Patty Smith Hall shares insight into her real-life romance & her characters’ romance from her Historical Romance, The Baby Barter. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a print copy of her latest two-in-one including The Baby Barter by Patty & The Marriage Bargain by Angel Moore. Deadline: March 26th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Patty:
- What’s the most romantic thing your husband has ever done for you?
The most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me was staying with me after I was beaten up by a patient and left disabled. We had been married a little over a year, and I had just graduated from nursing school when it happened. After a month in the hospital, I was recovering from surgery when I overheard the doctor tell Danny that I needed to quit nursing, that I would never be able to carry a child to term and that I would eventually end up in a wheelchair. I offered Danny a divorce—I mean, my being disabled wasn’t the life we’d planned. He wouldn’t do it—He said he loved me too much and that we’d get through this thing together. We’ll celebrate our 39th anniversary in June.
- What is the most romantic gift your husband has ever given you?
Over the last three years, my mother has developed vascular dementia. It’s been particularly hard on me because we’ve always had such a close relationship and she is so precious to me. Every Thursday, I spend the day with her, and sometimes, those visits are heartbreaking. I come home so down and almost in tears. I don’t want to burden Danny with my crying so I usually go take a bath. And taped to the mirror or the towel rack or even the tub, my husband leaves me little notes to tell me how much he loves me and how proud he is that I’m his wife. Those little notes are the best gift he could have ever given me!
- How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he/she was the one?How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?
It was six months after Danny and I met before we went on our first date, but that first date was enough. The morning after our date, I told my mom I was going to marry Danny, and two days later, he asked me to marry him for the first time. We’ve been together ever since.
- What’s the most romantic present your hero ever bought your heroine?
In my book, The Baby Barter, Mac and Thea plan a marriage of convenience after their individual plans to adopt an abandoned child fall apart. As Thea arrives at the courthouse to meet Mac, his friend greets her with a bouquet of flowers from Mac. Even though it was just a marriage in name only, it made the day special for Thea.
- What’s the most romantic thing your heroine ever did for your hero?
Poor Mac! The man is always at the local orphanage, helping where he can. So, it’s no surprise that Mac catches chickenpox when the kids come down with it. Despite her mixed feelings toward Mac, she nurses him back to health—and he’s the worst patient in the world!
- Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
Mac, most definitely! He’s not only strong and trustworthy—he has a heart for others, particularly Thea and their little girl!
About Patty: Multi-published author Patty Smith Hall lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Danny, her two daughters, her son-in-law and her grandboys. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or playing with her grandsons. Learn more & connect:
About the Two-in-One – The Baby Barter & The Marriage Bargain:
The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall
Sheriff Mack Worthington isn’t sure army nurse Thea Miller—whose actions once hurt him badly—is committed to raising her late sister’s baby. And a judge may never approve a single-parent adoption for either of them. But what if they got married? It would be a marriage in name only. Could their pretend family become the real one they’ve both been longing for?
The Marriage Bargain by Angel Moore
Lily Warren’s new hat shop is her ticket to self-reliance. But when her landlord, Edward Stone, bursts into her rooms to rescue her from a fire, Lily’s reputation is tarnished. With an orphaned niece who needs a mother, Edward believes a marriage of convenience is the answer to his and Lily’s problems. Until he develops feelings for his new wife…
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