Shannon here: Angela Ruth Strong shares her unique courtship, wedding, and honeymoon along with a chance to win a copy of her latest contemporary romance, Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing. U.S. only. Deadline: Feb 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Angela:
Swept Off His Feet by Angela Ruth Strong
I may not have fallen in love with my husband when making a rafting movie like the characters in my novel, but Jim would tell you he was still swept off his feet. Okay, he was actually swept off his feet by a ruptured Achilles when I went to watch him play soccer for the first time. And again when he jumped into the swimming pool five months later. So our courtship included a couple trips to the Emergency Room and two surgeries. But we didn’t let that ruin our romance.
I’m not saying it was easy. The night before we were supposed to leave for the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, WA (where my dad performed our wedding ceremony in the English garden at Mom’s tea house), Jim knocked his crutch against the wall and stepped down on his bad foot. The stitches busted open and he called me to bring him gauze. The call included the warning, “When you come in, don’t freak out. It looks like a murder scene.” Sure enough, I found him in the bathtub where the bloody mess would be easiest to clean up. We stopped at the doctor’s office to get his leg stitched back up on the way out of town.
For our wedding, Jim decided to use a cane instead of crutches. It looked pretty dashing with his khaki-colored suit. Then after the ceremony, I jumped on the front of his knee-cart that had been decorated with streamers and a “Just Married” sign. We played the sound of a Harley revving its engine as we rolled down the aisle together.
The honeymoon in Hawaii got a little trickier. We had to cancel our reservation for a bike ride down the side of a volcano, and we weren’t allowed to zipline. The lady at the check-in counter for parasailing almost wouldn’t let Jim go up behind the boat, but the captain (wearing the same Yankees cap as Jim) made it happen.
Jim actually grew up in Maui and wanted to take me to all his favorite spots despite his walking boot. At the Seven Sacred Pools, he climbed up a rock wall and jumped in. The crowd at the bottom of the rock said, “If the guy in the boot can do it, so can we.”
I know it wasn’t easy for Jim. He had to overcome quite a bit of pain. But he kept going. And because of his determination, we made some great memories and also helped perfect strangers to make memories.
I like to think this is symbolic of our marriage. When life knocks us down, we get back up and keep going. We grow closer. We inspire others. And we’ve got a great story to tell because of it.
I wish you all the chance to get swept off your feet, as well.
About Angela: Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the University of Oregon and published her first novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book Read the Article, she’s decided to rerelease it and write sequels as a new series titled Resort to Love. This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner also started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors, and she’s excited to announce the sale of her first romantic suspense novel to Love Inspired Suspense. Learn more and connect:
About the book: Actress Emily Van Arsdale has returned to her Idaho hometown – with an entire film crew in tow! With its stunning scenery and reputation for hosting celebrities, Sun Valley is the perfect setting for Emily’s newest romantic comedy. Tracen Lake is happy to work as a stunt consultant for the movie but not as thrilled to deal with a bunch of high-maintenance Hollywood types. But Tracen is surprised to discover in Emily a down-to-earth Idaho girl who does all her own stunts and loves the outdoors. As filming wraps up and Emily heads off to her next gig, will she be able to leave Sun Valley – and Tracen – behind?
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Question for Readers: When have you been swept off your feet by romance or an injury?
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