I grew up reading, knowing, and play-acting Cinderella. Almost every girl of a certain age did. When I was in 3rd grade, I remember directing all the neighborhood kids in a play based on Cinderella. I not only directed but played the leading role. LOL
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We performed the play in the driveway of a neighbor’s house, and we invited our parents. You may be wondering why I’ve shared this childhood memory.
Over the weekend, Monday, and Tuesday, I explore different ideas that I might use in writing this post. Well, Tuesday afternoon, I watched a Hallmark movie I’d recorded from Saturday night. It was a typical Hallmark romance, “Once Upon A Prince.” It reminded me of all the romances I used to read as a young girl and young woman.
In this case, the prince has come to stay with his mother’s friend on an island off the coast of South Carolina for a vacation before his coronation. His father’s recent death forces him to become King earlier than he’d expected. The prince helps a young American woman who gets a flat tire.
The heroine is a landscape architect. Of course, they fall in love. He returns to his kingdom with his mother expecting him to marry the woman who’s from a good family, and who he’s known for ever.
The prince’s aid suggests to the prince’s mother that if they invite the American woman over to the kingdom, so the prince will see how she doesn’t fit in. The ruse is for her to come and help with the gardens. The prince’s mother is upset when it appears not to be working. After the coronation ball, the American woman leaves, believing she’s doing the best thing for them both. She can never fit in to the role of queen.
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Back in South Carolina, her landscape business is growing. But the prince, now king, comes after her. He’s told his mother he promised to protect the rights of all Cambrians, and he is one, and that includes his right to pursue the woman of his dreams. Mother comes around realizing that more important than tradition is her son’s happiness.
I gotta admit as I watched, I kept thinking how is this going to have an HEA? Happily Ever After. The heroine really knows nothing about being queen or how to behave as a royal. She’ll be expected to leave her home and family and live a totally different kind of life. I’m not just not sure this is realistic.
I write romances with HEAs. I only want to read a book with an HEA. There’s enough bad stuff in the world as it is.
Still, I believe a love story like this movie or many of the books I’ve read or the ones I write, play an important role. They give us hope that when all is bleak, things might still work out. No matter how unrealistic it may seem.
Don’t we need these glimpses of hope? I believe we do. It may not be everyone’s taste, but sometimes, we all need that glimmer of hope.
Do you read books with an HEA? Or are you okay with things not working out in the end? Love to hear from you.