Love's Sweet Sorrow, by Richard Brawer

My guest today is Richard Brawer and he's answered an interesting questions about his latest book, Love's Sweet Sorrow

Why did I make my protagonist’s love interest in Love’s Sweet Sorrow a Quaker?

For most readers, it is the conflicts between the characters and how those conflicts will be resolved that keep them turning the pages.

I began writing Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel, in 2012. I needed a strong woman as a counter to the protagonist, challenging him and making him grow as a character, but I was having a bit of trouble creating her. Until I did I couldn’t continue writing the book.

I put the book aside and went to explore one of my favorite past times, local history. Shrewsbury, NJ, a town twenty minutes north of mine, was having an Octoberfest. Shrewsbury was founded in the 1660s and one section of the town was on the National Historical Register.

Clustered together in the historical district was a Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) meeting house also founded in the 1660s. The article in the newspaper announcing the Octoberfest mentioned that the Quaker congregation was giving a tour of their meeting house.  During the tour, informational brochures were passed out. The Quaker information was particularly interesting.

Don’t confuse the Quakers with the Amish. The Amish have mostly withdrawn themselves from the modern world. The Quakers participate fully in present day society. However, one of their major convictions is that they are pacifists.

Jason, my protagonist, is the head of the legal department of America’s largest weapons manufacturer. As I read the Quaker brochures I thought, why not make his love interest a Quaker? What could be more opposite and create more conflicts than having the protagonist work for a military weapons company and his love a pacifist?

Thus Ariel was born.

Love Sweet Sorrow opens with Jason uncovering evidence that links his company’s CEO to international arms dealers selling weapons to terrorists. Ariel is quickly caught up in the chases and harrowing escapes from those trying to retrieve the evidence, and she is forced to kill to save their lives. She withdraws into a raging inner conflict, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become.

Jason’s battle to expose the smugglers and convince Ariel that saving their lives was an innate reflex amplifies their differences and compels them to delve deeply into their long-held opposing convictions and question whether they are truly meant to be together.

Readers have said about Love’s Sweet Sorrow:

“Well written” “Fast paced plot.” “Grabs you from the first page.” “Wonderful character construction” “An on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller” “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” “Quaker character adds a unique twist” “Huge moral barriers for them to overcome”

Read the full reviews and an excerpt at Richard’s website, or at the Amazon page for this book.
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.
E-book: $0.99
Trade Paperback: $11.99

A couple of the more popular links:

Also can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is published by Vinspire Publishing, a well respected mid-size

Bio: Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time exploring local history.  He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife. Read more about Richard and his books at his website:



Judith Ingram said…
This looks like an exciting read that's right up my alley! What a clever solution to your love question, Richard! Congratulations.
Anonymous said…
Hi Judith,
Thanks for rading my blog post. I'm glad you found it interesting.
Richard Brawer
Kay Delli Bovi said…
I'm hoping for a happy ending! You're right... ideas come from the strangest places. Thank you,
JK Bovi

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