“Real love endures through all things.” - An Enduring Love by Jillian Hart
If you asked me a couple months ago what an inspirational romance was, I would have just said, “It’s a Christian romance novel—or maybe it’s an Amish romance novel. And there’s no sex scenes.” But it’s much more than that. Harlequin offers a wide variety of inspirationals in the Love Inspired Series: Suspense, Historical, and Special Edition. A sampling of inspirationals (a novella, a historical, a western, and a suspense), reveal a few common themes and elements throughout the sub-genre, besides a strong focus on basic Judeo-Christian values (following the Ten Commandments, no drugs, no dirty thoughts, etc.) Here are the observations from Mistaken Bride by Renee Ryan, The Deputy’s Duty by Terri Reed, Winning the Widow’s Heart by Sherri Shackelford, and An Enduring Love, a novella by Jillian Hart:
The Love & HEA
The inspirationals are lighter on the passion, but they can still be passionate. Let me be clear: there is no sex scene (or descriptive lovemaking of any kind) in an inspirational romance. Even though there are still warm affectionate embraces and hand-holding, a lot of times the characters have known each other for a long time. They hold the “I love you” until the very end, so the tension build-up can be best kind!