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Mr. Johns is an incredibly practical man. Opposites attract, what can I say? But when it comes to gifts, he tends to look for something that I can use. An item of clothing, something for the kitchen. But there have been a few times that he’s gone against his more practical instinct and bought me something sentimental–and those are gifts I remember!

  1. Love letters. Mr. Johns does not like to write, but for me, he’ll sit down about once a year and pen a love letter to me. I keep them all in a box on my dresser, and when he’s at work, I’ll sift through my little collection and reread them. Nothing is quite so sweet to me as his words on paper!img_3377
  2. An engraved clock. One anniversary, I pointed my husband in the direction of an engraving store and told him to get me something from there. He did–he bought me a clock (a nod to his practical side) that he engraved with the Swahili word “Nakupenda,” which means “I love you.” It was one of the first phrases he taught me when we were dating. I’ve cherished that clock for years!img_3378

This month, I have a Valentine’s Day novel on the shelves of your local bookstore. In this story, Kaitlyn slips a Valentine’s Day card–the silly, vintage variety–into Brody’s bag just before he leaves for boot camp. It was a standing joke between them, but that card turned into something much more meaningful to him over the next year, so that when he returned home with his leg shot up, he was a different man than who left…


valentine-brideBrody Mason needs a nurse. As soon as he can walk again, he’ll leave Hope, Montana, and go straight back to the army. But Kaitlyn Harpe? That’s adding insult to injury. Not just because she’s a daily reminder that Brody’s fiancée, Kate’s sister, married his best friend while he was fighting in Afghanistan. But because Kaitlyn had kept the truth from him.

The Kaitlyn he knew before he deployed would never have perpetuated a lie like that. But this new person—the confident, beautiful woman with hidden depths in her eyes—is nothing like the shy, serious girl he knew. This Kaitlyn troubles him. Because Brody is starting to wonder if he proposed to the wrong sister…