Most of my books are about second chances from a non-traditional Gothic novel like Tangled Memories to my upcoming release Ghost Mountain Ranch: Darby. My characters make the most of their second chances.
Second chance at love is a popular romance trope. An article in the reedsyblog defines “trope.”
Tropes are plot devices, characters, images, or themes that are incorporated so frequently in a genre that they’re seen as conventional…. At their core, tropes are really just things that are familiar. And people enjoy the familiar.
In my Bluegrass Reunion stories, my heroes and heroines have another opportunity to make things right for themselves and learn to love again.
Kentucky Cowboy—She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
Kentucky Woman—She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
Kentucky Flame—She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
Kentucky Bride—She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
Kentucky Rain—She’s divorced and moves next door to handsome guy from high school.
Kentucky Blue Bloods—She dumped him, and he wants revenge.
As the old saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Human beings have a huge capacity to learn from mistakes. Maybe that’s why this trope resonates with me. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve also fixed my screw-ups, tried again, and made things better for myself. I’ve grown up. I’ve matured.
This year I celebrate my twentieth year of marriage to my second chance Bill. Thank you, Bill, for putting up with me for twenty plus years. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.
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