Shannon here: Christine Lindsay shares her funny wedding story, plus a chance to win an e-book copy of her latest contemporary romance, Londonderry Dreaming. Comment on any post dated Feb 24 – 28 to enter the drawing. Deadline: March 8, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Christine:
A Funny Story That Happened at the Wedding by Christine Lindsay
A lot of funny things can happen during romance, but I have to say one of the funniest things in my romantic and happy marriage has been a joke that extended over twenty-five years.
It started on the day of my wedding.
I suffer from stage fright. The anxiety of walking down the aisle at church with everyone staring at me—the focal point of this occasion—was really taking its toll. I woke up that morning feeling like I was going to be ill. By the time I was ready to put on my gown and leave for the church, that feeling had grown much worse.
I mentioned this to my mum, and she suggested I take some medication to stop my feeling of nausea. After twenty minutes of taking this medication I still felt very ill—all just nerves from the thought of so many people looking at me. Without saying a word to my mother, I took another pill from the bottle, sure that I was going to be ill at my wedding.
Having no idea of the sedative effects of this ordinary anti-nausea medication, I was ready to take a long nap by the time the bridal car arrived at the church with me, a rather tired bride.
The wedding went off fine, but I had the feeling I sleepwalked through the whole thing. I remember feeling more awake just as guests were leaving the reception hours later. Though I laughed off the situation, it always irritated me that I was so sleepy that day—the day I had looked forward to and planned for a long time.
Skip forward with me twenty or so years later when my hubby and I attended a banquet. Across the table from us sat the pastor who married us and his wife. During our dinner conversation I told him my silly story of taking the anti-nausea medication, and the results of being so sleepy.
Jokingly, I asked the pastor, “Does that mean I was under the influence of drugs when I was married? And if I was, does that mean I am not legally married?”
This pastor has a wonderful sense of humor, but for once he surprised me. He sat back, gaped at me for a moment, and said, “Why yes, you were under the influence.”
Then, before I could say another word, he lifted his hand, grinned at me and said, “I now pronounce you man and wife.”
A second happily-ever-after for me.
I believe in happy endings, mostly because I believe in the greatest happy ending of all—when those who love Jesus Christ get to go home with Him one day. There will be a wonderful banquet for us all that day.
This is why I write happy endings to all my books. I don’t feel I’m giving anything away by telling you that Londonderry Dreaming has a gorgeous happy ending set in the beautiful country of N. Ireland.
ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY:
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.
It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her Multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj. Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and Christine is currently writing the final installment of that series called Veiled at Midnight to be released August 2014.
Christine makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
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PURCHASE SITES FOR: LONDONDERRY DREAMING
Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.
That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi…beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.
A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.
Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?
Watch the Book Trailer for Londonderry Dreaming: http://youtu.be/U4epeI53Gjo
Come back Feb 28th for Christine’s Romantic Destination tour of Northern Ireland!