I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters.
I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path.
In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists in 18th century England, even for the sons of dukes, and Harry must face a slow, painful recovery that he fears will be no real recovery at all.
At his side is not his fickle fiancé, but her sister Augusta. A self-proclaimed “country mouse,” freckle-faced Gus may be no society beauty, yet she is nonetheless a remarkable lady. She runs her father’s estate with the efficiency of a modern CEO combined with a rare kindness that extends to servants, stray foreign musicians, and dogs. And, of course, to Harry.
But the obstacles are sizable for these two unexpected lovers, and it will take courage, perseverance, and a healthy sense of humor to resolve them. Can Harry accept himself as he now is, with limitations that change his life forever, and realize that he could become a better man for it? Will Gus realize she is not only worthy of Harry’s love, but of one day becoming his duchess as well? And will they be strong enough together to find the love and happy ending they both deserve?
What about you? What’s your definition of a “strong” hero or heroine?
Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and historical romances. She also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls, a none-too-serious history blog with friend and fellow-author Loretta Chase. You can also find Isabella on her web page, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.
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