Friday, March 26, 2010
Must Watch Friday : The Painted Veil
First of all thank you to The Pink Heart Society for inviting me to be a guest blogger. It's a pleasure to be here.
A brief introduction for those folk who don't know me: I had my first medical romance published by Mills and Boon in October 2007 and have just completed my tenth book. (Which still feels unbelievable to me.) I used to be a nurse and am married to a hospital doctor, so I have no shortage of medical drama to use in my books.
This film has everything for people who love romance (that would be all of us then); unrequited love, loss, redemption, change. Add in luscious scenery, (almost half of the film is set in the most stunning part of China) and then what is there not to love?
In China, they gradually begin to see each other in a new light and ...well I won't spoil it. I'll just warn you that you'll need a hanky.
In my current book which is out now, Miracle: Marriage Reunited (a 2-in-1 with the wonderful Kate Hardy's The Doctor's Lost and Found Bride), the hero doesn't really 'see' his second wife. Like the hero of A Painted Veil, he is too wrapped up in his job (as a fertility doctor) to understand her pain and her sense of dislocation. (She has left her family and everything she knows back in South Africa to be with him.) Similarly she doesn't let him close enough to share her anguish when her pregnancy ends in miscarriage. Although he deals everyday with women suffering from the pain of not being able to have children, he is not able to talk to his own wife, and she is too proud to tell him how she really feels about being a second wife in a country which is not her own. Eventually, sharing their experiences of women with infertility, they start to learn about each other again.