Romance wasn't limited to the contents of lovey-dovey novels at the Rotary Book Sale in the Chilliwack Mall Sunday.
The sale's opening day, which brought in almost $30,000, also saw a real-life marriage proposal, and a successful one at that.
Chuck Estok had had a speech all planned, he told the Times, but when the time actually came to ask for his longtime girlfriend Christina Stad's hand in marriage, all he could manage was to drop down on one knee beside her bookstuffed shopping cart and blurt out, "Will you marry me?" "I think I almost fainted," Stad said. Estok's proposal wasn't an impulse of the moment, though.
He had picked the book sale because that's where he and Stad had spent their first date five years ago.
As the daughter of local Nuggets Used Book Store owner Neil Stad, Stad was perfectly poised for book-sale wooing.
She has been coming to the Rotary Book Sale with her dad for as long as she can remember, always following up the day's book buying with a father-daughter breakfast.
Estok's proposal played havoc with tradition this year, however, supplanting the usual breakfast and curtailing the day's book purchases.
For her part, Stad suspects her fiancé of some ulterior motives on that score.
"I think he did it to keep me under my budget, actually, because I couldn't look at books after that," she said with a laugh.
. The Rotary Book Sale is on at the Chilliwack Mall till Saturday. Hours are Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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