Note from Tina Dee: Dear reader family, in my joy and busyness over my son's wedding a couple weeks ago, I saved Mona's post as a draft rather than saving it as a pre-scheduled post. Please forgive me, here is Mona's delightful article. Sorry again to Mona and to you all. And congratulations to Mona on her daughter's wedding!
by Mona Hodgson
Valentine’s Day always has me thinking about love. Add my daughter Sara’s upcoming wedding on Saturday, February 26th, and love is camped on my mind.
We’re down to one week before the big event. Texts and emails are flying. The battery on my cell phone keeps dying. Flowers, cakes, garters, candles, aisle runners, shoes, and more. All are details needing tended to like the purple tulips we’ve ordered. Granted, those particulars do help to set the stage for a memory-making commitment ceremony, but it isn’t the details that tug at our hearts. It’s the love story.
Sara and Dan’s love story is one that spans nearly twenty years. Sara was fifteen when she first met Dan at a CYIA (Christian Youth in Action) camp, a program that trained teens to reach out to children. Both shy, Dan and Sara didn’t say much to each other that first summer. For the next two summers, they were together at CYIA programs, and Dan developed feelings for Sara. He wrote her poetry and arranged for her to be his date for a special dinner the guys at camp hosted for the girls. She only saw him as a friend.
Nearly six years ago, Sara and her son, Ryan, relocated, and so did Dan. About two years ago, Dan learned that he and Sara lived in the same city. A few months later, he looked her up on Facebook. Sara and Ryan started attending Dan’s church. After a couple of months, the three of them started spending time together, and then Dan and Sara began dating.
They soon realized they loved one another and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Sara says she is marrying her best friend and the love of her life. Dan says he’s marrying a woman worth waiting for.
What about love? God created us with the need to love and be loved. That’s why I write love stories. I want my historical fiction to shine light on the greatest love story ever told—that of God’s beloved Son, Jesus.
In The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series you will find mystery and suspense integrated into a compelling love story—a tale of a man and a woman, young or older, whose hearts eventually find their way to one another as their hearts are restored and shaped by God’s great love.
MONA HODGSON is the author of Two Brides Too Many and Too Rich for a Bride (May 3, 2011), the first two books in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series (WaterBrook Press/Random House).
Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books: Real Girls of the Bible: A Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest, and six Zonderkidz I Can Read books.
You can learn more about Mona and her books at www.monahodgson.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mona-Hodgson-Author-Page/114199561939095.
To read the first chapters of her novels and to watch the videos, go to www.monahodgson.com. Click on Novels, then on Sneak Peek or the book trailer.