With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m hosting a Most Romantic Proposal Giveaway here on this blog. STARTING TODAY AND RUNNING THROUGH FEBRUARY 14, SHARE YOUR STORY OF A ROMANTIC PROPOSAL, EITHER FROM REAL LIFE OR FROM A FAVORITE NOVEL, AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A RANDOM DRAWING FOR CHOCOLATES, BOOKS, AND STARBUCKS GIFT CARDS. Who doesn’t love reading about romantic marriage proposals? Whether from real life, or from the pages of a favorite novel, stories of hopes commitment remind us of the power of love to move us and entertain us. My own proposal came almost forty years ago but I still remember everything about that magical night. The soft light in the restaurant, the pit-of-the-stomach feeling that he was about to pop the question, my happiness when the question came and I said yes.
My mother tells the story of the night in March of 1948 when Daddy took her outside her parents’ house “to see the moonlight” and proposed to her on the front porch. They were married a week later, and it lasted fifty five years, until Daddy’s death in 2003. Their love and faithfulness to each other and to their children through good times and bad, was my example as I grew up.
Since my novels have a romantic thread running through them, I love reading fictional proposals. Who can forget Rhett Butler’s clear-eyed, honest and yet completely charming proposal to Scarlet: “Marry, me Scarlet. We’re alike, you and I …and I have plenty of money…” Or the circumspect Mr. Darcy who doesn’t give up on Elizabeth but proposes a second time before she says yes to “his present assurances.” I love the way Jane Austen wrote that scene.
Leave a brief comment below, describing a romantic proposal, either from real life or from a book. It might be your own, or that of a family member of friend, or a fictional one from a favorite book. Did he propose on bended knee? By text message? In a park? A movie theater? Do tell! Winners will be chosen at random at midnight on Feb 14th. I’m looking forward to reading your stories.
Wishing you love and happiness on Valentine’s Day and always.