Day 15 Teresa Medeiros – Romance Heals

The Healing Power of Love & Romance

TemptationI’d love to tell you today why I believe romance matters, but I’d rather let my readers do the talking.

Romance matters because a young woman in Portugal named Lourdes Goulart was praying that my next book would come out before the cancer that was ravaging her body claimed her life. Even though chemo had weakened her eyesight to the point of blindness, she sent me a beautiful and painstaking cross-stitch she’d done of a windmill she could see through the window from her bed. I received word shortly after her package arrived that Lourdes had died. She started my new book the day before she entered the hospital for the last time, but didn’t want to read past the first page for fear of being interrupted.

Romance matters because a little girl named Kim could never seem to master reading. Both her performance in school and her self-esteem plummeted. When she was eleven years old, she ended up in bed with the chicken pox for two weeks and her father brought her a stack of Harlequin romances to keep her occupied. Because Kim was so interested in those books, she literally taught herself to read and went on to excel both in school and in life. She now lives in a house surrounded by her beloved books.

Romance matters because I recently received a call from a friend who had attended nursing school with me. She’d just undergone a total hysterectomy. She described how depressed and emotionally empty she’d felt after the surgery. She told me that reading my book CHARMING THE PRINCE pulled out of her depression and even restored the sexual desire for her husband that she had feared she would never feel again.

Romance matters because of an e-mail I received from a 54-year-old incest survivor. Instead of blaming her father for the terrible things he had done to her, she had always blamed her mother for not protecting her. Because my hero in A KISS TO REMEMBER found the grace in his soul to forgive his mother for not protecting him, this woman decided, after nursing her bitterness for fifty years, to forgive her Alzheimer’s stricken mother before she died.

Romance matters because there’s enough heartbreak in this life and when your own heart is aching, there’s nothing more uplifting than to read about hearts being healed by the power of love.

So what is the most “healing” romance YOU’VE ever read?

Recommendations:

Rebecca Hagan Lee’s GOLDEN CHANCES. I’ve been missing wonderful Americana historical romances for so long and this is the first in her “Borrowed Bride” series set in a small town in Wyoming.


Questions for Teresa:

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house and why do you keep it?

Gollum and Willow Christina Dodd sent me a Gollum doll with a pull string so it actually hisses, “My precioussss…” when you pull the string. Every time I look at it, I naturally think of Christina. (The physical resemblance is stunning! ;)) Oh, and it freaks out my husband and cats, which is fun.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

I’M DANCING EVEN FASTER THAN I CAN starring “A Younger Meg Ryan Back When She Could Look Fabulous Without Combing Her Hair” (with Melissa McCarthy as her understudy).

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

My dad gave me the pearls he brought my mom back from Vietnam. I always feel like she’s with me when I wear them.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

I love the scene in THE TEMPTATION OF YOUR TOUCH when Max goes ghost-chasing and ends up with his prim and proper housekeeper in his arms instead of the ghost.

And if you want a fabulous intro to the romance genre in general, pick up one of Judith McNaught’s classic historicals like SOMETHING WONDERFUL or ALMOST HEAVEN.

 

Teresa is generously donating at $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. No international sorry. To enter the domestic contest, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by 11:59pm EST Aug 15 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


TeresaAfter failing at her lifelong ambitions to become a princess or a secret agent, Teresa wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one, introducing readers to one of the most beloved and versatile voices in romance and women’s fiction. (Yes, she wrote that part.) She has appeared on every national bestseller list, including the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists. She currently has over ten million books in print and is published in over seventeen languages. (But alas, never in Klingon!) She is currently being held as a slave in her own home (while wearing a gold bikini) by her cats Willow Tum-Tum and Buffy the Mouse Slayer and recently started her own publishing company Amber House Books. You can visit her website at www.teresamedeiros.com

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  • Melanie Backus

    It is wonderful that books can get us through terrible things. They have the ability to take us to better places.

  • Laurie W G

    Elizabeth Lowell’s:
    A WOMAN WITHOUT LIES – Stained glass artist Angel heals distrustful, misoginist Hawk with her love

    FORBIDDEN Duncan and Amber’s mystical love story

    Elizabeth Hoyt Legend of the Four Soldier’s series of wounded warrior.s

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  • Kim Cornwell

    Romance has gotten me through some tough times! Thanks for stopping by! Love meeting new authors!

