BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN ROMANCE FICTION
Your first kiss. Your first crush. You’re first love…. your first broken heart.
Much of what shapes us is an emotion-laden memory.
Maybe that’s why memory is so important in romances. It’s fun to read the story of the couple coming back together after years apart, their special time together a tenuous bond for the people they are now. Or perhaps the couple who once meant something to one another, but were torn apart. Can they get over memories of their hurt?
Emmy Z. Madrigal plays with memory in Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, in which the heroine is found bedraggled by the side of the road, with no memories. The story was written as part of a challenge, where the girl’s origins were gradually revealed to the character and author (for more on the challenge, see Emmy’s post).
Sometimes being without memory can let you forget and forgive past hurts (including that broken heart) and reveal the person within. After all, memories come with baggage. Unfortunately, if I’ve learned anything from romances, it’s that memories always return, and the baggage finds you. Of course, romances also taught me to beware because you might also have a hidden twin sister, like in Come Love A Stranger, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (published in 1986, I feel this isn’t really a spoiler at this point.)
Still, though memory-loss plots sometimes get stretched beyond all credulity, there are also stories like the one in The Vow, with Rachel McAdams as a wife who awakens with no memory. Her husband, Channing Tatum, has to romance her all over again. It is based on real events.
Memories might have made us who we are today, but I’m most excited about the memories leading to tomorrow.
Lela Bay is working on a story involving lost identities. It may or may not get finished. Currently, it has no secret twins.