about a spin off series featuring Geillis?

YES!

Why do u think Geillis is so cagey about revealing her past to Claire? I always thought she would have told her

ahaaa… revelations coming up!

Why did you switch your dancing career for acting one? Can we see you dance again?

I kinda liked to be able to say something every now and again. Still love dancing though so the dance scene was perfect!

Was the dance you did in the latest episode choreographed or improvised? And did you enjoy it?

Dance was choreographed. Loved every ice cold second of it :-)

What was your favorite costume your wore?

I loved the coat! Featured last week

If you were to go through the stones, what time would you want to end up in?

1920′. for the skirts

Please tell me you will keep those shoes! #meanttobe

They may or may not have survived the trials and tribulations of this weekend’s episode…

Have we watched your personal favorite scene yet?

Yes!

When will we see you in Nederland? Groetjesssss****

als de tijd rijp is/ when time is right/ ripe :-)

Which scene did you rehearse for the role of Geillis?

The first meeting with Claire was my audish scene

Loved you in Borgia’s! As an actress do you feel that you may have connected more to Geillis vs Giulia?

Perhaps… plus, GD wears red shoes and dances naked

What was it about Geillis and Outlander that convinced you to addition for the part?

I didn’t want to at first! GD looks so different in the books. But the scene stole my heart

What do you like to do to relax?

Dance. Sleep. Watch movies. Eat food. Make food. Hike.

It was lovely to see you in NYC with the cast. Are you comfortable with the crowds and fan frenzy?

Easing in to it :-)

What do you like about filming in Scotland and what do you dislike? Well done on the accent!

tnx! loved the people. but the bloody rain tho!

Did you fall in love with Scotland when filming here and will you return?

Yes and yes

Still want to join the circus? :)

I did!!! Certainly live that travelling life style now

No real question, just a comment. You STOLE THE SHOW last week! Still stunned over here!

tnx!!

Your favorite line so far

‘They say I’m a witch’

Any chance Geillis will put a spell on Laoghaire for us fans ???

If it serves The Cause ;-)

A beautiful cat with emerald eyes comes to mind. Maybe that’s Geillis’ “Familiar.” :)

Spot on!

What type of dancing were you trained in?

Ballet, modern, jazz, hiphop, tap, improv etc

Best bit of advice your parents gave you?

When I had doubts whether i should pursue acting they said: but this is what we always so you doing!

What’s your most fav components of Geleis’ character that you get to play that is like or unlike yourself?

She is playful like me. she murders unlike me

I can’t believe you are still tweeting. That’s awesome, how much time you give your fans. Thanks so much :-)

Of course!

So what animal would Geillis be?

There is a bit of a squirrel what else you think??

Geillis is one of Diana’s most intriguing characters – have you consulted with her about Geillis’ character?

Yes! Over a couple of drams #wickedconversations

I don’t know if you’ve read the books, but I just can’t wait to see you playing as Mrs. Abernathy! LOVE from Argentina!

What?!?!? Perhaps i should start reading the books…

Please tell me you will keep those shoes!

They may or may not have survived the trials and tribulations of this weekend’s episode…

Thanks everyone for you q’s! Hope you liked my a’s! See you all in the Thieves’ Hole tomorrow? Have a great day xoxo

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