Recently, I had been questioned about the redeeming value of romance novels and women’s fiction. Isn’t it just frivolous entertainment, mindless and brainless fluff?
After giving it some thought, I said that, “No, romance novels have a message, a theme and values.
Romance novels actually preach morality since they focus on the evolving, committed relationship between one man and one woman (or LGBT couples). Each novel caries this message through a theme in which the characters express their conviction and are tested. The theme can be redemption, trust, honor, second chances and the like.
I thought about my own published novels and, yes, they have themes.
The running theme throughout this novel is trust. Me heroine thinks that trust doesn’t matter: the trust of others and her ability to trust others. Through her relationship with the hero, she learns that it is very important. Trust forms the basis of every relationship. Also, through love, even the loneliest person can realize that no man or woman is an island. We need others.
This novel explores the possibilities of change. A person can change internally and externally. One can become a better person and a more lovable person through change. Granted in this novel, my heroine has to be changed into a black Lab in order to find herself and understand the meaning of unconditional love. The hero, in turn, by adopting her in dog form as his pet, also discovers the joy of unconditional love.
Hearts of Steel
This novel also explores change. The heroine, who has rebelled against her entitled upbringing only to be thrust into it through an inheritance, learns to grasp and control it and her life. The hero learns that the death of loved ones can be overcome, that life can go on and that love is not a one shot deal.
Wishes and Tears
The heroine has to come to terms with a nasty divorce while the hero has to deal with the loss of his wife. Through transcending time, both the hero and heroine discover that one can start over and that love can be lovelier the second time around. This is a novel about second chances.
I even thought about my soon-to-be-published novels:
The heroine doesn’t know who or what she is. She has been sheltered and guarded her entire life and seeks freedom. The hero is able to grant her wish, through peril for both of them. Trust is once again paramount as an avenue to love.
Champagne for Breakfast