Friday, October 5, 2018

Coming Home to You - A Harlequin Heartwarming Novel by M. K. Stelmack

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Coming Home to You (A True North Hero #3)
Coming Home to You
(A True North Hero #3)
By M. K. Stelmack
Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 384 pages
October 2, 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She wants a temporary fake romance

Can he make it real...and forever?

Driving across the country in an RV with her terminally ill godmother was not Daphne Merlotte's idea. Nor was crashing the RV into a small-town coffee shop, nearly hitting local good guy Mel Greene. Now Daphne will do anything to keep her godmother from continuing the trip--even asking Mel to be her fake boyfriend. But there's nothing fake about Mel's intentions--he wants a real romance!

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About the Author

M. K. Stelmack writes contemporary romances set in Spirit Lake which is closely based on the small town in Alberta, Canada, where she lives with pets who outnumber the humans three to one, and where dust bunnies run unchecked. She aims to tell stories that don’t shy away from the tough questions but still leave readers feeling uplifted. She is the author of two previous Harlequin Heartwarming titles, A Roof Over Their Heads and Building a Family. She loves hearing from readers. Find her at her website or on Facebook

Guest Post:

Love Over Forty

Love over forty? Fifty? And beyond? Sure, it’s possible. It happens all the time, but not so much in a romance novel. COMING HOME TO YOU is an exception in the genre. My hero, MEL GREENE, celebrates his 51st birthday in the story and his love interest, Daphne Merlotte, is 49. Both are childless, although the families of his siblings are core to Mel’s daily life. Surveys among Harlequin readers indicate that most readers favor younger H/Hs, so I expect that a few of you might give my story a bit of the side-eye—I understand! But stay with me here as I go over the unique and compelling challenges a mature couple face.

1.       Only love matters. A younger couple might come together because of a shared child, an unexpected baby or the pressures of a demanding grandparent. For an older couple, those pressures are removed and the choice to be together solely for each other obliges them to expose their vulnerabilities sooner.

2.       Or is it simply desperation? The chances of being alone increase with age—built-in stakes right there. Why not interpret the sudden interest of another as an understandable bid to avoid loneliness at all costs? Daphne immediately suspects Mel of wanting her simply because she’s available.

3.       Security is a much bigger stake. A mature couple have often spent decades fighting to gain financial stability. In COMING HOME TO YOU, Mel Greene has worked all his life building up the family roofing business. Daphne has tenure as a university professor. Why would either give up their careers and status for love? And it’s not just the money, it’s the sense of identity. Mel’s business is a trusted name, and Daphne has gained an academic reputation within her field.

4.       The past causes more problems because there’s more of it. What’s the saying about the intractability of old dog’s habits? The more the years pass where faulty mindsets, childhood trauma or even lazy habits are accommodated, the harder it is to shake. Mel quickly learns that he can’t teach Daphne to drive until they both deal with her fears that arose from a car accident when she was a teenager. Not to give away too much of the story but Mel must square up with Daphne about his past sorrows as well.

5.       Insecurities around physical appearance abound. At fifty, I received the compliment of, “Fifty? Really? You don’t look much past forty.” Of course, it’s nice to know that I’m aging slowly—or at least, appear to be—but I’m aging, nonetheless. How much more acutely it’s felt for mature people entering a relationship, especially for women, where physical beauty is intrinsically tied to worth. Now, more than ever, character values like loyalty, goodness and integrity will define beauty.

6.       Insecurities around wealth abound. Just as beauty affects how a woman feels about herself, material wealth affects a man’s esteem. A young man struggling to make a go of it is understandable; he simply hasn’t had the years to make a name for himself. A man of fifty and older? Well sadly, he’s considered a loser. In a secondary romance in COMING HOME FOR YOU, a man shields his financial state from the woman he loves out of shame and fear she’ll desert him.

7.       The generational sandwich crunches fresh love. Whether it’s the adult children or the parents or the siblings, they all consider themselves experts on the quality of the mature couple’s relationship. Younger couples are not immune from the scrutiny either, but at least small children seem to just want peace and love between the couple. Adults worry the details.

Have I convinced you to give Mel and Daphne a try? Have you read other books with a mature couple? Let me know!

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1 comment:

  1. Love the cover! Can't wait to read! Adding to wish list!