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Monday’s Daily Post (Writing) Prompt, Fearless Fantasies, asked:

How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

Are romance novels used as a substitute for a real romantic relationship? Does fear prevent making the connection? Is the fear a holdover from a past emotional situation?; a physical or social fear?; a fear of crowds or the outside (agoraphobia) that makes it impossible to do so? Does fear rule the ability to make and maintain romantic relationships?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all have what we most desire. Some of us do. Lucky, lucky souls! Catherine Anderson is one of those authors whose main character doesn’t have the luxury of bemoaning their love lives because they are so busy pressing on with their lives overcoming disability. Phantom Waltz is a sweet love story wherein the handsome rancher falls for, and commits to a woman with a life-altering handicap.

Bethany believes her past accident will forever eliminate the possibility of love, but learns it doesn’t. When I first read Phantom Waltz in the early 2000’s I hadn’t yet read any novels portraying disability, and living with it. I found it unusual for romance novels, and I read a ton.

One of Bethany’s fears is that Ryan will not be interested in her, never mind continuing a relationship and making a life with her. That’s why, when Ryan expresses interest in her, she does not come out from behind the desk so he can see her disability. Ryan must prove his devotion to her, and resolve, in cementing a relationship with her.

Anderson’s other novels include Annie’s Song (mute), My Sunshine (head injury), Blue Skies (blind). Diana Palmer authored another sweet love story; this time the male has the disability. Colby loses his career as a mercenary/Black Ops along with his arm as romance is blended with suspense in Outsider.

I have since found there were many romance novels, then and before, dealing with protagonists with a disability. Danielle Steel‘s Palomino tells the story of Samantha Taylor who must adjust to life in a wheelchair after a riding accident but still finds love and motherhood. Listed below are a sampling of more current such Contemporary Romances:

Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson, Harlequin Books in 2007

Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy, Kensington in 2007

Fearless by Diana Palmer, Harlequin Books in 2008

Possibly: Heartless by Diana Palmer, Harlequin Books, 2009

Her Lone Cowboy (Larch Valley, #3) by Donna Alward, Harlequin in 2010

Far From Perfect by Barbara Longley,
Montlake Romance in 2013

Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley, Carina Press in 2013

Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness Duet Book 1) by Laura Kaye, Publisher: Laura Kaye in 2013

His Road Home by Anna Richland, Carina Press in 2014

If you’ve read books like this, let me know which books or authors you prefer. See you next time.

Anderson, C. (1996). Annie’s Song. New York: Avon
Anderson, C. (2004). Blue Skies. New York: Signet
Anderson, C. (2005). My Sunshine. New York: Signet
Anderson, C. (2001). Phantom Waltz. New York: Signet
Palmer, D. Outsider (2006). New York: Harlequin Books
Steel, D. (1982). Palomino. New York: Dell

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