Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Friends-To-More Romances

Posted August 20, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, historical, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 21 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday with That Artsy Reader Girl is all about our favorite “tropes” in fiction. While ‘marriage-of-convenience’ is my hands-down favorite trope, I decided to talk about another fave today in honor of my husband’s birthday! Friends-to-more is pretty much our story, as well, so I always have a soft spot for this trope as well.

Here are some of my fave friends-to-more romances!

Ok, wait. I feel like I should get something cleared up first. LOL. While it would seem to be a no-brainer for me to include Emma (Jane Austen) in this list, I’m not going to. Because while I L-O-V-E Knightley… I really don’t love Emma at all. And while this quote makes me swoony – “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” and while I have nicknamed my hubby “Knightley” because of our own love story… I just can’t bring myself to call Emma a fav lol.

NOW… some of my fave friends-to-more romances!

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Side note: Roses for Mama is probably my favorite friends-to-more romance of all time!

extra special bonus

A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham releases in November 2019!!

She placed her feet up on the coffee table to reveal yellow duck slippers. “And, if you haven’t noticed, Mr. Observant, I’m not a little girl anymore.”

He gestured toward her slippers with a raised brow, but she promptly ignored him, yet her statement wrung with truth he hadn’t prepared to face. Unexpected heat rose up the back of his neck. And definitely hadn’t expected to…respond to…whatever this was.

He promptly ignored the turn of his thoughts by examining the papers on the brightly decorated board over her desk. A few newspaper clippings and a few awards? “What are these? Awards?” He leaned closer. “And…and are you writing newspaper articles?”

“Those are just awards I’ve gotten for some of my recipes at fairs.” She came to his side and pointed to a golden-framed card. “And that’s a thank you note from the mayor for helping Dr. Peters open a soup kitchen in the north part of town. I’m extra proud of that one.”

“As you should be.”

Her smile spread in response to his praise and gave a lovely glow to her cheeks. “Why didn’t you tell me about all of this?”

“Just because we’re BFFs.” She wiggled her brows at him. “Doesn’t mean I’ve told you everything, Jon.”

He shook off the tension her words inspired and leaned in closer to look over her board, pausing on a few of the articles. “Wait a second. You write the Home and Hearth articles for the paper?”

She offered a noncommittal shrug in answer.

“You’re Auntie M?”

“Yep. Have been for two years.” She rested her palms on her hips and studied the clippings. “It’s been pretty good money to help with future plans, you know?”

Why had he expected her to expound about every detail of her life? And how had he failed to recognize the little girl he’d known his whole life had grown into an independent, thoughtful, and intelligent…woman? Woman. The label paired with Emma adjusted into his thoughts like a puzzle piece that wouldn’t quite fit.

What about you? What are some of your favorite friends-to-more stories?

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21 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Friends-To-More Romances

  1. Aww, this is such a sweet post, Carrie. 🙂 Love Knightley, and must confess, Emma too. 😀 I love that he doesn’t give up on her, and through that, she grows up so much. (Haven’t read the book yet though!)

    Oh, “Sweet on You” is a favorite, and you’ve made me feel so nostalgic for “Roses for Mama.” It’s been YEARS since I read that one, and now I want a good re-read. 🙂

  2. What a GREAT list!!! I LOVE the friends-to-more trope!! It’s one of my favorites (along with MoC) too 😉
    Thanks for celebrating Jon and Emma’s story with me!!! I hope others will enjoy watching their story unfold in NOVEMBER!! aAHHHHHHHH

  3. Carrie Turansky

    Hi Carrie, I loved writing a “friend to more” romance! Thanks for including Shine Like the Dawn!

  4. Friends to more romances are the best! I love reading them, too. I don’t even know that I could pick a favorite or list my top ten. (Well, I do know that Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. would be on there.) I like that you chose one trope and gave examples this week. I wish I had thought to do that!

  5. If this is a double comment, I’m sorry! My internet went out so I don’t know if it actually went through twice or didn’t go through at all but! I love friends to more tropes and so many of these are intriguing, for sure. Great picks!

  6. Ahhh… Dancing with Fireflies… *all the hearts*. Also, there’s that Blue Columbine book up there that I’m kind of partial to. 😉 Thank you, Carrie. <3 I'm honored.

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