The Wind Beneath My Wings & Book Giveaway

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This is the last photo of the two of us together. It was taken at Christmas.

I’m dedicating today’s blog to my husband, George, who passed away on April 3rd.   He was the hero I so often write about in my books and I miss him more than words can say.

Some of you may have noticed that many of the couples in my stories are complete opposites. That’s how it was with George and me.   He met at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Hollywood and even though we had nothing in common, he proposed on the first date. I thought he was crazy. Never one to give up, he persisted until I finally said yes.  Our pastor made us take a premarital compatibility test, which we failed miserably.  Based on the low scores, he tried talking us out of marriage.  Three kids and six grandchildren George said, “I wonder what would have happened had we passed that test.”

When Bette Midler came out with the song The Wind Beneath My Wings from Beaches in 1988 our daughter Robyn was convinced that her father was the inspiration behind it. There’s no better way to describe him.

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Photo of George and me taken at Melody Ranch during a cowboy festival.

He spent his entire life helping and supporting others. He was my right hand man and encouraged me to keep writing during all the years of rejection.  A film editor by trade, he never really understood the craziness of the publishing business, but he supported me in every way he could. If any of you reading this won one of my books, you can be sure he wrapped and mailed it.  With each new release, he did the Walmart flybys to make sure my books were displayed properly.

Every conference, convention and book signing found him standing in the shadows, directing any glory my way.   Every day at four p.m. he banged on a pot. That was his signal for me to quit work and join him.  Some days he’d have a cup of tea waiting.  He always seemed to sense when I had a bad day of writing. Those were the days a glass of wine greeted me.  

My dear sweet husband will be remembered for his kind loving heart, gentle warm spirit, abiding faith and ability to make others laugh. He was truly my hero and the wind beneath my wings.

 

Calico Spy V3

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Tomorrow, April 29th is George’s birthday.  In his honor I’m giving away a copy of Calico Spy, a story about a Pinkerton detective working undercover as a Harvey girl. The last trip my husband and I took together was to Vegas. We stopped in Barstow, California so I could check out the old Harvey restaurant which turned out to be the model for the book.  While I took notes, he took photos for me.  That was the last research trip we took together.

Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 40 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and past Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! A Match Made in Texas is available for pre-order now. Margaret's stories also appear in the 12 Brides of Christmas, Pioneer Christmas and Second Chance at Star Inn collections. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Updated: April 27, 2016 — 7:28 am

61 Comments

  1. What a wonderful tribute to a man who obviously made you very, very happy. I have been married for a long time and am lucky to have found the perfect guy, too. Take care of yourself so you can heal and enjoy those beautiful memories.

    1. Sally, thank you so much. Yes, those of us lucky to have found the perfect guy are truly blessed.

  2. Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss. What memories you must have of this wonderful man who obviously was the wind beneath your wings. I pray you and your family will heal soon and find peace in your memories.

    Today my husband and I celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been that many years. We got married late in life (me 48, him 50) but it was all in God’s timing.

    May God bless you and your family during this time.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Hi Cindy, happy anniversary! How wonderful that you and your husband found each other. Cherish each precious moment.

  3. HE sounds like an amazing man. I am so sorry for your loss but happy for your memories.

  4. Thank you, Debra. I’m happy for my memories, too!

  5. I am so very sorry to hear about your husband passing. He sounded like a wonderful man. Your post today is a great tribute to him.

    1. Thank you, Janine. He was a wonderful man–the best!

  6. What a lovely tribute. George sounds like a sweetheart and I love the pot banging! Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Jeannie. I can’t tell you how much I miss the pot banging–miss him!

  7. Everytime I hear this song, I cry. I am so very sorry for your loss and you have honoured your greatest love with your dedication of your book. What a wonderful life you had with him.

  8. My heart goes out to you Margaret for your loss. You and George will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Eliza, thank you. It means a lot.

  9. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man, Margaret. I’m so glad the two of you followed your heart and stuck it out to create such a love-filled life together. Just goes to show that when God brings two people together, even if it makes sense to no one else, it is of perfect design.

    1. Thank you, Karen. Such beautiful thoughts!

  10. Margaret, my heart aches for you. Your deep love for George shows in every word of this beautiful post. Sending tender hugs and lots of prayers your way, Filly Sister.

    1. Thank you, Linda, I need all the hugs and prayers I can get!

  11. You were so fortunate to have met and enjoyed a wonderful marriage. The story is very uplifting and special.

    1. Thank you, Pearl. Yes, I am very fortunate and feel grateful for so many terrific years.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. You are brave and strong. George was a gem and will be missed.

    1. Thanks, Anne. I don’t feel so brave and strong right now, but I’m trying.

  13. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for you right now without George beside you. Thank God for a wonderful marriage and I will be praying for you during this time of loss.

    1. Ellen, thank you. It is harder than you can imagine, but fortunately I’m surrounded with family and friends and that helps more than words can say.

  14. I am so sorry about this terrible loss in your life. What a blessing it was to be married to such a wonderful man. You will carry him in your heart for the rest of your days because he is so much a part of you. I believe that we are reunited with our loved ones when we pass away, so you and he are only parted for a while. God bless you, sweetie.

