What’s your proposal story? I’d love to hear it.
Here is an excerpt of the proposal scene from my latest inspirational romance, Mr. Shipley’s Governess. Find it online
Sophie looked around. “You know, this church looks strangely familiar and I don’t understand why. I’ve never been here before. Have you been here?” She titled her head. “Maybe I’ve just been to a similar church in the past.”
Sebastian put his arm around her as they sat in the pew. “Or maybe you’ve seen photographs of this church.”
“That’s possible. I could just be thinking of all the photographs and information in the guidebook.”
He squeezed her hand. “Could it be that you’ve seen photographs of this church from your parents’ wedding album?”
She looked at him in silence and then the reality of his words dawned on her. “Are you saying--” She dared not finish for fear of crying.
“Yes, my love, your parents got married in this church.”
“But, how did you know?”
“Let’s just say I did some digging, and I really wanted to make this trip to Ireland special for you.”
She sat forward in the pew and took in the serene surroundings. “Wow. That’s all I can say right now.”
“I hope you can say more because, I have something important to ask you.” He knelt down on one knee.
She could barely breathe. Fear and happiness threatened to overtake her at the same time. She watched in amazement as Sebastian began to speak. “Sophie, I love you.” He reached for her hands and held them as he continued. “You are such a beautiful woman inside and out, and I need you in my life. I can’t imagine living my life without you in it, by my side. You are my special treasure and I am asking you to be my wife.”
Pulling back one of her hands, she wiped away the tears on her cheeks. “Will you marry me, Sophie?” He reached into his coat pocket, pulled out a small red velvet box, and opened it. She stared at the sparkling diamond ring inside. Sophie exhaled and moved away slightly. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine, just overwhelmed.”
He moved to sit next to her and kissed her lightly on the lips, then leaned back and smiled.
She gently caressed his face. “You really want me to be your wife?”
“I do. Is that so hard to believe?”
“I feel like I’m in a fairy tale and am afraid to dream of a life with you.”
“The dream is real and with God at the center, we can make it possible.”
She started to smile through her tears. “Yes, Sebastian, I’ll marry you.”
He placed the ring on her finger. They kissed and tried to be respectful of the holiness of their surroundings. Sebastian turned to his new fiancée. He kissed her cheek and expressed more vibrancy then she’d ever seen from him. “I’m so excited. You’ve made me the happiest man alive.” They hugged and he twirled her around. She never wanted this moment to end.Joanne Troppello, Author of Mr. Shipley’s Governess