I admit I wasn’t always a fan of romance – of any kind! But when I started to read some books from my friends (Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, Meg Cabot, and Plum Sykes – Bergdorf Blondes was such a laugh!), I started to enjoy reading these funny and contemporary romance novels. They were fun, and even though they also had drama and mystery (ahem, Nora Roberts), they were absolutely enjoyable.
Trust me, I used to be one of those people turned my nose up at romance novels, until I realized I was being a book snob and hypocrite. Life was a story of varying genre, and sometimes it involved romance.
And that this something plaguing the main character, Emily Donovan, in In Search of a Love Story by Rachel Schurig, a self-published author.
Emily Donovan is pretty regular for a girl, with a job she loves at a therapy center, and great friends (who really fall under the stereotype: girl friend, gay friend, and girl friend’s boyfriend, who was Emily’s childhood friend), and a boyfriend.
The problem is Emily Donovan doesn’t have a single romantic bone in her body. The only romantic thing she had ever done for her boyfriend was to surprise him with a dinner in his apartment. A minute later, he arrives with a girl in his arms, laughing and just being sexy.
It turns out that her now-ex-boyfriend thought they had an “open relationship”. Heartbroken, Emily turns to her hopelessly romantic friends who try to school her on the concept of “romance”, bombarding her with films and books from Pride and Prejudice to Bridget Jones’ Diary, because according to them Emily would’ve known that her ex was not the right person for her had she seen the signs – i.e., character stereotypes.
So, Emily has to find her Mr. Darcy, and one fine morning she nearly gets killed by a speeding vehicle, only to be saved at the last-minute by a handsome Greg. Cheered on by her friends who say he’s her Mr. Darcy, she has dinner with him again and again, until Emily starts hanging out with Greg’s circle of friends and gets invited to his elegant soirée. So why doesn’t she feel like she had finally found The One?
The story is a fun read and, although we all know who she should end up with, Emily journey to find love is understandable and relatable. Greg seems perfect, and he gives her everything she could ever want, but that’s the clincher, isn’t it? Not every woman in the world dreams on living as a princess in a crystal castle. And Emily soon realizes that although she wants romance and love in her life, she’s not willing to give up her independence.
I wanted to shake her friends till their teeth rattled. All they talked about was romance and how Greg was the perfect guy, but just as Emily stubbornly finally decides, he wasn’t right for her. Who cares if he’s perfect?! Who cares if their first meeting was straight out of a Harlequin novel?
So, for anyone out there wanting to tickle their romantic bone silly or read about how love doesn’t have to be flashy and showy, check out the first of the Love Story Series. It can be quiet and even ordinary. As long as it’s real, it shouldn’t matter.