Hello on this lovely day! The sun is blazing, the scent of flowers is in the air and I’m sitting here with a bowl of strawberries and thinking about love. Yesterday I was rereading some of the reviews I got from readers, and suddenly it occurred to me there are some who complain my romances move too fast. The best example is Be My Valentine, my short story released in February.
“This must be some amazing man! They’ve known each other for like 5 days!” says one reviewer.
“Then after ***spoiler*** she knowingly goes to Paris with him and then agrees to marry him after only knowing him for like 5 days?!” another reviewer asks herself.
I could argue that, being a short story, the action couldn’t stretch for 200 pages. I also could point out that, if a reader wants character development and a longer conflict, they shouldn’t expect that from a short story.
But what struck me the most regarding this sort of reviews was the reader’s attitude toward love. I’ve noticed that, when it comes to love, some people are too hasty, while others are too cautious. It’s hard to find a middle ground and a pace that’s comfortable for both partners. Some people have never found true love, and have been hurt many times, so their skeptical attitude is understandable.
However, there are such things as soul mates. This isn’t just the cheesy talk coming from a romance author. It’s a statement made by a woman with first hand personal experience. My personal experience. Though my husband and I were acquainted with one another for years, we’d never passed the ‘Hello, how are you?’ stage. One day, when circumstances brought us together, he finally mustered up the courage to ask me out. Five days later, he asked me to marry him, and I said YES, which I repeated a year later in front of the proper authorities. And here we are, ten years after that memorable first date, happily married and more in love than ever.
What I’ve learned from our love story is that love doesn’t own a watch. There is no proper time frame to fall in love. When the time is right, your heart will know. Just make sure you hear it over the ticking of your brain.
And if you’re wondering what prompted those critic reviews, you can take a look at the short story I mentioned, which is available for only 99 cents on Amazon and everywhere E-books are sold. Stop by and let me know what you think. I love to hear your opinions! ❤ ❤ ❤