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Heather Webber | Do You Believe In Love at First Sight?

Years ago when my daughter was born, a family friend sent a congratulatory card. It had the image of a sweet-faced baby wrapped in a pink blanket nestled in a tiny cradle. Underneath it read Who says there’s no such thing as love at first sight?

It was a card that resonated with me so much that I framed it and hung it in her room. And now, almost fifteen years later, it’s still in there. Love at first sight is never truer than when you meet your child for the first time. It’s an instant kind of love, rather shocking with its fierceness. Kind of a slap upside the head—and the heart. There is no preparing for it, and there is no going back. It is a forever kind of love. It makes even the most hardened cynic realize true love does exist... At least between a parent and child.

But what about romantic love?  Do you believe in love at first sight? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Underneath the humor, the murder, and the family secrets, these questions are at the heart of TRULY, MADLY, the first of my Lucy Valentine novels. Lucy is the black sheep of her psychic family who is forced into taking over her father’s matchmaking business when he leaves town after a scandal. Thanks to an electrical surge, Lucy can no longer see the auras that make finding true love for clients so easy for her father. And thanks to a family curse, Lucy doesn’t believe she’ll ever be able to find true love for herself. So when she meets Sean Donahue, a private eye who has his own secrets, and feels that slap upside her head and her heart, she’s thrown for quite a loop. Not only must she figure if one of her clients is guilty of murder, or if she can use her unique psychic abilities to find a lost little boy, but also why she keeps having visions of her and Sean together… Can she can put her fears aside and trust that love at first sight might just be real?

I met my husband on a summer night a bit over twenty years ago. It was a first date that included a walk on a beach and a long talk while sitting on a jetty with gentle waves slapping at the rocks beneath us. As we sat and talked and laughed, I looked at him and I knew he was the man I was going to marry.

It didn’t matter one bit that I was only sixteen years old.

There was no preparing for it, and there was no going back. And it still is a forever kind of love. So yes, I believe in love at first sight. Do you?


Heather Webber is a former Agatha Award nominee and author of three historical romances and five mystery novels. She learned early on that she had trouble keeping mystery out of her romances and romance out of her mysteries, so decided not to fight it anymore. Enter the Lucy Valentine novels— romantic, paranormal mysteries. The first book in the series, TRULY, MADLY debuted in February  and the second, DEEPLY, DESPERATELY, will be released in August  2010 from St. Martin's Press. For more info, check www.heatherwebber.com




25 comments posted.

Re: Heather Webber | Do You Believe In Love at First Sight?

It always shocks me when people say things like, "I looked at him and I knew he was the man I was going to marry." Really? I'm not kidding, I really wanna know, did u know?? Cuz I've never been sure about anything, especially in matters of "romantic love" and I'm not sure if that makes me a cynic or not. But I always hope for it to exist. I just don't see any evidence except in books; but people always say don't believe what u see in movies so I figure it's the same for the stuff I read in books. It's nice to at least have the stories though :)
(Bella Franco 4:23am March 3, 2010)

Bella, I think there are *lots* of people who feel the way you do. I wish I could explain what happened to me, but it's just something that was there. Of course, that doesn't mean my marriage hasn't had the same problems and struggles all relationships have...

And LOL, I told my husband that after I wrote this blog we could never, ever divorce. He's stuck with me. :)
(Heather Webber 7:26am March 3, 2010)

Love at first sight never happened to me in my romantic life, but it sure happened when I met my niece 18 years ago. She was a beauty and still is as a young adult.
(Dru Ann Love 8:25am March 3, 2010)

I don't believe I've ever
experienced love at first sight
myself, but I'd like to believe
that it's possible.
(Margay Roberge 11:54am March 3, 2010)

I think it was love at first DANCE with my husband. Just didn't want that to end. 38 years and still working at this dance ... um MARRIAGE.
(Leann Sweeney 12:07pm March 3, 2010)

I believe in love at first sight. Anyone who reads about the lady whom JFK told he loved her the first time he met her would believe in love at first sight. He was engaged to Jacqueline at the time he met his true love and it is sad to read his letters to the lady he was forced by circumstances to forsake and marry Jacqueline. And the lady fell for JFK also and kept the letters he wrote to her. Yes, love at first sight is possible.
(Gladys Paradowski 12:57pm March 3, 2010)

Hey Heather, I also knew the first time I met my husband that I would marry him. It was a great feeling and even though it has only been 5 months it was the best decision I made!
(Nikki Palun 12:58pm March 3, 2010)

I completely believe in love at first sight. I was 17 when I met my husband on the beach, my friend walked me up to him, introduced us, I looked up at him and my instant thought was; Oh it's you! I'm going to marry you!

