July 21, 2013
Theresa Rizzo is my dear friend, who just happens to be an exceptional writer. She’s also great to help me while I’m up to my eyelashes in doctors appointments and deadlines. Please welcome Theresa Rizzo to Everybody Needs a Little Romance.
My debut book, He Belongs to Me addresses family dynamics that involve a lot of drama, however I’m hoping readers end the book with a feeling of hope and satisfaction. I don’t believe that love can conquer all, however without love—you don’t even have a chance.
Families involve multiple relationships, and relationships, in my experience, are rarely simple. People are complex, so doesn’t it stand to reason that relationships would also be complicated? Everybody has his or her own experiences and hang-ups that they bring to each relationship—mother–daughter, sister–brother, husband–wife, employer—employee, Friend . . .
He Belongs to Me highlights a lot of family dynamic—which were complicated further by tragedy, parenting mistakes, and poor judgment. A general lack of communication made things worse, destroying trust and damaging love in many of the relationships. Yet, the issues and problems they experienced should be something that the majority of readers can sympathize with—if not identify with.
I believe that few people truly come from a leave-it-to-Beaver family. There are a lot of things I hope readers take away from this story. Redemption. Compassion. Forgiveness. Hope. Determination and Love.
People screw up. We ALL make mistakes, but the measure of the person is how he/she owns her mistake, learns from it, apologizes and tries to atone for it and becomes a better person. And I believe all that can be accomplished if we open our hearts.
Catherine’s parents weren’t evil people. I truly believe they did the best they could at the time. Catherine and Thomas weren’t weak, selfish kids when they separated—statistics prove that the death of a child is more-often than not a mortal blow to most marriages. They did their best.
In the end, I’m a hopeless romantic. If two people were meant to be, if they are both stronger and happier together than they are apart . . . if they respect each other . . . they will find the courage to push past their fears to learn to forgive and to rebuild the trust and allow love to blossom.
What about you? Are you a hopeless romantic?
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresarizzo.com. Follow Theresa on Twitter (@Theresa_rizzo) or Facebook