I always feel compelled to explain myself every time I talk about reading a romance novel. Why is that? Okay, I know it’s not Literary Fiction, but it’s reading a book for fun.
Maybe it’s because they are predictable. I already know that boy and girl are going to meet, be attracted to each other, have some problems, but ultimately will get together and live happily ever after. It’s how they get to the “happily ever after” that is the fun part for me.
Long Time Coming fits my requirements. Sandra Brown originally wrote this book in 1989 but updated it in 2006. It’s the story of Marnie, a single mom of an almost sixteen year old son, David. Along comes the famous astronaut, Law.
Law is furious because someone has been sending him anonymous letters threatening to expose him to scandal regarding a son he didn’t know he had. The letters have Marnie’s address on them so he thinks they came from her. Law shows up at her house and sparks fly, especially after he takes a look at David, who strongly resembles Law. Law doesn’t remember ever sleeping with Marnie and she claims she has never actually given birth to a child.
Who are David’s real parents? Who’s been sending the letters? How are they going to involve David in this situation? How are they going to get to a happy ending?
See how much fun this book is? This book makes for a good Sunday afternoon read or a good old beach read. That’s my recommendation. How do you handle romance novels? Skip them or apologize every time you read one?
Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown, Bantam Books, 2006.