Sandra Orchard – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3

Romantic suspense author, Sandra Orchard shares how she met her husband plus a chance to win a copy of Shades of Truth, book #2 in her current series. Book #3, Critical Condition releases this month in stores. Comment on any post dated Oct 8 – 12 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: Oct 20th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Sandra:

How I met my husband by Sandra Orchard

In high school, I was one of the last students to board the crowded school bus in the morning. But this sweet “older” guy would offer me the seat beside him. Day after day. And I soon developed a crush. 

Later I’d learn that, at the time, he’d thought I was just a cute kid. 

I was a photographer for the school yearbook, so of course, I took his picture, and developed two extra copies—one for him and one for me. 

Years later, I’d learn that he gave it to his then girlfriend that went to another school, and I hadn’t known he had!

The next year, he went off to university. I became a believer and set my sights elsewhere.

But two years later, after he’d become a believer, too, he showed up at a community Bible study I attended! 

The instant he walked through the door, my heart leapt. I knew he was the one. Later that night, he asked if anyone needed a ride home … me, me!

Less than three months later, he asked me to marry him. I was only 17 so we had a loooong engagement—a secret one for the first year. We’ve now been happily married for 25 years.

About Sandra: Award-winning author Sandra Orchard hails from Niagara, Canada. She writes for Love Inspired Suspense and is currently working on a three-book series called Port Aster Secrets, for Revell Publishing. Sandra enjoys offering her readers “extras” to enhance their experience of her books. You can check out these, along with other resources for readers and writers, at her website: You can also connect at: and

About the book for giveaway – Shades of Truth: Big city detective Ethan Reed is working deep undercover at a Christian youth detention center. The kind of place he spent some harrowing time in as a kid. Ethan’s mission: ferret out who’s recruiting resident teens for a drug ring. He expects help from the lovely, devoted director of Hope Manor. But Kim Corbett won’t tell Ethan anything– even when she’s threatened and attacked. When Ethan discovers what Kim is protecting, his guarded heart opens just a bit wider. Enough to make this the most dangerous assignment of his career.

About Sandra’s latest release- Critical Condition: There’s a murderer in the hospital, and nurse Tara Peterson is determined to prove it. With mysterious deaths in the cancer ward, anyone could be next. But no one wants to believe her…except undercover agent Zach Davis. The murderer wants Tara’s suspicions silenced, permanently. To protect Tara, Zach lets her in on his secret, and unwittingly into his heart. Tara and her three-year-old daughter are like the family he lost years before. Zach will risk everything to keep them safe, no matter the cost.

Come back Oct 10th for Sandra’s romantic interview!

13 Responses to “Sandra Orchard – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3”

  • Kav says:

    Oh Sandra, what a beautiful love story. Loved that he thought you were a cute kid when you were all mooney-eyed over him. Did he ever guess that you had a crush or was he the typical oblivious teen-age male?

  • Jackie Smith says:

    Love your story, Sandra… sweet! I will enjoy this week of your interviews!
    And, of course, I want to be in for the book!!!

    Jackie S.

  • That’s so romantic!!!! I don’t think I’d heard your story before. I love the picture too…you can see the love between you two. 🙂

  • Kav, I don’t think he guessed at the time as he was dating another girl, but when he asked if anyone needed a ride a couple of years later, that question was meant for me, alone. 🙂

    Thanks, Jackie and Jessica, I love to tell the story. 🙂

  • Jodie Wolfe says:

    Beautiful story Sandra. It’s always fun to learn more about a writer. 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration.

    Jodie Wolfe

  • Kav says:

    Oops – forgot to say that I already have Critical Condition so please don’t add my name to the draw.

    Sandra — love that he asked a general question meant just for you! What would you have done if three other women had jumped at the offer too? I can see you all scrambling for the coveted front seat, elbowing each other out of the way. LOL.

  • Clarification. I flubbed the book drawing. The book giveaway is for Shades of Truth, prequel to Critical Condition. So if you don’t have that one, Kav, you can be in the drawing.

  • LOL, Kav. You’re not far off. There was another girl there who would have liked to be able to say yes, but lucky for me, she’d driven that night.

  • So sweet!! I’d love to win her book. Thanks!
    igottawrite [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  • Oh, I love this story! God sure knows what he doing, huh? And was a cute couple!

  • Sherida says:

    What a special real life love story. God always has a plan! My DH is my high school sweetheart, so your story brings back memories. Thank you for sharing….and for the chance to win Shades of Truth.

  • Donna Unrau says:

    Can not wait to HERE THE REST OF THE STORY about you and Mike

  • Jes says:

    Wow – what a story! 🙂 So neat to see how God directed each of your paths – saving you and then reuniting you in the same Bible study. Congrats on 25 years of marriage. 🙂

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