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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Makarewicz

Touch of Romance

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

Despite the odds, two poets manifest their dreams.

His recent appointment as Regius Professor has Jules Knowlton enjoying a life of leisure, one that begins with a writing retreat to stimulate his mind but ends with the unanticipated arousal of his heart. The problem? His newfound ladylove is arranged to marry someone else.

Leila Owen is a loyal and devoted daughter, one who would do anything for her family, anything except marry the suitor they’ve chosen for her. Using her poetic cunning, she schemes ways to convince her parents the man of her choice is a better match. The problem? The suitor is nothing if not perfect.

This is the love story of Jules and Leila, two poets who playact through life’s charade.

From second chance romances to mistaken identities, experience A Touch of Romance in this collection of one short novel and twelve bonus flash fiction pieces.

A Review of the Senses



Leila has never been to India but is familiar with what it might be like thru the stories her monther tells her. Memories are so strongly associated with smells. Do you think her mother brought smells to their home in that reminded her of her childhood in India? Tell me in the comments what smells remind you of home. I've just discovered this candle company called homesick. I looked it up and sure enough they have a India candle.


For this portion, I am going to talk about the book itself. Its truly a treat to read! With a novella, and flash fiction, it is a reader's buffet of tantlizing stories. The highlight, and why I recommned grabbing a physical copy, is the addition of sketches. You are not going to want to miss these delightful characters leaping off the pages!


The East India Company not only brought goods to England, but also a taste for Indian food. Curry became quite a popular dish -the same as we love comfort food from home today. Linked below is an article on the history of Indian food in Regency England and a recipe I plan on trying this week. Yes! Historical romance books even inspire me to find new recipes to try.

A New System of Domestic Cookery (1807)


A big part of the story is that Jules and Leila are both poets. They really connect emotional during their first few meeting at the writer retreat. If Touch of Romance was turned into a movie (can we all keep our fingers crossed), I think this ambience playlist would be the perfect soundtrack! Try listening to it while you read.

If you want to fully immerse yourself in the poetry that truly sets this book apart from all other historical romances, please take a few minutes and watch the magic of this performance of Rumi poetry. It's otherwordly.


Paullett Golden is a Houston, Texas native who divides her time between Northumberland, England and her hometown. She has been a university professor for over 20 years. When an oncologist told her she had three months to live, she decided it was time to fulfill her dream of being a novelist. As a survivor, she focuses her attention on writing. Her novels have hit the Top 10 Amazon bestseller lists and won a multitude of literary awards. She loves historical fiction of all kinds as a way to transport us to a different time and place. All research comes from authentic resources of the era and from scholarly and peer-reviewed articles from researchers specializing in the time period. Though she may take liberties with the fictional aspects, she does aim for the fiction to reflect the mores, culture, laws, and environment of the time. When not writing, she can be found in her butterfly garden or on a racetrack.




Dec 26-31


  1. An eBook or autographed paperback of A Touch of Romance

  2. An eBook or autographed paperback of A Dash of Romance

  3. An eBook or autographed paperback of BOTH A Touch of Romance and A Dash of Romance

(winner chooses which of the 3 possible prizes they want)

Thank you all for stopping by! This blog post was a lot of fun to put together. Let me know in the comments if this is a style that you would like to see more often. Will you be grabbing a copy of Touch of Romance? I sure hope so! Be sure to check out the other stops along the way.

Happy reading,


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