It happened when I was listening to NPR one day in the car on the way home from Kroger, and the announcer mentioned something about some new British show that was supposedly taking America by storm. Ahem...
It happened one day on Facebook when I had posted something about Sense & Sensibility (and how I love that movie), and a reader asked if I'd seen North & South. What's not to love?
Then it happened for me again most recently a couple of weeks ago with a series set in the old West. I remember seeing the previews of the show when it first debuted in 2011 but I was on a frienzied writing deadline and the recordings on my DVR came and went.
Then week before last when I was searching Netflix for something new to watch instantly on my iPad, up popped Hell on Wheels, and oh, I was quickly in series love again.
The setting? 1865, just after the Civil War when the Transcontinental Railroad was being built. Hell on wheels refers to the settlement that accompanied the construction of the railroad, along with the variety of company men, surveyors, support workers, laborers, and prostitutes who populated it. The show centers around "the race" between the Union Pacific Railroad of the East and Central Pacific Railroad of California to build a railroad that would ultimately connect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States by rail for the first time.
The show's main character is Cullen Bohannon (isn't that a great Southern name?), a former Confederate soldier who works as a foreman while also working to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and child. Let's just say this character was created for Anson Mount (the guy who plays Cullen). Oh my goodness, in so many ways. I'm just sayin'...
Granted, this show isn't for the faint of heart in regard to violence or "brothel behavior" of the day, but this western-lovin'-gal-at-heart is eating up the first two seasons. Season 3 premieres later this year. The characters are great, the writing is spot on, and the costumes are deliciously detailed and authentic. In fact, I just got the inspiration for my next "cover dress" from one of the episodes. Love it when that happens.
Tell me, have you experienced "series love" anytime recently? I watch a show every day as I walk on the treadmill, so I'll be needing a new series soon. Please share!
And now…a really fun introduction!
As Robin shared yesterday, we're excited to let the readers of Writes of Passage in on some fabulous news. We are doubling the number of authors who blog here each month.
Each day this week, we will be revealing one of our new authors. And it's my pleasure to welcome the warm and wonderful Julie Klassen to Writes of Passage. . .
Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor for Bethany House Publishers), and now she writes full time. She loves romance, English accents, and everything Jane Austen, which explains why she writes what she writes. And she writes fabulously!
Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award, and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards.
She graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoys travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.
Please join me in welcoming Julie. And yes, she's snarky, so don't let that sweet smile fool you for a minute. And don't forget to tell me your most recent "series love."
Blessings on your Tuesday,