By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
When Christian romances were first released, sometimes the romantic growth didn't progress or develop organically. There were so many restrictions on what characters could and couldn't do that it was hard to spot their attraction and love for each other. All of a sudden at the end, the hero is asking her to marry him and they are in love. It leaves the reader going, "Uh? When did that happen?"
Even if the hero and heroine spend a great deal of time together, they can't just--bam--be in love. There is a process. It doesn't happen overnight.
A romantic plot has to be developed just like any other plot. The good news is that the CBA market has really come a long way in relaxing some of the "rules" it started out with. In a Christian romance, the faith growth will need to develop right along with the romance growth, but appear seamless and natural.
Here are the main stages you will want to show in your story and the synopsis.