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Seventeen years ago, Steve Smith and Carmen Ruiz-Perez fell in love and were engaged in their 20s. After being together for a year in England, where Carmen was a foreign student, their relationship waned and Carmen returned to France.

A few years later, Steve wrote to her hoping they could get back together. Unfortunately, her mother put the letter on the mantelpiece and it slipped behind the fireplace — where it stayed for the next 10 years. During a renovation, the unopened letter was found and Carmen finally read the lines: “'I hope you are well. I was just writing to ask if you ever married and if you ever still thought of me?”

After getting the courage to call him up, still-single Carmen met up with Steve in Paris. It was love (again) at first sight. They married soon after, after 17 years of meeting one another. “I never got married,” said Carmen, “and now I'm marrying the man I have always loved.”

Although Steve’s letter wasn’t exactly a Shakespearean sonnet, his romanticism did the trick, even after ten years. Have you ever received a beautiful love letter?

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c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
hehe i'm just giggling at the comment above about the cupcake. this story is wonderful- i really enjoy reading some feel good stories which really restore my faith in fate and more importantly true love. it's quite strange that 17 years on, neither of them had found someone else- perhaps they just hadn't lived up to the memory of each other. ♥
Xemena Xemena 8 years
ive never had a love letter , but im sure just a cupcake like that would do the trick for me.
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 8 years
aw this is a total sore point for me! My BF of nearly 5 years have never even given me so much as a single b'day card so I think love letters are totally off the table :-( In all other ways he's so SO affectionate and romantic but I do wish he's write me something that I could tuck away as a keepsake.
earthgoddess earthgoddess 8 years
I can't believe I'm writing this, but it reminds me of the Notebook, where Allie's mom hides Noah's letters and when she gives them to her, their romance is rekindled. Only without the deliberate hiding of letters part and with more years between seeing each other.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
this is a great story, but i'd be asking my mom, why the hell didnt you realize the letter went missing!
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
What a lovely story. I have received probably 1 letter for every 4 I have written my boyfriend, but recently there was one with a pressed flower that just said "I hope you're well." It was perfect.
AlphaChickee AlphaChickee 8 years
Aw this was such a nice story!
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
My boy friend wrote me the sweetest note on the birthday card he gave me this year which was my first birthday with him as a couple. It really surprised me at the time because he didn't seem like the type. He even has beautiful handwriting!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i have received a few sweet love letters but the best i ever got was an e-mail. I received it from someone I wasn't dating and who didn't seem like the romantic type. He wrote me a beautiful poem that even had a hidden message, I was kinda shocked by how wonderful it was.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I have had a few of those but never one from the past. One time an old boyfriend sent my parents a really nice card, but nothing like mentioned above. Such an amazing story. it makes you wonder about destiny and all those questions we have about life all over again. I do have a friend who rekindled with a boyfriend from 20 years ago. they both got divorced and then married each other.
michichan michichan 8 years
Not love letters, but my bf is miles away for the summer and sends me the funniest things in the mail. It's just so wonderful to see his goofy doodles and read his funny stories every two weeks or so. Touching love letters just wouldn't do him justice, because that's just not who he is
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I have received many love letters from my current boyfriend, but the one he wrote me for my 21st birthday took the cake, it was just so loving and wonderfully written. All the "love letters" I received before him were nothing too special or eloquent, but appreciated nonetheless.
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