I had planned my debut post at Sweet Romance several weeks ago, which was going to show behind the scenes of Scrapbooking Mania at Romantic Times 2016, but something happened that changed my mind. My friend’s son returned home for a visit last week, and it called my heart to write a post about this special holiday in the United States.
For those of you that do not reside in the United States, Memorial Day is the last Monday of May, and is a day in which those who died in active military service are remembered.
I grew up hearing about my parent’s romance during the Vietnam War, and how my mother’s letters to him helped my dad through the war. Those who did not make it home usually had that one note from their sweetheart tucked safely in their pockets.
There have been countless stories penned over the years that show us the great sacrifices our men and women have made to defend their people. Not just in America, but all over the world. Epic tales of war torn countries with battling clans, forbidden love between cultures or houses, love after war, aftermath of war, the ability to love again, and so many more.
Here is a top ten list of my favorite stories with an epic romance during war times:
1) Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
2) The Photograph by Virginia Ellis
3) A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
4) Hunger Games
6) Memoirs of a Geisha Girl
7) The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons
8) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
9) Les Meserables
10) The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
***Warning, not all of these are ‘sweet romance’.
After speaking with my friend’s son, I realized that the letters from loved ones still carry our soldiers through the darkness. I even discovered that these tough men and women love to read romantic tales while hunkered somewhere never knowing what is waiting across the sand or sea.
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To all our men and women overseas, and to those lost veterans’ who’ve served our country, I dedicate this post to you.
Future posts from Ciara:
June 23rd - Behind the Scenes Part I: A look at planning Scrapbooking Mania for Romantic Times Convention
July 23rd - Behind the Scenes Part II: A look at planning Love Our Readers Luncheon.
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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