We know romance books are all about love. Acts of love, falling in love, first kiss, wooing, hugging, glances…you get the idea. I’m a hopeless romantic, and I think that’s one of the reasons I became a romance author. I love LOVE! The plot of the story varies from book to book, but the common denominator revolves around all the ways the characters fall in LOVE.
One thing I’ve found that’s fairly common in most romance books is they usually end with either a proposal or a wedding. I guess that’s the easiest way to wrap up a love story if you’re going for a HEA (happily ever after). It also seems like the natural progression of a story, where it lends itself to a grand proposal (or wedding) at the end.
For today let’s focus on proposals. We live in a world where technology is literally at our fingertips all the time, so it’s easy to share with our friends when an engagement happens whether it be a text or a social media post. My two oldest boys are at an age where many of their friends are getting engaged, so it pops up frequently in my social media feed. I find myself scrolling on my phone while ooohing and ahhing over pictures and videos that my friends or their children post. I’ve even taken a few notes that might show up in a book someday.
Proposals come in all shapes and sizes in books (and in real life). Some engagements are private moments only shared between the couple. Other proposals are a big event where the whole family and even some friends attend. I’ve read sweet proposals, funny proposals, proposals on the beach, proposals in the mountains, boring proposals, impromptu proposals…the list could go on and on.
Do you expect a proposal or wedding at the end of a romance book? I’m also curious to know some of your favorite engagement scenes that you’ve read before. Or, if you like, share your own engagement story.