5 Important Things You’ll Learn About Love in Without You
Scroll down to learn why Jenna and Violet aren’t your average female characters in this new adult contemporary romance. Then, enter to win the Bookworm Giveaway below, including a booklover’s mug that Violet, who owns a coffeeshop and loves literature, would love to have.
When I wrote Without You, I knew one thing from the start—I wanted it to be about real love, which is beautiful but not always perfect. I wanted women, married or single, to see themselves in Jenna and Violet. I wanted to write a book that really looked at marriage, at dating, and at how complex love can be. I didn’t want to shy away from some of the feelings and realities of true-life love.
Thus, Jenna and Violet are gritty and raw. They make mistakes. They change their minds and face confusion. They struggle with love, with identity, and with what life is all about.
Along the way, though, they change and grow as characters and give the reader insights about love. Here are five things you’ll learn from Violet and Jenna.
1.Love is never easy, single or married.
Some books focus on how difficult married life can be. Others focus on the “forever alone” feeling women sometimes struggle with. I wanted to focus on both.
Married or single, love and life are complex. I wanted to write a book where a married character and a single character’s lives were intertwined—not just by the plot, but with their internal crises over love and identity.
At first glance, Violet and Jenna are so different. However, as Without You unfolds, their similar struggles and feelings are revealed. Whether you’re married or single, I think you’ll find yourself in both characters because they show us that love is always, always a lot of work and uncertainty.
2. Chase your passions and don’t let love be your sole identity.
Part of the connection between Jenna and Violet is the fact they’re both chasing their dreams. Violet is a Certified Public Accountant and looking to climb the ranks at work, while Violet is trying to grow her coffeeshop and bakery. Both women are chasing crazy, wild dreams—and both are trying to figure out where love fits in their dreams.
Violet and Jenna are strong women who have the courage to go after what they want. They are both willing to create their own identities outside of romantic relationships, something we can all hopefully appreciate.
3. Sometimes love is worth fighting for.
Love isn’t perfect. Ever.
Jenna and Violet remind us that even if love is imperfect, it’s worth the struggle. Even though Without You is about the real hardships and obstacles of love, it is also about how love can be beautiful in its own right. It reminds us that sometimes we have to be willing to put in the work to salvage our hearts.
4. Distance doesn’t make the heart grow fonder… it just brings clarity.
Jenna and Violet are both distanced from their love physically and emotionally. However, as the book unfolds, they are able to find clarity about their situations, their hearts, and their choices. Jenna and Violet live in the same town, but love takes them many physical miles away from the other half of their hearts. It is this common theme that eventually leads to their self-fulfillment, although there are a lot of obstacles along the way.
5. Forgiveness is key in any relationship.
Sometimes when we think of romance reads, we only think of perfect kisses, sweet embraces, and the gushy, suave moments. There are some of these things in Without You—but there are also a lot of reality checks.
I’ve been married five years, and I’ve come to learn one thing through those years: love is far from perfect because it involves humans.
Humans make mistakes. They change their mind. They mess up.
The key to love—and really life—is forgiveness, which isn’t easy. Jenna and Violet remind us that forgiveness can take time and can take courage. Most of all, they remind us that sometimes forgiving ourselves is more difficult and more important than forgiving someone else.
Jenna and Violet’s stories are about the realities of love, the complexities of making choices, and the power of the heart to find true happiness.
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Lindsay Detwiler is a high school English teacher, contributing blogger for The Huffington Post, and author with Hot Tree Publishing. Her eighth novel, Inked Hearts, is set for release October 21, 2017, and is a sexy, seaside romance set in Ocean City, Maryland.
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