  • helena rizzuto

    Romance… keeps my imagination live and full of life.

  • MK

    How cool that your mom brought back pearls from Vietnam, and what a great way to remember her

  • Meredith Richardson

    Romance books really enrich our lives! My mom has Fibromyalgia and recently broke her hip falling down the steps so she’s been stuck in bed and really depressed. She’s never really read romance books before so I brought her a few of my favorites and she loved them! Now she’s smiling again and she says the distraction really helps with the pain and has made her a lot happier, so you’re right… Romance really does matter!!

  • brhill2010

    It was really nice of your dad to bring back pearls from Vietnam for your mother then pass them onto you. I am a little stunned to see how romance really effects us. Thanks for being a romance writer.

  • Shanna Christian

    Reading is what keeps me sane! At the end of the day, there’s nothing like a good romance to help me relax!

  • Denise Christensen Metcalf

    What wonderful stories! Thank you for sharing. Love your books. They have gotten me through many a bad time.

  • buell

    Romance matters to me because it helped me escape being abused by my alcoholic father. When I was an early teen I would go to yard sales and buy bags of Harlequins and go into the woods and read them. And now as an adult I read romance novels to help me through my days when my agoraphobia and panic is so bad that I can’t escape my home but I can through them.

  • Crystal H

    Romance, although not as life changing as the stories above, has been a love of mine since I was 13. I am having a baby tomorrow and this pregnancy has been a little rough, because of that I haven’t got to read as much as I like…but when I do get to read it is always a romance, with a HEA at the end!

  • Beverley O’Connor

    Congrats on starting your own publishing company.

  • Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz

    What touching stories from your readers! That’s lovely! And I can never tell my husband about that Gollum doll because he will buy it and wake me up in the middle of the night with it. *shudders*

  • Anastasia Christine Carter

    I loved this article! Books truly are amazing, especially romance!

  • candi

    Between my depression and chronic pain in my lower back and hips, I have mostly lost my interest in intimacy. Reading romance novels “puts me in the mood,” which makes my husband very happy.

  • Toni Linenberger

    Theresa ! You brought tears to my eyes this morning. What wonderful reasons for romance to matter.
    Lovely photo of Willow Tum-tum. 🙂

  • Stephanie Johnson Wildie

    What a great blog! I love reading. Books transport me to my own little world & sometimes with my family…I can use the escape (lol)!

  • Teresa

    Truly great stories about peoples lives! I was a teenager and finished all the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys and loved mysteries.When I ran out of books to read, my Aunt gave me some Harlequin Romance novels. Loved them. Then, as a stay at home mom, I found a bunch of historical romance by Bertrice Small and Jennifer Blake at a yard sale. Took me to a whole new world.

  • Ann Drake

    What heart touching stories! Thanks for sharing!

  • PJ Ausdenmore

    Thank you for sharing those stories with us today, Teresa. I can’t imagine anyone reading your CHARMING THE PRINCE and not being lifted in spirit!

  • Brandy Millwood

    I absolutely love this blog! Romance still matters in so many ways. In a age of sex and lust it sometimes feels like the romance has completely gone out. I’m still a hopeless romantic and believe in love that lasts forever 🙂

  • Mary Moeykens

    I hated reading when I was young. I was slow at it and all of those boring “good literature” books the school made me read were so boring I couldn’t consentrate long enough to ever finish them. One day when I as in 10th grade my mom gave me a book by Sidney Sheldon called If Tomorrow Comes. I read it in a week (a record for me at the time). Now I read all the time and its one of my favorite pass times.

  • Joanne Ozment

    Loved all those stories. I read to get away from the crap in life.

  • Chrisbails

    I love to read and love your books. If I am feeling down and need to be picked up I will pick up a romance book and make myself feel better. Going into someone else’s world where they are happy will always put a smile on my face. Even if the book is sad, they usually always have a happy ending. If I want a guaranteed pick me up I will re-read a favorite, like a Julia Quinn is always a good one, or Lisa Kleypas book. Of course you have some great happy endings also Teresa.

  • Stephanie Gatch Wottrich

    I love the “My Precioussssss” I adore creepy stuff like that! 😀

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I loved all your stories. It is amazing what effect a great story can have on a person.

  • Barbara Sluis

    I read most genres but when I really want to escape, it’s almost always a romance I pick of the shelf.

