Hi, all, Jennifer here!
Hope all you mothers out there had a fantastic Mother's Day!
As I was going through my bookcase, I realized something. Most of the romance books I've read involved heroines who were (or expecting to be) MOTHERS.
So I put my author's hat on and got to thinking.Mothers really do make the best heroines and here's why:
1) they're self-sacrificing—most of the "mom" heroines in romances have given up their dreams, sometimes their families, and even their schooling to have a baby out of wedlock to raise on their own.
2) they're sympathetic—every reader can relate to what the "mom" heroine is going through because even if you're not a mother...you have or have had one.
3) they're loving—the "mom" heroine shows that she's capable of giving a lot of love to her future hero through the way she interacts with her child/children. Instant likeability.
4) they're savvy and hardworking—somehow with all the sacrifices this "mom" heroine has made to be a single mother, her children are not starving nor are they collecting food stamps. Obviously, this heroine knows how to balance a checkbook and make a dollar stretch.
5) they're independent—they all can cook and take care of themselves. Maybe the "mom" heroine is not the best cook in the world (although sometimes she is), but this character knows more than how to boil water. And her children—and future hero--appreciate whatever she puts on the table as well as the fact that she does not need to rely on anyone.
Now what hero wouldn't want to be with a woman like that?
See? They're ideal heroines.
Funny, but I've personally only written one heroine who was already a mother before she met my hero. It was my first book published: The Role of a Lifetime. But every other book I've written involved heroines who became mothers or hinted to the fact that they would make great future mothers. And isn't that the ultimate happily ever after in so many romance novels?
Some of my personal favorite romances involving a heroine who is a mother are:
Nobody's Baby but Mine—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Expecting Royal Twins! by Melissa McClone
Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek
Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Maid for Love by Marie Force
Big thanks to my own mom on this post-Mother's Day day. She is a woman who encompasses all those traits I mentioned and more and has inspired a lot of my best heroines. :)
It's obviously very romantic to be a mother! :)
Do you think mothers make great heroines too? Do you have a favorite book that involves a mom as the heroine?