Today we're thrilled to have Emma Cane on the site. Emma's latest book, Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch came out yesterday. Emma's books take place in small towns and her newest heroine is a romance novelist having to deal with small town gossip and the fact that her new man is also the inspiration for her new hero—we're guessing that's a secret that won't be kept for long. Emma is here today to talk about why small towns and romance novels go hand-in-hand. Thanks, Emma!
Small towns have a mythic quality in America, a place where life seems simpler, friends and family closer. Romance novels and small towns just seem to go together. Let’s take a look at what’s to love about small towns.
When a small amount of people live close together, everyone cares. You all grow up together, so your neighbors’ parents are just as likely to watch out for you as your own. There are some flaws, of course. Everybody knows your business, and that’s not always a good thing. Take Kristan Higgins’ Blue Heron series, which is set in a small town in the Finger Lakes wine country of NY. I recently read Waiting for You, about restaurant owner Colleen and the return of Lucas, the man who crushed her heart back in college. Colleen, being a bartender, knows absolutely everyone, since O’Rourkes is one of only two restaurants in town. A lot of people care about her and want her to be happy, but this backfires when Lucas comes back to town. Everyone remembers their relationship, and makes certain Colleen doesn’t forget. People take sides on whether they’ll get back together. Lucas hears more about her life than Colleen wants him to, courtesy of the townsfolk. Yet when given an opportunity to leave, Colleen doesn’t take it—we know that living in a small-town is worth the occasional busybody, because you feel cared about.