  • Lori W

    Hands down, the creepiest thing in my house is everyday at 3:00 pm when my cat sits at the corner of our dining room and has a “conversation.”

  • Deb Hinshaw

    Oh. My. Gosh. What a super blog today, Teresa! Thank you so much for sharing those stories of hope and wonder with us. One book that I read touched me….not because of the romance, but because the heroine’s father was thought to be crazy…but today we know it as Alzheimer’s. My father is in stage 5 or 6 of that horrid disease and his forgetfulness and lack of basic comprehension is heart-breaking. Kate Noble’s book THE SUMMER OF YOU grabbed at my heart because of my dad.
    As for a romantic story, I love Julia Quinn’s ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON because I can relate to the heroine Penelope.
    I have all of your books on my keeper shelf, Teresa!

  • Kim Miller

    Weirdest thing in my house is the ceiling fan turning on by themselves and door shutting themselves. Kinda creepy when you are home alone

  • Toni Campitiello Smith

    Very inspiring blog today Teresa! I’m feeling a little down today because it is my birthday, and this is helping me get through the day, this and probably one of your books 😉

  • Caitlin

    This is a great blog! I think that romance matters because it is one of natures greatest gifts to be loved and to love back in such a way that generates great happiness.

  • Nancy Huddleston

    Awesome stories thank you. Romance matters

  • Katrina

    Good morning and thanks for sharing. I think when most ppl think of romance they have a negative view of it. It’s not all about sex, but the feelings evoked from feeling both worthy and cherished. It’s not the big displays, but the combination of the small ones wrapped all together. Questions like, do you really know me, do you understand me, do you know what’s important to me, do you cherish me, or even do you value me, can all be answered or shown with small displays.
    Again thank you for sharing. Enjoyed reading your blog.

  • Jamie Arnold

    the ugliest thing that is in my house right now is a room. It was painted 16 years ago with faded rainbows and a pot of gold with clouds. Over the years it has faded, peeled and an eyesore. Why do I keep it? To be honest when I look in and see my children sleeping in the same room, it gives me a since of peace. so my nephew slept in there when he was little. the other is that my mother passed away in the room when my daughter was only 6 months old. It makes me feel connected as if she is also watching over my children as they sleep.

  • clanwilson

    The most healing romance I’ve ever read…that’s so difficult to say! Funny stories are healing to the heart, but a good cry does the trick, too. I’ll pick DREAMING
    OF YOU by Lisa Kleypas. After numerous readings, I am still deeply touched when Derek finally lets Sara break down the barriers to his heart.

  • Britney Adams

    What wonderful reader stories! Romance heals…love that!

  • Hannah Roberson

    Romance teaches me everyday with every book I read that it is just as important to Love myself just as much as it is to receive love. Once I realized that five years ago, I lost weight, and just started to feel all around better about myself.

  • Meralee

    Romance teaches us that its OK to love ,and sex can be nfun and funny 🙂

  • Beth Jeffery

    The gollum is super creepy. I have a painting that was made by my mother in law that my husband has to have hanging in our bedroom. The painting is very well done, but there is something about the eyes. It seems to follow you around the house. It doesn’t matter where you stand…..it stares at you. Sometimes at night it looks like the eyes are glowing and looking at me. Not an ugly painting, but extremely creepy.

  • flchen1

    Wow–those are some incredible reminders of the power of love to heal, not just on an intellectual level, but in our day to day lives. I’m not sure which one story to choose as a healing one, because I think each one that celebrates love is a testament to how love brings light to our lives. I did just finish Julie James’s Love Irresistibly, and in that, there are a couple examples of healed relationships that give me hope for real-life healing as well.

  • MrsReddog

    Don’t have anything quite that creepy in my house, well…ok, unless you count a few super UGLY pictures of some relatives…now that’s some scary stuff!! lol

  • Mary McCoy

    What wonderful examples of the power of well written romance on readers’ lives. And I can’t wait to see Xtina’s response to the Gollum resemblance remark!

  • jcp

    All I I can say is WOW!

  • Cheryl Castings

    What wonderful real-life letters you have received. I know you must cherish them. Yes, reading romances can be healing, comforting, and uplifting!

