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Two milestones – by Kate Hardy

So August 1 saw two milestones for me – my 25th wedding anniversary and the official publication day of my 75th book for Mills and Boon.

We decided to celebrate our anniversary in the Italian Lakes – and where could be more romantic on the day itself than Verona?

August 1 1992 was a baking hot day.

August 1 2017 was even hotter, because Southern Europe was having a heatwave – 39 degrees (but felt like 44).

And I guess the day was very much like any marriage, because there were bumpy bits in the day, starting with the tour bus not picking us up, an hour trying to find out where they were and discovering that our booking hadn’t gone through even though they’d taken the money, and then making the best of it and catching the local bus to Verona and doing the ‘tour’ ourselves. We saw the Arena, Dante’s statue, amazing churches, pretty courtyards and majestic towers.

We visited Juliet’s balcony – after putting our names on the wall (on a band-aid, no less – well, a Medical Romance author would be prepared…)


And over the rest of the week we saw some amazing sights. We caught a cable car to the top of the Dolomites.


We saw the most romantic sunsets.


We ate lots of pizza, pasta, fresh fish and ice cream (I think my dish of the week just had to be pasta with zucchini and scallops, in this lovely cream and saffron and tomato sauce). We tried local wines. We discovered just how nice Aperol spritz is – the local aperitif, basically 1 part bitter orange liqueur, 2 parts prosecco and 3 parts sparkling water, all served over ice.

And with our eldest about to start his second year at uni and our youngest about to start sixth form, it was probably our last family holiday – and definitely one to remember.

Plus there’s my 75th book milestone with M&B – which, coincidentally enough, is set on a fictional Italian island. The title – The Runaway Bride and the Billionaire – pretty much tells you what the book is about, and it’s part of the Summer at the Villa Rosa quartet which I wrote with Liz Fielding, Scarlet Wilson and Jessica Gilmore.


So all in all it’s been a pretty overwhelming week. But milestones like these aren’t reached alone – and the support of my family and friends has been really appreciated over the last quarter of a century, plus my M&B readers and writing friends for the last 16 years. So I’d like to raise a glass (of Aperol, of course!) to you all to say thank you – and cheers!


10 thoughts on “Two milestones – by Kate Hardy”

  1. Congratulations and happy anniversary! Thrilled you had a fantastic trip but I have to tell you, as a mother of a 23 year-old and a 19 year-old, we have found they still want to holiday with us, especially if we’re paying! I keep waiting for The Lad to say, ‘no don’t want to come’ but it’s always, ‘love to and can I bring the GF?’ 😉

  2. Woohoo Kate Happy Anniversary and yay on the 75th book I need to read this one as I have rea and loved Liz’s I have Scarlet’s waiting for me 🙂

    Thank you for the lovely photos maybe one day I will get to Italy 🙂

    Have Fun

  3. Happy anniversaries, Kate! 🙂
    Just loved Aperol Spritz – do you know you can buy Aperol in bottle shops? We buy it regulalry now since falling in love with it in Venice last year! And my mout watered at that zucchini and scallop dish!
    Cheers to you – 25 more with hubby and another 75 romances please! xxx

  4. Happy Anniversary, how nice you could celebrate it with your boys….all too soon they won’t want to hang with Mom and Dad. wishing you many more years of “HEA” in life and in writing! ♥♥♥

  5. Happy anniversaries Kate! Both of them. And there is nowhere better to celebrate than Veronica. I love it. Maybe you be celebrating lots more anniversaries in the years to come.
    Jennifer x

  6. Mega congrats on your 25 years of wedded bliss and all those books. Oh boy, that’s amazing. Bring us plenty more please. and keep enjoying the process.

  7. Happy anniversaries, Kate! Italy is so fabulous, and I enjoyed visiting again through your photos 🙂 Here’s to many more wedding anniversaries and books! 🙂

  8. Kate,
    Congrats. Way to go on marriage and books. In today’s world being married for 25 years is amazing and rare. It is to be admired. And so many books. I’m in awe.

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