I believe in love. That’s why I write romance. Romance novels are all about the transformative power of love, the healing power of love. Because of love, two people can overcome tremendous conflicts and obstacles; they can become better versions of themselves; they can find happiness.
When I finish reading or writing a romance, I feel filled with hope. I have the sense that the world is a better place.
Maybe that’s why the subject of love permeates our entertainment and has for eons.
Some of our enduring literature tells stories of love. All of Jane Austen’s work, but especially Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Wuthering Heights. Jane Eyre. Romeo and Juliet.
Love is the subject of many of our favorite songs. I Will Always Love You. The Power of Love. Love Me Do. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. I Just Called To Say I Love You. Love Is All There Is.
We all have favorite movies depicting love stories, movies like When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, or old madcap ones, like It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, The African Queen. Or love stories that end sadly–Titanic, Gone With The Wind, West Side Story.
Every Disney movie I can think of is a love story.
Love was the central message of the new movie Wonder Woman.
Many of our self-help books are about love, in one form or another, most teaching us what love should be and convincing us to love ourselves. One of the best self-help books I’ve read is Love Is Letting Go of Fear.
I truly believe that love can show us the way out of most of our problems, personal, social, or global. It is that powerful. It’s the basis of Christianity, is it not? The greatest commandments–love God and love your neighbor.
Every romance novel confirms this. Reaffirms this. Love conquers all.
A few days ago in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia where I live, love’s opposite invaded and put our world askew, taking the life of Heather Heyer.
In my beautiful Virginia whose slogan is Virginia is for Lovers. In the lovely town of Charlottesville. This was painful, but I probably don’t have to tell you this.
I won’t lose heart. I am encouraged by all those who are speaking out. We will solve this conflict. We will overcome these obstacles. We will become better people.
Love will prevail.