I love to write strong heroines in my Harlequin Superromance novels - women who have had events happened to them that they have either overcome or are fighting to overcome. I truly believe our experiences change and shape who we are today. The basis for a strong and lasting romantic relationship surely comes from finding that certain someone who helps us to heal as well as becoming an exciting part of our future.
What do you think? Who are you favorite strong fictional heroines?
There are so many strong romance heroines out there but here are my Top Five (in no particular order):
1) Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone With The Wind is one of my all-time favorite books (the only book I have read four times) and I often get into debates with my fellow romance readers/authors about her strength. Some find Scarlett too whiny and needy but, for me, she shows rather than verbalizes her strength. She overcomes horrors and difficulties that most of us (fortunately!) will only find in the pages of this wonderfully epic novel.
2) Eve Dallas – In Death series by Nora Roberts
Lord, how I love Eve! If you haven’t tried the In Death series yet, make it your mission to start reading this amazing series before Christmas. The books center around Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her ongoing relationship with millionaire, Roarke (not sure if anyone knows if this is his first name or surname!) Each novel brings a new case for Eve to solve and usually involves Roarke or someone she is close to in one way or another. There are a whopping 41 novels so far in the series…
3) Elizabeth Bennett – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I don’t know a romance reader on the planet who hasn’t read Pride & Prejudice and, for me, it’s Elizabeth Bennett’s strength, integrity and passion which makes this novel continue to sell year after year. A timeless romance, hero and heroine that I predict will live in our hearts and the hearts of future generations for many years to come.
4) Josie O’Casey – A Glimpse At Happiness by Jean Fullerton
A Glimpse At Happiness is one of my most favorite Victorian romances and the reason I started to write in the genre. Josie O’Casey is a wonderful example of what makes a strong heroine and how they overcome the poverty of their circumstances. This book is about love over adversity, hope over pessimism. A truly gorgeous book and a truly fantastic heroine.
5) Lucky Santangelo – Jackie Collins
Although Jackie Collins’ books aren’t strictly romance, there is usually a central relationship in her super-sexy stories. I discovered the first book Lucky appears in (Chances) when I was barely into my teens and went on to devour all the books she features in thereafter. A strong, feisty, no holds barred, kind of heroine who demands your attention from the very first page. Tremendous!
My Harlequin Superromance Templeton Cove Stories...
A Man Like Him
What Belongs To Her
Christmas At The Cove
Her Hometown Redemption