This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we are talking about characters. Technically the topic is about those characters that a) you alone dislike or b) you alone love. But I kinda did that already (last year), so I decided to talk instead about those secondary or minor characters that I love almost as much, if not more in some cases, as I do the main character. That’s sorta similar to the theme for this week… Right?
I think, based on my title graphic for this week, that it should be fairly obvious who my first pick will be. 😉
But, just in case …
(Image Credit: Hogwarts Alumni)
Why I Love This Character: Neville is one of those characters in the Harry Potter series that is just purely good; he is incorruptible. And along with that – he isn’t afraid to do what’s right because it’s right. Even if he has to make his friends mad at him in the process. He is true of heart and is the classic example of how – sometimes – nice guys save the day. You see it even more in the books than the movies, though the movies are great for THE FEELS during the Battle for Hogwarts. Lest you think that Neville is a wimp… may I remind you that Neville DOES have a fuse, a temper. He just directs it at the right people and the right causes. Next to Hermione, Neville is my favorite character in the Harry Potter series. By far.
Why I Love These Characters: Anna and Felty are … to sum up … a hoot. I realize that technically they aren’t secondary characters as this series by Jennifer Beckstrand is sorta named for them. They ARE The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, after all. But, there are other main characters who are the focus of each book, so I decided that meant I could safely inclue Anna and Felty in my list today 🙂 These “young at heart octogenarians” are adorable and sweet and HILARIOUS! And I’m pretty sure that, if only the couple below were Amish, they would look something like this:
Why I Love This Character: Frankie first steals the show in Shelley Shepard Gray’s A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. He definitely gave Serena a run for her money – quite literally at one point! Given my penchant for adorable pups with big personalities (I’m looking at you, Zuzu-mine), I of course loved Frankie as soon as we “met”. His love for food – even when it didn’t love him – brought much opportunity for laughter, and I still smile when something reminds me of one of his scenes. 🙂
Why I Love This Character: Lily Cate is the adorable and precocious little girl in Laura Frantz’s The Mistress of Tall Acre. She (and her father) totally won my heart! Oh, I just adore her! A little bit sweet, a little bit sassy, a whole lot of cute. The way she champions Sophie won me immediately, and her slow warm to her father melted me in every possible way. Near the end when she and Sophie share a secret, oh my goodness – the adorableness!
Why I Love These Characters: Well, first, I have to clarify that the couple on the cover is NOT in fact Eddie and Gladys. Eddie and Gladys are actually two elderly ladies from Susan Mallery’s FOOLS GOLD series, and boy are they a handful! Which basically means that I shake my head and laugh at their antics pretty much any time they’re in a scene. And when they’re not causing havoc on public access television or among the town’s single men, they do have some pretty wise things to say on occasion. The picture below is also not of Eddie & Gladys… but it just needed to be shared.
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Why I Love This Character: Elizabeth is basically the town’s grandmother, and she is consistently my favorite character of any book in the series. She just always has the best lines, the greatest retorts, and the sweetest hugs. Plus, she reminds me so very much of my own beloved grandmother – spunky, feisty, independent… but someone who had an incredibly tender heart toward Jesus and others.
Why I Love This Character: Charley is an enigmatic but philanthropic character in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor. He has a fish taco food truck and dispenses uncanny insight with his wares. I think Charley is more than he seems, even more than Irene Hannon let on, and I would so love to follow him around for a day or so and see if I’m right.
Why I Love This Character: Big John is one of the Regulators, a band of friends who met at the notorious Andersonville prison during the Civil War and helped each other survive. He’s always in and out of everybody else’s story (pictured above) but the series ended with no love story for Big John. Which really was a shame because I think of him as a teddy bear (he would probably cringe at that description) with a gun. A great guy with a heart of gold and a sense of justice. Plus, he’s a Texas Ranger so he’s got the whole law enforcement thing going on. You can imagine how delighted I was (read: I totally fangirl squealed) when I discovered that HE FINALLY GETS HIS OWN STORY in Mary Connealy’s novella Runaway Bride (written as part of the With This Ring collection). The fact that he falls in love with a Carrie was really just icing on the cake 🙂
Why I Love This Character: Simply put, she steals every scene she’s in! And with Ty Porter in the book, that’s a tough accomplishment. This pint-sized teal-glasses-and-pink-cowboy-boots-wearing adorableness has some of the best lines, too. And her scenes with Ty are hysterical! From teaching him about princesses to encouraging him after he told her a bedtime story for the first time (“It was good for your first try.”), she is all kinds of cute and all kinds of irresistible. Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine is not to be missed for many reasons, not the least of which is Addie.
Why I Love These Characters: Yes, yes. I’m aware that I just named a book instead of characters. But that’s because there are several secondary/minor characters that I love in Margaret Brownley’s Undercover Bride. Maggie’s partner Rikker gave me most of my laughs – each new getup/disguise (and Maggie’s reaction to them) amused me more than the ones he’d previously used. Sharp-tongued hypochondriac Aunt Hetty and inventor-in-the-making Toby (who confidently had an answer for everything) also proved to be delightfully humorous.
Which characters did you talk about this week? Do we share any faves from my list? Let me know in the comments!