It's always a pleasure to welcome Theresa Romain to the Romance Dish. Theresa pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. (This makes PJ very happy!)
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It Happened One Wedding
On November 2—yep, right at the beginning of this month—my younger brother got married. It was a beautiful ceremony, with mild weather and bright autumn foliage, close friends and delighted family, and a wedding reception with even more dancing than food and cake.
Sounds pretty romantic? Indeed it was--but it was also very practical. See, my brother and my new sister-in-law are both medical residents, so here’s how they chose the wedding date:
1. A day neither of them had to work
2. That is all.
This kind of scheduling has become a family tradition for my siblings and me. My sister got married just before the New Year in 1999, then moved to a new state. A few years later, Mr. R and I also had a Christmas-season wedding so we could smush our households together before grad school restarted.
In my newest holiday historical romance, SEASON FOR SCANDAL, the hero and heroine marry for the most practical of reasons: she owes a lot of money, and he needs an heir. They schedule their wedding as quickly as possible, and even though they marry under a literal cloud of gray weather and fog—no beautiful autumn foliage for them!—hero Edmund is relieved to make such a sensible bargain.
But it’s a romance novel, so you know there must be romance along with this marriage of convenience. The heroine, Jane, has loved Edmund for as long as she can remember, and what seems a sensible bargain to him is a lifelong dream to her. On their wedding night, these different expectations become very clear, and it seems their relationship will be destroyed as soon as it starts.
Or will it? SEASON FOR SCANDAL is the story of how a marriage grows: how Jane and Edmund learn to blend practicality and romance, to talk to one another honestly, and to help each other in dark times as well as bright ones. By the end of the story, their feelings for one another have changed into a deeper and stronger love than either of them could have imagined at the beginning of their story.
Readers, do you have any words of wisdom about marriage or relationships? Whether it’s practical, romantic, or a bit of both, I’d love to know (and I’ll be sure to share this link with Brother R and his new wife!). To one random commenter, I’ll give a copy of SEASON FOR SCANDAL, winner’s choice of print, Kindle, or NOOK format. Open internationally!
SEASON FOR SCANDAL back cover blurb:
Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.
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