Remember that wonderful Tammy Wynette song?
Yes, it was only two weeks ago that I talked about my thirty year wedding anniversary, so you may be wondering why I’ve chosen Divorce as my blog topic this week. I’m here to tell you my marriage is fine, and there is a method to my madness.
Do you know anyone who married the same person twice? Follow this link to see a list of six celebrity couples who have tied the knot twice with the same person. I remember thinking how romantic it was when Liz Taylor remarried Richard Burton and when Natalie Wood remarried Robert Wagner. Sigh. Well, we all probably also remember that neither of those remarriages worked out. That’s not the point of this blog, though. The point is, sometimes people get divorced when they shouldn’t have, and maybe if these celebrities had stuck it out the first time they would have made it to the end.
And that’s the method to my madness.
I love reunion stories between couples, even if they’ve been divorced. I love the second chance to get it right, and putting the characters back together when they’re a bit older and a whole lot wiser. That’s exactly what I’ve done in TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, my soon-to-be-released single title from The Wild Rose Press.
Joy Waltham and Paul Donovan were married for twenty-three years before divorcing. They have two grown children and a truckload of shared memories. The book begins three years later, when Paul has left Los Angeles PD and taken a job as the chief of police in his old hometown, Comfort, Maine. Their daughter Edie is an MBA junior business mogul working with her mother, their son Michael is serving his country in the Army in theMiddle East. With this type of story, I couldn’t ignore the whole family dynamics.
Do Paul and Joy get back together, you may be wondering? I hope you’ll read this book to find out.
As my good friend Robena Grant put it so succinctly and nicely: This book, set along the Maine seaside, will sweep you up and into the unexpected reunion of an over-forty panic prone business mogul and her small town Chief of Police ex-husband. A two hundred year old B&B is the backdrop for the thrill of second chances, unresolved family issues, an unsolved drug case, a snoopy journalist, and a dog named Roger. Pull up a chair, join me for a cup of tea, and I promise you a fun ride.
And here’s what Romantic Times had to say about Too Close for Comfort in the November 2012 issue: Marshall has a knack for writing stories that target her middle-age audience to a tee. The finely detailed characters and situations may even lead readers to believe parts of the story are based on their own lives…the finish is as warm and satisfying as a bowl of fresh “chowdah.”
Coming October 19th to an online store near you!
Until next week, make it a great one.