The twins were all Josh Parker had in this world. So when they were kidnapped, he couldn't rely on his Texas Rangers star to get them back safely. Or involve Tracey Cassidy, the only person he trusted to care for his children. A family of criminals was asking him to break the law if he ever wanted to see his children again. But when Tracey caught wind of his plan, she knew no matter how big Josh's heart was, he had a future with his twins to look forward to. They needed their father. And this was one burden he wouldn't have to shoulder alone.
Josh thought he’d found his one true love when he married, but she was taken away. Can he find love again? Can he save his children? The subject matter makes for an exciting story and since it’s a romance you’re guaranteed a happily ever after.
Should real people believe and want a happily ever after? Is searching to find the love of your life just a fairy tale? Should we all get our heads out of the clouds and plant our feet firmly on the ground to trudge through life without hope? I don’t think so.
Three years ago, my daughter broke up with her boyfriend of over a year, this is a lose summary of our conversation three weeks later. He'd just apologized and asked if it was okay to speak with her, letting her know that he finally understood what the argument had been about.
MY DAUGHTER: "He asked if I had expected him to follow me after our fight. I told him, yes. Is that wrong? Have I seen too many romantic movies or something?"
ME: "Did you ask why he didn't come after you or call?"
MY DAUGHTER: "He was respecting my wishes. Now he knows that he's supposed to fight for me. I mean, isn't he? I don't know. I love him, but I don't think we can get back together. I don't trust that he feels the same way as I do."
ME: "Well, you need to talk with him again. I know you. And you're not going to let this go. You'll spend too much time wondering if you did everything possible to make it work. Did you do everything? Did you share how you feel?"
MY DAUGHTER: "No. But I've said everything before."
ME: "I don't think you were completely honest before. You never told him about the problems you've had or the sacrifice you make in order to see him. So how's he supposed to appreciate that…if he doesn't know?"
My daughter called with a list of the good and the bad and ended by asking what HE HEARD this time and also asking if he'd been completely honest with her. Afterwards, they took their relationship one day at a time, dated again with no pressure. In case you're wondering about their outcome:
The point of my story is that real people seek a happily ever after all the time. Is it a fairy tale story? No. Real life is full of the good and the bad. It's what makes us stronger. It's how we keep growing--separately and together. "AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER" indicates an end. LIFE is a series of stories, segments which come to a close, but baby…it ain't over 'til it's over.
So don't stop until you've done everything in your power to keep your 'ever after' within your grasp. Exactly like Tracey & Josh.
HARD CORE LAW is on shelves and like my backlist, always available on-line. Thanks so much for joining me today. I'd love to hear about your happily ever after moment! Have you had more than one?
Angi Morgan writes Texans on the run in Texas. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs–and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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