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Spring and Hope and Romance.

I love spring. Everything is bright and shiny and new. It’s less gray, even on rainy days. And – okay – my birthday falls in April, so I am a bit prejudice. To me the season is all about hope.

Hope. Goodness knows we could all use a little of that.

Hope is the reason I write romance. I’ve said this often, but in my darkest times…when I was bullied in school, when my father died, when I was fighting off my own inner demons…romances kept me company. They showed me light and love, and made everything more bearable. They gave me hope, even when it was in short supply.

That’s why the latest round of romance bashing, innocuous as it may be, really bugs me.  Romances, like spring, promise new beginnings, when life is at it’s most hopeful.

Sure the numbers bear out why no one should trash talk romance, but how about sticking to the most simple reason of all: romances make people happy. They give people hope.

That’s why this matters. Don’t turn your nose up at what gives someone hope.

In the words of the immortal Susan Elizabeth Phillips, “Life’s too short to read depressing books.” Ain’t that the truth.

Tell me why you read romance. I’d love to know.

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    6 Responses to Spring and Hope and Romance.

    1. Peggy Dixon says:

      It makes me happy. I read a lot, always have.
      Romance gives me hope and creates joy in my
      Heart and my mind. I love The Great Gatsby but it leaves me depressed every time I read it. Gone With the Wind? Crying hard. To Kill a
      Mockingbird? Disappointed in the world.
      My romance authors would never do that to me. I need your stories. Smiling is the best.

    2. Johanna Owen says:

      I read romance because it relaxes me and takes me away to anywhere I want to be. It is a deviation from everyday life and romance books make me very happy. Life is too short for people to complain about stupid things. If you don’t like romance don’t read it but don’t spoil it for everyone else.

      Enjoy the holidays Jeannie.

    3. Denise says:

      I’ve always read romance. I don’t remember how old I was when I picked up one of my mom’s Harlequins and started reading it, but I was young. And, the ones she read were rather tame. She gave me her collection of nurse romances from the 60s to read. Then she bought me teen romances to read. I’m a romance reader and writer and I’m not ashamed of it.

    4. Kimberly Field says:

      I have been reading romance for almost my whole life, or it feels that way anyway. I love that they provide a way for me to escape and give me hope at the same time. Even the ones that put me through the emotional roller coaster, knowing that there will be a HEA gets me through and I would like to think makes me a better person for understanding someone’s challenges that may or may not be like me or someone I know.

    5. Eileen AW says:

      Reading romance allows me to escape from the demands of life, to go some place I’ve always wanted to visit, and to get away from all the negativeness around me.

    6. Every since I discovered the romance book aisle in the local grocery store (there were nothing but men in my home whom all had a case of PMS), I found a place to retreat. Don’t get me wrong. I like you have suffered some pretty highs and lows in my 60+ years, but there’s a warm fuzzy feeling I get from a book that ends in HEA……I don’t want someone to die. I’ve been there for real. I don’t want disease. I’ve been there for real. I want my heart to sing and dance, bursting with, as you adequately put it, hope. That at the end of the journey there is joy and happiness and, above all, love and peace.

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