A Story of How We Met:
I’ve heard about love at first sight. And while I believe it can, and has happened, for many couples, that wasn’t the case for me and my husband. At all.
Our relationship didn’t start off as a whirlwind romance or an instantaneous attraction. It was more like a bumpy road. One filled with misplaced assumptions, misunderstandings, and a few missed phone calls.
I graduated from high school in June 1988. After a bad break-up from my long-time boyfriend a few months earlier, I had no desire to spend my summer looking for love. No, my months before college were going to be filled with lazy days spent reading and fun times with friends.
Or at least that’s what I had planned.
Then one Sunday morning I was introduced to Clint George. To be honest my first impression of him was not a positive one. Sizing him up while our pastor welcomed him as the newest member of our congregation, two differing thoughts ran through my head: he’s cute (albeit short) and he’s wearing a pair of Wranglers so he must be a country boy (of which I’m not a fan). For those two reasons, plus my already stated goals of a romance-less summer, I looked away.
I wasn’t interested.
That is until I started spending time with him at church and really got to know him. From that, I quickly learned I had misplaced assumptions where he was concerned — there was actually no height difference between us, and he wasn’t as much of a country boy as I’d first believed. Much to my surprise, we had a lot in common.
Discovering that Clint wasn’t who I thought he was, my feelings toward him began to blossom. The only question was: did he feel the same about me?
It didn’t take long to find out.
A group of us were hanging out one night and someone let it slip that Clint had asked about LeeAnn. He wanted to know if she was going to be at the next social function we were having.
But which LeeAnn? LeeAnn or Liana (pronounced Lee-Ann-A)?
Hoping the messenger hadn’t left off a syllable, I questioned him about the exact name Clint had said. Much to my dismay, he confirmed that Clint had asked about LeeAnn. No ‘a’ at the end included.
I was devastated by the news, and slowly accepted the fact that even though I was into him, he wasn’t all that into me.
Or was it? When my phone rang a few days later, the last person I expected to be on the other line was Clint George calling to ask me out on a date. When I let him know he had the wrong LeeAnn, he told me no, he had the right one. I was, in fact, the one he’d wanted all along.
A few missed phone calls
We officially started dating shortly after that, spending the last few days of summer together. Then college started.
Once the fall session got underway our schedules became so busy we didn’t talk or see each other for three straight weeks. The only things that let us know we were still interested in one another were the messages of missed phone calls we’d receive from roommates. There were times I wondered if this might be a sign. Perhaps we weren’t meant to be a couple? However, when we did reconnect, we picked up right where we’d left off and it was clear to me it was meant to be.
It would take several more months before those three magical words – I love you – fell from our lips, but once they did, it only cemented our desires to be together for a lifetime.
Not all relationships begin in full love mode. That certainly wasn’t the case for me, nor is it the case for Nicki Mayfield, the main character in my upcoming novel Perfectly Placed, either. When Ben Carrington enters her life, Nicki isn’t all that captivated by him. To her, their relationship is completely platonic. But once they start spending time together things begin to shift. Little by little Nicki realizes Ben really is a good guy. One that might even be able to help her, if she’s willing to take the risk.
Will she? Will they? Find out when book 2 in the Hopeful Heart series, Perfectly Placed, releases July 5th.
About Liana: Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and is the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, Book One in the Hopeful Heart Series, was released in October 2021 from Scrivenings Press. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.
About the book – Perfectly Placed (Book 2 in the Hopeful Heart series:
Nicki’s tasked with making New Hope the perfect place for orphaned children.
So why has everything gone wrong?
Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and reconnect with the little girl who stole her heart. However, between a stubbornly stone-walling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy, Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home? Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision that upends her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found the way to save what matters most?
Can’t wait for the drawing? Worried you won’t win? Haven’t read book 1 yet?
Question for Readers: How did an important relationship in your life take shape? Was it fast friends, love at first sight, or developed over time?
Come back July 1st for part 2 with Liana!