I’ve been going through some major life changes since the beginning of the year. Job changes, the possibility of moving to another state, the teenager graduating from high school and getting ready for college, the Marine, who’s been in and out of our home for years, taking steps to permanently go, and our beautiful fur-baby passing on. Most nights it’s just hubby and I–we’re in the new stage of pre-empty-nest-syndrome.
A myriad of emotions ran through me from shocked and confused—Where had the time gone?—to scared and irritable. Life was changing so quickly from what was normal and comfortable. My orderly plans were run over and splatted to the side.
As the realization set in, I understood, this is what we do to our characters. We purposefully put them in difficult situations and make them react. And they make decisions and grow. Their arc of trail-and-error finally gets them to their happily-ever-after. No rain, no rainbow.
How many romance books have shown me that important lesson? Thousands. Isn’t that why we read in the first place? To see people overcome what’s thrown at them.
This weekend, I finished Ain’t She Sweet, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A story of revenge and redemption so masterfully written, I’m sure to go back and re-read Sugar Beth’s story again.
Share with me one book that resonated with you so much, you’ve read it more than twice.