Shannon here: Kelly Irvin shares insight into her real life romance plus a chance to win her latest Amish Romance, Beneath the Summer Sun. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: March 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kelly:
A recipe for lasting romance by Kelly Irvin:
On February 14, my husband Tim and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. It still amazes and confounds me. How can it be that we’ve been married 30 years? The years have flown by. So much has happened in a blink of eye. It hasn’t been all roses and chocolates, it’s true, but I see the way Tim continues to show his love and affection in a multitude of ways that bless me and keep our union strong.
Take for example our anniversary. We updated our passports and agreed we would take a trip some place where we would need them. Then reality set it. With my health and mobility issues traveling is difficult. I can’t walk a long distance. I can no longer enjoy the beach the way I once did, lounging on the sand and body surfing in the ocean. Accessibility can be a formidable challenge. We looked at many different options, but it soon became apparent this wasn’t the time for a trip overseas. One day, I mentioned that rock icon Bon Jovi had a concert date in San Antonio and I’ve always wanted to see them in concert.
Tim has always wanted to go to Las Vegas—a destination that has never interested me. So for my birthday in January, he presented me with two tickets to see Bon Jovi in concert—in Las Vegas. It’s the art of compromise that makes our marriage work. We’re staying at the swanky MGM Grand. It’s become a combination Kelly’s birthday, Tim’s birthday (Feb. 18), and anniversary present.
That wasn’t all. He then presented me with two tickets to see Brooks and Dunn with Reba McIntyre that same weekend—in Las Vegas. Tim hates country music. He really despises it. In fact, he’ll probably wear his ear buds during the concert. But he loves me and he knows I love country music. So he’s willing to spend an evening attending this concert because he knows it will make me happy.
Truly, though, it’s the small, thoughtful gestures that keep the romantic flame burning in a marriage of 30 years. When he comes home from Costco with flowers just because. When he buys two packages of Brownie Brittle because he knows how much I like it and he wants to make sure I have a good supply for the week. When he makes chicken and cheese green enchiladas and puts onion only on “his” side because he knows onion makes my stomach hurt. Building a fire in the fireplace when I’m cold, even though he thinks it’s too warm. When he slips upstairs and turns on the mattress heating pad so when I slip under the covers to sleep, I’m in a warm bed.
Sometimes you have to pay attention and interpret the love language, but it’s all the sweeter because, after 30 years, he’s still trying. We both are. Putting your spouse first is one of the main ingredients in a romance that lasts. Here’s to 30 more years!
About Kelly: Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. She is also the author of two romantic suspense novels with a third scheduled for publication in 2019. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.
About the book – Beneath the Summer Sun:
Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?
It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.
Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.
Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?
In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.
Question for Readers: If you could travel anywhere for a romantic vacation and money was no object, where would you go?
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