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Take it away, Deb!
I adore a fool for love. I don’t mean the stalker sort, or someone who would lie or worse to impress a potential mate. No, I’m in love with the idea of a person with the guts to stand firm, to shout to the world—even up to the point of making a fool of themselves: I am here. I am in love. With you.
The classic movie example of this phenomenon is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything, blaring ‘In Your Eyes’ from his boom box, trying to get through to Diane. There are lots of other examples, not always so dramatic. How about Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates, when he halts the pursuit of his dream voyage, turns the boat around, and rushes into the hospital ward to desperately ask Lucy if she knows who he is?
Women can be fools for love too, of course. In The Proposal Margaret confesses in the middle of her wedding, choosing deportation over the possibility of hurting Andrew or his family.
Lucky for me—and for all of us—fiction is full of these examples, of wonderful characters sacrificing their name, their dreams, even their dignity, for a chance at love.
But now Mae is back in England, and Stephen is the last person she wants to see. This of course, guarantees that he is nearly the first person she bumps into. Literally. On the dance floor. She vows to stay away, but Stephen is in trouble again. He needs an ally—and who better than his old partner in crime? They make a bargain, and the search is on: for a missing Thoroughbred and a husband for Mae! Each is determined to find what they need to fulfill their dreams. Both vow they will never again act a fool for love.
Or will they?
How about you? Have you ever acted a fool for love? Do you have a favorite moment in a movie or a book when a character has thrown caution to the wind in the name of love? Share your stories and one randomly selected commenter will win a copy of How to Marry a Rake!