STARTING FROM SCRATCH
STARTING FROM SCRATCH
CONNIE MEYER
ISBN: 0-9752868-8-9
February 2005
Vintage Romance Publishing
www.vrpublishing.com
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Anthology
162 pages
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THE PICTURE

Edgar saw her picture. With a leap of faith, Juanita married him after a three week
courtship that included the normal chaperones. When he was gone, what she missed
most were the notes on the dining room table with their XXXs and OOOs.

LOVE IS NOT BLIND

Wilbur and Anna Laura met on a blind date. They married during World War II. Although
Wilbur was rejected by the military for nearsightedness, a Navy doctor later tossed out
Wilbur’s glasses and he spent the rest of the war with a hazy view of everything.

PERFECT HARMONY

Marvin and Mary Kay met during World War II at the Methodist Church outside Fort
Knox, Kentucky. Marvin’s tenor and Mary Kay’s alto have harmonized for sixty-one years.

DOUBLE OR NOTHING

Charles’ friend Ray did not need just a ride for a date. He needed Charles for a double
date with Shirley, his surprise blind date. The couples continued with a double wedding.
After almost fifty years, the cigars that were exchanged have not lasted like this
friendship.

TIL DEATH DO US PART

In 1953, Anna met George in her hometown. After she thought for a while, she married
him in 1955. Del and Shirley met in 1947. They married in 1949 during his five-day
leave from the Navy. Their parallel lives surprisingly continue present day.

ANYTHING CAN BE DONE

Theresa and John were married in Curdsville, Kentucky. She said yes because he was
the only man Teresa had ever dated who agreed to have twelve children. They made it
to seven and changed their minds. Many of the traditions started with John are still
continuing today, even though he is not with them.

DIVINE INTERVENTION

St. Joseph’s Nursing School accepted Louise as their first African-American nursing
student. A couple of years later, she met Joe.  Almost fifty years of marriage and seven
children have not diminished their feelings.

A PRESCRIPTION FOR LOVE

Sam saw Lolita and it was love at first sight. They were married during medical school.
Although she had to drop out to have their first two children, she went back to finish three
years later. Seventeen years later, they had two more children. Their marriage of 56
years is influencing medical students today.

FRONT PORCH WEDDING

Ruth met Elmo after a fateful move back to the family home in Virginia.  They eloped and
found the preacher visiting a house with a front porch.  A new career in Kingsport,
Tennessee, three daughters, and sixty-four years later, their life together is still
flourishing.

THE FIRST AND ONLY

Carolyn and Junie married in 1950, and in spite of their different religions. They had
three children--all girls. Junie loved Carolyn through their forty-three years of marriage. In
return, Carolyn has never forgotten her mother saying, "There’s only the first love."

THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE

Racquel, known to her family as Nena, and Hector, also known as Chino, ran into trouble
from the beginning of their relationship. Their religious beliefs, Catholicism and
Judaism, did not make their families happy. They married anyway. Then there was the
fact that they were living in Cuba in the 1940’s under Castro. They moved to Louisville,
Kentucky. After 59 years of marriage, they have the freedom they lost.

ALPHABETIC SWEETHEARTS

Childhood sweethearts do marry and not miss a thing. This young couple has been
married for thirty-one years and raised two children. They are still close to the couple
they grew up with who also raised two children. Both couples consider themselves very
lucky to have shared their lives with each other.

WAR BRIDE

In 1946, Maria married Garland. She spoke Hungarian and he spoke English. They
were both in Germany. A year later, Maria arrived in Kentucky as the first war bride
there. Maria and her children are still in Louisville today.

MEETING AND LETTING GO

There was a couple in Knob Lick, Kentucky, who was married for almost 49 years. He
could talk to a sign board. She did not date until she met him. Their daughter tells their
love story.


Connie Meyer presents us with fourteen love stories that will make you smile, laugh, or
cry. She has beautifully passed along the love of people who were strong and caring.
Their lives are very real and Ms. Meyer has made these ordinary people extraordinary. If
you love a good love story, do not miss these jewels. Share in the sharing.

Brenda McCoy
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books