Had a good cry lately?
Fiction takes you places, other times and other worlds, but good fiction, great fiction plays your heart strings.
Have you read a story that took you on a “feelings” roller coaster? Three books stand out in my book history, gripping me with edge-of-your-seat emotions.
One: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The book came into my life when I was twelve, sucking me into the drama of a rather spoiled young Scarlett. She did selfish and unlikable things. But, haven’t we all at times? I give Scarlett credit for rising to the occasion when Atlanta was burning and her sweet nemesis, Melanie, went into labor.
You can believe I was along for the ride, enjoying the book. I cried something fierce when Bonnie Blue was lost, but took the story in stride.
The hero never leaves. How could he?
To my twelve year old happily-ever-after mind this was a shocker. I watched the movie hoping for a different ending from the book, but Hollywood held firm to the book ending. I kept imagining scenarios where Rhett went back. Sometimes I still do. The historical genre does not require happily-ever-after like romance. But, even in romance, there’s some pretty gut wrenching moments.
Like in my next example… Two: Dream of Me by Josie Litton
The shocker: the hero, an alpha-Viking-jarl cries. The hero, Wulf, let’s the love of his life (Cymbra) go. He took the Saxon born Cymbra by force and fell in love, but along the way he realizes you can’t “make” someone love you. Love’s a gift that must be given.
Wulf stands in the shadows and watches her brother abduct her back to Wessex.
I’d love to share an excerpt but copyright laws prevent me (just do yourself a favor and buy the book). The author knows how to connect surprising emotions flawlessly.
Maybe this is one reason Dream of Me by Josie Litton is my all time favorite romance?
And my last example, Three: Because of You by Jessica Scott
This is not a war saga, rather it’s a tale of the aftermath.
The surprise? Nurse Jen St. James needs more healing than her super-sized patient, Sergeant Shane Garrison. She’s a breast cancer survivor, but hasn’t had reconstructive surgery — by choice. Her body’s scars reflect inner emotional scars. Shane, a gentle giant of a man with his own recovery problems, tenderly helps Jen with hers.
And yes, I had a good cry over Jen and Shane. More than once.
Now it’s your turn. Share a book that got your tear ducts flowing and tell me why. Leave your comment below and one commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card (to be delivered via e-gift by email. Open to any location in the world). Be sure to leave your email address. Drawing for the prize will be June 20th.
Cheers to you, Reader! ~Gina
Are you playing the Romantic Pursuit game? Here’s today’s question: What’s the name of the stolen Saxon heroine from Dream of Me? Click here to answer.