25 years and 2 children later we're still going strong. If you ever get that feeling my best advice is do not ignore it.
(Lisa Beth Darling 1:51pm March 3, 2010)

Love has a spark that can happen at first sight, but generally develops over time. One is attracted to a person more than another, yet it's hard to pin down. It's kindof like when you catch someone's eye and hold the glance a bit longer, because you like what you see and desire to know more.
(Alyson Widen 2:17pm March 3, 2010)

I knew the first time I saw my hubby too...and I was only 16. I saw him from across the room at a party and wanted to meet him but was to shy. My girlfriend was dating his best friend and arranged a blind date and we've been together ever since....that was in 1971. So yes, I do believe in love at first sight!!!
(Mitzi Hinkey 3:31pm March 3, 2010)

I fell in love the second my bald, screaming mad little boy came into the world and then years later with my husband of 11 years. We have our moments but I would not trade this life for the world.
(Tonya Atchley 3:36pm March 3, 2010)

I don't believe in love at first site - lust? Yes.
(Mary Preston 3:46pm March 3, 2010)

I love reading these stories. And really, babies are the ultimate love at first sight.

And for the record, I believe in lust at first sight too. :)
(Heather Webber 5:17pm March 3, 2010)

I guess yes I do believe in love at first sight. Lust is a whole other matter...
(Vikki Parman 6:17pm March 3, 2010)

Heather- thanks for the honest answer, I'll keep hoping to get a moment like it, like so many ppl here described.
Lisa Darling- I'm taking ur advice: If I ever get that feeling I won't ignore it.
(Bella Franco 7:24pm March 3, 2010)

The dreamer in me wants to believe in love at first site, but I have not experienced it. Now lust at first site...:) that's another story.
(Robin McKay 7:43pm March 3, 2010)

Lust at first sight. Great title for a
romance, don't you think? Heather,
thanks for sharing! I fell in "love" with
my husband the moment I met him.
His eyes, his humor. I worked hard to
snag him. ~Avery
(Daryl Wood Gerber 8:22pm March 3, 2010)

Have I experienced love at first sight? Only when it comes to my cats.
(Mary Anne Landers 8:32pm March 3, 2010)

I met my late-husband on Jan. 6th. We were engaged Jan. 11th. We were married on Febuary 13th. He died two months shy of our 30th wedding anniversary.So, yes. I definately believe in love at first sight.
(Patsy Hagen 8:51pm March 3, 2010)

Only, when it comes to my
kids. I think you can think
it's love at first sight, but
until you know someone and
trust them, really would you
trust your life and your
future children's life with
(Lisa Richards 9:07pm March 3, 2010)

I definately believe in love at first sight! I met my husband online, we met finally after chatting by email and then by telephone, and when he came to get me for the first date, I tell everyone he basically never went home. 12 years later we are still very very happy!
(Brenda Rupp 10:08pm March 3, 2010)

I believe it can happen. It was sort of
love at second sight for us. We went
to high school together for a year or
so, then didn't see each other for 7
years. He was one of many friends
whose fathers were stationed at the
nearby Air Base. I wrote to several of
them once or twice a year after
graduation. I say him briefly after 7
years while stopping to visit my cousin
. He showed up 5 month later and
proposed. No dating, we just realized
we were right for each other when we
first met again.
(Patricia Barraclough 10:49pm March 3, 2010)

Though it hasn't happened to me, I do believe that instant attraction can lead to true love, and yes, being soul mates, but the circumstances have to be right as well.
(Sigrun Schulz 12:05pm March 4, 2010)

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your stories. The romance writer in me is itching to expand some of these love stories into books...
(Heather Webber 7:05pm March 4, 2010)

I like to think that love a first site it true, can't say it happened to me,attaction maybe but love --no, but the attraction did eventually lead there and to the 3 beautiful children I have today
(Kelly Holt 7:44pm March 5, 2010)

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