How does this work? I don't really know. Ask anyone that knows me, and I'm not overly prone to emotional or romantic impressions. Will I overanalyze the Victorian themes and prudish American tendencies? Certainly. A romantic and frivolous setting like Cape May helps. An irrational love with unrealistic expectations can't hurt a plot at all. Throw in some wedding plans, lots of sisterly tension, conflicting sexual tensions, a frivolous party or two, some gothic undertones (more of this in a future post?), and of course a mysterious, handsome, secretive man.
Sprinkle in a few days at the beach, and I hope to create a recipe for a romance. I'm not sure if the romance should be set two hundred years ago or, as it is now, in modern day Cape May.
Is it effective? Hmmm.