There is something about the theme of love and loss that calls many a romance author to write about. For example the book that I just finished today, Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter. Now don't get me wrong it's a great book but it follows along the lines of so many romance novels today. The book goes something like this, Meridith Ward is totally content with her St. Louis life having finally escaped the past that has haunted her, she was forced to live with a mother who had bipolar disorder and her father abandoned her when she was just a little girl. Now 25 and happy with her safe life and picture perfect cookie cutter home and her job as a health inspector, her life is turned upside down when she gets an unexpected phone call from an attorney telling her that her father and stepmother were involved in a boating accident and didn't survive, and she finds out that she is now the primary guardian of three half siblings she has never met before. Forced to deal with the pain of her past once again, she returns to Nantucket (perfect place for a romance novel don't you think?) with plans to relinquish guardianship to the kids uncle who is a confirmed bachelor and the man she's hired to do the contracting work on the Bed and Breakfast that is her new home. Enter Jake Walker, the handsome uncle who is posing undercover as the handyman to get a better grip on exactly who Meridith is and how he can dig up dirt on her so he can claim guardianship, as you would have it, love and drama ensues, but I'll let you read the book to find that out ;). This book brings to light the million of romance novels that follow the same plot as this one. Some sort of happens loss happens whether it being the type of loss that is in Driftwood Lane or another similar type loss. After the loss the romance comes along. I can't help but wonder what it is about these kind of plots that so entrap and enthrall the readers of the romance world. I can say one thing though, I love books like these, and I can guarantee that as long as they are still being written I will still read them.
Love and romance, Kayla
P.S. Here is the link to her website, check it out, she is a great writer! http://denisehunterbooks.com/