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  • Kristan Higgins

And they’ll live happily ever after

Updated: May 2, 2022


A couple of weeks ago, I got a letter from a guy named Mike. He said his girlfriend was a big fan of my books, and he was wondering if I could help him out. He wanted to pop the question, you see, and he wanted to make it memorable…and he wondered if I could help. He had it all clear in his mind, but he needed me to write a letter.

So, being a complete sucker for love, of course I did! (I asked if I could tell their story on a blog, and they said yes, just for the record. In fact, they suggested I write a book about them!) Here’s what I wrote:

“Dear Paula,

Hello! How are you?

Your boyfriend wrote to me and told me that you’re a big fan of my books, and I just wanted to say thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much it means to hear that. I’ve saved every single note from readers since I started writing, and each time I get one, I get a thrill. I’ve had a few boyfriends and husbands of readers send me an email, and I always think it’s so lovely that these guys took the time to write. It’s awfully sweet of them, don’t you think?

Mike told me a little bit about the two of you…he said he’s known you since second grade, and that he had a huge crush on you in high school but was too shy to say anything. (It sounds like a romance novel in the making, doesn’t it?) How wonderful that you ran into each other again so he got another chance! Sometimes, it’s all about timing. From the way he sounded, he’s completely smitten with you. He says you’re absolutely wonderful…in fact, he went on quite a bit about you, so to this romance writer, it sounds like a case of the real thing.

In fact, you should probably turn around now, because I think Mike has something he wants to ask you."


At this point, Mike got down on one knee, ring in hand. Paula burst into tears. The answer was yes.

Ah, love! Mike & Paula, wishing you a lifetime of happiness!


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