Friday, March 8, 2024

Healing and Hope by Christine Bush


Real life can be full of trauma, loss, anxiety, and pain.  We can get stuck in it. 

One of the “hats” that I wear in my life is working as a therapist, often with clients dealing with any or all of these issues.  I am a firm believer that healing and growth is very possible.  I’m also a firm believer that sometimes it’s hard for an individual to even imagine the goal of healing.  It’s hard to have hope.

Sometimes, I find that romance fiction is a most amazing way to introduce the topic of hope.  That’s part of the motivation for my writing, for the characters I develop, for the fictional scenarios in their lives.

While my characters are absolutely fictional, their issues are very true examples of what can happen in the reality of life.  And with those fictional characters, the framework of love and growth can be demonstrated in each story, showing an example of “happier ever after”.  The romance is one point of the story.  But often, in my stories, the character’s healing is just as (or more) important.

Readers have often shared with me the power of being able to see the healing on the page.  Seeing the possibility brings that hope that can lead to our own belief that healing is possible in our own lives.

In my recent novella “Rachel’s Roses” our heroine deals with the lack of trust that can get firmly embedded after a broken heart.  But our hero deals with another issue.  He’s stuck in the pain of a “water phobia” that has undermined his self esteem all of his life.

What fears and traumas can be lurking, often secret, in our own lives?  We can face and heal these things.  As our hero does. Rachel's Roses: 9798869604491: Bush, Christine: Books

In another novella “Christmas with the Cat Lady”, our hero is drowning with grief after the loss of a child. What does it take to even imagine healing from such a heart wrenching sadness?  Can a person even imagine laughing again?  How does life go on? 

Again, his journey reverberated with several readers.  To see an example, even fictional, can provide hope. And the curiosity to imagine healing and to start on the path. Christmas With the Cat Lady eBook : Bush, Christine: Kindle Store

There are so many different reasons for loving sweet romance. The emotional, hopeful, inspiring stories can light up our lives in so many ways, even unexpected ones. 

How about you?  What gifts have your received in your sweet romance reading or writing that have inspired you in your own life? I’d love to know.

Love,   Christine

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!





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