Shannon here: Historical romance author, Christine Lindsay shares insight into her real life romance & a chance to win an e-book copy of her novel, Shadowed in Silk. Comment on any post dated June 27 – July 1 for a chance to win. Deadline: July 2, 11:59 pm central time.
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
Too many to count, it’s a lifetime of little things. My husband has continued to woo me over 30 years of marriage by frequently bringing home gifts of flowers or something soft and cuddly. He’s often at the bookstore in search of a book that I want, and he calls from work every day to see how I’m doing.
2. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
I booked us a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. I knew he wanted to do something special but didn’t think we had the money. I found the money and we had the time of our life.
3. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
That was our cruise around the Hawaiian Islands for our 25th. I so enjoyed the hotel on our first night in Maui—the Royal Lahaina, an old and elegant hotel—golden sand, pounding surf, trade winds.
4. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
A small family-run Greek restaurant above half an hour’s drive from home. Good food, ambience. I think couples who’ve been together a long time like to return to the same places.
5. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
We have a strong sense of humor, so Huey Lewis’s “Happy to be Stuck with You” is our song.
6. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
On our 10th wedding anniversary we couldn’t afford much as finances were skimpy. David bought me 6 long stemmed pink roses and a video of one of my favorite movies—John Wayne in the Quiet Man. It’s set in Ireland where I’m from.
7. What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?
It wasn’t a thing, but an event. To me honor is greater than any gift that I can give or receive. My husband is a quiet, hard-working man, so when he turned 50 I arranged a surprise party for him with lots of guests. He still talks about it 8 years later.
8. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
For us it’s the journey that matters. We love to get in the car, just the 2 of us with an overnight bag and drive, and be surprised by what’s down the road—a cute little hotel or bed and breakfast. So often on those drives we talk, and sometimes we talk without speaking.
9. What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
When I’m trying to sort out a problem, whether it’s in real life or fictional, David always comes up with the answer. He knows my heart better than I do. It’s his intuitive nature that melts me.
10. How soon after meeting your husband did you know he was the one?
Within three months. As soon as I met David at church, I admired him, and prayed he was the one. I’d previously been in a bad relationship with a man who didn’t follow Christ, and I so wanted to marry a Godly man.
11. How soon after meeting you did your husband know you were the one?
Three months for him too. We just knew, and all of our friends, especially our older church friends who affirmed that we were right for each other.
12. Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
My husband is far more romantically demonstrative than me. I’m a very blessed woman.
13. What is the most caring thing your spouse has ever done for you?
It was what he did when he asked me to marry him. Up to then I had not told him that I’d given birth to a child from a previous relationship. It was a little girl that I had relinquished to adoption because I wanted her to have a mother and a father, and at the time of her birth I was single.
Just after David proposed I said there was something I needed to tell him. I was nervous. He was a tender-hearted man, but would he be tender-hearted enough to accept me after learning that I’d had a child out of wedlock? Then I told him about my baby, Sarah.
Before I had a chance to tell him about the relinquishment, he burst out with a smile, gently shook me by the shoulders, and asked me where she was.
I calmed him down and told him that I’d given Sarah up for adoption.
His eyes saddened as he held me close and said, “I’m so sorry, Chris, I got here too late.”
As each year passed, and our own children came, David remembered Sarah’s birthday with me. And when she turned 19, he encouraged me to look for her.
An added blessing has come to me in that WhiteFire Publishing used Sarah for the model for the front cover of my book. Sarah is wearing the sari material that I bought in India last year when I was there on a missions trip.
14. What is the most caring thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
I try on a daily basis to show him and our children and grandchildren how much I honor him. I make a point of telling our kids that they have a wonderful dad, and I have the best of husbands.
15. Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
My self esteem was quite low the year after giving up Sarah, so I waited for David to say it first.
16. Where did you and your spouse go for your honeymoon?
Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada.
About Christine: Christine Lindsay writes historical Christian inspirational novels with strong love stories. She doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects such as the themes in her debut novel SHADOWED IN SILK which is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India. SHADOWED IN SILK won first place in the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the title Unveiled. Shadowed in Silk is being released by WhiteFire Publishing in 2 stages this year, first as an eBook on May 1, 2011, and as the printed version Sept. 1.
The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. It’s a special time in her life as she and her husband enjoy the empty nest, but also the noise and fun when the kids and grandkids come home. Like a lot of writers, her cat is her chief editor.
About the book: After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.
Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.
Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.
Shadowed in Silk will keep you up long past your bedtime—each time you want to put it down, you tell yourself, just one more page, just one more page… Ruth Axtell Morren author of Love Inspired Historicals
Shadowed in Silk took me away to a time and place I’d never been and immersed me in an intriguing story. Political unrest, suspense, romance, well-developed characters, and a strong spiritual thread. What more could a reader ask for? I highly recommend this book.
—Lena Nelson Dooley, award-winning author
Come back June 29 for a glimpse into Christine’s fictional romance.