A unique multimedia celebration of heartwarming true stories of love and romance

We are inspired by heartfelt stories that speak of desire and devotion, invigorated by the OMG moments that gleam and sparkle, stirred by the ache of yearning embedded in tender tales of lost love, and strengthened by the quieter love stories that have stood the test of time.

~ A Welcome Note From Susan and Jacqueline ~

I come from a long line of romantics, My mother, Anna Turner, who lived to the beautiful age of 103, is my inspiration for this blog. In her later years she became increasingly focused on the romantic relationships in our large extended family. As we settled in for a cozy chat at the kitchen table, she would eagerly pose her favorite question: “What’s new in the romance department?”


As I shared the latest news, the spark of romance was rekindled within her and a remarkable transformation began to take place. A warm glow enhanced my mother’s entire face, and her spirits took flight on Cupid’s wings.


Recently, I thought back to those cherished conversations with my mother and realized,  wouldn’t we all benefit from the power of romantic storytelling to uplift our spirits?


It is my privilege, dear reader, to invite you to share and delight in these true

stories of love. It is my sincere wish, that you will experience their magical

transformative powers. Soon, you too will be asking...

“What’s new in the romance department?”

— Susan Wexler

In researching the history of Raphael’s painting I read the following explanation: 


“Legend states that the two angels were modeled after two children Raphael saw wistfully looking up at a baker’s shop window, no doubt pining away for sweet confections.”


Our team at “What’s New in the Romance Department?” recognize yearnings that fuel the insatiable appetite we all have for tales of love and romance. It is our belief that by posting a wide assortment of  the sweet and savory stories you so graciously share, without adding a single pound, we will all feel satisfied.


Bon Appetit to all our readers,

— Jacqueline Alvarez

Very Exciting News!

Once a year, Jack Canfield, the author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Series invites 17 people to attend a weekend retreat with him at his home. The applicants are carefully screened via a written application, a review of their materials - in my case the blog, and a phone interview. His invitees are people whose mission he supports. His goal is to advise and mentor those individuals, as well as promote their work.

Jack Canfield

This year, I AM INVITED. I am one of the 17!


The retreat is usually at his home in Santa Barbara, California but because of the pandemic it will occur on zoom this year.


Following the retreat, he will host a professionally filmed and edited video interview with me, which is designed for me to share as I wish.


I am so excited and grateful for your support and the momentum you are helping to build.

Best Wishes,


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