The start of the relationship is fresh, fun and full of potential. Then as the years go on, some of this excitement fades and the sparks may go out. Work can easily get in the way, or kids, or family, or illness, so many things can make it hard for the couple to keep together. Part of this is natural, but also it could mean the relationship is heading towards ruin.

I was curious about writing a story about the continuing journey between a couple and how the relationship develops. After all there are plenty of couples who are going all right, and those who have over come difficulties and remained together.

In my story, Change of Heart, Vickie and George had not only lost the spark between each other, but were also on the edge of their marriage ending. Without giving away any spoilers, there was drama, temptation, and a mysterious illness, which forced them both to reconsider their life paths, individually but also as a couple.

In everyday life, something big and life threatening could very well make us evaluate what we want and who we want along side of us. But what about the small things that can help keep a relationship sweet? (I don’t particularly want to go through a huge life-changing event every year to rekindle things with my boyfriend – I’d be a nervous wreck.) What makes the heart flutter and sparks fly?

I started thinking what were some of the small things people do to rekindle their love, or to keep their relationship on the right track? What was the ‘glue’ that kept them together? What were the little actions that tell the other person that you love them?

I started looking around. During a recent walk along the beach at sunset I saw a couple walking along the waters edge, he was carrying her in his arms (which I quickly snapped a photo of). When shopping, I saw an old couple holding hands. Their heads were tilted inwards to each other as they walked together. At a café, a man held the door open for his lady and brushed his hand between her shoulders as she walked past him – call me old fashion but when my boyfriend does this to me my heart skips a beat!

couple walking at sunset

couple walking at sunset

It can be the simple things that can send those dopamine levels soaring which in turn can cause the heart to flatter anew and lead to fresh sparks flying. The gentle actions that speak of love can be the glue for togetherness in a long term relationship, and the flutters and sparks are worth remembering and acting out to each other.

What everyday things do you do to let someone know you love them? Leave a post for a chance to win an electronic copy of Change of Heart. (I’ll be giving one e-copy away.)

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Change of Heart

by Lilliana Rose

Vickie wants spice in her life, but her husband George is more interested in his work as a doctor. As a Victorian lady she is struggling to find her place in the world. An outbreak of a mysterious illness threatens the ordered world of Vickie and George. George becomes ill, and Vickie is left to care for him, keep him safe, as well as trying to work out the cause of the mysterious illness. Vickie must take charge in her world in order to survive.

Change of Heart can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rogue Phoenix Press.

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