Happy Manic Monday, coffee’s fresh in the virtual pot. I’ve got ice packs and a bottle of Tylenol for those of you who need it. After three days of fall gardening, I sure do. Joann, maybe you can send one those Arche Angels my way, I think there’s an angel of full body massages right?
While elbow deep in muck and worms, happily splitting my Hostas, my mind wandered to my husband and our being married for fourteen years. It occurred to me then that I’d never read a romance book written about or for us, the long lasting couple who endures conflicts and triumphs to still find each other in the end. In all my occupation this weekend, I still found myself drawn into a flash fiction on the Liquid Silver blog and wrote mine with this in mind.
Really. Most books I can think of start with the first meeting, the getting to know one another, and the sexual tension. A new relationship can be exciting and draw more readers. Or can it? What about the other side of being a couple? There has to be books about the divorcing couples who find their way back to one another. How about a story of the seven year itch where temptation only leads to marital conviction?
I can think of a few stories. The one that is foremost isn’t romance but a space opera. CJ Cherryh’s Chanur’s Venture where the captain takes her longtime husband aboard the ship against all cultural beliefs because she believes in him and wants to keep him safe. This is a sub-plot in the next two books and very touching. Another one that comes to mind is Sandra Sookoo’s The Haunting of Amelia Pritchart which deals with a struggling married couple with divorce on the table.
This blog is devoted to the long term relationship stories and books. I’d love hear of more to add to my TBR pile. Please tell me more, give me hope.