Elizabeth Hoyt – The Joy of Real Love

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Beyond Romance to the Real-Life HEA

Mr. Hoyt snores.sweetest scoundrel

That may not seem like the best opening to a blog post on romance, but hear me out. Last night I lay in bed and listened to Mr. Hoyt’s snores and thought how lucky I was. Come October I will have been married for twenty-seven years to this man. I can’t remember if he snored when we first married, but he’s been snoring—ever louder and more violently—for the last fifteen years at least, and I’m thinking that it’ll only get worse as we age.

And I’m so very lucky.

This morning Mr. Hoyt made me coffee and brought me a cup along with a baguette he’d gone out and purchased for breakfast. I thanked him very nicely this morning, but some mornings—when I’m on a hard deadline and the words just will not come—I’ve only grunted in acknowledgement. I’m not exactly the easiest person to live with and yet Mr. Hoyt loves me. Sometimes I find that oddly—and profoundly—moving: that he loves me when I’m in a good mood and singing to the dogs and he loves me when I’m foul and bad-tempered. He knows me and he loves me.

Very, very few people in our lives actually know us. Oh, we meet and interact with dozensdearestrogue—maybe hundreds—of people a day. But think about it: how many of those people know what you’re like when you’ve been sick and barfing for three days? When you’ve just gotten up in the morning and your hair is all over the place? When your mother has died and you can’t move for the grief?

How many people know who you are in those moments and love you anyway? Maybe even love you because of who you are in those moments?

That to me is true romance: the ability to reveal ourselves to another, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and know that we are loved. It’s a rare thing. A thing to be treasured.

So tonight for dinner I’ll be making Mr. Hoyt new potatoes and pork loin because I know that Mr. Hoyt adores potatoes and red meat and it will make him happy. And later, when I lie in bed and listen to his snores, I’ll think how very lucky I am.

Because I love him.

Elizabeth recommends:

I recently read and loved BITTER SPIRITS by Jenn Bennett. She had such interesting characters and a wonderfully different setting: the roaring twenties in San Francisco.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

I was fifteen and standing on Hadrian’s Wall in Scotland, the wind blowing against my back, when I looked down and saw a red—bright, bright red—pony galloping across a field. I thought in that moment that it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My maternal grandmother’s house. It’s no longer standing, but I remember it vividly and can walk through all the rooms in my mind. My family would drive from Saint Paul, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana every other year for Christmas. It took three days because we visited relatives on the way and I remember the excitement and joy of finally arriving at my grandmother’s house and her opening the door to us.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of my sister’s laughter. It always makes me laugh, too.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

NOWHERE BUT HOME by Liza Palmer left me with a smile on my face.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Chris Evans!

Elizabeth is generously giving away five copies of her latest book, DEAREST ROGUE. To enter, leave a comment here or on the Facebook post (find it here) or both. Comments must be left by Sept 4 at 11:59 pm CST.

EHred2008squareMedElizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Find her online at elizabethhoyt.com or visit with her on Facebook.

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