Top 5 List & Contest: Anna Clifton

Today we welcome Anna Clifton to Romancing the Book.  She has a wonderful top 5 list for us, but let’s get to know her first.

Anna Clifton is a lawyer by trade and a mother to several children and a couple of cats. Her passion is writing warm contemporary romance novels about families and friendship with a special focus on legal eagles. Making Ends Meet is her fourth novel.

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Top 5 Cinematic Declarations of Love by Anna Clifton

Being a romance tragic, I adore those life-changing declarations of love in film and literature. They’re in every one of my books too, and being a lover of cinema, they explode into my heart when they’re splashed across the silver screen.

There’s something especially poignant and beautiful about a declaration of love when it’s coupled with a belief that it’s all too late.

Here are my Top 5 Cinematic Declarations of Love:

#1 – The Notebook

Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams):

I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me…everyday.

Noah’s fighting for Allie now, as he’s never fought before. He’s about to lose her to another man and seven years of emotional self-preservation fly out the window as he bares his heart to her, once and for all. It’s no surprise that in this 5 second declaration Ryan Gosling becomes cemented in the hearts of millions of females around the movie-watching world.

#2 – The English Patient

Catherine (Kristen Scott Thomas) to Almasy (Ralph Fiennes):

Of course, you idiot. I always wear it; I’ve always worn it; I’ve always loved you.

I felt emotionally conflicted by the affair between Catherine and Almasy, but the terrible price they pay – that you sense all along they’re going to pay – makes this final admission by Catherine to Almasy as he carries her through the desert to the Cave of Swimmers utterly harrowing.

#3 – Notting Hill

Anna (Julia Roberts) to Will (Hugh Grant):

And don’t forget… I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

Hollywood screen superstar, Anna Scott, is doing something she thought she’d never do: offering her whole heart to a man. Trickier still, Will’s an unknown Notting Hill travel bookshop owner who she’s pretty sure wiped her from his heart months before. A wonderful Julia Roberts cinema moment.

#4 – As Good as it Gets

Melvin (Jack Nicholson) to Carol (Helen Hunt):

Okay, here I go: Clearly, a mistake. I’ve got this, what – ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I *hate* pills, very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I’m using the word “hate” here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never… all right, well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills.

For anyone who hasn’t seen As Good As It Gets, this might seem like an odd declaration of love. But if you know Melvin Udall, a famous romance author with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a hatred of dogs and people, you will get why this is as big a moment for cinematic romance as it is for ‘Carol the Waitress’.

#5 – When Harry Met Sally

Harry (Billy Crystal) to Sally (Meg Ryan):

I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Last, but certainly not least. After 12 years of friendship Harry’s finally wised up that the girl he’s been looking for has been right in front of him the whole time. I’m not sure why it took him so long when the girl was Meg Ryan – my husband’s all-time favorite cinema sweetheart.


From Anna Clifton comes a sweet, emotional, beautiful romance about a man whose life has been derailed and the unexpected woman who can help him get it back on track.

‘It’s for other reasons that I won’t need a nanny beyond a month.’

Twenty-three year old nanny Somer Sullivan has never had a job quite like this one: fix the messed-up, out-of-control life of high-profile artist and thirty-something dad Harry Halligan. But Somer is organised, efficient and not afraid of a challenge. She will do everything Harry needs her to do, including bringing his ex-wife home for good.

‘One month, Harry, and I’ll be out of here.’

Harry Halligan doesn’t want a nanny, but he needs one—he needs Somer. She’s the only one who can reach his troubled daughter, who can bring some measure of peace to his home. But as Somer advances her mission to fix his life, a few things become clear: his ex-wife might not be the answer, and Somer just might be. But Somer is running like hell from something in her own life and hiding in his.

Only one thing is for sure. Harry now has less than a month to make the hardest decision he’ll ever have to make—a decision that will change all of their lives forever.


Excerpt from Making Ends Meet 

In this scene, the saying ‘don’t wish too hard for what you want because you just might get it’ is being played out for thirty-something artist and single dad, Harry Halligan. His nanny, Somer, holds the key to bringing his ex-wife home to his children. What he doesn’t know is that turning that key will mean losing the girl he loves forever.

‘Ask my ex-wife out!’ Harry spluttered. ‘What do you mean, on a date?’

‘Yes.’ Somer looked genuinely mystified at his reaction.

‘What for?’

‘Harry!’ she lobbed back at him, disgust heavy in her voice. ‘Have you no clue about women? Where were you planning on meeting her to talk about reconciliation?’

‘I don’t know,’ Harry admitted, flummoxed by her questions as he ran a hand through his hair. ‘My place. Hers. A coffee shop …’

‘A coffee shop!’ Somer nearly exploded. ‘Do you want her back or not?’

‘What do you suggest?’

‘Dinner, of course—somewhere special!’

Harry shook his head.

‘What?’ Somer challenged, leaning her elbows on the table again.

‘Won’t that scare her off?’

‘You’ve both been through a lot. You need to show her that you want a fresh start. You’ll never convince her of that in a coffee shop. Which brings me to my next concern.’

Harry pressed the heels of his hands against his eyes before dropping them into his lap again. ‘I should have known that a Sullivan woman would have a ‘next concern’.

Somer shrugged.

‘Okay, let me have it.’

‘Your appearance.’

‘What’s wrong with my appearance?’

‘You look like an unmade bed.’

‘Guy told me that women find that attractive,’ Harry countered with checkmate smugness.

‘What would Zegna-Man know about unmade beds?’

‘Are you saying I’m unattractive, Somer Sullivan?’

‘Are you fishing for compliments, Harry Halligan?’

She smiled impishly and Harry dropped his gaze from her face to steady his thoughts, and his pulse rate. For God help him, she was so mind-blowingly, breathtakingly wonderful. She was dropping her guard with him, as though knowing that he wanted Freya back had wiped out all the tension she was carrying around him. The effect was unintentionally cataclysmic, and not in a way that could ever be good for either of them…

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4 thoughts on “Top 5 List & Contest: Anna Clifton

  1. Jess1 says:

    One of my favorite movies is “While You Were Sleeping” with Sandra Bullock. I really enjoy the scene at the token booth with the declaration of love and proposal with the MCs and the family looking on.

  2. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love the final scene of Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley version) where he kisses her and calls her Mrs. Darcy each time.

  3. Mary Preston says:

    When Rhett & Scarlett kiss & Rhett says that’s how she should be kissed – and often.

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