We've been told for years that in North America there is a fifty-fifty chance of marriage not ending happily ever after. Those aren't the best odds for a jump into matrimony. After all, if you were contemplating a parachute jump and told you had a fifty-fifty chance of your parachute not opening, there wouldn't be a lot of skydivers around.
However, no need to despair. A recent report in the New York Times pointed out that divorce rates have been actually decreasing in recent years. They suggest the high divorce rate of the 70s and 80s was an historical anomaly and we are now reaching for more normal stats. They pointed out 70% of 1990 marriages reached their fifteenth anniversary and that divorces in this millennium are dropping even further.
Now that's good news for everyone-for families, for brides to be planning their weddings and of course, for romantics.
It's in the nature of love that every bride knows hers will be one of the marriages that lasts. Don't forget, when Pandora (aka Eve, the first woman) could not contain her curiosity and opened the box to unleash the bad things to the world, that little "hope" climbed out behind. And what is love if not the fulfilment of hope?
So brides will always plan their perfect life together, romantics will always dream, and we will all share our hope for happily-ever-afters. That's what romance writers and readers do, right?
I hope you will join me on Friday for the launch party of my newest romance with Prism. Acres of Dreams is the story of 19 year old Katy newly arrived in Canada in search of a suitable husband. Katy's life takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself knee-deep in the wild prairie. Will she find love or heartbreak there?