In a romance novel, you can always count on a Happily Ever After (HEA) ending. It’s one of the things I love most about the genre. No matter how much difficulty and heartache a couple goes through, they always end up with either a reconciliation, an engagement or a wedding. That’s what constitutes a HEA, right?
As I write this blog post, I am preparing for a really exciting event in our family. My son is getting married at the end of the month! We are thrilled! He’s the first of our children to get married, so it’s the first time I assume the title of Mother of the Groom (MOG). I searched through at least 6 stores before I found what I hope to be the perfect MOG dress. I also bought the appropriate undergarments. You know. Something to suck in my stomach and smooth out all my lines. A bra to “lift”. I’ve been watching my calories with the hope of losing ten pesky pounds, but alas, my excess pounds are evidently attached to me, literally, and refused to leave. Oh well. I’ll dazzle them with my newly trimmed and highlighted hair, my newly whitened teeth and my freshly painted nails!
I know I’m not the bride. I had my day in the sun when I got married. And there’s no way I could ever outshine our awesome new daughter-in-law. She’s beautiful and wonderful and my husband and I often say that if we were given the task of choosing the perfect mate for our son, it would be her. Our son “done good!”
My point is, weddings are truly a HEA event in any family. They’re not the end of anything … they’re just the beginning! But let’s go back to romance novels. How come we rarely see married couples as the hero and heroine of a romance novel? Is a wedding the end of a romance?
I have written two books that feature married couples in the story. My first one is Journey to Fulfillment. It’s Book 3 of my Pawleys Island Miracles series. It opens just moments after Book 2 ends, when Marianne and Tom’s daughter, Stella, is found, safe and sound, after she’s been kidnapped by a crazy man. Obviously, a very intense experience for any married couple to go through. And as both Mom and Dad embrace Stella’s safe return, they develop their own approaches to how to move forward with their lives as Stella’s parents. Unfortunately, those approaches are at polar opposites to each other, causing a new conflict for this once-committed, devoted couple to tackle.
My second “married couple romance” appears as Book 6 of that same series, Return to Devotion. Nora and Bo have been married a long time, have a teenage son, and have already endured several of Bo’s military deployments. But during the third one, something goes wrong. Nora feels a deep sense of loneliness and realizes she needs a friend. She finds one at her church, someone she enjoys spending time with, sharing her thoughts and feelings with, someone she can rely upon for jobs that need done around her old house. Everything is perfect, except this “friend” is a man. Can men and women ever really be friends?
What do you think about romance novels that feature a married couple in the spotlight? Do you like them? Dislike them? Tell me why.
GIVEAWAY: Meanwhile, I’ll give away a copy of each of these ebooks Journey to Fulfillment and Return to Devotion, in the format of your choice. To enter, please comment and I’ll draw a winner on May 22.
Have a great day everyone! And wish me luck at my son’s wedding!