  • Debby

    Your stories about readers brings a tear to my eye. Romance books have been my salvation for many years. I love nothing better than to get caught up in a book and escape reality (this I do WAY too much!). When all my friends were coming to me about a year ago and telling me I needed to ready “50 Shades of Gray” I replied that I had been reading romance or “smut” books for over 20 years and have been happily married for 27 so I figured one set of books was not the saving grace that everyone thought it was. Your books have been on my favorites list for as long as I can remember and I will continue to add them as your new ones come out!

  • CherylR

    Love the Gollum..I want one!! Thank you for sharing the stories of how romance can help heal the soul. We love though the laughter and the tears.

  • Michelle

    Your reasons romance matters brought tears to my eyes. Loved reading those stories. I love your books and am always waiting for the next one or hoping to find an older one I haven’t read yet. I have had the pleasure to meet you on a couple of occasions and you are just was wonderful in person.

  • Kareni

    Many thanks for your wonderful books. And thanks for sharing the impact your books have had on others.

  • Anne

    Thank you for sharing. Life is difficult and a good romance makes it all go away for a little while.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    There are a lot of authors I have read that make me feel good for having read their books. I would say most recently, if I need a book to cheer me up, I have been reading Carolyn Brown’s books about hot cowboys! Thank you for sharing your touching stories about your readers.

  • Karin Anderson

    Those brought a couple tears to my eyes.

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Love the reader stories you shared, so touching. I think that the most healing romance I have read would have to be Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn. I am putting The Temptation of Your Touch in my TBR pile.

  • Erlinda Mejia

    I was introduced to your work with Thief of Hearts and have been a fan ever since. I fall in love with the characters every time! Thank you so much for enriching my life with Love stories that promote hope.

  • Molly McDevitt

    First book of yours that I read was Goodnight Tweetheart. I reread parts often. It will always be a favorite. Because of that book, I also read A Fine and Private Place, which I loved.

  • Sara Gerhold

    I loved Goodnight Tweetheart, but the books of yours I love the most are the ones with magic, which has bee a while ago.

  • Erin DeLuca

    I absolutely love your writing and the presence of your little kitties on FB don’t hurt either.

  • christinejensen

    I definitely read romance when I am down!

  • Cyndee Martin

    Maybe I am still healing from life and that is why I read romance. Thank you Teresa! Love your books!

  • Carrie

    Wonderful essay. You provided several more reasons why the romance genre is the best.

  • Ann Mettert

    Each one of these essays is more insightful than the last.

  • alisha woods

    I love Willow Tum Tum and Gollum

  • Diane

    Most healing romance…wow. So many. I guess Don’t Forget to Smile by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. It’s all about how you don’t have to stay stuck but can recreate yourself and keep yourself simultaneously.

  • MK

    I commented on your FB post re my phone booth. Thanks!

  • Dina Keratsis

    Most healing? Too many. But reading Goodnight Tweetheart got me writing again. That was personally healing.

  • Michelle Fidler

    Congrats on starting your own publishing company. Sounds like it’d be hard to do. I have cats and I like the picture of your gray cat with a little white on him. Most healing romance? Maybe Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. I think it was James Patterson who wrote it.

  • Crystal Sebring

    i definitely use reading for healing, i started as a young girl who needed an escape and it’s been my favorite hiding spot ever since.

  • Ashlea321

    I loved your book Yours Until Dawn. So much forgiveness

  • Mary Tapia

    Thank you for your wonderful poat. Yes, romance novels do help heal, relationships and hearts. They re-affirm our belief in love!

  • Marguerite Guinn

    I have read so many romances over the years, that i don’t think I could name just one that was healing! A romance novel is a ticket (that costs under $10) to another place and time. A romance novel is a glimpse into other lives, not nearly so boring and mundane as your own. A romance novel is an escape from working two jobs and holding life together. A romance novel is hope that someday, like the heroes and heroines in the book, true love will win! And finally, a romance novel is a reminder to the heart and soul that love endures, even as a loved one slowly slips toward death.

    Reading romances reminds me of the importance of saying, “I love you!’ and meaning it every time! Thank you, Teresa, for writing romances. Please keep them coming.

    • Lovely, Marguerite! Hope you’re finding inspiration in all the posts at Read-A-RomanceMonth!

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Great blogpost today, Terri. Your examples of why Romance matters are heartbreaking and inspiring. And I love the friendly fire between yor and Christina!

  • Evelyn S

    That was a great essay!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kim

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Judith McNaught’s books are wonderful. I’d add Perfect or paradise if someone only reads contemporaries.

