The Last Rose of Summer line asks “Who says love is only for the young?” Our heroes and heroines are older, and have been out in the world. They may have already experienced the wild passion of love in their 20s and then lost it later through death or divorce. Others may have not had the chance for love yet, and become resigned to life without a happy ever after. Falling in love when you’re young is hard enough. Falling in love later in life can unearth the same insecurities that haunt the young and bring new ones only age can bring: wrinkles, sagging, middle-age spread – proving love really does conquer all!
Last Rose authors have shown that love can happen after divorces, both hostile and amicable. Widows and widowers have discovered that love doesn’t have to end with the loss of a beloved partner; the second time around can be just as sweet and fulfilling as the first time. In the Class of ’85 series, authors tackled that other age old question “What if…..?” by weaving stories around a high school reunion. Having older heroes and heroines provides authors greater depth of character to develop and weave stories around, and readers can only benefit from that.
Judy has invited several of her fellow Last Rose colleagues to help celebrate the release of The Showboat Affair by talking about their titles, and why they were inspired to write tales with older heroes and heroines for the Last Rose imprint. I look forward to reading each of their blog entries and I hope you are as well.
After all, love isn’t only for the young; it’s for the young of heart.
Monday: Bess McBride, author of LROS novel A Trail of Love
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