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My Top Ten Sweet Romance Movies
1. Leap Year
2. Sense and Sensibility
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. The Wedding Singer
5. Princess Bride
7. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
8. 50 First Dates
9. While You Were Sleeping
10. Made of Honor
I had to read endless lists to come up with these ten. I was surprised with what people thought were great romantic movies. What doesn’t cut it for me in books or movies?
1. The hero or heroine dies. This makes it hard to have that happy ending. A Walk to Remember
2. The hero leaves. Gone With the Wind
3. The hero is married…to someone else.
4. The married heroine prefers her husband's brother. Legends of the Fall
5. The heroine can’t make up her mind who she like, so she stays involved with both men, playing them against each other. Twilight
6. The hero is a jerk.
7. The romantic couple is in an illicit affair and the woman tries to kill him. Fatal Attraction (Yes, someone did think of this as a great romantic movie.)
Here’s your sweet romance movie primer.
1. There’s only two people in the relationship
2. Both unmarried
3. Healthy people who will outlive the movie
4. Humor and misunderstandings, along with zany friends, unusual incidents and adorable pets are a must.
5. There will be long looks, whispered promises, kisses, handholding and possibly a proposal.
Saying all this, my novel Seeking Shelter doesn’t mean the requirements at first, but it does evolve into a sweet romance. Part of it is that our lives are changing. I remember watching The Love Boat episode where one of the cruisers was an obviously pregnant single woman and still an available man courted her, which was unheard of at the time. Currently, at least as Americans, we spend time transitioning from one relationship to another. Maybe that’s why we want to see people already in relationships or ending one entering into another, possibly better on
What is your favorite sweet love story or movie?
Megan’s goal of being a loving wife ended the same time her husband, Jason, tried to choke the life out of her. She flees the scene with her young children with the help of the police and her neighbor. Heading back to her home state, she realizes Jason will follow and terrorize anyone who gets between them.
Megan becomes Elaine. She changes her appearance along with her name to escape her vengeful spouse. With the help of new friends at the women’s shelter, she pieces together the broken shards of her life. Megan finds the strength to trust and love again when she meets soft-spoken Kevin. He supports Megan’s transformation from abused wife to confident woman. Life is full of potential with her new place, love and career, but Jason looms like a dark cloud. Unfortunately, Jason is not a big fan of happy endings, especially hers.
Seeking Shelter Excerpt
(Denise and Megan are eating in a restaurant when Kevin and a friend enter.)
“Is something wrong?” Denise started to turn in her seat to survey the customers.
“Stop, don’t turn around.” Megan nodded her head in the direction of Kevin.
“Okay, whatever. I do expect details when we get in the car. I feel like I’m in seventh grade again. Maybe you like to pencil a note on your napkin, and I could kick it over to the next table.”
“Denise, could you please talk about something else.” The object of their conversation stood and walked toward them. Oh my, he heard us. Megan was ready to crawl under the table in embarrassment. He was right next to their table, and he kept walking. There was a swish of a door, but she didn’t dare look back.
“Is he still there?” she whispered.
“Relax, Megan. He went to the bathroom.” Denise dabbed at her mouth with the napkin to hide a smile.
“Good, let’s leave now.” She motioned to the waiter for the check.
“What a time for you to suddenly get assertive, just when I was ready to dig into my chips.” She eyed the remains of her club sandwich, which sat beside a generous pile of kettle potato chips.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Could you take them with you? Maybe wrap them up in a napkin or something?” Megan had already shoved her arms into her sweater sleeves and was picking up her purse.
“Absolutely not! That’s something my grandmother would do. I don’t need the fat or the salt, anyway. But I will finish my sandwich.” Denise took enormous bites and chewed vigorously. Wiping her hands, she reached inside the purse for her wallet to pay the bill.
“Hey, I’ll meet you outside.” Megan jumped up like a jack in the box, knocking into someone who was abreast of their table into the next one.
“Umpf,” he managed to utter as he hit the wood table.