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Everyone loves a good love story. And we all enjoy stories about how the love started and blossomed. This fun new book about dating, romance, love, and marriage will make you laugh and make you cry, and is guaranteed to inspire you to renew that search for your soul mate or open your heart a little more to the one you already have. It’s never too late for love at any age. Read about how couples met, when “they knew,” proposals, maintaining the relationship, second chances, and all the other facets of the miracle that is love.

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Five tips for finding love when you least expect it.

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love by Amy Newmark

Everyone enjoys a good love story, whether they’re still looking or they’ve already found their soul mate. It’s amazing how often love happens when we least expect it. The 101 real-life stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love were written by men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who found their own special someone. We share five tips we gleaned from their stories.

  1. Some people are just meant to be together. Lisa Marlin was in high school and working at an amusement park in Missouri the first time she saw him. He visited her flavored-ice cart and she says her heart skipped a beat when their eyes locked. He told her to look him up if she was ever in Kansas — but she didn’t even know his name. Two years later, Lisa was in Colorado with her church youth group and she ran into a teenager who looked and sounded just like the boy from the amusement park, except that before they could talk she had to go back to her group’s bus. Thirty years and two failed marriages later, now living in Colorado, Lisa met a man who was temporarily working at her office, and she realized it was that teenage boy, all grown up. While he didn’t remember meeting her, he did confirm he was at that amusement park in Missouri and that park in Colorado at the same times she was. After a year of long-distance dating, Lisa and her mystery man have settled down together.
  2. There’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a stranger who helped you. She played keyboard in a country-rock band and she loved the music of a performer name David Burns. While she’d never met him, she listened to his music over and over, drawing comfort from his lyrics as she and her children navigated a divorce and some tough times. After listening to his music for years, she says, "It hit me — I had lived and breathed this music forever, yet I’d never thought much about the songwriter who had written these songs." She got his number and gave him a call, and that first conversation lasted hours. And now Jill Burns says, "I find it mind-blowing that I fell in love with my husband’s music long before I fell in love with him, never suspecting that he was my soul mate."
  3. That soul mate in your dreams may actually exist. They lived more than 400 miles apart, he in Minnesota and she in Kansas. But they had a friend in common — Rob — who got a call one day from John, his former college roommate. John said he had a series of three dreams about meeting a woman, getting married and opening wedding gifts. He said Rob was in the dreams, acting as best man at John’s wedding to a woman who had a little girl. John couldn"t figure out why he was having these dreams, but Rob knew. He told John he knew just the woman for him. He introduced them, the woman with the little girl moved to Minnesota, they got married, and John and LaRonda Bourn have been together 20 years now.
  4. Say yes to spontaneity and chance meetings. Heather Kerner and her mother, sister, and a friend were stuck in summer beach traffic on the Jersey shore when a very cute guy in the next car started exchanging smiles and waves with her. As they inched along on the highway their cars kept pace with each other and they continued smiling and waving at each other. Finally, the young man rolled down his window and called out his phone number. Heather’s mother grabbed an envelope and wrote it down. Heather called the cute guy that night and they had their first date a week later. Twenty years later, married with children, they are still making each other laugh, even when they’re stuck in traffic.
  5. Your soul mate may start out as "just a friend." There was a reason why Holly’s sisters were shocked when she called to tell them she was getting married. They hadn’t even heard she was dating. That was because she wasn’t. Scott worked at the same church as Holly, and they had been great friends for months, but just friends, of course — because he was a monk. When Scott finally realized he had fallen in love and would give up being a monk, he asked Holly out on a real date. He proposed that night and Holly realized she was in love with him, too. A month and a half later, they were married.
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