Shannon here: Terri Reed takes us on a tour of her romantic trip to Ireland. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a book from her backlist and a $10 Barnes and Noble card. US only. Deadline: Jan 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Terri:
For our thirtieth anniversary my husband took me on a romantic trip to Ireland. I have a grandparent that was born in Ireland and great-grandparents that were born there as well. For me this was a special treat to see the place of my ancestors. We were gone for nearly three weeks, exploring the west, south and east sides of the island. While we there we went to Ashford Castle, an 800-year-old, stone castle that once was the home of the Guinness family, located in Galway County on the west side of the island. The estate, turned 5 star resort, sits on 350 acres of woodlands, gardens and borders Lake Corrib. We explored the grounds and the public areas of the castle, discovering interesting doors and battlements, beautiful landscaping, and stunning views of the lake.
On the grounds is a falconry where we had the unique experience of going on a Hawk Walk. This consisted of an hour guided tour with an instructor who led us through the woods while we each had a beautiful Harris Hawk that would swoop down and land on our gloved hand, then take off to fly through the trees. Before we arrived, my husband was skeptical about doing this, but he was a good sport and it turned out to be one of his most favorite experiences. We even saw baby hawks and a beautiful owl. It was an amazing time.
And I also arranged for us to have afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, a beautifully appointed room overlooking the lake. We were seated by the window. The tea service was so pretty and the wait staff were in uniform. I felt like I’d stepped into an episode of Downton Abbey. There was a wide selection of specialty teas, savory sandwiches, home-made jams and tasty pastries, more than we could eat in one sitting.
During tea my husband astonished me by re-proposing. He had a ring and even went onto one knee. I was so stunned. Everyone clapped. It was such a lovely and romantic anniversary surprise worthy of any romance novel.
About Terri: Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top twenty-five, Nielsen’s Bookscan top hundred, Amazon Bestseller and featured in USA Today. Her books have been finalists in Romance Writers of America RITA contest, National Readers’ Choice Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award and finalists three times in American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest. Contact Terri @ P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97224. Learn more & connect:
About Terri’s latest book – Secret Mountain Hideout:
Staying hidden has kept her alive…
But now she’s been found.
A remote Colorado mountain town and a fake identity have been Ashley Willis’s safe haven since fleeing after she witnessed a murder—but now the killer has found her trail. Desperate and terrified, she’s prepared to run again…but Deputy Sheriff Chase Fredrick won’t let her. With the lawman by her side, can she face danger head-on…and live long enough to bring a murderer to justice?
Question for Readers: What’s the most romantic proposal or reproposal you’ve witnessed or heard about? It can be your own, a family members, or someone you don’t even know.
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