Shannon here: Amy R. Anguish shares her first impression of her husband. Comment or answer the question in any post dated June 14th – 17th to enter the drawing for a copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, Destination: Fun Romance, U.S. only. Deadline: June 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Amy:
Off on the Wrong Foot
“I could never marry someone like you.”
Ever have to eat words before? They don’t always taste as good going down as they did when they first spew out of a mouth. I said the above line to the man who is now my husband one of the first times we met. Oops?
Don’t try to talk about … well, anything … when it’s a group gathering and especially if it’s a political setting. We were watching the election results come in my freshman year of college, if I remember correctly. Some of the guys were being ridiculous. And he said something that offended me.
Needless to say, we found a way to work through it later, when tempers were cooler and heads were on straight.
But if we’d stuck with that first impression, I would’ve missed out on so many amazing memories and opportunities I’ve gotten to experience over the last twenty-something years of dating him. Last week, we celebrated eighteen years of marriage.
Obviously, I could marry someone like him.
But was he the same guy when I married him as he was in that first situation?
Yes, and no.
We didn’t start dating for at least three more months after that first night. (For one thing, because he was dating a friend of mine at the time we met.) And even after we started dating, we didn’t decide to get married for several more years. A lot of growth happens in people during college years. Maturing and realizing the world isn’t all black and white.
And as we both grew up, we also grew closer because of the shared time. And we’ve continued to grow more over the last eighteen years of marriage.
Granted, some first impressions are the whole story. But more often than not, there’s much more underneath. And even more potential, too.
I’m so glad I had to eat those words. Because I can’t imagine my life without my sweet husband.
In my novel that releases today, Destination: Fun Romance, Katie tells Camden something similar when they first meet. Granted, he knocks her in the head with a volleyball and then practically drowns her, but still … It’s a rough first impression. And you’ll just have to read my story to see if she eats her words or not.
About Amy: Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
About the book – Destination: Fun Romance:
It’s not every day you bring a boyfriend back as a souvenir.
Katie Wilhite is ready to settle into her new job as a librarian now that college is through, but friends Bree and Skye want one more girls’ trip, and when Bree insists this is her bachelorette fling, Katie agrees. What she didn’t agree to was allowing fun and flighty Skye to dictate the itinerary or for her anxiety to kick in harder than ever … right in front of a cute guy.
Camden Malone had no idea when he agreed to be the voice of reason on his cousin Ryan’s vacation that the trip wouldn’t stay in New Orleans as planned. But when Ryan plots with Skye so that the guys can tag along with the girls all week, he isn’t nearly as upset as he should be. Not with Katie’s fiery temper and flashing eyes intriguing him more by the minute.
Can Katie relax enough to trust Camden and a possible future, or will she continue to push him away as only a vacation fling? And can Camden move past a rocky history of his own to be able to jump into a better future? For a trip that was supposed to be all about fun, there’s a lot of romance going around.
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Question for Readers: So, what about you? Have you ever gotten off on the wrong foot with someone and later learned that they weren’t anything at all like you expected? What words have you had to eat?
Come back June 17th for part 2 with Amy!