As a romance author, one of my favorite scenes to write in a novel is that first encounter between hero and heroine. As a romance reader, it’s one of my favorite scenes to read as well. I can’t help myself. I love hearing how couples first met—in both the fictional world and the real.
My own personal love story is all kinds of cliché. In fact, when I tell people how I met my husband, they always laugh in that, “Are you serious?” kind of way. But I must admit, I love that it’s part of our story.
Are you ready for it?
I was the enamored receptionist. He was the hot delivery guy.
No joke. I’m a real-life version of Jennifer Coolidge from Legally Blonde.
I remember getting all giddy whenever he’d come in to deliver packages. Then one day, he walked in the office as I was headed out for lunch. Only instead of continuing inside, he turned around and walked me to the elevator.
Much to my shock, he asked me out.
And what was my romantic, suave response? “Do you even know my name?”
“Of course,” he said. “You sign for the packages. Your name’s Kate.”
Here’s the thing about me.
Before that moment in time, nobody had ever called me Kate. It was always Katie. But my signature was awful and I was too tongue-tied to correct him. So I wrote Kate along with my number on a gum wrapper and gave it to him.
He still has the gum wrapper (aw!).
His entire family calls me Kate.
And for the first year of our relationship, all my friends referred to him as the UPS guy. Even though he never worked for UPS.
Let’s Talk: Tell me about your first encounter with your honey. Or tell me about one of your all-time favorite first encounters from a book you’ve read!
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Back cover blurb, Wishing on Willows:
A three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides.
So when developer Ian McKay shows up in Peaks with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight.
As stubborn as he is handsome, Ian won’t give up easily. His family’s business depends on his success in Peaks. But as Ian pushes to seal the deal, he wonders if he has met his match. Robin’s gracious spirit threatens to undo his resolve, especially when he discovers the beautiful widow harbors a grief that resonates with his own.
With polarized opinions forming all over town, business becomes unavoidably personal and Robin and Ian must decide whether to cling to the familiar or surrender their plans to the God of Second Chances.
You can find Katie Ganshert on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and her blog. You can read a free sample of her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter here, and a sample of her latest release, Wishing on Willows, here.