“Love Can Conquer Any Distance . . . Right?” by Karen Schreck
If you look closely at the cover of While He Was Away, you’ll see that the title of this post also serves as the caption for my novel.
A caption that reminds me of another famous quote:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.
And that little . . . and the “Right?” make all the difference in the world. At least to me.
That little . . . and the “Right?” keep me from grinding my teeth down to the nubbins.
Because the qualification, the doubt that is laced through the caption of While He Was Away brings up the conflict, the fear, the potential for loss, that most often goes hand-in-hand with . . . not being hand-in-hand with the one you love. Someone, for whatever reason, has to be at a distance, and it sucks, big-time. Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend didn’t go off to war, as Penna Weaver’s boyfriend, David O’Dell, does in While He Was Away. Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend just went on a long summer vacation, or to college. But separation of any kind can be a huge challenge. (Don’t you know it?) And it’s not just the quality or beauty or depth of your love that determines how it all plays out. Distance, and the places where we find ourselves when we’re apart, play a huge factor on how things work out. Or don’t.
In While He Was Away, Penna Weaver throws herself into her work and her friendships, into solving a family mystery, into being a citizen of the world in order to deal with her separation from David.
If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, how have you dealt with it?
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