Day 9 Meredith Bond – Love That Lasts

Love in the Long Run

Most romance novels are about people falling in love. They invariably end just with the couple committing to each other in some form. In my sweet Regency romances, they end with a kiss; in hotter romances, they end with the couple consummating the relationship both physically and emotionally. But then what happens?

Well, I have to admit, my most favorite fan letters have been readers telling me what happens next: they go on to have two children and then go on an archaeological dig in Greece (for A Dandy in Disguise where Rose and Fungy both have a love of the classics and archaeology). Whatever it is that happens next lives on in the reader’s mind as they contemplate these two characters, the hero and heroine, who have come alive for them. It’s beautiful and what every writer wishes for.

Meredith BondBut what does happen with love in a marriage? I’ve now been married for over twenty years and am still madly in love with my husband. My parents-in-law celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary not too long before my father-in-law passed away. His passing devastated my mother-in-law, naturally, and it wasn’t just because she missed having him around. It was because even after such a very long time together, she was still wonderfully, thoroughly in love with him.

Certainly, the love I write about—new love, falling in love—is very different from older, mature love. I’m sure there must be romance novels about this kind  of mature love. The love that comes with truly knowing someone—all of their quirks, habits and oddities. The love that comes with living with someone day in and day out.

When I think about celebrating love, I think of this older love, because while it is wonderful to have a new love, it is the love that withstands the test of time which I believe is truly worth celebrating. So, my hat off to everyone who reads this who has loved for a good number of years.

Enjoy your love. Celebrate your love. Take another look at the person you love and appreciate them. Give your love an extra kiss tonight before you go to sleep and let them know how much you love them—a word (or three) will make a difference.

Recommendations:

Instead of me recommending a book to you, I’d love it if you could recommend one for me. Do you know any romances about people who’ve been happily married for years?  (Other than Eve and Roarke – that’s too easy! ;o) ~Bobbi )


 Questions for the Author:

1 – Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did:

Certainly the scariest thing I ever did was to go to India to meet my, then, boyfriend’s (now husband’s) parents. We were thinking of getting married, but he needed them to meet me first and approve of this odd American girl he’d met.

2 – Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I started writing because I was bored. I didn’t have a job, nor prospects for getting one after moving to Western Massachusetts with my husband. With nothing to do, I started writing a book just like the Georgette Heyer books I loved to read. The rest, as they say, is history.

3 – Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

It would have to be Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer. It was the very first Regency romance I ever read. The first romance I’d ever read. I loved it from beginning to end and I’ve been reading them ever since. Of course, I’ve expanded my reading habits to include all romances, but that first book was the one that started me off. Thanks, Mom, for insisting that I read that one.

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merrybondMeredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir and A Dandy In Disguise have recently been republished. Meredith also teaches writing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.

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  • Anna

    I think there are a few mystery series – Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody comes to mind where there’s a romance that then turns into a permanent relationship, but nothing comes to mind with romance!

    • Meredith Bond

      And isn’t that the problem, Anna? It’s interesting to think of though, isn’t it?

      • Anna

        I always enjoy secondary characters in stories who are happily married, and have been for a while. It’s too bad that they don’t get their own love stories!

        • Meredith Bond

          What a neat idea, Anna! Why don’t they get their own stories? Ok, that’s going into my idea file! Thanks!

          • Anna

            You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Thanks for your words. It’s so important to say “I love you”! For romances about people who have been happily (but not all the time!) married for years, I remember Suburban Renewal by Pamela Morsi. 🙂

    • Meredith Bond

      Oh, I have heard of Pamela Morsi! Going to check her out now! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Emmel

    While the book deals with a point of strain in their marriage, the secondary romance in SEP’s Nobody’s Baby But Mine focuses on an older, long-married couple. But it is great to see that in romance. Most of the time, it’s not featured, as there isn’t much drama to long-lasting love (thank goodness!).

    • Meredith Bond

      I agree, Emmel in no conflict after the marriage, but sometimes, it is interesting to see how people continue on and continue to make it work.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I also thought of Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody series. Does Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (Jamie and Claire) count as a continuing romance that matures as the couple grows older? Julia Quinn has her Bridgerton series 2nd epilogues which give a hint at how the couples are doing as they’ve matured. But the only other example I can think of are series with connected books and second generations that refer to older couples as in Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster family books.

    • Meredith Bond

      I love the Amelia Peabody series! Gosh, I haven’t thought of those in years. Great idea! And Julia Quin’s Bridgerton series and a number of other book do add in their own epilogues so that you can get an idea of how the hero and heroine live happily ever after, but I love when readers make up their own. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts, Patty!

