Valentine’s Day….I hope yours was a good one!!!

As I’ve shared with you before, my relationship to Valentine’s Day has always been a little sketchy, or at least it got off to an early somewhat unsatisfactory start. My first memory of Valentine’s Day was when I was the only girl in my third grade class who didn’t get a Valentine. I was crushed!!!! Really crushed. I think I went home and cried. I was unbearably shy then (and still am a lot of the time), and somehow I just got left out, like musical chairs. It happens sometimes, but I’ve faced Valentine’s Day with trepidation and a little concern ever since.

Some years were better than others. Shortly after I got married, during a big romance when I was single, 4 days after I had one of my sons (right before Valentine’s Day), I thought Valentine’s Day was a fabulous event. At other times, after a divorce, when a romance broke up, or when I just wasn’t dating anyone, Valentine’s Day was pretty dreary, and sometimes downright sad. I used to give big Valentine’s Day parties, which were really fun (as long as you had a Valentine to share them with!!! And someone to dance with!!). And I’ve spent the holiday in assorted romantic ways, and have had my share of flowers and chocolates, and some really lovely gifts. I got engaged twice on Valentine’s Day, which I thought was fantastic!!!!! Since then, to be honest, my Valentine’s Days have been a little flat, but I’ve had my share of romance over the years, so I can’t really complain.

I hope that Valentine’s Day lived up to your expectations this year, that someone you love spoiled you, and pampered you and took you out. I hope you had a fantastic romantic time—-and maybe even got engaged!!! But if not, try not to be discouraged. Next year could be a whole lot better, and you may be madly in love. It’s hard to resist a holiday that’s all about love. So I hope that you had a great one, that you got cards, and flowers and chocolates and gifts, and if not…..hopefully next year will be better!!!! Mine have been a whole lot better ever since third grade!!! Much love, Danielle

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10 Comments so far
  1. kimmi February 17, 2010 7:46 am

    This year it was a $5.00 burger( a treat) and a love letter. LOVEly. 😀

  2. Réka Németh February 17, 2010 9:22 am

    Hi, Danielle!

    I’m from Hungary and I can’t speak English very good, but I say: My Mother and Me love your books. I read one of your books now: Amazing Grace. 🙂 But my favourite books are Silent Honor, Echoes, Massage From Nam, Wings and The Gift. These books were very good under my history studies, however I’m just fourteen years old. Uhh… 😀 I don’t know that what do you mean about my long letter, but I’m sorry, beacause I waste your time.
    So I love your creations and I’ll read these everytime. I’d like to be a writer and I hope I didn’t waste your time. 🙂
    Oh… I hope you had got a happy Valentine’s Day!!! 😀 😀

    Goodbye: Réka (Aly)

    P.S.: Oh… “Valentine” means “Bálint” in Hungarian. I meant I tell it for you, because I found it out now. 😀

  3. Clau Fernandes February 18, 2010 4:34 pm

    Hi, I’m clau fernandes, I’m from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The other day I sent the email through of your website, today I’m here in your blog. I love this post, it’s beautiful. Everything you write is beautiful! Here in Brazil Valentine’s Day is very different, we celebrate on July 12. For now I’m waiting for someone to match me, I hope that on July 12 I actually have someone …
    Love, Clau Fernandez

  4. Janice Matthews February 18, 2010 5:48 pm

    So how did you spend yours this year?

  5. Lorraine February 18, 2010 8:19 pm

    Dear Danielle,
    I enjoyed this column, and discovered your son
    Maxx, shares the same birthday as my oldest
    daughter. She just turned 30. Valentine’s Day,
    1980, was the best valentine’s day I ever had,
    as I brought my first baby home from the hospital that day after her birth on Feb. 10.
    Many ups and downs on Valentine’s Day thereafter,but somehow it’s all ok….Lorraine

  6. Leonny February 19, 2010 12:36 am

    Dear Danielle,
    Your books are very touched, inspiring and I love them very much. Danielle, thank you for your great stories. I’ve read Zoya hundred times. I also love A Perfect Stranger and No Greater Love. No Greater Love was very touched and I always cry when I read it, even I’ve read it for several times. I always waiting for you new book. God bless you and your family.

  7. Tracy Broughton February 21, 2010 8:27 pm

    Hi Danielle: hope you get this message. I am a huge fan of yours and have ready many of your books. I am addicted to them. Recently just finished “A Day At A Time”, “A Good Woman” and the story of your beloved Nick. I was very interested in this personal website of yours and found your comments interesting regarding your personal life. I wish you the very best and hope you find your soulmate in the very near future. I think you are a immensely talented writer and it amazes me how you come up with all these stories and with so many children!! The story of Nick was a peak into your life and I could not believe how much you went through-I know it has made you strong. Thanks again for your wonderful work! I am a banker in Texas, 47 years old with 2 girls, 21 and 16 and 2 dogs (Chihuahua & Yellow Lab who are best friends by the way)and 3 cats!!

  8. Anastasia February 23, 2010 12:48 am

    Dear, Danielle,
    Thank you for this post about St.Valentine’s. And of course thank you for all your books. Today it’s my 25th birthday and little more than 2 week ago (of course before Saint Valentine’s Day!!!) my boyfriend broke up with me. He wanted marry me this July. And I was waiting for his official propose to me. He was already presented me silver Tiffany ring as a first step to our future (as he said). And 5 monthes later, on the 5th of February I waked up by his SMS. It said that he never could tell this to me looking in my eyes, but he wanted to break up with me. He wrote that he have no more feelings. And all this happened to me before Saint Valentine’s and my B-day. So when I read your “Saint Valentine’s…”, I smiled & I believe that everything will be ok with me. After break up I had a little trip to Europe and I took your books with me “H.R.H.” and “Bungalow 2”. I’m really addicted to your books and always read them in English (I’m from Moscow, Russia and I prefer original versions of your books to russian translated editions). Your novels touched me a lot. And I like Mariage Freres Vanila tea and Paris. So when I started to read “Honor Thyself” I smile as the main heroin loves this tea too. So thank you a lot, because no matter what I believe in happy endings now…and as you wrote at “H.R.H.”:”All hearts get broken at some point, in the end it makes us stronger”.

  9. Judy Boucke February 23, 2010 3:48 pm

    Dear Danielle; I just finshed A Good Woman and, as always, enjoyed it…couldn’t put it down till the last satisfied sigh.

    Valentine’s Day…my wedding annversary for amost 56 years. This recent one was rather dreary as my beloved Robert went to be with the Lord last September 14th at 96 after enduring Alzheimers for eight years. I was his caregiver. The day before he died he looked into my eyes, smiled, and said, “I love you….you’re so pretty…..thankyou.” How merciful and comforing of God to give me such a wonderful reward and loving memory!

    The first of your novels I ever read was Fine Things, which I loved, and later bought the movie. Today I discovered one I have not read in a used bookstore and am looing forward to diving into it very soon. I love the way you weave your romantic novels around periods of history,adding the benefit of eduational information, and have deep admiration for the amount of research you must do to accomplish this.

    Needess to say, I am a fan,

    Judy Boucke

  10. tina March 4, 2010 2:51 am

    Your blog is amazing. I love reading them and it’s like you are putting beautiful words into what I was thinking.