Do HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) really exist?

I want to touch on a subject that recently made the rounds through the romance book world and put in my two cents.

Do happily ever afters (HEAs) really exist?  I mean, honestly?

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good HEA story as much as the next person.  I really do.

But when you really think about it, do HEAs actually exist?

The answer is: Only if you and your significant other die on the same day at the same time.

Think about it.  You find the one, the love of your life, your soulmate.  You are lucky enough to spend decades with this person, happier the next day than you were the day before until……

One of you dies.

Death.  It happens.  And rarely on the same day at the same time.  Maybe your spouse dies a week later, maybe it’s months or maybe it’s years.

The one left behind will be sad.  Happy that you got the time you had together, but sad nonetheless.  Because now they’re alone.  They have to try to figure out how to do things on their own while missing half of their heart.

Not exactly a happy ending, is it?

So, no, I don’t believe my romances have to have HEAs because there’s really no such thing.

I want my romances to show me a beautiful love, a complete love, a happy love.  One that has no ending because the pages stop before the love does.

So, don’t tell me a book has an HEA.

Give me a romance, give me a beautiful love story.

And show me it has a love that continues after the pages end.

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