I asked a few author friends to write a love letter about their husband or wife. This is the first in the LOVE  LETTERS series.

I hope you enjoy reading about the true life loves of the authors of some of your favorite books.

Julie Lessman reveals who inspires her romance novels. 

A Love Letter to my Husband by Julie Lessman

I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to romance.

I’ve been married almost 38 years to this wonderful man, in a relationship that’s one of the most romantic I’ve ever seen. But … would it qualify for the Romance Hall of Fame?

True, Keith brings me coffee every morning, holds my hand in the car, and sent me roses when I gave birth to his son and daughter. But as far as a heart-melting, knee-weakening moments that swept me off my feet? I was alarmed to realize that I—a card-carrying romantic—was drawing a blank.

And then I thought about what romance is really all about; being cherished, being loved, and being made to feel you’re the most precious thing to someone.

It’s Ephesians 5:25 in a nutshell—“husbands, love your wives,” the very reason romance sales exceed $1.08 billion each year.

–> Because women want to be cherished.

–> Because women want to be loved.

–> Because women want to feel they are precious to someone.

Suddenly I realized Keith does that for me every day of my life.

He loves me with a tender look, a lingering kiss, or just spooning at night. He loves me by saying he never gets tired of being with me (yeah, I know, his boredom threshold must be pretty high), and he loves me while dancing with me at weddings when I know he’d rather have a root canal.

And then there are all those times he took my side in front of the kids, even when I was wrong  followed by gentle conviction and prayer when we were alone.

Love is a big, hulking guy reading my debut novel instead of Sports Illustrated and then tearing up when tragedy befalls a favorite character. Love is me swooning at the sink when he kisses me from behind, purposely mimicking a scene in my book.

It’s a man who makes me feel like I am the moon and the stars to him and tells me life with me is never dull.

Yep, my name is Julie Lessman, and I am a romance addict. And my husband is my biggest supplier.

Julie Lessman’s tagline is “Passion With a Purpose,” which underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Award-winning author of The Daughters of BostonWinds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, Julie was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

She has garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. One of her latest novels, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014.

Her indie book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

You can contact Julie on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Google+, or www.julielessman.com, where you can read excerpts of her favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of her books.


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