What is an inspirational romance?
An inspirational romance has the characteristics of all true romances. The meeting of the hero and heroine is as close to page one as possible, and the characters are never separated for long. The emotional conflict is the focus of the story, as opposed to the plot. And of course, there is the requisite happy ending.
Up to this point we’re okay. That is mostly what you expect from any “straight” romance book. So what’s different?
The addition of a spiritual dimension. Instead of two people, there are two people and God. Sometimes faith is the conflict. At other times it serves as the resolution. As the couple grows closer to God, they grow closer to each other. Faith is a natural part of character in the inspirational romance.
Okay, I’m sorry, that just freaks the hell out of me! Two people and God? What exactly does that mean? You see, I’m not very religious, but I respect and fear God as much as the next Catholic. Yet, somehow, I don’t think praying while getting it on would be very productive—though I already have the God calling down pat LOL. I wonder if I’d have to bring my rosary beads to bed...
Sex before marriage is a no-no in the inspirational...
Say what? That just draws the line right there for me. So you have to be a church-going virgin (and the guy too?—’cause that’s just weird!) who must not have sex before marriage, but has to be willing to participate in “threesomes” with other-worldly beings? Er, yeah, not for me!
So, which of you reads/enjoys inspirational romances, and what’s their appeal for you?
**Not linking where I got these quotes as I don’t want the author tracking me down and, er, sort of telling me off or something LOL. Yes, I’m a wimp!