Shannon here: Susan Page Davis shares insight into her real-life romance and her characters’ romance from her latest Historical Romance, The Rancher’s Legacy. This is one of my editing babies and I was in awe working with such a prolific author. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing for winner’s choice print or digital copy. Deadline: March 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Susan:
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
When we got married, we lived in Oregon, his home state, for a while, but then Jim moved back East with me, so we could be near my family in Maine.
- How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he/she was the one?
It took us a while. Jim was my brother’s freshman year college roommate. His married sister lived in northern Maine at the time, and he rode home with my brother and sister to visit her over Christmas. He stayed at our house several days. I was about 13 at the time, and no romance developed for several years. When I went to college myself, we reconnected and wrote for several years. We had a bicentennial wedding in 1976.
- Where did you and your spouse go for your honeymoon?
We spent the first week on the road, driving from the wedding in Central Maine, where I grew up, to Oregon, where his family lived and he worked. We unpacked the trailer at our new home and then headed south to California, where we stayed in a guest house owned by some of his relatives. We went to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and some other places down there. It was a fun trip. Jim’s favorite thing was the steamboat at Disneyland. I think we rode it four times that day.
- What’s the most caring thing your heroine does for the hero that melts his heart?
She mended his uniform. He hoped to rejoin his army outfit, and she helped him prepare, even though she didn’t really want him to go.
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
It was slow going for Rachel, since she had a prejudice against Matt. Her father had hand-picked him as her husband, and Rachel felt strongly that she should make that choice herself.
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
Matt was attracted to Rachel, but she made it clear that she wasn’t interested, so he figured they wouldn’t be together until things changed radically.
- If your hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?
This is a little bit of a spoiler, but they go east on a train from Colorado, to visit Matt’s grandmother in Maine, whom he hasn’t seen since he was a child.
About Susan: Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 90 Christian novels and novellas. She’s a winner of the Carol Award, two Faith, Hope, and Love Readers’ Choice Awards, and two Will Rogers Medallions. She grew up in Maine, but now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. They have six children and eleven grandchildren. Learn more & connect:
About the book – The Rancher’s Legacy:
Matt Anderson’s father and their neighbor devise a plan: Have their children marry and merge the two ranches. The only problem is, Rachel Maxwell has stated emphatically that will never happen.
When Rachel finishes her education in the East and arrives in Colorado, Matt is tasked with retrieving her from the stagecoach. As they crest the hill overlooking the sprawling acreage, Rachel gets her first glimpse of her new home. Only it’s in flames and besieged by outlaws.
She soon learns her father was killed in the raid, shattering her life. Will she allow Matt to help her pick up the pieces?
Meanwhile in Maine, a sea captain’s widow, Edith Rose, hires a private investigator to locate three of her now-adult grandchildren who were abandoned by their father nearly 20 years ago. After weeks of investigation, Ryland Atkins believes he’s located the eldest—in Colorado Territory.
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