Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout my Best Friend…
. . . . .Let’s Celebrate Female Friendship in Romance! Manda Collins is an author of historical romance and finds female friendships very important in her stories.
Aside from sexy heroes and toe curling romance, one of the things I love most about romance is the way it depicts female friendship. I know in my life I could not exist without the support and love I get from my girlfriends. And some of my favorite romances are those that emphasize the importance of friendship in every woman’s life. In my own first trilogy, the friendship between my three heroines forms the backbone of their stories. Let’s take a look at some of the series’ that focus on the ladies!
1. Eloisa James‘ Duchess in Love Quartet: Before the Desperate Duchesses, before the Essex Sisters, before the Regency Fairy tales, there were Gina, Carola, Henrietta, Esme and Helene. From the opening scene in DUCHESS IN LOVE, where the friends dished about men and sex and lack thereof, James captured the essence of female friendship, re-imagined for the Regency era. And whether they were reuniting estranges spouses, or scheming to marry-off their unmarried number, these ladies never lost sight of how important their friendship was to achieving their goals.
2. Toni Blake‘s Destiny Series: In Toni Blake’s small town series set in Destiny, Ohio, the backbone of the town is the friendship among Jenny, Sue-Ann, Rachel, Tessa and Amy. And their headquarters is Amy’s bookshop, Under the Covers. These friends laugh together, cry together, and share their triumphs and tragedies together. And when each of them in turn finds love, they celebrate their weddings together. Just as friends should.
3. Lisa Kleypas‘ Wallflowers: Once upon a time there were four Victorian ladies who were the very opposite of popular. Annabelle, Evie, Lillian and Daisy form a friendship out of their shared humiliation and one by one they find the loves of their lives. But they never forget the friendship that helped them survive night after night sitting at the side of the ballrooms of the ton getting passed over by the most eligible gentlemen.
4. Susan Mallery‘s Ladies of Fools Gold: There’s a small town in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevadas called Fool’s Gold, where until recently there were far more women than men. From first, Mallery has shown in her Fool’s Gold series that female friendship is second only to true love for a woman’s emotional well being. In the first trilogy, she introduced Jo’s Bar, where the big screen television is always turned to Oprah or Bravo or some other channel that isn’t sports related, and where the menu is salad friendly. Whether she’s writing about Charity, finding new friendships in her new home, or Mia, agreeing to be implanted with her dying friend’s embryos, Mallery’s Fools Gold stories are all about friendship.
5. Jill Shalvis‘s Lucky Harbor Series: In last summer’s trilogy set in Lucky Harbor, we met sisters Maddie, Tara and Chloe. This summer, Shalvis introduces us to the Chocoholics, who bond during a freak winter storm and agree to help one another work through their individual issues. Mallory, the town Good Girl, will get lessons in being a Bad Girl. Amy, the resident Bad Girl, will get lessons in being a Good Girl. And Grace…well, Grace will just get some lessons in how to let herself do what makes her happy. But they’ll all do it with some help from their friends.
So, romance readers, what are some of your favorite depictions of female friendship in romance? Do you prefer groups of female friends in your romance, or do male friendships float your boat? Tell us all about it!
About the Author:
“Warmth, wit and delicious chemistry shine through every word of of Manda Collins’s delightful debut. With a heroine to root for and a hero to die for, How to Dance with a Duke is a romance to remember.” —Julie Anne Long
Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.
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