Sunday Inspiration: Romance and Love

romance and loveI’ve been thinking about romance lately.

Not surprising for a writer of women’s fiction. Actually, I wrote 50 romance novels before moving into a broader genre with more options for character development and plot.

But you may notice that romantic relationships are always at the heart of my novels because nothing is more important to me. For some, romance is something of an outdated concept. But without authentic romance, it’s clear to me that relationships have little chance of surviving and happiness will always be just beyond our grasp.

Perhaps the best definition of romance is taking the time to support, appreciate, listen to, honor, and celebrate the person you’re with.

Too  many relationships get stuck in petty bickering and recriminations that not only destroy the relationship but seriously damage the souls of the people involved. Did you know that research shows the success or failure of a marriage can be accurately predicted based on whether contempt exists in the relationship, and whether words are used as weapons to humiliate and dehumanize?

When we lavish love on each other and forgive mistakes, not only does the relationship become healthier and happier but so do the people involved.

So let’s hear it for romance and love!

What’s romantic about your relationship? Happen overnight or little by little? However it did, if it did, be sure to celebrate.


  1. Nancy Lepri on April 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    My husband and I have been married for almost 45 years. Though he’s not romantic, per se, he shows his love be doing a lot around the house. He not only tells me he loves me everyday, but it’s the little things he does that proves his love for me. To me, that’s romantic!

  2. Pat Wallace on April 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    We just celebrated our 50th anniversary yesterday. My wonderful husband isn’t a romance and roses guy, but he is so good to me and our family. We had a ring exchange with his minister and a reception given by our adopted daughter. Romance is wonderful, but steady love is better.

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