Happy Valentine’s Day!
The romance genre isn’t one I usually reach for, though it sometimes provides me with a little escape from reality. (Maybe romance novels are realistic in your world. If so, good for you!) That said, I enjoyed the escape from reality I got from Rose Ross Zediker’s quilting romance series. They have recently been released in 1 package as “Dakota Love.”
So why does this non-romantic like these romances? 5 reasons:
1) They are set in my home state, which the rest of the country considers fly-over, if they consider it at all.
("South Dakota general map 2" by Jon Platek. - Base topography map is from the public domain National Atlas, as were several layers used as reference points. Highway shields were by User:SPUI and released to the public domain. US locator map was by User:Theshibboleth. All other work was done by the uploader.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Dakota_general_map_2.png#mediaviewer/File:South_Dakota_general_map_2.png)
2) The author is from my area, so she has written authentically about it. And, in full disclosure, I know her personally and consider her a friend.
3) The main characters are “of a certain age.” You are never too old for love! I liked reading books with characters closer to my age than the usual silly 20-somethings. (Sorry if you are a silly 20-something. You’ll outgrow it.) Those romances or mystery-romances make me want to jump into the story and yell advice at the main character.
4) The quilting theme in this series gives a homey feel to the stories. I’m not a quilter, but I do appreciate the art and craft.
("Baby quilt in pinwheel pattern" by Jim from Lexington, KY, USA - . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baby_quilt_in_pinwheel_pattern.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Baby_quilt_in_pinwheel_pattern.jpg)
5) And speaking of art, I love the cover art of this new package—“our own” beautiful Falls Park!
What are your favorite stories for Valentine's Day?