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for the stories from your readers.
    Most of the romances I read heal in one way or another. To pick the most healing would be too hard. Your recommendation of the Judith McNaught books reminds me that mine were destroyed due to a water leak in the basement. It’s time to replace them and start from the beginning with WHITNEY, MY LOVE.

  • Polly

    I loved Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie not so much for my healing,but because she did such a wonderful job of developing a healing relationship for Ian, and therefore giving hope to all that love those who are different,

  • BookLady

    What a wonderful post! You have touched so many lives with your romantic writing. Thanks for sharing the inspirational real-life stories.

  • Krysten Michelsen

    Great post! Love all your books 🙂

  • Melissa Spencer Feehan

    I went to a library book sale on Tuesday. I found judith McNaught’s books in paperback and gave them to a younger woman looking for good historicals. Nabbed a copy of THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID for myself!!!!

  • Charlotte M. Liebel

    Humor and romance work for me and that is why my favorite novel is your ~ The Devil Wears Plaid released in 2010. However, the struggles in ordinary life happen everyday to darken sweet dreams. I dream of ‘happy endings’ but they seem to happen only in storybooks. Reading romantic tales are fulfilling in a woman’s life and “healing.” Thanks for sharing your romance-writing gift with me and readers in the millions!

    Charlotte M Liebel

  • QuenKne M

    I find it amazing that things we do in our normal lives can actually impact others so much that it changes their lives. I once read that you should say hello or give a smile to someone every single day because everyone is going through something and you never know what that one little gesture could do for them. Little acts of kindness make huge impacts.

  • Shannon Dangl

    Linda Howard’s “Cry No More”. Reading about a mother searching the world for her kidnapped child for years was very healing to me after I had just buried my sweet little baby girl who didn’t make it. It was beautiful to watch her search, find, decide, and move on to love again and have a beautiful life.

  • Cat C

    What beautiful, touching examples stories of why romance matters! On a lighter note, I love the picture of the Gollum doll with what is presumably your cat. And the scene in “The Temptation of Your Touch” sounds AWESOME!

  • Pamby50

    I couldn’t tell you just one author. I spent months in a rehab facility after being diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease. My friends brought me all kinds of romance books. That is where I was first introduced to you. The battle continues but I credit all the romance books for keeping me strong and hopeful. Love Judith McNaught too.

  • Carrie Marie

    Take Care, Sara by Lindy Zart has been one of the most healing books I’ve ever read. (And also, I just saw a comment by Polly mentioning The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – i would have to agree w/ her assessment there!)
    This article … excellent job, Teresa! I must now share it! : )

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    Teresa, frankly you bowl me over. Thank you for your essay — I’ve tears in my eyes. As I recently mentioned to Maggie Shayne, anyone with a writing talent and one that is able to reach out to so many people through her writing, should consider it God’s gift to do so and are obligated to to do just that. I love your spirit and your determination to do good. Hope you much success in your publishing company, Amber House Books.

  • Becky Rabalais

    Thanks for sharing !

  • Kristin East Hubbard

    What a great post and I can totally relate. I’m always afraid I’m going to die before my favorite book series is completed. Books matter. They matter more than the person writing them even knows. Thank you to all the writers out there. You not only enrich my life but touch my soul.

    • Thank you, Kristin – lovely! Hope you’re following ReadARomanceMonth.com all month.

  • Larena Hubble

    Because of some events in my life for month I quit reading but what got me past the bad part was reading Shelly Laurenston’s Pride books. It got me reading again and helped to take my mind off some things that I needed escape from.

  • Jen C

    Luckily I haven’t had to deal with anything as traumatic as those readers, but when I’m feeling glum or like I’m going nowhere fast, my go-to books are the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr and Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. Those stories always remind me of how bad things can be and make me thankful for the people, things, and situations in my life.

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    I’ve enjoyed your books Teresa! GoodNight TweetHeart was the first of yours I read. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • rebecca moe

    I can’t think of a specific book right now (too sleepy) but if a book makes me feel better about anything less than ideal in my life during the time I’m reading it, it’s absolutely a romance. Nothing else will do it for me at times like that.

