I was originally going to call this post, "Are They Experienced," but that's a whole other topic. This week, we're talking about reunited lovers, exes who aren't so ex after all, and other variations on the theme. Is romance lovelier the second time around for once-upon-a-time lovers, or is a chance at romance strictly a one shot deal?
Let's take a look at the various permutations. Youthful lovers separated by disapproving parents, circumstance or historical events, is a theme popular long before the written word. All the thwarted passion of young love, torn apart by a cruel world or crueler parents, never fading through the intervening years. They've loved and lost, but, older and wiser, is this their time at last? Contemporary heroes or heroines returning to the small towns they once left behind, and the lovers they never forgot stand shoulder to shoulder here with their historical counterparts forced into dynastic marriages or second sons sent to war, the sea, or off to find their fortunes. The separation may not have been their idea, but the reconciliation? That's entirely within their grasp.
On the other side of the coin, we have heroes or heroines who did want out the first time. Contemporary divorced couples, or estranged historical ones may not have been compatible in their first relationship, but some time and distance may give them the skills they need to turn a past love into a present one and secure their future. Such couples may have a child in common, a constant bond no matter how many miles apart they may have lived, and if the kids, whether child or adult, decide to play matchmaker, mom and dad may see past their differences and find love once again.
In real life, there's often a reason exes are exes, but in romance, love conquers all. What are your favorite reunited lovers romance novels?