When I met my guy twenty-four years ago I thought he was cute - and someone’s kid brother. It wasn’t just that he looked younger than late twenties, he was also more open, which after five bruising years living in
I misread as naiveté. London
But my point is, there was no thunderbolt moment, no recognition that he was my soulmate. It took nearly three years for us to realize we were, in fact, perfect for each other.
My take on the occasional news stories of ‘love at first sighters celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary’ is that it’s down to the same dumb luck that blesses every enduring relationship including mine. Whether you fall in love after ten seconds or ten years, the ‘til death does us part’ commitment comes down to a daily renewal of faith.
But as a romance author I’m intrigued by the idea of instantly recognizing your soulmate.
So for my May release, A Prior Engagement I came up with a hero who believes in love at first sight and paired him with a heroine whose mother’s inability to distinguish between frogs and princes made her childhood a misery.
Through sheer sexy exuberance he seduces her into a relationship and then blows it by proposing after six short weeks. She rejects him badly and he deploys to
before they can reconcile. And is killed. Afghanistan
Grief-stricken she accepts the engagement ring from his unsuspecting army buddies.
Nineteen months later, our hero comes back from the dead to find her ensconced in the bosom of his family. Ouch.
And once they work out that awkwardness they still have to find a way past their very different ideas of what constitutes true love.
So what do you believe?
Are you with actor Jeff Bridges who says; "“For me and my wife, it was love at first sight.”
Or are you on the side of humorist Sam Levensen. “Love at first sight is easy to understand; It’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”
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