Cara Putman – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Romance author, Cara Putman shares her proposal story, plus a chance to win a copy of a 4 in 1 romantic mystery anthology, Cherry Blossom Capers. Every time you comment, your name goes in the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Jan 14th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Cara:

Have you ever had plans for a day? Plans that you knew were the best possible? That’s what I had for my 21st birthday. At the time I lived in the Washington, D.C.-area, and I could imagine a day spent exploring the city. 

Then my boyfriend called and seemed very insistent that I make the trip to Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he lived. Now Hanover is a nice town – but it’s not D.C. Still I acquiesced. I was in love after all. When the weekend came, I did what often happened. I took the Metro to Union Station, then switched to the train. When it reached BWI Airport, I climbed off and waited…and waited…and waited. About the time I was ready to give up and catch the next train home, I received a page over the loudspeaker. (Remember, this was a few years before cell phones became so common-place). My beloved had gone to the wrong train station, but was on his way to find me. 

That ride from BWI to Hanover was a bit quieter than most. Not an auspicious beginning to my birthday weekend. 

The next morning we got up, grabbed an early lunch at Wendy’s and headed to a state park. I love hiking…there’s nothing like being in the midst of God’s creation, but this still wasn’t exactly where I’d imagined spending my birthday. Still, the day was gorgeous and I determined to enjoy it. 

After we’d hiked around for awhile, we climbed down away from the other hikers onto an overlook that allowed us to gaze out over Camp David…somewhere in front of us. Eric had his arms around me, and we both looked out, but I could tell his heart was racing. Faster than I would have thought necessary after the bit of hiking we’d done. Next thing I know, he’s pulled something out of his camera bag and slipping to one knee. 

“Having received the permission of your father, will you do me the honor of marrying me?” Those words slipped from his mouth, and my heart stopped. 

I’d longed to hear those words for years. Told my friends for a couple years that if he ever decided to marry me, I’d say yes. 

Now he’d asked, and I decided this was a great way to spend my 21st birthday. 

This month we celebrate 16 years of marriage. 

About Cara: Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a ministry leader and teacher at her church. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara loves bringing history and romance to life.

About the book: Attorney Ciara Turner is horrified when she stumbles over a judge’s dead body in Alexandria. Will she be able to retain her composure and control when she joins her nemesis Daniel Evans in investigating the murder? Constantly on the opposite side of domestic cases, they have to work together to find the murderer…just in case the police and marshals run out of luck. As they are thrust back together, Ciara is reminded of how Daniel swept her off her feet as a clerk. Now she has to choose whether to risk her heart to love.

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14 Responses to “Cara Putman – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • What a great story! Isn’t it always the way – when you think things aren’t going your way, something magical happens! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cara Putman says:

    It was definitely magical, Regina!

  • Casey says:

    Oh, I love that!! So very sweet. And you do NOT look as though you have been married 16 years already. You guys make an adorable couple. Hopefully someday I can meet him too!! 🙂

  • Cara Putman says:

    Casey, that would be so fun! I just keep telling myself I married youngish 🙂

  • shelia hall says:

    Would Cara Putmann book! She is a good author!

  • shelia hall says:

    Would love to win Cara Putman book! She is a good author!

  • I love the story of how David proposed to you. Congratulations on your anniversary.

    I think your book sounds great. Please add my name to the draw. Thanks!

    Jackie Layton

  • Love this proposal story as that is one of my favorite scenes to read/write! Would love to win and read this book. I also love DC.

  • Linda says:

    What a romantic 21st birthday! Happy Anniversary!

    Knowing you are an attorney, I relish your books. Please enter me.

  • What a cute story! My second date with my now-husband was on a hike in New Hampshire. Maybe there’s something in all that fresh air? 😉
    Thanks for sharing some real-life romance, and best wishes on your newest release, Cara. And thanks for the giveaway, Shannon!

  • I love cozies! Of course my debut book “Death in Dahlonega” is a cozy. I like a chance to win “Cherry Blossom Capers”. Please sign me up;
    Deborah Malone
    debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

  • Jo Legat says:

    I loved the story of how your hubby proposed to you! That was just so neat! I would love to win a copy of “Cherry Blossom Capers”. It sounds so good!


  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Cara, what a sweet story!!! Ever write something from real life into your books? The book sounds good, too. Thanx for the chance to win it!!!

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner. Shelia Hall won the drawing for Cherry Blossom Capers. I appreciate the Grahams and Cara Putman for being here and everyone for stopping by.

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