He’s Just Not That Into You: The Historical Version by Valerie Bowman
You may recall a few years back, a book that caused quite a hub bub. The book was titled, He’s Just Not that Into You. Based on an episode of the wildly popular HBO show, Sex and the City, the book caused such an uproar among the ladies who read it, that a film was soon commissioned.
I admit it. I saw the episode of Sex and the City. Then I read the book. Then saw the movie. Yes, I was that into the concept. It was absolutely maddening in its simplicity yet fascinating in its compelling layers at the same time.
Just in case you’re not familiar with the concept, I’ll give you a quick summary. Miranda (a single 30-something in New York City) goes out on a date with a man who didn’t come upstairs after their date, telling her he has an early morning meeting. Later, she’s having dinner with her best friend, Carrie, and Carrie’s boyfriend, Berger, and asks Berger to analyze the erstwhile date’s behavior. Berger offers the ever-so-blunt theory, “He’s just not that into you.” And proceeds to explain that if Miranda’s date really had been into her, he would have come upstairs, meeting or no meeting.
“He’s just not that into you,” Berger said.
And a primal scream from women around the country was heard. First of all, a female would never say such a callous, heartless thing to her friend. Of course the date likes her and is going to call. Why wouldn’t he? Her friend is wonderful! He simply had an early morning meeting. He said so, didn’t he?
Berger, as you might imagine, was forced to defend himself and went on to rationalize that men just aren’t that complicated. If they like a woman, they call. If they don’t, they don’t. Shrug.
Miranda and Carrie were horrified by this revelation, of course, and Berger was chastised for his insensitivity. But the words were out there. And they got a lot of ladies thinking. Is it true? Is it so simple? Is the guy who doesn’t call just not that into me?
Now, what the heck does this have to do with romance novels, you ask? And specifically a historical romance novel? After all, romance novels are all about finding the partner who is that into you, no?
Well, when I was writing my current release, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, I realized soon into plotting the story that I was essentially writing a Regency retelling of this very tale. The idea had stored itself away in my subconscious and popped out just in time to blend itself nicely into the story of Annie Andrews. Annie is a young Regency lady who is intent upon marrying a certain young man, but who is confronted instead with the obvious evidence that he, well, may just not be that into her.
After a failed attempt at running off to Gretna Green, Annie is quickly nicknamed the “runaway bride” by her brother-in-law’s best friend, the Earl of Ashbourne. The same earl who has agreed to keep an eye on Miss Andrews while her sister and his friend are out of the country on their honeymoon. Ashbourne ends up essentially telling Miss Andrews the same thing Berger told Carrie and Miranda. But the real trouble begins when Annie realizes the earl is right, and Ashbourne realizes he wants to run away with her himself.
So, tell me, what do you think of the concept of ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’? And do you think it can cross two hundred years and apply in Regency England?
And here’s a bit about Secrets of a Runaway Bride…
THE THRILL OF ESCAPE
Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Greene—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.
THE SWEETNESS OF SURRENDER
When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend’s sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector…when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps! Secrets of a Runaway Bride has been named a 4.5 star TOP PICK! by RT Book Reviews. It’s been called “Too Delightful Too Miss!” by New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Kleypas, and New York Times bestselling historical romance author Sarah MacLean says it’s, “Everything a romance should be—sexy, quirky, fun…once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!” Valerie’s debut, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, the first in the Secret Brides series was nominated by RT Book Reviews for Best Debut Historical for 2012!
About the Author:
Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.
Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or watching Downton Abbey and Hoarders.