In 2006 we also did a minipoll on favorite heroines in romance. Then, readers picked, in order, Jessica Trent from The Lord of Scoundrels, Eve Dallas from the In Death series, Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Penelope Featherington from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Claire Randall from the Outlander series, Sara Fielding from Dreaming of You, Blair Mallory from To Die For, Desdemona Carlisle from As You Desire, Daphne Pembroke from Mr. Impossible, and Minerva Dobbs from Bet Me.
It’s interesting to see the overlap on the two 2006 minipolls. Seven of the top ten heroines are in books with the top ten heroes. In both lists, historical romance couples loom large.
I do love Penelope Featherington–she’d certainly make my list of top five favorite heroines. As would Jess Whitby from My Lord and Spymaster, Lillian Bowman from It Happened One Autumn, Emerson Quinn from Famous, and Jude Duarte from The Folk of the Air trilogy. I’m also exceedingly fond of Joan Bennett from Love and Other Scandals and damn now I’ve gone over five. Again, this is hard.
Who would make your top five favorite heroines list? Do you have a clear number one pick?