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Old Fashioned: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance

Last month, I discussed about Old Fashioned, a faith-based romantic drama movie that was written, directed, and starred by Rik Swartzwelder. It’s based on the book written by Rene Gutteridge and Rik Swartzwelder, which is more in-depth than the movie as most movie-based on books.

It is a refreshing and unique storyline that surrounds Clay Walsh and Amber Hewson, whom are polar opposites of each other. Clay denounced his former frat boy days by opening an antique store in a college town that is nestled in Ohio, while Amber is a free-spirit with a nomad soul. She drives her vehicle with no destination in mind, and temporarily calls a place home when the gas needle lands on the big E.

Old Fashioned Books

The polar opposites cross paths when Amber drifts into Clay’s town after the gas needle has taken a complete nosedive, forcing her to temporarily rent an apartment above his antique store until she can save enough money to head to her next destination.

Amber finds Clay awkward, especially when he is adamant about her waiting outside of her apartment when he’s doing maintenance repairs. Otherwise, he refuses to enter her apartment. Someone would easily assume that he’s married, but that’s not the case with Clay. “Don’t take it personally,” he explains. “I made a promise to never be alone with any woman who’s not my wife.” Clay, unmarried, doesn’t believe in dating – just marriage. He also doesn’t believe in kissing before marriage, thus one can imagine that he’s trying to avoid any type of temptation at all costs. You can also imagine that many people in his town doesn’t share the same beliefs, especially another polar opposite: his chauvinistic best friend, Tom, that goes by the name Lucky Chucky.

While Clay is steadfast in his faith with conservative and outdated views when it comes to love and romance, Amber is free-spirit with tarnished views on both after coming out of a physically abusive relationship. Despite their differences, Clay and Amber can’t help but be drawn to each other. They eventually (and awkwardly) attempt to defy this day and age’s idea of dating: an old-fashioned courtship.

The Old Fashioned Way: A Devotional

Inspired by motion picture and novel Old Fashioned, Ginger Kolbaba’s The Old Fashioned Way is a 40-day devotional that will help you revive the lost art of romance with inspirational wisdom and questions for reflection. It is primarily geared toward single adults and teens. Needless to say, I’m not the target audience since I’m happily married. I do love the concept of this devotional since it discusses about dating and courting in this day and age.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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HilLesha O'Nan resides in Southern Indiana with her husband, two children, and dog. She's a lifestyle blogger that enjoys photography, flea markets, fashion, movies, music, history, antiques, and interior decorating. She is also the founder of To the Motherhood, Fashion Fling, and The Beauty Counter.

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To the Motherhood was created by HilLesha O'Nan, a lifestyle blogger and vegetarian that's passionate about photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. She's a married mom of two (10 and 4) that resides in Evansville, Indiana. She has worked with companies like Princess Cruises, eBay, Best Buy, and Microsoft. She's currently a MadeBlinds Ambassador, Paul Mitchell Insider and Aveeno Ambassador. Additional information.

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