I've known Hellie a lot longer than she's been reviewing for this blog. In the 15 or so years we've been friends, she's always been a staunch advocate for romance, for those over-the-top declarations of love, for the tear-inducing, sigh-worthy happy endings. Well, this week, our dear Hellie was the recipient of one of those over-the-top declarations and I could not be happier for her and her romance-hero-worthy, brand-spankin'-new fiancé. I wanted all of you readers who enjoy Hellie's wonderful book reviews to be able to celebrate her good news so I asked her if I could post it here and she agreed. She also gave me permission to let her "tell the tale" by sharing the messages she sent me and a mutual friend at the height of her shock, joy, and laughter. Because if you know Hellie at all, you would know this momentous occasion would, of course, read like scenes from a romantic comedy. And it does.
*All salty language (and who can blame her?) is left intact.