Shannon here: Barbara J. Scott shares the unique story of how she met her husband. Comment or answer the question to enter the drawing for a copy of her Historical Romance, Dreams of My Heart, book 1 in the Reluctant Brides series. Deadline: April 7th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Barbara:
My husband Mike and I probably have the most bizarre and unusual love story you’ve ever heard. We met in a cult. No joke.
In 1976, I was living in the Chicago area and was hired by the international office of this cult headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area as the editor of their slick magazine to lure other unsuspecting people into the group. My future husband ran the printing presses for the magazine and printed a variety of books that were pedaled at every conference.
I can hear you now. What were you thinking, girl? I had a bachelor’s degree in English and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for several years, but I wasn’t raised in the church and had an insatiable curiosity for all things New Age. What was the name of the cult? I choose not to say, not out of fear, but because I hate to give them any publicity. The group still exists, but when the rents in Silicon Valley soared during the tech boom, they moved to another state and built some sort of temple.
The first person I saw when I walked into the California office was Mike. His eyes widened, and he immediately did an about-face and retreated to the warehouse. We had both been in bad relationships. Two years earlier I had divorced my first husband, and after Mike’s marriage ended, he had decided you could put every woman on a slow boat to China as far as he was concerned. So, I can’t say it was love at first sight, but thirteen days later he proposed…and I said yes. I think he liked my spaghetti. It was the first decent meal he’d had in months.
My husband is the most romantic man I know. He will shop for days for the right anniversary or Valentine’s Day card, while I usually rush into Walmart at the last minute and grab something off the rack.
The day Mike proposed, he planned lunch for us at Alioto’s Restaurant on the San Francisco Wharf. Neither of us had two nickels to rub together between us, so I think what he spent came out of his food budget. Not that he ate much more than rice for every meal.
After lunch, we walked from one end of the wharf to the other, holding hands and laughing at the antics of the seals. Then he suggested we visit Golden Gate Park. How fun! Right? I had no idea he was going to propose to me. I only knew I was in love.
Later I found out Mike had spent part of a day scoping out the most romantic spot in the park—a tall hill under a shady tree with the city spread out before us. He parked and retrieved a blanket and basket from the trunk of the car. Then we walked to the top of the hill where he spread out the blanket and set up a cassette tape player with romantic music. My memory’s a little hazy. I know there was lots of kissing involved.
Lying on my back with the blue sky above, he leaned over and told me how much he loved me and asked me to be his wife. Then he put his hand over my mouth and told me he wanted me to think about it. He didn’t need an answer right away. Wasn’t that considerate? I didn’t need to think about it. We were both “crazy” in love, crazy being the operative word. He couldn’t even afford an engagement ring. I waited until the next day to say yes. It was early in the morning as I recall.
We often say the Lord loved us so much He moved heaven and earth to put us together to find our way back to Him. Despite all the naysayers, we will celebrate our 42nd anniversary on June 27. If you think our “cute meet” and proposal were odd, wait until I tell you about the wedding.
About Barbara: After a career spent acquiring and editing books by numerous bestselling Christian authors, Barbara Scott has returned to her true love—writing. Barbara and her husband Mike live in the Nashville area, with their two Chihuahuas, Riley and Sissy, both rescued from puppy mills. Reading, writing, and research are her passions. Want to know more? Connect with Barbara at www.BarbaraJScott.com.
About the book – Dreams of My Heart: Feisty Irish bride Kate O’Brien McKean asks her Texas cattleman husband Buck for an annulment in Dreams of My Heart, book 1 of The Reluctant Brides series, setting off a chain reaction of events that endangers them both. The historical romance, set in 1875 Montana Territory, releases April 1 from Mountain Brook Ink.
Can’t wait for the drawing? Order your copy now. The e-book is available for pre-order: Dreams of My Heart – Amazon
Question for Readers: Were you raised in church? How old were you when accepted His gift of salvation? If not raised in church, how did you find Christ?
Come back March 30th for Barbara and Mike’s two weddings!