    Your Goodnight Tweetheart is the first “real” (read: not YA) romance my daughter ever read. I finished it last summer, handed it to her, and said, “You have to read this!” For once, she listened. 😉

    Scaring the cats is always fun. Oh, and the children. 🙂

  • TrishJ

    Thanks for sharing. We never really know how much we touch other people’s lives. It must be wonderful when people tell you how you made a difference to them.

  • MaryC

    During the last three months of my mother’s life, she was in and out of the hospital, each stay longer and longer. Romance provided me with a much needed escape from all the stress.

  • Ann

    Heart warming reasons that romance matters

  • glittergirl54

    I’ve been dwelling on your question “So what is the most “healing” romance YOU’VE ever read?” and I don’t have an answer for you specifically. I know there have been several that were profound but I didn’t write them down. Now their titles are lost to me. I can’t seem to hold onto anything for longer than 5 minutes lately…Oh well, I do know that reading romance fills a void in my life and I find escape, joy and healing in reading them. Some stories are profound, like Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, Hannah Howell’s Gillyanne in her Highland Bride, Robin Schone’s Lady Abigail Wynfred in A Lady’s Pleasure and others. They stick and reside in my heart. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us in the post and in your books.

  • Courtney Cogswell

    What an amazing post–I love all of your stories from readers, even if they do make me a bit teary. Love your books and so glad to see you participating in read a romance month 🙂 I enjoy your Buffy themed cat names as well, it’s still my all time favorite show!!!

  • michelle fitzsimons

    Beautiful words as always, Teresa. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt words here & in your books:-)

  • Mary Zwierzynski Slack

    Thank you. I needed these reminders why romance matters.

  • Marcy Shuler

    Your examples of why reading matters really touched me.
    One of my favorite romance stories is your book, YOURS UNTIL DAWN. It totally counts as a healing romance. Makes me laugh and cry every time I read it.

  • Laura Z

    Loved Goodnight Tweetheart, have read it a couple of times. To me that was such a healing book.

  • Tina B

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful stories about why romance matters, Teresa! They brought tears to my eyes.
    I am not sure what the most healing romance is that I have read. When I started reading them, I mostly read PNR for the escape and the worlds they are set in. 🙂
    One of my favorite types are redemption stories that prove not only are people able to be forgiven, but that others can change permanently. Unfortunately, that is not always the case in real life.
    Thank you so much!

  • Melissa Sullivan

    Such a beautiful post. ^w^

  • Anita Medeiros

    Love your books Teresa, thank you for your incredible imagination!!!

  • Fran Colley

    I think this is my favorite blog of the Read a Romance Month–mostly because it made me cry. YES, books heal hearts…and lives. I’m thankful for each and every romance novel I’ve read and been touched by. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with me and reminding me: I’m not alone and everything will turn out okay. Thank you.

  • Dana Shoulders

    I can’t wait to see X-Tina’s rebuttal :). Oh, and I loved the real life examples. I mean we can all talk about why we think it’s important, but those true anecdotes where it made an appreciable difference really make a point.

  • CJN

    You might not think Dorothy Sayer’s Book Gaudy Night is a romance but I loved it and loved it when Lord Peter Whimsey finally got Harriet Vane to accept his proposal. I also have a sad story to go with my choice. In 1983, I sat in a radiation therapy waiting room as my husband received his treatment. I knew his brain cancer was terminal and I read Dorothy Sayers dense text to get lost. In the waiting room was an emaciated young man and I saw his hair was gone. I could tell he was trying to get my attention and I stubbornly pretended I was absorbed in my book. I am not a rude person, I just on the edge. Finally, I berated myself and looked up. He smiled at me and showed me his book. It was Gaudy Night and he said he could survive this without Dorothy Sayers. I agreed. We went back to our reading. I was 25 and couldn’t imagine losing my husband but I could lose myself in a book. I listen to my friends talk of winning awards or getting published and while I want the same things, what I really want is to write a book that will give that kind of escape to someone who is trapped in a bad place..

  • Glenda

    Great examples of how romance can make a difference! I don’t have any healing romance examples to share, but plan on reading the one listed here.

    I do love your Gollum! And I’m sure there are ways to get a novel translated into Klingon after all the Klingon Language Institute (http://www.kli.org/) even offers a college scholarship. If they can’t help, no one can! 😉

  • Sandi in OH

    I think romance books heal more people than any of us think. Books take us to a different dimension that helps us overcome problems, misery, and/or illness.

