Friday, May 29

Love in a Dangerous Time by Jana Richards

When my daughter and her fiancé got engaged in March 2019 and set their wedding date for August 15, 2020, none of us had any idea what was headed our way. The corona virus pandemic has played havoc with all aspects of our lives. For the most part, I’ve been able to roll with most pandemic-related things that have come my way. But my daughter’s wedding? That one’s going to be tough.

A Manitoba tradition is having a wedding social a few months before the actual wedding. A social is essentially a big party put on by the engaged couple and their families to raise money for the wedding. Ahead of the social, tickets to attend were sold to pretty much everyone we know. Prizes were bought (we bought a TV on Black Friday-it’s still sitting in a box in my living room) and businesses were solicited for donations. On the evening of the social, tickets were to be sold on the prizes in a silent auction. We planned to provide food and drinks, and we expected that everyone would have a good time. We had a hall rented, a DJ booked, prizes in place and a date selected – April 9, the Thursday before Good Friday.

And then the pandemic hit and the social went out the window. The next casualty was the bridal shower which was going to take place on May 31. Again, a hall was booked and plans made. We decided to push the date back to June 27, not knowing if the May date would be possible. At this point, it looks like the shower may be a driveway-drive-by event, but with things loosening up a little, that may change by the end of June.

But we’re really not sure what’s going to happen with the wedding itself. Over 250 people were to be invited, far more then the number of people currently allowed to assemble in a group. The hotel gave our daughter and her fiancé an alternative date: December 5, 2020, but there’s no guarantee a wedding of this size will be able to go ahead on that date either. Even if it is, some guests may decide attending such a large event is too risky. And keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the temperature of an August wedding and one in December. After all, this is Canada, in arguably the coldest city on the Canadian prairies. The kids have to let the hotel know what they want to do by the end of June.

So, we roll with it. Or at least we try, because really, what else are we going to do? The main thing is, they're getting married this year. The wedding? Wait and see.

The Bare Naked Ladies sing "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" in quarantine

In the meantime, life goes on. For a minute, I want to concentrate on something that I know for sure is going forward. My new release, TO HEAL A HEART, comes out June 15, 2020. Yay! Buy your copy until June 12 for the Pre-Order price of $2.99!

Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a home. Right away she butts heads with a surly former Marine. Despite a rocky start, they come to an agreement: Blair will board Garrett's rescue horse and he'll help with repairs around her farm.

Garrett finds purpose working with Blair—and falls in love with her. But she's hiding a secret. Can she forgive herself and accept Garrett's love, or will she let guilt and regret continue to rule her life?

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To celebrate the release I’ve put CHILD OF MINE, book 1 of the Masonville series, on sale for .99 cents. But today is the last day of the sale! Get your e-copy now!

Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his.

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

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  1. Oh, wow, what a series of mis-events. I hope things calm and go well. It's so easy to say it's the marriage that counts and not the wedding, but weddings are still important.

  2. It is the marriage that counts, for sure, but they've already put a lot of time and energy and money into the planning. To make things even more difficult, my future son-in-law had to have an emergency appendectomy last Saturday. He developed serious complications and is still in the hospital. Hospitals are still locked down, so no one can visit him, not even my daughter, who is a nurse herself. He's slowly getting better, so with luck, he'll be out next week. This too shall pass. I hope.