“Marriage is hard. It takes work. When you say those vows, you’re making a promise to God to stick to it, even when it gets rough. And it will get rough, but you can get through it if you work together.” This is the advice I gave to all three of my children and their soon-to-be spouses just before they got married.
I’m in the middle of my first story where the hero and heroine are already married and guess what? Just like real life, it is hard! I’m beginning to understand why you don’t see too many romances where the couple has already tied the knot.
In Christian romance, it’s usually boy meets girl, there is some conflict thrown in, then they work things out and live happily ever after. I still need to get to a happy ending in my story, but this couple starts out already in hot water. One of them has already messed up. As a writer, it’s my job to show this in a way that doesn’t have the reader asking for their head on a platter before seeing them redeemed. Like I said, hard.
But I think this type of story is needed. Most of us who read romance are already in a relationship. We need godly examples of what to do when those relationships hit a crisis. We need a portrayal of how to love each other even when it’s hard, so we can find our way back to those good times. Sure, we read for entertainment, but isn’t it a wonderful thing when we come across little nuggets of truth in a story that can help in real life situations?
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you enjoy stories about couples already married? What are your favorites? What aspects of married life would you most like to see depicted in Christian romance?
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