My Saga is accused of being sentimental, romantic, mushy, sensual, and the like. None of this do I deny, but rather proclaim myself! Where I take exception is when these adjectives are applied as an indictment for the Darcys’ marriage being so implausible and fantastical that I may as well toss in some elves and wizards for all the reality involved in how I write their love and life! Here is where my dander gets ruffled. I adore a good fairy-tale, but do not think The Darcy Saga is one. At least not in the classic Brothers Grimm sense! But, just in case you do not want to believe my word of how amazing a marriage can be with a modern fairy-tale ‘happily ever after,’ I am going to share a true story of love.
Once Upon a Time a woman in Florida – we will call her S – saw the 2005 P&P and loved it. She did some internet searching, as folks do these days, and stumbled across The Darcy Saga website. She read the excerpts and blurbs offered there, and decided to take a chance. She bought Two Shall Become One and when she had read it, wrote to the author:
Congratulations!!! In one simple word – the book left me “BREATHLESS”!!!! I thank you for such a wonderful story, characters and places that came alive in every turn of the page. I was sad to finish the book and not be able to continue.
The author was thankful and wrote an email expressing so. S shared the book with a friend, who also conveyed her delight. A few weeks passed and again S wrote to the author:
My husband of 25 years, wonderful years, has actually finished reading your book!!!! Imagine that someone that in 25 years has never been inspired to read a romance novel and he read yours!!!! Well, he stood up, walked towards me, gave me one of those kisses that makes you think you are floating in air, and then whispered, “I expect soon a locket of your hair.” Well, need I say more Sharon?
The author, who is incredibly sappy, was moved to tears! She thanked S, and encouraged her to definitely provide that lock of hair! Then, Valentine’s Day rolled around, and once again S wrote to the author:
I wanted to let you know my husband gave me the best Valentine’s present. He gave me a wooden box engraved saying ‘You have Bewitched Body and Soul. I am Yours Forever’!!!! Can you believe it – inside he put old pictures, our graduation rings, letters, cards, and notes going back 25 years!! I started crying like a fool!!! I just wanted to share that with you because I believe you have brought out something in him after he read your book!! LOL. PS: I gave him that lock of hair and he loved it!!!
The author was truly weeping and laughing now! Her father and sister, whom she was visiting at the time, thought she was having a stroke. They too were very impressed. So much so that the author’s father, a crusty old fireman well into his 60s, also read her book! By this time a friendship had begun between the author and S. Emails were regularly swapped and lives were shared. The author found out that S’s husband – we will call him R – was her high school sweetheart. He not only kept the lock of hair in his wallet, but among the items cherished and placed into the box were petals from the rose he gave her upon their first Valentine’s Day over 25 years ago while in high school! Even a romance novelist couldn’t make this stuff up! Oh wait, the romance novelist of this fairy-tale did! But, that was between a set of fictional lovers, and could never happen in real-life….Right?
The author and S talked about all sorts of things in the following months. Often they wrote about their respective ‘Mr. Darcys’ and how wonderful it was to find one’s soulmate. They are both believers in love and marriage, with good reasons to proclaim that belief. From time to time S would express how anxious she, and her husband R, were to read the next two novels waiting to be published.
Then, one day out of the blue, the author receives a secret email from R:
While I am a fan, my wife is an avid fan. We are both waiting on ‘Journeys Beyond Pemberley.’ I am looking to give her a surprise gift and I know an autographed book or books written by you would greatly please her. Is there any way that I may purchase one or all of the Darcy Saga books autographed by you? I know this may be an inconvenience, but it would make for a very special gift!
Of course, this particular schmaltzy author was thrilled by the request! No surprise there. In fact, she was so desirous to fulfill the sweet appeal that she fretted over the fact that the novels were not yet in bound form, afraid there was a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, that R was shooting for to gift his wife. R’s response, after affirming that S is a blessing in his life, was this:
The gift is for the best occasion of all: no special occasion at all! Since that is the case and we have no specific date to worry about, I would love to have her get all 3 books at once. If it takes a few weeks or a few months, it will not matter. I will be forever grateful to you for this.
The author was extremely happy, for a number of reasons, that the novels became available very soon after R’s entreaty. She did indeed purchase a full set and sign each one for S, including a card that conveyed the depth of her delight in this incident as a visible reminder of what true-love can create if the man and woman involved embrace the ideals. And, that it does exist beyond the pages of a romantic novel! S was ecstatic to receive the novels gifted by her amazing husband. R was thrilled to see the joy upon his wife’s face. The author was assured that abundant kisses were not the extent of thanks R received for his romantic gesture!
And, R and S continue to live happily-ever-after! Except, perhaps, for fighting over who gets to read the author’s novels first.
Thank you, R and S, for allowing me to share your true tale of love. I hope my readers enjoy this ‘fairy-tale,’ and that you will, like Peter Pan begs in relation to fantasy-fairies, declare a resounding, “I Believe!”