I have weddings on my mind. Thirty-six years ago, as of March 21st, I walked down the aisle and into the waiting arms of my beloved. On that happy day, I couldn’t imagine how hard Joe and I would have to work for all those vows we made—for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, in health. We’ve been there and continue to be there, choosing to live our lives together every single day, and choosing to walk each day with the Lord as our guide. I’ve been blessed with a man who has always put God first, and for that I am eternally grateful.
As a romance novelist, I write about the conflicts that lead my characters to what most of us term the “happily ever after.” Yet we all know the end of a romance novel is really its beginning, the start of a journey of ups, downs and sideways that rivals the craziest roller coaster. I think that’s why I enjoy writing books in a series, so I can pop back into the lives of old characters and see how they are doing in later books.
Usually, I end my stories with a proposal. After working through all the conflicts to get to a place of joy (after that big black moment!), popping the big question feels like the right place to end. Occasionally, however, I end with the actual wedding, the exchanging of vows. Often, I don’t know how a story is going to end until I get there. What feels right?
I’d like to ask your opinion on proposals versus weddings. What do you prefer to see at the end of your romance novels and why? Are there any novel weddings or proposals you particularly enjoyed? I’ll choose one commenter (US only) to win a Kindle edition of The Christmas Groom.