An Open Letter to Readers
***Warning! Contains Spoilers for POINT OF NO RETURN!***
I have so many wonderful readers who’ve followed Kathleen, Blane, and Kade on this journey and I am ever so grateful to them for loving these characters as much as I do. I know lots of people, particularly Blane fans, have questions about how I chose to end the series. Some of these fans have vented hurtful and vitriolic messages to me via Facebook or messages or Amazon reviews. To those readers, I have nothing to say. To the Blane fans that understand someone had to win and someone had to lose, I want to talk with you about the why. I feel you deserve that much.
I completely understand what it’s like to be so invested in a character that their tears feel like your own and your happiness hinges on theirs. I’ve been reading romance novels since I was eight years old. Believe me, I get it. When I set out to write this love triangle, I knew very well that only one man would end up with the girl. Love triangles are tricky, as any writer of them can attest, and I’m sure some writers shy away from them for this very reason—the angry readers whose guy doesn’t win.
The easy way out, of course, is to write the story so that one man does something awful, something unforgiveable, so that the heroine’s choice is easy. I didn’t want to do that. That’s not Blane and it’s not Kade. All three characters have made some poor choices over the course of the series, but they’ve also grown in who they are and in their love for one another.
In the end, The Kathleen Turner Series is a story about love, redemption, and sacrifice—and not just for Kathleen, but between the brothers as well.
Blane is a wonderful man and it’s been a joy to create him as a character, change his life, and turn him into an even better man than he was in NO TURNING BACK. Kathleen did that, and his love for her. Could Kathleen have been happy with either brother? Yes, absolutely. Was there a brother more suited for her? Yes, absolutely. Kade and Kathleen clicked from the moment I wrote their first scene together. Kade “got” Kathleen and Kathleen understood Kade. While I may have wavered in my own decision of how the series would end, Kathleen and Kade never stopped clicking. Them being together was…inevitable.
Can we love more than one person in our lives? I think so. I know I have fallen in love more than once. Do you ever really fall out of love with a person? To some extent, yes, but I believe there’s always a little piece of your heart that remembers that past love. As Blane says in POINT OF NO RETURN, part of him will always love Kathleen—how could he not? She changed his life for the better. Is he still “in” love with her, which is something quite different? No, I’d say not.
Did Blane get the traditional romance genre Happily-Ever-After complete with wife and 2.3 kids? No, he didn’t, but I’d also say that wasn’t something he desired any longer by the end of POINT OF NO RETURN. His life took a different path. I know many single people who once thought they’d be married with kids by the time forty rolled around, but that didn’t happen. Does that mean they’re not perfectly happy and content with their lives, careers, and their chosen relationships? Absolutely not.
By the end of POINT OF NO RETURN, we see Blane in a successful career that he’d worked for his entire life, no longer chained to his uncle or Kandi (thanks to Kathleen), and in a relationship with a woman who needed him as much as Kade needed Kathleen. An added bonus is that he’s still close to his brother, has a sister-in-law he loves dearly, and nieces and nephews that he can play the doting uncle and still get to send home at the end of the day.
Blane is the sacrificing hero, which has always been his character, from the day he picked up Kade from the orphanage, through his tours as a Navy SEAL, and to the day he knew Kathleen belonged with his brother. Is it sad? Yes, and my heart broke for him. But Blane wouldn’t want us to cry. He’d say, well, I’ll let him say it in his own words:
“I appreciate the sentiment, I really do. I loved Kathleen and envisioned a future for us together. That didn’t happen, but that’s okay. I’m a grown man and I live with the consequences of my actions, the choices—and mistakes—I made. That’s who I am. Kathleen called me a ‘good’ man. I think she knows, knows that a sacrifice was made, but that I don’t regret making that sacrifice. I could have cut Kade from my life entirely for what happened—I’d guess that’s what he expected me to do—but I love him too much for that. Love. It changed everything. In the end, I loved my brother more than I loved myself, and nothing will make me regret that.
So thank you for your empathy, but cry no tears for me. I’m doing quite well.”
Well. I think that’s all that needs to be said, at least by myself or Blane.
Thank you for reading.