I love the comedy and romantics that go on between the lovely Emma and her dear friend Miss Smith as she endeavors to find her a perfect match. A twist on Jane Austen’s most humorous writing is what I had in mind with my own Regency romance (deep in revisions as we speak!!). One of my favorite scenes from this story inspired a scene in my own novel, A HEART SO BROKEN. It’s when Mr. Knightley reproves Emma after her unkindness to Ms. Bates at the strawberry picking party. He pulls her up short, not because he delights in finding fault with her, but because he cares about her and the influence she has on her community.
In A HEART SO BROKEN, Jenna has stumbled upon an inconvenient truth, something that Cooper neglected to tell her and for which she cannot seem to forgive him. After a summer of recovery she is on the precipice of launching back into the darkness. Cooper’s older brother and her friend, Jackson, comes upon her on a dark mountain road and has the audacity to put her in her place:
I started to protest, but Jackson cut me off. “Look, I know you’ve got it. You’re strong, you’re capable, you don’t need anyone else. We’ve all got the message loud and clear. But there’s going to come a moment when you have to let yourself be rescued, not just from jerks like Colt, but from this whole mess.”
“I don’t need rescuing,” I said angrily. “You wouldn’t understand.”
“Sure, because I’ve never lost anything, have I Jenna?” He shook his head in disgust. “You know, all this time I have you the benefit of a doubt. I treated you like a sister because I knew how amazing you were. But now I can see you’re just a selfish, hurt little girl. Isn’t that why you never said ‘I love you’ back?”
“That’s none of your business,” I snapped.
“When I find my little brother wandering around broken hearted, it becomes my business,” Jackson said, “just like it becomes my business when jerks like Colt try to take advantage of a girl I respected.”
The past tense of the word made me cringe, but I didn’t let it show. Everything he said made me want to crawl under a rock, but there was no way I was giving in.
“You didn’t say it because the whole time, you were looking for an escape clause. The minute things got real, you bailed. I don’t care if you get mad and hash it out, but you didn’t ask questions. You didn’t fight for it. You ran away from the guy who’s been there this whole time, holding your hand and drying your tears. And you know what? I feel sorry for you. Because you’re never going to have a life worth living until you learn to forgive.”
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