  • Linnea Bassin

    I will be married for 14 years in November. It is a huge deal for me because my mom and dad were only married 10 years and it was a very bad marriage. I have tons of books I love. I have read almost every book Lauren Dane writes but I especially love her Chase Brothers Series and Brown Family series. There are many other I enjoy like Susan Mallery, Vivan Arend, Christina Dodd, Eloisa James, Liliana Hart, Tina Folsom, Serena Blake and Melody Anne. I could go on forever I feel like there are tons of great authors and not nearly enough time.

  • Judy Goodnight

    I find it interesting how our mothers helped to shape our reading lives. It was my mom who introduced me to the “then” contemporary romances by Emilie Loring, to romantic suspense via Mary Stewart & Phyllis Whitney, to gothic historicals via Victoria Holt & Dorothy Eden, and to the Regency era by handing me a Georgette Heyer. It was The Talisman Ring & it’s still one of my favorites.

  • Glenda

    I can only imagine the stress of going to a different country to get approval of the love of your life’s parents! I’d be a basket case! From your blog it sounds like this most recent trip was much less stressful.

  • rebecca moe

    I love Georgette Heyer! So close to actual Austen 🙂

    Nice post–thanks for sharing!

  • Martha B

    Thought provoking post (and not just because I agree with you 100 %) I’ve been married 34 + years. Best advice I ever received (while engaged,) – – focus on the positives in him… Remember why you fell in love (in the first place). Tell him EVERY day one thing you appreciate him. Maybe he filled up your car with gas, emptied the dishwasher (performed a task you usually do). The perfect headline of your post – LOVE That Lasts!

  • Brenda E

    Great post. I noticed someone already recommended Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series – that was what came to mind to me as well when you asked about long lasting couples. I still think the Mummy movies were loosely based on her series – especially when they brought in the son that knocked over those pillars in the tomb, domino fashion – I remember there being something similar with Amelia’s son Ramses. 🙂

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for asking for recommendations…now I have more books to read!

  • Anna Erishkigal

    In Kelly Armstrong’s ‘Women of the Underworld’ series, she has several books where she revisits relationships that were ‘new’ in the first book, and then ‘maturing’ in a subsequent book. ‘Bitten’ and ‘Frostbitten’ come to mind. She’s one of the few paranormal writers who consistently features older, previously married characters with lots of baggage, kids and jobs to juggle.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I am always wondering what happens after the books ends. Sometimes, when the book is part of a series, you might get a glimpse of their future, but otherwise it is left to one’s imagination. I can’t think of too many historical romances as I usually read contemporary romances – but Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, Robyn Carr’s Virgin River & Thunder Point Series, & Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series do reintorduce former heroes & heroines.

  • Sue G.

    My hubby and I just celebrated being married for 25 yrs! Although we have been together for 32! We met when I was 17 and he was 18. Each year keeps getting better. My girls are now 21, 19 and 17. We are looking forward to being empty nesters! He’s my best friend and I can’t imagine life without him!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love Catherine Coulter’s FBI series with Savich and Sherlock–you get to read about them in the beginning as a new couple and then continue to follow them throughout their many adventure together–and there is almost always another romance in each book as well. So, there is a bonus of new romance as well as mature romance. I’ve been with my husband for 12 years now, 8 of them married and we may have our mundane moments but there are still so many little things that remind me why we fell in love and continue to grow together. Love your essay and I look forward to checking out your books!

  • donnas

    I haven’t read a lot of continuing where you follow the same couple over a number of years besides Eve and Roarke. But I do love the idea and like to believe that is what happens after every HEA. But I see a lot of new books to try thanks to the comments

  • Stephanie M.

    I am new to your books and want to thank you for your post. I have a love of 19 years and still going strong. 🙂

  • mariannewestrich

    So glad to get to “meet” you and add you to my TBR list.

  • Ann Mettert

    I can’t think of a particular book. I don’t remember FRIDAY’S CHILD, but I’ve seen reference to it several times lately. I think I need to go to the library. 😉

  • Pamby50

    Next month it will be 34 yrs for me. My parents divorced so no help there. His parents died when he was in his 20’s. We had so much against us, but that was the beauty. No one thought we would make it. I tried to remember any books but couldn’t come up with any. Thanks to the posts, I have some new authors to read.

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    Well, most authors do right the romances to end at the marriage, but I agree with you, I would like to follow the couple afterwards as well.