  • Jackie Maldonado

    I love romance novels, especially the ones that have their cute, funny moments. After all the stress that many of us go through, it is great to have wonderful stories to read that can make us sigh, laugh, cheer, and even make us feel embarrassed when the character does too! Personally, and I think many would agree with me, I find the books where the guy transforms from a tough, fighting, and emotionally detached guy into the sweetest and most heart warming guy. (You do a wonderful job at that, by the way lol). It is just so cute to me lol. Romance books are simply just great, and I thank you for creating unforgettable stories.

    P.S. I love your book “The Devil Wears Plaid,” just so fun to read 🙂

  • Pam P

    Such an inspiring post, Teresa!. Off the top of my head, Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie comes to mind, though I think Ian found more to have in his unieque world with more of the healing to his family seeing him gain that experience.

  • You are a new to me author…pleased to ‘meet’ you here and read your essay. Your books sound great. I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover, and yours is gorgeous up there!

  • leah g

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your examples are soul affirming!
    That gollum is terrifying. I would be freaked out too.

  • Ketta Peters

    Fantastic post, thank you.

  • Sue G.

    What sweet letters readers have sent you. How nice to know you touched someone so profoundly.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    simply beautiful 🙂

  • Cindy Souther

    There is enough stress, concern, pain and sadness in the world – it’s the human condition. Not permanent – we have so much more to look forward to in heaven, but for now the inevitable, guaranteed happy ending in romance brings such a nice feeling to the reader. And the adventures experienced in getting there are a GREAT escape! I love it!

  • Barbara E.

    I’m not sure about the most healing romance I’ve every read, but one I read recently was Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement and it was wonderful. I loved the hero and heroine who needed healing and found it in each other.

  • MooMoo Cake

    I can’t think of a specific novel that heals but I definitely have felt it before. Thank you for sharing such touching stories, both in your novels and your post here. I wish you hadn’t shared the existence of a Gollum doll that speaks though. It creeps me out a little to even imagine it 🙂

  • Janie McGaugh

    I can’t really think of a particular “healing romance.” I do, in general, find them healing, because anything that brings you hope is conducive to healing, and romances are certainly do that.

  • Bernadette Long

    Thank you for such an interesting blog today. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the entire world would read romance? It would be a much happier place for all.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Loretta Chase wrote a couple of stories that have always stayed with me. The first was The Lion’s Daughter. The scene I will always remember is when the oldest son, who is responsible for the demise of the family estate, returns home and weeps as he finally accepts responsibility for his actions after he falls in love and marries. The other book is the story of Alistair Carsington which is more timely because it is about PTSD, and the woman who helps him find himself. Powerful stories of healing and love.

  • Kim

    Great post! I love the stories of how romance has changed the lives of your readers. I love the books where the hero or heroine who are physically “perfect.” It gives me hope.

  • Ada H

    Those are such beautiful stories. Thank you for sharing those Teresa!

  • M Kuxhaus

    Oh, I’m going to be too late!

  • Katy M

    I love Judith McNaught! She was one of the authors who introduced me to romance and I would always cry at the end. I’d pick Almost Heaven as very healing book for me when I read it.

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    I also have Buffy the Vampire Slayer themed pets. I have Buffy and Spike a pair of old Pomeranians. Romance is important because sometimes one needs a wonderful escape from it all.

  • Tin

    Hi, Teresa! Lourdes’s story had me teary-eyed. Yes, romance heals. Love heals. My favorite romance novel that heals me: Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas.

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  • claritygolden

    I hadn’t really thought about it before, but now that you talk about romance being healing I guess I do have my own story. (And wow, this is a real lightbulb moment for me here, so thank you!) I had a really difficult time with the birth of my son and ended up having multiple follow up surgeries and lots of pain for a year. I wasn’t even cleared to have sex again with my husband for a year and a half and I while things went ok when we started up again I was kind of detached about sex. I had read romances in high school but not really since then, but I started picking a few up again in that weird detached period. The books reminded me of how good sex was and how great my marriage was, and I honestly give them partial credit for helping me start to like all those things and my body again.

  • Cindy A

    Romance matters. I NEED stories with a happy ending – makes going to my job easier.

  • Joan Varner

    Thanks, Teresa, your essay provides us with a glimpse into other readers thoughts and feelings regarding romance novels. I know I love them and sometimes, when the going gets a little tough in the “real world”, I can go read an HEA and the day is just a little better for me.