What’s Your Idea of the Most Romantic Story Ever?

Recently Astraea Press author, Jean Joachim, asked other authors and then her readers to discuss their opinions of the most romantic movie. See her blog post here.

Following her lead, I’m opening my blog for discussion about the most romantic story ever. I want to know what other writers and readers think. What’s the most romantic story you’ve read? Seen on TV? In the movies? Or maybe it’s more personal…something that happened to you or someone you know?

This author’s mind wants to know! Comment for a chance to win a PDF copy of Lifeline Echoes.

Lifeline Echoes

Voices form a powerful connection. The day the earth rocked LA, Sandy Wheaton became a voice lifeline over the radio for trapped firefighter, “Mick.” Less than twenty four hours later, she had fallen in love with him. Shattered when she learned that rescue came too late, she sought solace Wyoming, the home state he had loved. Now, seven years later, she’s made a life there as the owner of a popular local bar. But her wounds are still fresh, and she longs to let go of the past and her lost love so she can begin living again. That opportunity presents itself when the local prodigal son returns home. The attraction between them is instant. It feels like she’s known him far longer than just a few days.

Sixteen years ago, Ryan McGee left home in the midst of controversy. After living through a harrowing trauma, he finally returns home when his family needs his help through some troubling times. All he wants to do is make amends with those he hurt most and to get back to the life he’d never wanted to leave in the first place. When he meets the sexy bartender, he starts thinking in terms of forever. But there’s still someone out there he wants to find, someone who once believed in him and gave him hope.


“You’re awfully quiet.” Sandy struggled to keep her voice casual.


“Umm, yeah.” She watched him set the brake and turn off the engine, moving as if in slow motion. Not just tired. Drained. Ryan walked her up the steps to her apartment. After she unlocked the door she turned into his arms. His kiss went from soft to heated then back to gentle.

She leaned into the kiss, enjoying the feel of his muscular arms beneath her hands. She hated having to let him go.

“I wanted to watch the stars come out with you, Chicory,” he whispered.

She looked up. Even with the ambient light from town, the sky was overflowing with visible stars. “I love the stars. There are so many they almost. . .”

“. . . blend together.”

Electrical current raced along her spine. “Yes,” she whispered, wishing she could see his face.

Ryan turned Sandy so her back was to him and slid his arm around her waist while they enjoyed the view from her tiny balcony. “My mom used to tell us stories about the sky and the stars,” he murmured, his breath warm against her neck. “She said the night sky was one of God’s favorite old blankets, keeping everyone here on Earth safe and warm. And the blanket has these tiny pinholes worn in, like some comfortable blankets do. The lights we see are little glimpses of heaven on the other side of the blanket.”

“Ryan, that’s beautiful.”

“Next time, we’ll get it right.” He turned her back to face him, kissing her with slow, sweet longing. “I’ll see you tomorrow,Sandy.”

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7 thoughts on “What’s Your Idea of the Most Romantic Story Ever?

  1. Stacey Clifford says:

    The most romantic movie i’ve seen would have to be the notebook it had me in tears for hours. I’ve read ALOT of Romance books but that one movie is what’s got me. 🙂


  2. Jan Brown says:

    Combine An Officer and A Gentleman and Urban Cowboy and you have my romance that has lasted 35 years this May! So I have to pick both as these really hit home!

  3. Jean says:

    In the world of romance, it’s still hard to beat what Mr. Darcy did for Elizabeth in “Pride and Prejudice”. The other story I love is from the movie “While You Were Sleeping”, because Sandra Bullock’s character is so totally alone and the whole family of this guy she has a crush on takes her in. They engulf her with warmth and love…and the sexy Bill Pullman as the brother falls in love with her. It’s a three hanky love story, but one that warms my heart every time. She ends up with Bill and the family. *sighs*

    • Ruth J. Hartman says:

      It’s a toss up between While you were sleeping and another Sandra Bullock film with Keaneu Reeves. They share a cabin, but live there in different times, a couple of years apart. They leave each other letters in the mailbox. I can’t think of the name!! It’s been a long day :). Anyway, with both, you think there’s no way they’ll get together, but both have a happy ending.

  4. Jen says:

    I love a romance where the couple are friends first, so the romance between Joey and Pacey on Dawson’s Creek is one of my favorites of all time. We were allowed to watch Pacey slowly fall in love with Joey as their friendship deepened. And Joey didn’t even realize she was falling in love, too. Such a sweet romantic story!

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