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!
clicking on any cover will take you to my review or Amazon
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?