Thursday, September 1, 2016


By Ada Brownell

I’ve studied and written about love many times, but writing my historical romance, The Lady Fugitive  and  Peach Blossom Rancher stretched me some.

After all, although I wrote some fiction, I spent the majority of my life writing news and non-fiction. Which of the available people would capture the hearts of my characters?

 As with my own love story, real love usually takes a while to burst into full bloom.

  Truth is, I wasn’t looking for romance when for some reason I caught the eye of my future husband. He’s my brother-in-law’s brother and I at almost 15 barely noticed him, except I knew several girls in our church were crazy about him. He was handsome, but nearly five years older and working for the railroad.

I was president of the youth group and busy with summer jobs, school, and ministry. I’d had a couple of dates but I didn’t like either of the guys much. I didn’t expect romance until I was a abonafide adult and I thought I’d be mighty lucky if I caught a good guy’s eye then. After all, a freckled redhead would never have a bunch of handsome suitors.

I’d noticed L.C. watching me before, but it was at a Sunday school ice skating party that I knew something was going on. He had taken skating lessons while in telegraph school in Minneapolis. My dad found skates at an auction for me and my brother and I spent part of every winter on frozen ponds and canals.

L.C. and I were about the only ones at the party who knew how to skate. Others spent their time wobbling on their blades and drinking hot chocolate around the fire.

This young man began talking to me as we went around the moon-lit curves in the canal. I wondered why he was talking to me. Then he asked if he could take me home. Afterward, he asked me for a date. Flattered, I accepted, but I didn’t expect love. After all, my sister was engaged five times before she married.

I didn’t know he was smitten and hunting for a wife.

Was he fooled! I’d taken a beautiful apple pie to a church dinner. I think he thought I knew how to cook. I was good at washing dishes, but you can’t eat them.

The first date led to a year of dating, breaking up, making up, and then a proposal and engagement. But even then I broke up with him and almost refused to have anything to do with him. He wanted to tell me what to do. I wanted no part of him bossing me around. Yet, he persisted and finally we married on my 16th birthday.

 We’ve had a wonderful life together, have five children (all Christians and one in heaven), and have been married 62 years.

I finished high school, later earned my college degree, and I’ve studied love a long time.

 Falling in love is an act of the will. Cupid doesn’t shoot you with a poison love arrow and “twang!” you’re a goner. Love happens because of several circumstances.

1. You are around the person of the opposite sex frequently (that’s called propinquity—what happens when you are near in time and space).

2. You desire someone in your life.

3. Your God-given instincts are telling you to create a family.

4. The person will build your ego

5. Because you decide to fall in love to create excitement in your life.

6. Because no one better is available.

7. Because you have similar interests.

8. Because you are lonely.

9. Because someone else thinks it’s a good idea.

10. Most important: Because while you were in the womb God had a plan for your lives, and your love is so strong you feel you can’t live without one another (Psalm 37:23).

Finally, long marriages happen because you decide to continue to love one another, obey God’s Word, and honor the vows made before God to cherish only each other until death—the most romantic words ever spoken.

--copyright Ada Brownell 2016
Peach Blossom Rancher

Peach Blossom Rancher, an historical romance

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive; second in Peaches and Dreams series
By Ada Brownell
A handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor is confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect.
John Lincoln Parks yearns for a wife to help rebuild the ranch and eyes Valerie MacDougal, a young widow who homesteaded, but also is an attorney.
Will the doctor ever be released from the asylum? Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor he constantly fusses with? This neighbor has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?
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By Ada Brownell
Released Aug. 1, the sequel to The Lady Fugitive, The Peach Blossom Rancher
A book the editor says book clubs will love to discuss.
A handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor is confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect. How will they achieve their dreams?
Published by Elk Lake Publishing, a division of Book Club Network
Jennifer Louise Parks escapes from an abusive uncle. Will she avoid the bounty hunters? Can she forgive the person who turns her in?
Reviewer: The adventures and mishaps that JL Parks gets into will have you laughing out loud, biting your nails and perhaps even wishing you had a gun with which to help.
The most common remarks among readers of The Lady Fugitive “I couldn’t put it down;” “I love the characters;” “Sorry when it was over.” “I was hooked from the opening page.”
Available in paper and for Kindle
The Lady Fugitive 2015 Laurel Award runner-up.