How Romance Novels Saved My Life

August 1, 2014 12:02 PM

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When I was newly divorced and an abruptly single mother of five-year-old twins I needed something to fill the hours between my daughters' bedtime and my own. I couldn't get sloppy drunk, though I wanted to, because I had to be a grown-up and take care of my kids. I probably could have eaten bowls of ice cream but I didn't seem to have an appetite and, ironically, I did not have the attention span to watch TV. What I wanted was a book. I needed a big juicy read to take me out of my life for a while. A Gone with the Wind or An Unsuitable Boy kind of book that would suck me out of New York to a different place and time. What I found on the shelf in the hallway outside my office was a mass market copy of To Pleasure a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries. I had never read a romance novel but the first page hooked me and I took it home.

That night I was introduced to the wonderful world of clever feisty women whose intelligence and prickly independence are attractive and desirable traits that draw equally intelligent, handsome, sexy men to them. The characters were wonderfully complex and Jeffries wrote a tense compelling story tha...

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