February 16, 2009
Long-lost letter leads to reignited love
A British man said a long-lost letter he sent to an old love was rediscovered 10 years after he sent it and led to the couple's reconciliation and engagement.
Steve Smith, 42, said he fell in love with Carmen Ruiz-Perez, 42, while she was visiting Paignton, England, from her native Spain to learn English, The Daily Mail reported Monday.
Smith said Ruiz-Perez called the number he left her in the letter and they met a few days later in Paris, the newspaper said.
When we met at the airport it was like a film. Finding each other again was fate. It is one of those things that was meant to be, Smith told The Daily Mail.
We are both so gobsmacked. It is such an incredible story how we ended up together again. We never stopped thinking about each other but both thought the other one had moved on and married and had children.
Smith said he and Ruiz-Perez are planning to marry July 17.