Archive for March 23rd, 2011

At eighteen, Marianna Itani thought she’d found the man of her dreams in Marc Kavanaugh, the quintessential boy-next-door. That perfect romance flew to pieces when an unspeakable tragedy tore them apart. Yet when Marc appeared in her life fifteen years later, the sparks that flew were as explosive as the day they first met.

Now their reignited passion was changing their lives in more ways than one: Mari was pregnant! She was set on putting the pain of the past behind her—not reopening scars that had never truly healed. And their baby might bring these star-crossed lovers back together—forever!


At the core of a really good romance we often find a tragedy. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, the tragedy came at the end, leaving an ache of sadness and thwarted longing in legions of readers and watchers of the play for centuries.

In the case of my upcoming Harlequin Special Edition, The Hometown Hero Returns, the significant tragedy occurs years before the story on the page begins. Fortunately, unlike Romeo and Juliet, Marc and Mari find their happily-ever-after.

The Hometown Hero Returns is the first in the Home to Harbor Town series. These stories are set in a quaint lakeside vacation community, a place where Mari and Marc spent golden summers as children, the shadows of death and loss never a thought in their innocent, carefree youth. Later, Harbor Town was the idealistic backdrop where the young couple fell head over heels in love.

One hot summer night, Marc’s father, Derry Kavanaugh, gets behind the wheel of his car drunk. He causes a three-way car crash, killing himself and members from two other families, including both of Mari’s parents. The young lovers are ripped apart. Hurt, lawsuits, and bitter conflict alienate the families.

Fifteen years later, Marc seeks out Mari when he notices the symphony of which she’s a member is playing in Chicago. He follows her, and against his better judgment, calls out to her.

She glanced around.

Mari’s eyes—God, he’d forgotten their power. The sounds in the bustling, luxurious hotel lobby faded as the color washed out of her cheeks. He felt a stab of regret. It’d been the sight of her breathtaking face that’d compelled him to pull up short and call her name.

For a few seconds they remained motionless. The single word he’d uttered had been the first shared between them since they’d both lost loved ones in one cruel swipe of fate’s hand.

The Hometown Hero Returns isn’t a tragedy, by any means, it’s a romance through and through with the hallmark happy ending. But there’s something about the knowledge of shared tragedy that can make a love story more beautiful. The bitter tears and sadness of former loss and hurt salts the romance, adding a depth and poignancy to it. The overarching theme of the Home to Harbor Town series is the power of love to heal. Perhaps when two people have journeyed on such a hard path together, the fruits of happily-ever-after are that much sweeter.

Do you have a favorite tear-jerker romance? Leave a comment, and qualify to win a copy of my newest release, The Hometown Hero Returns.


Many thanks to Beth for visiting with us today!

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