“You can’t lose if you give them handsome HIGHWAYMEN, duels, 3-foot fountains and whacking great horses and dogs all over the place.” Barbara Cartland.
It may sound odd in today’s literary climate of `anything goes,’ but Dame Barbara (1901 – 2000) wrote about HEROINES who were unrelentingly chaste and pure.
We've moved on from too much chasteness and purity but the world still needs romance – without it our whole social structure of love, commitment, family and goodness would have little meaning.
The fact that romance sells more books than any other genre should tell us something. Perhaps, in our hearts, we are all longing for love – otherwise why does romance continue to be such a hot genre? Is it because we want to live the `Once upon a time - Happy ever after,’ stories we read and dreamed about in the fairy tales of our youth?
Many years ago, as a single mum with four young children, I was blessed to find the true love of my life, someone who has made every day of the past thirty-two years special just by being here, adoring me and proving to me over and over again with small acts and words of loveliness that romance does not have to fade with age.
I believe romance will always hold a special place in millions of book readers’ hearts. Why? Because no matter what happens in our lives - like little children who delight in fairy tales, romance warms our hearts, gives us hope and the happy endings we love to read about. But most of all it teaches us that we are never too old to lose ourselves in an uplifting, sob inspiring, heart racing, laughter inducing, romantic tale.
Yours in romance