In my opinion, one of the most wonderful reasons to read (and write!) inspirational romances is the promise that no matter how deep the conflicts, how black the plot may become, there will be happiness and joy at the end. Because who doesn’t love a happy ending? (Well, other than my grandson and maybe Shakespeare, who tend to kill off everyone in their tragedies.)
As a writer, I usually consider how I’m going to end each story when I’m plotting out the story, before a single word is written. I look at my characters and what they’ll have to fight through in order to conquer all and be together. And then I have a big choice to make. Will the story end with the hero down on one knee, a ring in his hand as he asks the heroine to be his wife? (And yes, for the record, a few of my heroines have done the asking!) Or does this story really need to end at the altar, with the hero and heroine, and often children, exchanging vows?
When I end with a proposal, it grabs my heart. Everything I’ve put my poor couple through has led to this moment, when finally they can admit their love for each other and look forward to a life together. Then again, a wedding epilogue gives readers a leap into the future to see what things are like for our couple down the road.
I also occasionally throw in an epilogue even later than the wedding, when my hero and heroine discover they are expecting for the first time. Gender reveal parties are another fun way to end a book.
So what about you? Do you have a preference for how your romance novels end? Any recommendations?