Historical Fiction Author and Golden Heart Finalist

"Deborah C. Wilding's historical novel, Then I Met You, is a compelling and suspenseful story that will resonate with romantics and historical fiction buffs alike." --Jack Magnus for ​READERS FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS

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"Miss Wilding has definitely done her research for this historical romance novel. I was very intrigued by the social class system on Hawaii prior to the war." --Heather Osborne for READERS FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS

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Wilding had my attention from the first notation--Nov. 1941, Honolulu--and held my attention until the last beautifully written line. Then I Met You has it all--mystery, romance, and historical accuracy so compelling that the reader is easily transported back in time; the events surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor are seamlessly interwoven and the interracial love story handled with aplomb.

There are no info dumps here--just good writing.

Then I Met You is the story of Merrylei (Lei) Wentworth, a young woman who returns to Oahu with the intention of converting her 1880s family home into a guesthouse. The project is more difficult than Lei imagined. Vandals have taken their toll and the rising cost of renovation results in Lei selling some family heirlooms. When architect Jamison Sumida offers his assistance if she'll sell him one of her mother's unknown paintings, she grows suspicious of his motives while simultaneously feeling a connection to him.

Lei knows her attraction to a Japanese American will present challenges, but had no idea how challenging until Jamison turns up missing after Pearl Harbor is bombed. I live in Hawaii and can vouch for Wilding's authentic depiction of local attitudes, customs and events and recommend this book to readers of mystery, romance, and historical fiction. You won't be disappointed.--Jackie McMurray for THE BOOK BREEZE  




RWA 2014 Golden Heart Finalist


2013 First Place Winner, Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence

Unpublished Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense


What the judges said:

"I felt the abandoned house, the beauties of the island and the past glory of this family and the Hawaiian monarchy were captured very well. You made me relax into that world even knowing that it's all about to come apart. Well done."

"I loved the setting! You evoked it beautifully..."

"An old historic Victorian house passed on from generation to generation--sounds like the perfect setting for intrigue and mystery."