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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Heroine's Age

Have you noticed there are more and more stories being written where the heroine is a little bit older? I’m liking this trend for several reasons. 

Although there is nothing quite so perfect about a nineteen or twenty year old finding love for the first time, for me, as an older woman (Wow! Did I just write that? I’ve never considered myself an older woman but I suppose being in my fifties qualifies me), I like knowing that hope for a happily ever after is still there after the kids are grown and left the nest, after a woman has experienced some of what life has to offer. 

The heroine in her thirties who has concentrated on building her career? I love the fact that from out of nowhere, just when she’s given up on finding that elusive treasure (or hasn’t even been looking for it), here he comes, her knight in shining armor. In Victoria Alexander’s “The Perfect Wife”, Sabrina Winfield is a widow with a grown daughter and she finds love for the second time in her life, which really stirred something in my soul. If she can, why can’t everyone else?
Happily Ever After Thoughts had the good fortune to interview Lisa Lickel about her book Meander Scar, which is about a forty-something woman putting her life back together after the disappearance of her husband. She finds love with a younger man. I love this!
In my opinion, an older heroine has so much to give to a relationship, so much love and hope in her heart. What do you think? Do you like older heroines? What age do you like your heroines?

As always, happy reading!


  1. I also like the older heroines, because I identify better with them. The nineteen and twenty-year-olds are nothing like I was at that age. I like the sound of Meander Scar and put it on my wish list. Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. I'm with you, Judy. It's been a long time since I was twenty but I do remember those first blushes of love (actually, I remember them quite fondly).

    As for Meander Scar, you can check out the interview with the author on this blog. She included an excerpt, which I thought was fabulous.