Art often imitates life and Harlequin Heartwarming novels aim to do just that. I appreciate – and am eternally grateful for- fantasy romances where I am kidnapped by a ripped pirate with a heart of gold, handsome millionaires who whisk me away to tropical destinations on private jets and brooding dukes who risk their social standing and inheritance to make me their duchess. And don’t forget the jewels! I’ve spent many an afternoon curled up on a lawn chair, couch or in bed (gasp!) with these amazing men, transported to the incredible worlds their talented writers envision.
Yet Heartwarming romances diverge from the fantasy and are grounded in the ups and downs of falling in love in real life. It’s messy, contradictory, redemptive and ultimately uplifting. These ‘real-mances’ affirm that love flourishes despite life’s challenges. Romances bloom just as beautifully in everyday life. What better way to bond than when working together to succeed despite the odds?
Heartwarming romances make us feel less alone. They show us that no matter the soil, love can grow. Most of all, they encourage us not to give up on love. If a brave young woman in a Heartwarming can overcome a difficult childhood or past romantic disappointments and learn to trust again, than so can the reader. It’s inspiring. Art imitating real life- the beautiful, flawed reality that is our everyday lives.
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