Anyone who knows me knows my number one temptation is yarn. As in the thing I knit. It’s my obsession, my passion, my craft, the thing I’m never without.
1. Meet his match
A dominant, controlling guy deserves to lose his heart to a woman who won’t let the world push her around. We love to watch his character grow when he falls for the gal who won’t fall for his usual tricks. He has to dig deep, to relinquish some control, and pursue partnership instead of mastering manipulation. She’ll make him a better man by the end. Think Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.
Pluck her away from her comfortable surroundings, and your heroine will discover new abilities (and annoyances) in the challenge. She may even do it willingly, in an attempt to change her life, but when it ends up costing her more than she imagined, it’ll reveal her true character. It’s that true character that makes love happen. Think Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama.
The bigger the battle, the mightier the hero. When the woman he loves costs him everything, we’ll cheer him on to his just reward. An epic love sweeps us away from the ordinary in our lives. Throw in a few extra challenges, like a war or a sinking cruise liner, and we’ll love him to the end. Think Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans or Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.
4. Let her fall on her face
Bumbles in the name of love are, well, lovable. How many of us can recall times we’ve been that “fool for love?” Let her go to extremes in the name of impressing her beloved--we already know he loves her warts and all. Have her lie to save him when the truth is actually what’s needed most of all. Let her affections drive her to irrational, consequence-laden behavior, because we know that resolution will be sweet indeed. Think Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones Diary.
5. Make him think he’s no good for her
Oh, we love our dark and brooding heroes, bent on denying himself his true love because he’s too dangerous, unworthy, too wounded or, say, a vampire. We know she’s up to the task of loving him, but he’s unwilling to risk hurting her. We’ll watch him rip his heart out of his chest for want of her, and we’ll break out the tissues when he finally allows her inside his dark and tormented soul. Think Robert Pattinson in Twilight or Tobey Maguire in Spiderman.
Every one of these miserable moments paves the way for a happy ending. Mac and Mary make each other supremely miserable before they make each other blissfully happy in Bluegrass Christmas. Because where’s all the fun if they’re happy the whole time? Remember what they say...”you always hurt the one you love.” And when a whole lotta hurt brings a whole lotta healing, you’ve got yourself a keeper of a book.
An Old Fashioned Christmas...
That’s what led new believer Mary Thorpe to start over in quaint Middleburg, Kentucky. As director of the church’s Christmas pageant, Mary’s job is to bring the townspeople together, to remind them what the season is really about. But everyone is all riled up over one very handsome man: the man daring to run against Middleburg’s popular long-standing mayor. Mac MacCarthy wants change. Mary wants things to stay as they are. Is there a happy medium? Both Mac and Mary are in for one very big Christmas surprise.
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