I discovered romance novels when I was in middle school. Does anyone else remember the slim, Sweet Valley High-type romances that were available in the ‘Juvenile Fiction’ section of the library way back when? I stumbled upon one such novel, couldn’t put it down, and in very unremarkable fashion (there were no fireworks, I didn’t make a grand announcement, a band was not involved) I found what was to become a life-long love of mine….
I’m a huge fan of all things romantic. Books, movies, husbands, TV shows, stories told to me by friends. When I began writing there was no question as to what genre of book I’d be attempting. I wanted to write, but only because I wanted to write romance.
In honor of the ‘I ♡ ROMANCE GIVEAWAY’ Deborah Raney and Beth Vogt and I are currently hosting — more on that later — I’ve been talking to readers all week long via my facebook page about romance.
On Monday, we shared our favorite romantic movie moments. Here’s my most memorable scene…
Readers and I also fondly remember: Pride and Prejudice (both the BBC version and the 2005 version), The Notebook, You’ve Got Mail, Jerry Maguire, Love Actually, Titanic, The Young Victoria, Emma (I like the Gwyneth Paltrow version best) and many more. For a wider sampling, check out my ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Pinterest board.
The movie that received the largest response from my readers on Monday: Sixteen Candles. Those of us who went to high school in the late 80’s have retired our teased bangs, but we still have a crush on Jake Ryan, it seems.
On Tuesday, we discussed WHY we enjoy romance novels. What is it about them, exactly, that’s so wonderful?
Personally, I find them wonderful because love is one of the best things we’re capable of this side of heaven. There’s beauty and emotion to be found in loyalty, commitment, faithfulness.
On Wednesday, we discussed some of our most memorable romantic TV moments. Here’s mine:
Very honorable mentions came courtesy of Downton Abbey, Moonlighting, Castle, Chuck, Mad About You.
On Thursday, we shared our own real life romantic moments. Here’s my sweetie, caught in two of my most romance-inspiring situations: our annual vacation together and fathering our kids.
Readers were gracious to share their own real life stories with me. If you have a moment, read through them on my facebook page. They are SO heartwarming. This one brought tears to my eyes:
“One of the most romantic moments in my life took place in a doctor’s office. My husband and I had been married for almost fifteen years at the time, and I’d just been diagnosed with MS. When the neurologist left to get us even more information on top of the stack we’d already been given, all I could think about was how unfair this was to my husband. He’d married an athlete – a woman to be an equal partner throughout his life – and at the time all I could see was the toll this would take, physically, financially and emotionally. I felt so guilty. I sat in that cold, sterile room and did the only thing I knew to do – I apologized. I told him, “I’m so sorry. I know this isn’t what you signed up for.” He looked at me, his eyes serious, and kind of tilted his head. “Huh. For better, for worse. For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. Yup, it’s in there.” And then he smiled. It’s been 8 years since that day and he’s taken such good care of me and made me laugh when things got hard. I can’t think about it today without tearing up. He’s God’s gift to me and I know I don’t deserve him, but I’m grateful every day.” -Laura Van Nice
Today, I’m sharing romantic quotes! Here are three from the books involved in the giveaway…
I’m grateful for the chance to participate in a giveaway with Beth and Deborah! We’ve had fun planning, getting to know each other better, and celebrating romance!
If you’d like to enter the giveaway you can do so right here at Inspired by Life… and Fiction. Click on the graphic above or click here to get started.