Every so often I get a slap-upside-the-head reminder as to how big and important and powerful romance novels can be. Case in point: the following message from Bitchery reader N, who asks for your collective help in assembling a reading list:
Several people have suggested that I ask you and your readers.
I am looking for a book which may not exist.
I have a friend whose mother is a battered wife. She reads romance novels.
I am looking for a romance novel which I can lend her which has the
-woman leaves abusive spouse
-woman is okay on her own
-woman finds true love with non-abusive man
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Novels that portray the healing of fair and respectful love and the triumph of people over abusive pasts? There are more than a few in romance, obviously. My first recommendation, Montana Sky by Nora Roberts, which features three women in varying stages of strength, one of whom is on the run from an abusive, obsessive spouse.
However, books aside, please know, N., that I hope your friend’s mother finds her own strength to move to a place of safety and healing very, very soon.