Friday, February 7, 2020

Second Chances at Love by Jan Scarbrough #RomanceGems

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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  1. Love your post Jan...and I love the definition of the second chance trope. Do-overs can work out!

  2. I love second chance romances as well, typically because the main characters already know so much about each other and have strong feelings, love or hate, about the other. It makes for an interesting story.
    Congrats on twenty years!!

  3. I love second chance stories! I've enjoyed your books and like learning more.

  4. Love your books! Congrats on reaching 20 years!

  5. I do love a good romance trope, Jan, and second chance is a favorite. Great post!

  6. I always, always love second chance. I think it once again has to do with my age; I'm very cognizant of how often we all need those second chances!

  7. I think we all enjoy the idea of the one who got away crawling back. And up to us to accept or reject. And live vicariously through our characters.

  8. We all want those second chances when we mess up! Love especially. What great stories indeed. Happy 20 years!!

  9. I love the way you had a great one-liner for each of your books. Wishing you a happy anniversary in advance.

  10. What about a third chance? 🤷‍♀️ Great post!

    1. Sherri E. I've actually had more than 2 chances. LOL!

  11. Twenty Years! Happy Anniversary and Congratulations! Marriage is so disposable these days. I love to hear about one that's long lasting!

  12. Happy anniversary! I love the second-chance trope.


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