Did you ever have a teenage crush? Painful, isn’t it? Those tender dreams and fantasies, all based on… nothing.
I stalked a man for months once. I was a school girl and he was… who knows? He caught the same train to work as I caught to school, and I managed to sit opposite him at least half of the time. Did I ever say anything to him? Of course not. Did he ever notice me? Probably not. Hopefully not! He was a cool dude in his twenties and I was a pimply-faced young girl in a school uniform.
We all had crushes, some of them secret, as mine was, and some of them quite agonizingly public. One of my friends, Kay (not her real name — she’d kill me), was always getting crushes on boys she didn’t know. The work that went into engineering a casual meeting took a whole bunch of us and was planned like a military maneuver. I remember one time… Kaye and The Boy were about to meet. He was from a different school so favors had been pulled in from all directions to find out his habits after school.
Because a simple introduction would be too embarrassing for words, and not at all romantic, Kay wanted the Coup de Foudre, beloved of romantic books and movies.
So a group of us watched from a hidden vantage point as Kay sauntered casually along the street, ready to perform the magic oh-so-casual bump-into-him that would force an introduction…
Closer… closer… And THEN…
Kay lost her nerve and dived into a shop.
It didn’t really matter because by the following week, she didn’t like him any more. Ah, young love!
At the age of thirteen, orphaned and alone in the middle of a war (Napoleon) she was fleeing a forced and hateful marriage, when she was attacked. The man who saved her was young — just nineteen and an officer. Lieutenant Luke Ripton, tall, dark and as beautiful as an angel — a warrior angel.
Then, to save her from this forced marriage, Lieutenant Ripton married her himself and placed her in a remote convent school, to keep her safe. Of course she would have an instant crush on him. Anyone would. He’s gallant and beautiful.
That’s what BRIDE BY MISTAKE is about — a convenient/inconvenient marriage story, that’s also a road trip, an adventure, and a story above all, about love and redemption. Read an excerpt from the new book on my website.
So, did you ever have a teenage crush? Was it painful? Embarrassing? Wonderful? Did it ever lead anywhere? I’m giving away a copy of BRIDE BY MISTAKE to someone who leaves a comment.