By Susan Meier
My husband and I are opposites. When we got together, no one was more surprised than we were. My father used to say that it took opposites to make a good marriage. People who could counteract each other…or balance each other. My husband and I certainly fit the bill!
But though Finn and Ellie from Her Summer With The Marine believe they should be the last people to fall in love, they are actually very much alike. So much alike they’re drawn together in their moments of crisis.
It’s Ellie who Finn goes to the night their senior year of high school when his dad kicks him out of the house. And Ellie he comes to nine years later when his abusive father is trying to worm his way back into his mother’s life.
Sometimes we need another person to show us the flaws in our thinking or the perspective of someone more objective than we are to point out the obvious that we’re missing because we’re too close to a situation.
In Ellie’s case, it’s easy for Finn to see that the strain of facing her father’s illness is draining the life from her. In Finn’s case, it’s easy for Ellie to see that he’s stronger and kinder than he gives himself credit for being.
But when unexpected people fall in love, it isn’t all peaches and cream. They face questions from friends and relatives, who are concerned that they’re doing the wrong thing! Lots of times well-meaning friends tell them that they’re headed for trouble! Plus, if you like different things, you may find yourself going your separate ways on weekends.
But what if you don’t go your separate ways? What if finding someone with different hobbies opens you up to a whole new world? Falling for someone you never expect to like (let alone love) can open the door to fun you never expected.
So falling for your opposite might seem foolish on the surface, but different perspectives, new hobbies and new friends might just make it worth it.
Finn and Ellie from Her Summer With The Marine are like that.
So what about you? Did you fall for your opposite? Is your soul mate really the other half to you whole?
To find out more about Susan Meier’s latest release, Her Summer With The Marine, check out Jen’s review for Imperfect Women!
Connect with the Author
A one-time legal secretary and director of a charitable foundation, Susan Meier found her own personal bliss when she became a full-time novelist. Shes visited ski lodges and candy factories for research and works in her pajamas. But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. In her sixty published novels, she has tackled issues like infertility, losing a child and becoming widowed. Her favorite stories are those that inspire laughter through tears. Susan lives in western Pennsylvania with her own hero, their son and two fabulous felines, Sophia Maria Lolita Conchita Chiquita Banana and Fluffy.