Years ago when my daughter was born, a family friend sent a congratulatory card. It had the image of a sweet-faced baby wrapped in a pink blanket nestled in a tiny cradle. Underneath it read Who says there’s no such thing as love at first sight?
It was a card that resonated with me so much that I framed it and hung it in her room. And now, almost fifteen years later, it’s still in there. Love at first sight is never truer than when you meet your child for the first time. It’s an instant kind of love, rather shocking with its fierceness. Kind of a slap upside the head—and the heart. There is no preparing for it, and there is no going back. It is a forever kind of love. It makes even the most hardened cynic realize true love does exist… At least between a parent and child.
But what about romantic love? Do you believe in love at first sight? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Underneath the humor, the murder, and the family secrets, these questions are at the heart of TRULY, MADLY, the first of my Lucy Valentine novels. Lucy is the black sheep of her psychic family who is forced into taking over her father’s matchmaking business when he leaves town after a scandal. Thanks to an electrical surge, Lucy can no longer see the auras that make finding true love for clients so easy for her father. And thanks to a family curse, Lucy doesn’t believe she’ll ever be able to find true love for herself. So when she meets Sean Donahue, a private eye who has his own secrets, and feels that slap upside her head and her heart, she’s thrown for quite a loop. Not only must she figure if one of her clients is guilty of murder, or if she can use her unique psychic abilities to find a lost little boy, but also why she keeps having visions of her and Sean together… Can she can put her fears aside and trust that love at first sight might just be real?
I met my husband on a summer night a bit over twenty years ago. It was a first date that included a walk on a beach and a long talk while sitting on a jetty with gentle waves slapping at the rocks beneath us. As we sat and talked and laughed, I looked at him and I knew he was the man I was going to marry.
It didn’t matter one bit that I was only sixteen years old.
There was no preparing for it, and there was no going back. And it still is a forever kind of love. So yes, I believe in love at first sight. Do you?
Heather Webber is a former Agatha Award nominee and author of three historical romances and five mystery novels. She learned early on that she had trouble keeping mystery out of her romances and romance out of her mysteries, so decided not to fight it anymore. Enter the Lucy Valentine novels— romantic, paranormal mysteries. The first book in the series, TRULY, MADLY debuted in February and the second, DEEPLY, DESPERATELY, will be released in August 2010 from St. Martin’s Press. For more info, check www.heatherwebber.com