I confess. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. I suppose it’s because I’m a romantic at heart. Last year I blogged about how my older son and his wife were married on Valentine’s Day. It was a joyful wedding, loving and romantic. No big fancy affair, just the bride and groom, my husband and myself, the bride’s best friend, and a judge happy to officiate, followed by a wedding breakfast at a local hotel. Afterwards the bride and groom took a long drive so that my son could represent in court a couple accused of white collar crime.
Love stories have always been an important part of history and literature. Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar--Cleopatra got around. As Shakespeare said, “she was a woman of infinite variety.” Then there is the story of Napoleon and Josephine, another passionate love affair. In the Bible, we also find some of the world’s greatest and unforgettable love stories. What can be more romantic than the story of Ruth or Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? And there is the story of Esther which is celebrated on Purim.
A lot of the world’s most famous, classical love stories, of course, did not end happily: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Helen of Troy and Paris, Lancelot and Guinevere are tragedies.
Thomas Hardy wrote a number of tragic love stories as did the Bronte sisters. For something lighter, I prefer Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy are memorable. I’ve read and reread that novel numerous times.
Love quite literally makes the world go round. Give yourself a Valentine’s gift today and choose to read a romance. Candy will make you fat. Flowers wilt and die. But a great romance can be read and reread offering continuing enjoyment.
If you’re of a mind to read some romantic historical fiction, I suggest a look at my contest-winning novel THE CHEVALIER, available in all e-book formats from: http://steamereads.com.au/product/the-chevalier/
If you enjoy romantic short stories, consider my collection BEYOND THE BO TREE:
All my romances have happy endings. I won’t consider writing any other kind.
Can you think of any romances you would recommend to readers? What sort of romances do you particularly enjoy reading?