Friday, March 21, 2014

New Beginnings by Raine English


It never fails. Every year by March first, I start my daily countdown to spring. It’s not just that I’m tired of the cold and the snow, but I’m ready for the new beginnings that come with springtime. Maybe that’s why one of my favorite parts of a romance, whether a novel or a movie, is the hero and heroine’s first meeting—their new beginning.


Who doesn’t get choked up from a scene in a story where a woman sees her boyfriend for the first time after he’s served years in the military? Or felt your heart race as new lovers lock eyes from across a crowded room? And nothing tops the feelings experienced with a first love. One of my favorites to depict that is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

In Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle, most of the movie is the buildup to Sam and Annie’s first meeting. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Daisy meets Gatsby as a young officer and their love affair lasts only a month before he’s shipped overseas during World War 1. But their relationship begins again five years later after he buys the mansion across the bay from her estate. And the first meeting between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice begins with him saying she’s tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt him.

Each one of these stories tugs at your heartstrings and are just a few of my favorite new beginnings. What are some of yours?

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Raine English lives in New England with her family and her constant companion, Bailey, a French bulldog. To find out more about Raine and her books visit RaineEnglish.com




Her newest release is Forever My Valentine available on Amazon.




9 comments:

  1. My favorite 'new beginning' in a movie is in 'Casablanca' when Rick comes rushing across the club to stop Sam from playing 'As Time Goes By' and comes face to face with Elsa. You can see everything they're feeling in their faces.

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  2. My favorite meeting is in GWTW when Scarlet throws the figurine and Rhett pops up and lets her know he's witnessed Ashley Wilkes refusing her. Classic intro to their rocky relationship.

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  3. Did anyone read Susan Elizabeth Phillip's Natural Born Charmer? The hero is driving along the road and sees the heroine walking in a beaver costume (toting the head). I do love when the romance starts with a little jibe from one to the other.

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    1. No, I haven't read it, but that meeting sounds really cute. I'll have to check it out.

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  4. I love a good first meet for the hero and heroine. It is so important to get the story off on the right foot. I also enjoy seeing a couple who have been parted finding each other again and having a second chance. Second chances are a version of new beginnings, I guess.

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    1. I agree with you, Helen. Second chances are a version of new beginnings, and I love to read about them.

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  5. You know, I can't think of a beginning at the moment, which means I've been working too hard! I do love Darcy's comments early on in Pride and Prejudice. I have written a few second chances but for some reason I don't enjoy reading them. I always say they're exes or in my past for a reason!

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