Giveaway: #LoveBlooms at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


If you saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I know you’re as excited as I am to see the sequel. In addition to the fact that it’s set in India (the part of the world that ranks highest on my bucketlist) and that it’s a romance (my favorite kind of film), it stars a dreamy cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. Does the word “swoon” sum it up for you?

Here’s the plot: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).  Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Dench and Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

Check out the trailer:

To celebrate the release of this fab film, I’m thrilled to be giving away a $50 Visa gift card to inspire your next move and a film-inspired Tea Tin.


To win, just comment below with a story of someone you know who fell in love later in life.

For an additional entry, tweet this:

I entered to win a $50 @Visa card to celebrate #TheSecondBestExoticMarigoldHotel #LoveBlooms via @hollychronicles! http://bit.ly/18xF0c1

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary tickets to facilitate the review.  Giveaway is courtesy of Fox Searchlight. Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Winner will be chosen Friday, March 12th at 6:00pm.

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  1. My grandmother remarried later on in her life after my grandfather died at an earlier age.

  2. My uncle never married and found love later on in life. He met her at a social gathering and they have been married for about 5 years now. They make a great couple.

  3. Entry for Carolsue:

    “My neighbor met her current boyfriend 10 years ago when she was 63 and he was almost 70, so love at a later age does happen!”

    And I tweeted:


  4. My grandmother fell in love later in life. About 20 years after her husband died, she started dating a man in the church. The way pensions were set up they couldn’t get married (or just realized the value of true love as being there for someone who really understood you) so they dated. It was cute and now that I think about it… it isn’t too late for me to be so late in life. Still rather early!

  5. My Uncle married his wife later in life and they are absolutely head over heels in love. I aspire to have a love like theirs.

  6. Jennifer Marie says
  7. Jennifer Marie says

    My closest friend dated and dated and finally found a man she loved and married. She had her first child later in life and is hoping to have more.

  8. A family friend fell in love later in life after their loved one passed away.

  9. CR Williams says
  10. CR Williams says

    To be honest I don’t know anyone who fell in love later in life.

  11. A good friend of mine did! She is so happy!

  12. My sister fell in love when she turned 40

  13. Although my ‘later in life’ is a little younger than the characters in Marigold, I did sort of stumble across my current husband after I had essentially given up on relationships. With one bad marriage behind me, I made the conscious decision to give up on love … for a while, at least. Then, poof!, there he was. I was 43 when we met, 46 when we said our “I do’s” in the garden of his home and now, at 51, I still consider him my true love.

  14. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/576123463733215232

  15. My mother met my stepfather when I was a freshman in college.

  16. Dawn Monroe says
  17. Dawn Monroe says

    After years of an abusive marriage my mother in law found love later in life. He made her very happy for years.

  18. Thomas Murphy says
  19. Thomas Murphy says

    My brother fell in love later in life.

  20. Mikaela W says

    My mother married my stepfather when she was over 50.

  21. My pastor married the choir director…each in their sixties

  22. Elisabeth says
  23. Elisabeth says

    My Dad. He’s been married twice and it hasn’t worked out well for him but has taken things much slower now that he’s older. He and his girlfriend have been together for 5 years now. 🙂

  24. Both my mom and my dad fell in love later in life after divorcing each other. Both of them have found a mate that they love.

  25. Patricia C. says
  26. From D. Shmidt: My aunt was lucky enough to find love later in life and its been wonderful for us to see it happen.

    Tweeted D SCHMIDT on Twitter


  27. Patricia C. says

    My grandfather fell in love with a nice lady several years after my grandmother passed away.

  28. My Dad fell in love again later in life and I am so happy for him!

  29. Julie Wood says
  30. Julie Wood says

    My Dad fell in love later in life after my Mom passed away and he is going strong at 84 and very happy with his young wife of 70 years old!

  31. My Grandmother fell in love again after being a widow for a few years. She and her second husband had been friends for years because my Grandmother was friends with his late wife and he, her late husband. It was a beautiful love story.

  32. My great grandmother was married to my great grandpa but got divorced when she was in her early 50s ; about 15 or so years later my great-grandpa started to visit her everyday, ready to make her fall in love again. After a few years of courting her, he won my Mona’s heart again.

  33. Tracy Robertson says
  34. Tracy Robertson says

    I don’t know anyone personally. My older relatives are blessed that they married fairly young and are still married, but for single people, it is never, ever too late to find love.

  35. steve weber says
  36. steve weber says

    after my friend’s wife died he got married like 3 months later to the love of his llife.

  37. I don’t think I know anyone that’s fallen in love later in love – but I’m hoping my mother-in-law will!

  38. Tabathia B says
  39. My brother in law has found love about 10 years after his wife passed away from complications of tongue cancer. It’s beautiful to see him so happy again.

  40. Tabathia B says

    My aunt fell in love recently at age 58

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  41. My dad in law lost his wife 2 years ago and has a new friend.

  42. Friend found love with a high school friend (both in their forties)

  43. Kristin Goodson says
  44. Kristin Goodson says

    My friend’s mother found her prince charming 15 years after her husband passed away. I love hearing stories about people finding love later in life.

  45. Lourdes Gamez says

    I believe in love when you’re older. People change. Love changes. I believe our experiences change us. Some change for better, and some for worse. My grandmother fell in love after my grandpa died. She had a better relationship the second time around. I look forward to seeing the sequel. I truly enjoyed the first one. Made me want to visit India fir the richness in culture, food, and colors so vibrant.

  46. I knew a woman who married her second husband in her 60s. She was very happy to find love again later in life.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  47. I do know someone who fell in love later in life, me! Not quite as late as the characters in these films (I am 60), but late enough – almost too late!

  48. shelly peterson says

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  49. shelly peterson says

    My Mom fell in love later in life with her now current husband.
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  50. Heather Hayes Panjon says
  51. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    My Grandmother Fell In Love Later In Her Life She Was In Her Late 50’s.

  52. Kim Henrichs says
  53. Kim Henrichs says

    My dad found love later in life after my mom passed.

  54. I’d like to enter your contest.

  55. Long after my uncle passed away my aunt found her prince. Love lives!

  56. My grandpa did 15 years ago.

  57. My grandpa did about 15 years ago.

  58. The person I know is myself. I was married for 16 years, and now in my mid forties, I have truly found my love.

    A toast to falling in love, at any age.

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