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Throwback Thursday-Firelight (1997)

Life, as we know it to be, can sometimes throw us curve balls. But, what seems like a curse may in fact be a blessing in disguise.

In the 1997 movie Firelight, Elizabeth Laurier (Sophie Marceau) is in a bad way. Her father is heavily in debt and her position as a governess does not allow her the financial ability to assist her father as she would like to.

A mysterious landowner makes Elizabeth a deal. He will pay off her father’s debts if she bears him a child.  However, Elizabeth must not have contact with the child and will not be a part of the child’s life.

Seven years later, Elizabeth is hired to be the governess for the daughter of Charles Godwin (Stephen Dillane), who lives on a remote Sussex estate. Louisa (Dominique Belcourt) is a willful,  stubborn child who refuses to listen to her governess, who also happens to be her mother. Will Elizabeth and Charles keep their relationship business like and if they do get involved romantically, who will break the news to their daughter?

I like this movie, the narrative is almost Bronte-ish with its scope, story telling and characters.  My problem with many romance stories is that they are often predictable, too sappy or the lead characters jumping into bed very early into the story.  What I like is that the tension between the characters and the implications of revealing the secret is neither predictable, sappy or too sexual too soon. And it is a 19th century English romance, which if it is well done, is always up my alley.

I recommend it.

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