Is there truly such a thing as love at first sight? In many of my books I have the couple falling in love in around a week—or less. It makes the reader wonder if this could actually happen in real life. I say, “Yes,” because I know of couples who have.
My father-in-law saw his future wife for the first time as she passed by him in a canoe with one other young woman. He told his friend standing beside him, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” He did and they stayed married all their life, into their 90s. Ditto his son, my brother-in-law, who saw his future wife for the first time across the room at a college event and told my husband, “I’m marrying her.” Neither even knew the girls’ names.
My husband and I met in college, where he was in a fraternity contest to meet new girls. He had to at least take them out to coffee to count for the contest, and he was winning. He took me out, quit the contest, and asked me to marry him. When I met him, I told my roommates, “He’s the one.” Our marriage lasted 51 years until he died of cancer.
Another life-long marriage happened after a writer friend of mine met her husband at a wedding. They were married after 4 days because he had to go overseas (World War 2) and they wanted to marry before he left.
Not all “love at first sight” marriages hold together but the phenomenon exists. How many couples do you know of who fell in love at first sight, married quickly, and their marriage endured?
In many of my Christmas novellas, I have the couple finding instant attraction, mainly because of the short word count. Here are two that I think you’ll enjoy. Christmas on Cougar Mountain is free.
I made this book free because I felt it addressed an issue that many parents face: that of a child that can’t seem to learn. The story is a simple romance, but the underlying problem is a child who seems disobedient. The person who helps his father understand him is a young woman trained in helping children like him. Because my grandchildren needed this training, I wanted to tell others about it while also writing a story. The dog steals the story, as my animal characters usually do.
Another story with a dog in it. This one’s name is Brat, for he obeys when he wants to and gets into trouble the rest of the time. He loves digging out people hiding in the snow, making him an ideal avalanche puppy. After rescuing a ski patrol leader, Brat decides the handsome man is an ideal mate for his owner and proceeds to make life difficult for them while he gets them together. https://getbook.at/avalanchepuppy
A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse’s nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said “Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes.” It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.