Most romance novels end either with the couple on the threshold of marriage, with the wedding itself, or while the lovebirds are in newlywed bliss. We close the book with a happy sigh, knowing that this couple are going to grow old together, along with all the joys that married life brings.
But, far too often, real life doesn’t play out that way. The statistics on marriage breakdown are sobering, even when the husband and wife are professing Christians.
Back in 2006, my husband and I were part of that year’s cohort of engaged couples who went through my church’s pre-marriage course. Of the ten pairs, two couples are divorced now, and a third is separated.
It’s not rare for Christian couples to separate, and I like my novels to reflect real life challenges. If you’re reaching your fifth decade in the 21st century, chances are very high that you know someone whose marriage has ended in separation. That someone might even be you. So, while I planned out the stories of my Norway-based series about couples in their late forties and early fifties, I knew at least one of them would have been through a broken marriage.
Marriage in Trouble Romance
I’ve read some wonderful Christian fiction about couples who are in the midst of a relationship crisis.
I loved the book Fireproof, based on the movie of the same name, about a couple who are facing what seems to be an inevitable divorce.
And Lila Diller’s Love Is series follows a couple through their courtship, engagement, marriage, and their struggles as newlyweds.
But I wanted to write about two people whose marriage is already over. In Through the Blaze, Kai and Lisa’s marriage fell apart because of Kai’s gambling addiction. At the time the story begins, they’ve been separated for a number of years, and there seems to be no hope for reconciliation. But when their daughter announces her engagement, old wounds are scraped open, giving God a chance to bring lasting healing.
Through the Blaze releases today, and I’ll give away an electronic copy to one commenter.
I still feel a pull towards writing marriage reconciliation romances, so watch this space!
Do you enjoy “marriage in trouble” romance? What are some you’ve read? I know InspyRomance’s own Liwen Ho has written a rom com about a couple who were once married, and I’d love to hear of more examples.
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