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Bestselling author Teresa Medeiros was chosen as one of the Top Ten Favorite Romance Authors by Affaire de Coeur magazine and has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Love and Laughter. A former Army brat and registered nurse, she wrote her first novel at the age of 21, and has since gone on to win the hearts of critics and readers alike. The author of many novels, Teresa makes her home in Kentucky with her husband and two cats.
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Dear Reader,I can always promise you that my heroes will find love in my stories, but it amazes even me when that love brings them face-to-face with so many other things they thought were forever lost to them. In A Kiss to Remember, Laura Fairleigh’s love forces Sterling Harlow to confront the memory of the mother who “abandoned” him and the boy deep inside of him who has never forgiven her for it.Some of you may have noticed that many of my books revolve around “lost mothers”. For the past six years, I’ve been in the process of losing my own mother to a devastating and terminal neurological illness called Pick’s Disease. Although she’s now only 62 years old, I’ve had to watch her fade a little more each day until all I can touch is her shadow. While Sterling was remembering his mother’s orange blossom perfume, I was remembering my own mom’s Chanel No. 5 and the smell of her homemade fudge simmering on the stove on a cold winter’s day. I was remembering how she used to give me ten dollars to buy books every time we’d go to the mall and how living with her was a little like living with Lucy-full of laughter and surprises and delight. I was remembering how much she loved Elvis and how hard she cried the day he died. I was remembering how she used to make those little Kool-Aid Popsicles for all the kids in the neighborhood and how she always let me crawl into bed and wrap my arms around her while my dad was away doing two tours of duty in Vietnam.Writing Sterling’s story helped to remind me that my own mother would never truly be lost. Every time I find myself reaching for one of the handwritten recipes stuffed in her old Betty Crocker cookbook or setting the table exactly the way she taught me, I’ll feel her presence and know that she will always be a part of me. Like Sterling in A Kiss to Remember, I’ve come face to face with my mother’s reflection in the mirror only to find myself.
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