There was never a question as to whether I would buy this book--Suzanne McMinn's newest, Protected in His Arms. It just became available today at Fictionwise, but I pre-ordered this past weekend. In fact, I've been waiting for it since July. It's also available in brick-and-mortar stores, of course, since it is a Silhouette Romantic Suspense title.
It probably doesn't surprise any of you who enjoy series, or who know Suzanne's books, that I determined long ago to purchase this. Protected in His Arms is the third in the Haven series. I read the first one on my laptop a couple of years ago, and loved it. The second one, A Hero's Redemption,I read on my ipaq this past July, sitting next to a hospital bed.
I'm not telling you that so you'll feel sorry for me. I certainly don't deserve it. The reason I tell you that I read the book in that situation is to try to express what it did for me. There wasn't much I could physically do there in that hospital room. I mostly just sat in a chair. Sometimes I cried. Occasionally a thoughtful friend or family member would come to sit with us, or call on my cell phone. But there were a lot of hours that week of just feeling very sad and helpless.
One day when I ran home to shower and change clothes, I also loaded up the ipaq with books I hadn't yet read. Suzanne McMinn's A Hero's Redemption took me vicariously out of the Southern Indiana hospital room in mid-July, and transported me to December on a Christmas tree farm in West Virginia, where a lot of scary, strange, and exciting things happened to the hero and heroine. And of course there was a happily ever after, because it's a romance and that is a given.
I'm not a fast reader, so the book lasted me a whole day. What a wonderful gift.
Did the book change our situation? No. Did it change the week's outcome? No.
Romance novels aren't magic. They don't provide a knight riding a big ol' white horse into your real life and swooping you up into his arms, yadda yadda... But hey, for a little escape, I definitely recommend a romance novel. Real life quite often stinks--big time. I certainly don't suggest that anyone constantly hide out from reality, but I do know that losing one's self in a book for a little while can make it easier to deal with whatever you're up against. And with romance novels, you always, always get a happy ending. These are some reasons I read romance.
This is also why I write romance. Because I want to make a difference in readers' lives, take them away from whatever boredom or unhappiness they're dealing with. I want to give readers a happily ever after, and I want them to close my books at THE END with a sigh and a smile--and look forward to the next title.
I'm no one special. Never have been. But I think this genre is special. I know it is. In fact, maybe I was wrong earlier. Maybe romance novels are magic.