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Book: Wherefore Art Thou Ramon? by Roger E. Bruner

Book: Wherefore Art Thou Ramon? by Roger E. Bruner

categories: Book, Romeo and Juliet, Feuding Fathers, Pro-Life, Chastity, Deceit, Respect, Friendship, Obedience, Biblical Principles, Parental Authority, Teen Romance


Roger E. Bruner

Author Roger E. Brunerabout this book: Wherefore Art Thou Ramon? is similar to Romeo and Juliet in some major ways. It's about a romance between young members of two feuding families. But unlike Romeo and Juliet, these two teens feel responsible for their fathers' silly feud and are determined to end it. Not just because it's interfering with their romance, but because they love their fathers and know the feud has made them miserable

Because the Bible admonishes children to obey their parents, Ramon and Julianne feel compelled to obey their fathers' commands--to a certain extent. But they're also aware that the Bible teaches fathers not to provoke their children to wrath, something these two fathers have failed to do.

With the help of friends, Ramon and Julianne come up with a plan. It's totally outrageous; readers won't believe what R and J are willing to do to make their fathers friends again. With less prideful men, it would work, but not with their fathers. Plan B is outrageous, too, but it just doesn't feel like the Christian thing for the two of them to do. Will last-minute Plan C be any better?

I majored in English in college and had a wonderful Shakespeare teacher. I drew from my knowledge of the play (and the rereading of some key passages) to create parallels between this book and Shakespeare's play.

Even though I wrote this novel for teens, I think of it as a family novel. Neither the teens nor their parents are perfect, but mutual love ultimately conquers stubbornness. This story has sound Christian teachings about chastity, the value of human life, living according to biblical principles, and not straying from what's right when if it's for a good cause.

No matter how many times I've reread it during the editing and revising process, I still get a kick out of it. I hope you will, too.

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