Romance is honestly in the eyes of the beholder. And in the case of my fellow author, Jessica White, she and her husband might not have a song, but they have a soundtrack of daily conversations and getting along which she finds much better than your typical romance. Read on.
Little Wonders radio station plays on Pandora as we drive back and forth from Oklahoma where we now live to Texas where our hearts are planted. My husband and I sing along to every song as our daughters put on their headphones to tune us out. Meanwhile my husband and I exchange looks as certain lyrics ring true to our lives. People always ask what our song is, but we don’t have a song; we have dozens. A soundtrack of our life together.
Neither of us are romantic in the traditional sense. You won’t find us stealing kisses or leaving sweet notes. We’re attracted to each other’s minds and ability to have honest, intelligent conversations. We like to say, “We’re nerdy for each other.”
For the five years before we married, we spent over 10,000 minutes talking on the phone. He was in the Navy, and I was finishing high school and my first year of college. That phone card number and pin was so entrenched that I could recite it for years after we stopped using it. We learned to talk to one another before we got into this boat together.
Despite the fact we can do the entire scene between Miracle Max and his wife, Valerie, in the Princess Bride. I can say with certainty we’ve never argued. Sure we’ve gotten upset over something now and then, but we step away, deal with ourselves, then come back and talk. There is nothing God has led us through we couldn’t communicate through. Not a miscarriage, not spending the first nine months of our marriage apart because he was out to sea, not the dozen moves we’ve made.
Even when it was 100% up to God, we have acknowledged that and move in agreement. And that’s the real song of our hearts—to move in agreement or not move at all. Our days together are not promised. But eighteen years ago we committed to spending them together. I couldn’t ask for a more loyal, hardworking partner in this journey. He makes the miles pass quickly. And I pray for many more years of harmonizing to songs that make our daughters groan.
Jessica is a prayer warrior who loves to encourage and create safe spaces for the hurting and lost. She’s committed to living out God’s love and standing for equality, diversity, and justice in her community and publishing.
She has a B.A. in Educational Studies and published her first book, Surviving the Stillness, in 2014. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She also is a founding member of 10 Minute Novelists LLC, an international group of time-crunched writers.
Song in the Dark
After graduating from Juilliard, harpist Jenna Fields returns home to Albany to escape her manipulative ex and prove to her controlling mother that she can orchestrate her own life.
Homicide detective Dean Blackburn spends his days seeking justice for the dead. But darkness taints everything, including him.
When his three Dobermans lead him to Jenna playing in the park, he tries to resist the beautiful musician and focus on his cases. At least until he witnesses Jenna’s ex attempt to blackmail her and learns she’s being stalked, just like one of his homicide victims.
When her world crumbles beneath her feet, and Dean learns she has her own dark secrets, he helps Jenna see that the key to escaping her mother's gilded cage is already in her hands.
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