Local couple Diane Covington-Carter and Landon Carter will be at Tomes Saturday to talk about their new book, “Falling in Love Backwards, an Unlikely Tale of Happily Ever After.”
Diane Covington-Carter first crossed paths with her now-husband, Landon Carter, in 1979, when he led a six-day training that challenged her fear of heights.
Covington-Carter had to jump off a mountain on a zip-line, rappel down a steep cliff and pull herself across a canyon, among other terrifying things. But the course changed her life, and the leader impressed her.
Fast forward 30 years and Covington-Carter looked Carter up on the Internet to thank him for the difference he had made in her life, which led to a meeting to discuss a book he had written.
The two began a long-distance relationship — he lived in New Zealand at the time but traveled frequently to California. But he wasn’t that interested in her at first, thinking she “didn’t fit his pictures” of whom he wanted to be with.
Covington-Carter, on the other hand, knew that he was the man she’d been looking for and persisted in keeping communication going, even across the planet between California and New Zealand.
As the title suggests, they did reach “happily ever after,” but only after some hair-raising truth-telling and overcoming obstacles that would have stopped most in their tracks.
The story flows back and forth between the male and female perspectives. The authors hope that their book will inspire couples to keep talking, even when it is tough, and will provide tools to turn arguments and blame into communication and understanding.
The Carters will have a book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tomes/Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters in Grass Valley.
For information, go to http://fallinginlovebackwards.com.
The book is available on Amazon both in print and Kindle versions.