I read romance novels because I love the journey of two people falling in love. There is the encounter and then the attraction which leads to lust and hunger, need and desire. Throw in some conflict—maybe communication problems or different goals, or maybe a misunderstanding. Blend in doubts and insecurities. Shake and stir, and serve with a little heartbreak. But by the book’s end, the couple realize they complete each other—they are a better people when they are together. They start their passion-filled lives together, euphorically in love and blissfully happy.
But there is another side of love. The part of love that is more grounded in day-to-day life–the love Angelina Jolie alluded at when she recently stated:
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.”
Both women and men want to find someone who will be there for the long haul, through thick or thin, in sickness and in health.
Books that illustrate this type of love touch a core in me, because I know that this is such an basic element of true love. Altruism can be as exciting as passion.
I have mentioned The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry before, but one reason it moved me so is the caring by the hero. Here is one of the scenes: