Special Title Listing/Special HeroinesDabney Grinnan2017-06-23T08:28:50-04:00
For whatever reason, it seems more difficult to find a heroine who satisfies us than a hero who satisfies us. All the more reason for this list, then. The heroines from this list are special for many reasons. They have saved their heroes. They are honorable and exhibit grace under pressure. These heroines don’t whine or dwell on their pasts. Some seem flesh-and-blood and others are all-round capable, willing to go for what they want even if it’s against the dictates of society.
Velvet Bond (8/1995) by Catherine Archer – HH-282 –
Lady Elizabeth never lost her dignity in teaching her husband how to trust.
Velvet Song (1983) by Jude Deveraux –
Alyx Blackett had an amazing musical talent and managed to saved her hero.
The Warlord (1995) by Elizabeth Elliott –
Lady Tess chose the lesser of two evils, marrying “The Butcher of Wales.”
The Prize (1991) by Julie Garwood –
Lady Nicholaa was an expert with a slingshot and saved a king.
Lord of the Wolves (1993) by Heather Graham –
Melissande fought for her people’s safety and risked her own life.
Sweet Savage Eden (1989) by Heather Graham –
Lady Jasmine made sacrifices for those she loved.
Viking’s Woman (1990) by Heather Graham –
Rhiannon didn’t hesitate to wear chain mail to defend her father’s castle.
This is All I Ask (1997) by Lynn Kurland –
Gillian used love and reassurance to help Christopher see beyond his disability.
Highland Heather (2/1991) by Ruth Langan – HH-65 –
Brenna MacAlpin was laird of her clan and came to her hero on her own terms.
Heart’s Aflame (1987) by Johanna Lindsey –
Kristen Haardrad endured much.
His Lady’s Ransom (7/1995) by Merline Lovelace – HH-275 –
Lady Madeline lived with a strong sense of honor and didn’t take the easy way out.
The Wolf and the Dove (1974) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss –
Aislinn of Darkenwald is a strong woman who exhibits grace under pressure, lobbying her new lord for compassion and justice when her home is seized by the Normans after the Battle of Hastings.
Dancing with Clara (1994) by Mary Balogh –
Clara Danford accepts a proposal of marriage from Frederick Sullivan knowing quite well that her fortune is the attraction. She’s an admirably clear-sighted woman who makes her choice, sticks with it, and fully earns her happy ending.
Her Other Thief (2004) by Glenda Garland –
Lucy Bowes was intelligent and witty, had nerves of steel, and was generally a step ahead of her hero (and he was pretty intelligent too).
Arabella (1940) by Georgette Heyer –
Frederica (1965) by Georgette Heyer –
The Rake & The Reformer (1989) by Mary Jo Putney –
Alys Weston had true strength of character.
Thief of My Heart (1991) by Rexanne Becnel –
Lacie Montgomery did what she had to in order to save what was important.
The Wedding Raffle (1996) by Geralyn Dawson –
Honor Duvall did what she had to to protect her family.
Irresistible (1994) by Catherine Hart –
Jade Donovan was a pioneer and accepted what her hero offered.
The Woman Question (1957) by Dorothea Malm –
Mary Whitby was an early feminist and participated in the New York City Convention of 1853.
Rainbow (1991) by Patricia Potter –
Meredith Seaton has a privileged but lonely childhood and an unloving father, but makes her own path. A talented painter, she creates a persona of “silly Miss Seaton who paints badly” to conceal her involvement in the Underground Railroad. She has honesty and the courage of her convictions.
Denim & Lace (1996) by Patricia Rice –
Samantha Neely was born to lead and was able to teach her hero about trust.
Years (1996) by LaVyrle Spencer –
Linnea was adventurous, intelligent and unafraid to go after what she wanted.
Two Texas Hearts (1997) by Jodi Thomas –
Kora Adams’s strength held her family together while breaking through her hero’s insecurity.
Heaven In His Arms (1995) by Lisa Ann Verge –
Genevieve Lalande did what she had to in order to survive. (1670s Canada)
Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) by Jean Webster –
Jerusha “Judy” Abbott grew up in an orphanage, but it didn’t destroy her will to survive or her sense of humor.
Dear Enemy (1915) by Jean Webster –
Sallie McBride found her vocation and passion as director of an orphan asylum.
My Baby, Your Child (4/1994) by Nikki Benjamin – SSE-880 –
Tess McGuire was an anonymous organ donor for her biological son.
Trading Secrets (1985) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) –
Sabrina Chase was able to stand up for herself against her alpha hero; she was a successful businesswoman, intelligent enough to come up with a plan of action to save her hero’s teenage son from being kidnapped.
Woman of Honour (3/1987) by Emma Darcy – HP-960 –
Molly Fitzgerald lived up to the book’s title.
Broken Blossom (8/1990) by Jennifer Greene – SIM-345 –
Kelsey Whitfield fought her way back from addiction hell.
His Wedding Ring (1/1996) by Kate Hathaway – SIM-690 –
Angel Martino, after a rebellious past, went on to make a worthwhile life for herself.
All Night Long (1999) by Michelle Jerott –
Annie Beckett overcame a horrible childhood and substance abuse to follow her dreams.
Some Men’s Dreams (8/2003) by Kathleen Korbel – SIM-1237 –
Genevieve Kendall always strove to do her best in overwhelming circumstances.
Infatuation (6/1984) by Charlotte Lamb – HP-700 –
Judith Murry was a heroine with a strong ethical code.
Retribution (7/1981) by Charlotte Lamb – HP-442 –
Laura Sloane had a spine and repeatedly called the hero’s bluff.
Too Hot To Handle (12/1996) by Elizabeth Lowell – SD-319 –
Tory Wells survived tremendous odds and brought love to a difficult man.
Mouth to Mouth (2005) by Erin McCarthy –
Though deaf, Laurel Wilkins never considers it a defect – it’s simply a part of who she is. She’s sweet and kind and extremely likable.
Dream a Little Dream (1998) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips –
Rachel Stone went through hell for her child, and was willing to sacrifice more.
Heaven, Texas (1995) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips –
Gracie Snow saved Bobby Tom Denton from himself and gave him a purpose.
The Salvatore Marriage (12/2003) by Michelle Reid – HP-2362 –
Shannon Galbraith is sarcastic and verbally on her toes.
One Summer (1993) by Karen Robards –
Rachel Grant believed in the hero’s innocence when no one else did.
Public Secrets (1990) by Nora Roberts –
Emma McAvoy broke through a troubled past and an abusive marriage to find and accept true love.
Heart vs. Humbug (12/1995) by M.J. Rodgers – HI-350 –
Octavia Osbourne was clever and devious and kept fighting for what was just.
Annie and The Outlaw (10/1994) by Sharon Sala – SIM-597 –
Annie O’Brien accepted her hero for who he was.