On Change

By Lynn Crandall, author of Dancing with Detective Danger

Eternal DesireChange is a part of life. It’s inevitable.  Sometimes change feels really rough and we resist, even though ultimately it’s pointless. Even when change is a good thing, we tend to have a hard time with the transition.

But even in change, some things are timeless. The love of a child. The joy in camaraderie with friends. And that we find much of what we seek in meaningful relationships. With the Crimson Romance re-release of classic romances, readers can appreciate the timelessness of love and romance.

In reading Clarissa Ross’s book Eternal Desire, a book set in the 1800s and originally released by Jove in 1979, I found all the elements I enjoy about reading today’s romances. From the first page I was hooked. Sentences throughout, such as the description, “It was a place of eternal chill,” resonated with my senses. The intrigue on the pages grabbed my attention, and the development of relationships engaged my emotions. With beautiful and interesting details and settings, Clarissa Ross — the pseudonym of author William Edward Daniel Ross — wove an involved story of suspense, danger, and passion.

Sound familiar?  Yes, because even though writing style has evolved since Ross’s time, the elements that make a romance popular have remained consistent over time. Romance novels continue to offer readers sometimes ordinary characters, sometimes larger-than-life characters, who face the challenges of life’s realities, like loss and pain and the need to adapt. In Eternal Desire, Ross’s heroine, Della Standish, is strong and ready to defy society’s conventions and eager to explore new opportunities. In my book, Dancing with Detective Danger, heroine Sterling Aegar, too, has strengths and is finding her way in the world, albeit with defenses firmly in place. Ross’s Della was orphaned at a young age, as was Sterling. Both stories explore the very human expression of how the main character carries this burden and how she grows to contain all that life has given her.

Neither character is fearless, but in the very romance novel way, each is willing to persevere and face her enemies. As a private investigator, Sterling faces danger puzzling together the problems of her client’s case, all the while struggling with the pain of embracing love with her former love, Ben Kirby. The past haunts her and she has to decide what to hang on to and what to let go.

In Eternal Desire, Della, too, faces life and death and the possibility of losing her inheritance – a life-changing situation. She must use her intelligence and common sense to sort out who the good guys and bad guys are and find her happy-ever-after. That happy ending is something that can be counted on for satisfaction in a love story. It’s a place where readers can find entertainment and comfort, because as everything changes, including the stories of a good romance, the elements offer timeless appeal. It’s the romantic in me that believes we can rely on the timelessness of some things to help us weather transitions and realize our best self.

7 thoughts on “On Change

  1. elf ahearn

    Hey all,
    I remember when I posted last week, how the crickets chirruped, so I decided to drop in and say, hi. HI! Interesting to know Crimson is releasing some classics. I did not know that until today.
    Now, if it’s not too self-promotion-y, I’d like to post a picture of the hero of my latest novel, Lord Monroe’s Dark Tower. Here he is girls, in all his masculine glory.
    Oh rats. You can’t load pictures on this site. All right, go to this link and you’ll see the true Flavian. http://elfahearn.com/lord_monroe_excerpt

  2. Leslie Garcia

    Love your post, Lynn, it brings past and present together beautifully. Wishing you continued success with your own writing as we reacquaint ourselves with those who came before us.

  3. Joanna Lloyd

    Loved the post, Lyn. And especially liked how you found the comparisons between romance written so long ago and those we write today. In current times it is commonplace for women to be strong and independent but I remember the days from the mid-sixties where it was a female revolution – burning the bra, having solid careers and marching for women’s rights (yes, I was a placard carrying feminist!). In fact my mother-in-law gave me a tea towel with a woman screaming about feminism…I don’t think she saw the irony of the gift!