Do you remember the first real romance book that you read? I don’t remember the name of the book or even the author but I remember the story line. It was a little Harlequin as that is mostly what my little library carried. From the moment that I read that story and then the next one I was hooked. I had found the reading niche for me. I was no longer satisfied with The Baby-Sitters Club, and Sweet Valley Twins, no I wanted romance. Happily Ever After. Girls meets boy, girl loses boy, boy finds girl and they declare their love. I know it was sappy, and not cool, but I was 14, had been living in the city for a year, I missed my friends, I missed a boy, I wanted to go back, I didn’t fit in with the kids at school. They were my salvation, they took my away to places that I had never dreamed of seeing until I read those books. For a girl from a small farming community places like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Italy, these were places that I had seen on a map, but through romance books was able to see and visit and imagine the man that would sweep me of my feet, and take me to those exotic places.
I imagined what my true love would be like, how he would treat me, the places that he would take me. How he would love me. I imagined what he would like.
To this day 20 years later I still love Harlequin romance books, the ones that cost $3 at Wal-Mart, my husband and sons call them bath tub books. They buy them and bath stuff and put them by the bath tub. I never buy just one, I have to have a couple and I will read the same book over and over again.
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