People who likes Romance novels will read about two major characters known as a hero and heroine. According to James Scott Bell in his book, “Plot and Structure” You’ll find that there are several different plots. One is both hero and heroine wants to be together but a confrontation keeps them apart until they find a way to unite. Another is where one MC is in love with the other but the other doesn’t feel the same–in that, the first hero/ine has to win that person’s love. Those are the two I remember.
Scott also wrote about two types of characters: One who stays the same through the end or one that changes. You can red about that in Characters, Viewpoints and Emotions. There is also two kinds of fiction: Literary and Commercial. Literary is all about the inner changes of the character–a personal journey while commercial fiction is where the MC changes due to the outer conflict. In A Second Chance at Love, you’ll meet an unlikely heroine known simply as an anti hero.
As I read Scott’s book that’s what I discovered! Marge isn’t trying to win anyone’s heart nor does she have a boyfriend, husband or lover. She is too bitter to even love a man. All she wants is to be left alone, but another man will stop at nothing to change her and make her his wife. This man is known as the antagonist. he won’t leave her alone. He assigns his men to bring her to his estate. He doesn’t care how she feels as long as he can make her see that she needs his help and that he is the only man who can love her.
The hero in my story doesn’t know it yet, but the woman he’s assigned to, is his former lover from 15 years ago! Although she is not thin and beautiful as she was, there were certain things about her that reminded him of her. But the truth won’t come out later hen they both secretly find out that they shared the past. (In fact, unbeknownst to the antagonist, they are drawn to each other)
As I said, Marge is your anti-hero. She wants to be left alone, but because of her circumstances, she is forced to changed. Therefore, Marge is a changer. But it isn’t man that changed her, but God and His unfailing love and God becomes the real hero of the story. He does because she can’t love again until she is filled with God’s love. Carter also changes and because his employer sent him away to Italy (to keep him away from Marge), he searches his own soul and finds God.
Marge and Carter are reunited twice and their reunion changes her to some point. The first reunion helps give Marge courage to endure her “imprisonment” with the antagonist until he takes her to France and away Carter again. The last and final reunion is when she finally wins her freedom from her antagonist and Carter is there to meet her
I understand my book is hard to read. Some would find it strange. No one wants to read about women being treated the way Marge has been treated. How many heroines do they know are bitter and cynical? Would it be better if I write about a woman who was sweet, loving and kind and after the antagonist has his way with her, make her a bitter and resentful woman?
As of now, I am in process of making changes to my manuscript. It will have a new title called “His Unfailing Love.” Beow after reading this, please comment if you like that title better or “An Unexpected Romance.” I want it to cal it HIs Unfailing Love because there is a line where her fried said about her that all she needs is God’s unfailing love.” which is what she gets towards the end of the book. If you comment and would like a copy of the ebook, let me know. If you get a a copy of the original, you can have the updated version when it;s available.
Thanks for reading.