The times, they are a-changin’. But in one crucial way they are still the same—in order to reach your HEA you have to first meet your Mister or Ms. Right. In real life the most popular ways to do this are to find him/her at work or school, be introduced by mutual friends or most recently, meeting online via a dating website. Of course the romance universe works a bit differently. There are the meet cutes such as the ones Leigh Davis introduced us to in her column Meet-Cute (and Not So Cute): First Encounters in Romance from Roberts, James, and More!, the arranged marriages, purchased at auction, or even ghostly match-makers. That’s right, sometimes it takes a ghost to lead you to your true love.
But just what leads a ghost to play matchmaker? In Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick it is to fulfill a promise. Designer Tom Kelly had fallen in love with one of his models. Tom is devastated when he finds circumstances he can’t control pulling them apart. She asks him for just one thing from him before they are separated—to help her daughter:
“You have to help her in any way you can, to make sure that she’s not like me. I don’t want her to be afraid of anything. I want her to know that she can take on the world. But most of all, I want her to fall in love, with someone wonderful, and I want that person to love her right back, no matter what she looks like. You have to guarantee that baby, once she grows up; you have to make sure that she falls in love for all the right reasons.”