IN SERGEI'S WORDS: “Abby, I know I many times forget things, little things like jokes. But I never forget how much I love you and how lucky I am. I just wanted to say that. Also, by time we get home that milk will be very bad. Do not drink it."
Scenes From Highland Falls, Chapter 14 "Famous Last Words"
NAME: Sergei Grinkov
ROLE: Abby's Russian pairs skating partner/first husband
HE MET ABBY... In Sarajevo, 1984, hours after Bolero. It as quite some time before they could speak without the assistance of an interpreter. (I've Loved These Days, Book 1 in The Abigail Phelps Series, Chapter 17 - "Leave A Tender Moment Alone")
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: "[I] liked Sergei right away. There was a sincerity to him that you don’t see in many people. He was 17 years old, I was 22, but I knew that he had maturity beyond his years. He hadn’t had any other choice but to be the man of his family from an early age." I've Loved These Days, Chapter 17 "Leave A Tender Moment Alone"
ROMANTIC CONNECTION: Sergei stepped up to the plate when Abby most needed a friend, and in the process, she fell in love. Though brought together through unusual circumstances, Abby's romance with Sergei was ultimately the most traditional of her life.
Scenes From Highland Falls, Chapter 5 "A Room Of Our Own"