Pam Jenoff – Eternal And Timeless Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

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The Power of Timeless Romance

I write historical novels set predominantly during World War II, stories of the human struggle for survival in one of the most difficult periods of history.  So it may seem highly improbable to talk about the power of romance in my books.

However, my characters are first and foremost human, women and men living their lives.  Indeed, one of the things I love best in writing historical fiction is taking a female character, who in ordinary times would have lived out a very certain role, but through war or other catastrophe finds herself challenged and changed.  That woman is tested in ways she could not have imagined and forced to grow in ways she never might have.  She meets people with whom her path might never have otherwise crossed.  Through such transformation, a woman may often find love and romance in the least expected of places.

I have learned that romance is ever present, from first love to love that endures half a century or more.  Through writing I have discovered romance among people who have just met and who have known each other their whole lives.  There are romances that can save people and those which can destroy them and cost them everything.

There are certain timeless romantic themes which I find particularly intriguing:  the great what-ifs of unrequited love, second chances at first love, selfless love and the willingness to sacrifice everything, and the discovery of love in the most unlikely of places.  All of these are present in historical fiction.

Why?  Because even in the darkest of times as long as our hearts are beating we have the desire to know and be known.  Romance can make you feel alive, keep you going when there is nothing else.  It may not be particularly elegant or pretty, but the deepest feelings between people and the desire to find that and nurture it are ever present.  And that is why I salute the eternal and timeless power of romance.

 

Pam recommends:

Cathy Lamb     –     cathylamb.org     –    @Amazon

All of Cathy’s books feature powerful romances, as well as great stories of family and homecoming.

 

Jamie Brenner    –      www.jamiebrenner.com     –    @Amazon

Jamie’s latest, The Forever Summer, is a masterful story of love and second chances, set amidst a family beach house.

 

Karma Brown      –      karmakbrown.com     –    @Amazon

Complex family dilemmas that will leave you in tears?  If you love Jodi Picoult, you should read Karma’s books.

 

Lynda Loigman      –      lyndacohenloigman.com     –    @Amazon

Her first book, The Two Family House, was an amazing tale of family secrets as they reverberate through the decades. I cannot wait for her next.

 

Janet Benton      –      janetbentonauthor.com     –    @Amazon

If you love historical fiction, you will be memorized by Lilli DeJong, a story of a Quaker mother fighting for the survival of herself and her daughter in early Philadelphia.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

I once ran into someone from my past whom I had loved deeply (and who shall remain nameless) after many years.  It was like one of those scenes in a movie where the needle on the record player screeches to a stop and all movement freezes around the couple.  Even though I was very happy in my current life and had no desire to be elsewhere, the feelings for the other person were still as real as the day I had first seen him and it made me realize the power of romance.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

For our first anniversary, my husband bought me an anniversary clock that was 100 years old.  I was so fascinated by its history, I wound up writing a book featuring an anniversary clock, The Things We Cherished.  Our tenth anniversary is this fall and, three children later, the clock is a very powerful reminder of enduring love.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Epiphany.

Looking back, there were one or two realizations in my life that changed everything, like the moment when I had been a practicing attorney for exactly one week when 9/11 happened and I realized that I had to switch gears and work on fulfilling my lifelong dream to become a writer because I did not have forever.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

The Lord of the Rings.  I realize this is not an original choice, but a college boyfriend read the entire trilogy aloud to me over the course of a year, which seared the books very powerfully in my mind.

 

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

My mom.  First, because she had overcome every conceivable obstacle in life and is a total warrior.  Second, because she is the epitome of selfless.  She considered her first calling in life to be a mom and then when I had kids she did it all over again.  She is there for her family and friends eight days a week.  To be able to see that and have her as a role model is a very powerful blessing indeed.

 

Main Drawing:

Pam Jenoff is generously giving away copies of The Orphan’s Tale and The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach to one lucky winner.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August , 2017. 

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

Pam is the internationally bestselling author of nine novels, including the NYT bestselling book, The Orphan’s Tale.  She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children where in addition to writing she teaches law school.

 

Learn more:

www.pamjenoff.com   |     Facebook     |     Twitter @PamJenoff

 

Buy Pam’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

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MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Pam is contributing to the US bundles.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

 

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

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  • Sue G.

    My mom is the same way. She will do anything you ask of her.

  • cheryl c.

    Hearing about your anniversary clock brought a smile to my face. This will be a cherished family memento.

  • Sally Schmidt

    Great post and thanks for the pointers to other authors. Romance is in all of the best stories.

  • Kathy Nye

    I love hearing/reading/seeing a person having an epiphany.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Beautiful history behund such an old clock just adds to its story:)

  • MaryC

    Where was the anniversary clock made?

  • Patty Vasquez

    The themes you write about really are timeless. Because they are so enduring, they are the ideas that help to make well-written historical fiction come alive. Being read to aloud is very cool; it’s a part of my teaching day I refuse to give up. My fourth-graders love read aloud time!

  • Glenda

    I had to laugh at your choice of Lord of the Rings for powerful book. I read the trilogy (and the Hobbit) the first time in middle school in the early 1980s. I re-read them all at least once a year through high school and college. The funny thing is, I lived in a very small town and was one of 2 girls out of at least 6 graduating classes who read the books. Or at least admitted to reading them. Both of us were voted most intellectual for our respective classes in part because we read a lot and read LOTR in particular.

  • Sherry Moe

    I have a dresser that has powerful memories for me. It belonged to my grandma who had it passed down to her from her grandma. Inside one of the drawers my grandma signed it and put the date she received it which was in 1908. It is going to be passed on down to my granddaughter someday. Just remembering it sitting in my grandparents bedroom brings up wonderful memories of when I used to stay with them.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your post. I look forward to reading your books.

  • Audrey

    I just started reading historical fiction about a year ago. I thought it was a genre that wasn’t a good fit for me–but I was so wrong about that! Exactly as you write, Pam, the themes are timeless. Love wins with a romance, so historical fiction taps into so many of the things I enjoy when it comes to a quality story. Keep the great books coming!

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading your books. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    Great post. I just started reading historical romance novels from the WWII era after reading The Nightingale. What a powerful book.