We all love a Cinderella heroine, one who goes from rags to riches in the course of a story via the love of the Prince Charming hero. Adult readers, of course, demand more of both hero and heroine than those eternal figures in the fairytale. And modern readers demand more again than was looked for thirty or forty years ago. We want a heroine we can admire as well as envy, one who may not have much to give in terms of material goods but who has every bit as much to offer the relationship as the hero does. And we demand more of the hero than that he be tall, dark, and handsome–and rich (though those things certainly help!). We expect a couple who can grow through conflict, both internal and external, to a point at which they can give and receive a love that is likely to last through all the turmoils life may throw their way in the future. We expect maturity and strength of character and sensitivity and a whole lot of other attractive qualities.
But we will probably always adore Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Sophia Fry, the heroine of THE ARRANGEMENT, Book 2 of The Survivors’ Club series, is very much a Cinderella figure at the start of the book, and she faces total destitution after being thrown out of her apology for a home when she is foolish enough to save Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, from the matchmaking schemes of her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Vincent, of course, comes to her rescue, though he is a Prince Charming with a difference–he was blinded in the Napoleonic Wars at the age of 17. The fairytale does not end with the wedding in this Regency-set version–it only begins there.
I have a few advance copies of this book, and will be giving one away to someone who posts a reply to this blog piece before the end of next Tuesday, May 28. The book will be published at the end of August. You can read more about it on my Home Page. And the winner of THE PROPOSAL from last week’s blog is Noelle (last name not available yet). Thank you all for the very interesting comments.