    1. Cheryl, thank you. George is my treasure in Heaven and I know one day we’ll be together again.

  15. OH Margaret, my heart is hurting for you. When I first saw you post something of your husbands passin I was praying for you. I do t know if you remember but you and I contacted over the loss of one of my babies. You were such a light for me during that time. And your book on loss that you sent me, meant so much! I love your story of you and your husband and that even though it didn’t seem like a match at first and your test suggested you shouldn’t be together, you proved it and everyone else wrong! People told my husband and I that too, but 3 kids later and 8 years of a strong marriage I’m glad we didn’t listen to wrong advice. 🙂 I will keep praying for you and thank you for sharing your love story!

    1. Cori, I’m so glad you followed your heart and didn’t listen to what other people said. Thank you for your prayers. God bless!

  16. I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your husband. A beautiful post… hugs.

  17. What a wonderful story of you and your husband. In the world we live in today,your marriage is an inspiration. Thank you for posting. You have beautiful memories to hold and treasure. God bless you and keep you strong.

  18. I am so sorry for your great loss, but enjoyed reading your tribute to your love. Prayers that you will receive comfort in the days to come and also continue to be inspired by this great man.

    1. Thank you, Judy. My dear sweet husband does and always will inspire me.

  19. How beautiful! What a wonderful man he sounds like. You are truly blessed to have had him as yours. Thank you for sharing those precious memories with us. My hubby and I are opposites also and claim we were meant for each other that way. 😉 Prayers for you!

    1. Susan, I love couples who are opposites. That’s my favorite story theme.

  20. My deepest sympathies on your loss. Thank you for the giveaway in his memory.

    1. Thank you, Anon1001. The only problem is I now have to wrap and mail to the winner myself!

  21. I’m so sorry for your loss but it sounds like you had a remarkable marriage. My husband and I are opposites too – I’m sure we would have flunked that test too. We have been married almost 47 years but it really hasn’t been easy at times but definitely not boring lol.

    1. Catslady, congratulations on 47 years of marriage. Opposites really do seem to attract. It’s what makes life so interesting!

  22. I’m glad you had a awesome guy in your life and what a wonderful way to honor him. Thank you for sharing your blessing with us. Prayers and hugs!!!!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I appreciate your kind thoughts.

  23. Margaret, what a wonderful tribute to a man who must have been beyond wonderful. The two of you were truly blessed.

    1. Kathleen, you’re so right. We truly were blessed.

  24. Hi Margaret!

    What a wonderful read about your man — made me laugh about the opposites. Such kindness, combined with all the other manly attributes is about as sexy as it comes, and it appears that he was all these things. And though he will never be forgotten, may your heart heal rapidly and fully.

    Love,
    Karen Kay

    1. Hi Karen, oh, yes, you got that right; he was sexy!

      Hugs

  25. Oh I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. But it sounds as though you have many great and happy memories of him and your life together. I was lucky to win one of your books ,and now I know your husband did the mailing. My prayers are with you. Keep writing I enjoy your books. Ingrid

    1. Ingrid, thank you. Yes, now I’ve got to do the mailing and I know it won’t be as neatly done as George did it.

  26. Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you have so many wonderful and happy memories to reflect on. He was your right hand man indeed. My prayers are with you and your family.

    1. Deanne, I do so appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you.

  27. Margaret, I am so sorry about your husband’s passing. It is so hard to say goodbye to our loved ones. Today is my mom’s 85th birthday but she is celebrating it in heaven (she died just before Thanksgiving). It’s also my daughter’s birthday, so it’s a bittersweet day for us. Thanks for sharing these memories with us. May God continue to give you the strength and comfort you need.

    1. Pam, So sorry for the loss of your mother, and I do know what you mean by bittersweet days. Happy birthday to your daughter. I’m sure her grandmother is smiling down on her.

  28. He sounds like a wonderful man. I’m so sorry for your loss, Margaret. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  29. Margaret, I am so sorry to hear you have lost your husband. Having that special person who makes life interesting and an adventure to share is something not everyone is lucky enough to find. I hope the memory of his love will help you through the loss. It sounds like you will have many wonderful memories to cherish and comfort you in the future.

    1. Patricia B, you’re so right. Today, the 29th, is his birthday and I was just thinking of all the fun ways we celebrated it in the past. The memories made me teary eyed, but they also made me smile.

  30. A wonderful tribute and I’m sorry for your loss. I pray that your memories with him will be sweet reminders for strength during this time. He sounds wonderful.

  31. Dear Margaret, So so sorry about the loss of your husband. I can’t imagine the feeling because I still have mine but my heart certainly goes out to you. Seems your life together was very happy and blessed. I identify with the part of his proposal. When I met my sweetheart he told me he was going to marry me and we had never had a date!! I replied that I didn’t think so because I didn’t know him. He said take all the time you need, even 3 or 4 days if you need it! We are celebrating 34 wonderful years of marriage Sunday May 1st. We love each other more today than ever. God was certainly the matchmaker in our lives. May God give you comfort today and in the coming days!

    1. Kay, it sounds like your husband and mine could have been friends. I love that he gave you 3 or 4 days. There really is a thing as love at first sight. Congratulations on 34 years!

  32. Margaret, so sorry for your loss. You & your husband must have had a wonderful life together; isn’t it wonderful how everyone is attracted to each other in strange ways. Just goes to show you that God operates in strange ways too. What a blessed marriage you must have had. I too am blessed to have found the perfect mate also, 47yrs. & counting.

    1. Lois, congratulations. There are few things in life as joyful and satisfying as a good marriage. Cherish every moment.

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