I mentioned this briefly last week, when I was sharing the bling for my Ladies of the Manor Series. ;-) But I'd like to find a new adjective to describe my last heroine for the series.
In book 1, we have The Lost Heiress. "Lost" describes what Brook has been for too long...and what she fears being known as by the populace at large. At one point there's an exchange that goes something like this (I'm paraphrasing myself, LOL).
Brook - "That's what they'll all know me as now. 'The lost heiress.'"
Justin - "You are an heiress, Brook. You can't expect them not to notice."
Brook - "But for too long I was just...lost."
Love being able to work my titles in. ;-)
|This photo of Emma Watson is what I sent to Bethany House|
as my inspiration for Rowena. Can't wait to see the model they choose for her!
In book 2, Rowena is most assuredly The Reluctant Duchess. She doesn't want to marry the hero but has little choice. To her own mind, she doesn't know how to be a duchess--or at least, not his duchess. She has been brought up to inherit a Highland earldom (women could inherit titles in Scotland), but Brice, the Duke of Nottingham, belongs to a fashionable set that have always entertained themselves by poking fun at Rowena with her "backwards, backwater ways." Reluctant...aye, to say the least.
So you see, both adjectives for the first 2 books appeal to the characters' fears. Their insecurities. The thing they have to overcome.
At the moment, the adjective I gave Bethany House for my third heroine, Ella, is waiting...but it's not quite right, and my editor invited me to come up with some alternatives as I'm writing it. I'd love some suggestions!
Because waiting is one of her strengths, not her fear. Not that I have to do a fear exactly, but I'd like a stronger, more compelling word. Of course, first you have to know a bit about Ella and her circumstances.
|This shot from the fabulous PeriodImages.com is such a great Ella|
(used with permission - click on photo for link)
Ella is an optimist. Not just your run-of-the-mill optimist, but an Olympic-medal-worthy optimist. It's her sport, her event, her defining characteristic. When shadows come in her life--and trust me, they have--she clings all the tighter to faith and to the deep-set belief that God will work out even this. Then she goes and falls in love with who everyone in her life deems the wrong man.
He's got a past--a selfish one. His first marriage was for money, pure and simple, and everyone is convinced his chose his heiress-wife because she was sickly and would soon die, leaving him free to pursue someone else. The worst part? Everyone's right. In part. But he's changed through his marriage, through his wife's death, and now through raising a child on his own. He's changed...but he's still learning. And from his eyes, the world's a pretty hopeless place, especially when old, ill-chosen friends show up at his door and threaten his daughter if he doesn't help them commit a crime...against Ella.
He warns her away--she doesn't listen. He claims he doesn't care about her--she knows well he means the opposite. The more he pushes, the tighter she holds to what she knows in her heart is true. He needs her, and she needs him.
What one word can convey that? The "lady" part of the title will likely stay put, as it's the only suitable word to describe her. As the daughter of a duke (now the sister of one, since her brother has inherited), Ella has no title of her own, just the courtesy "Lady Ella." She is, quite simply, a lady. So let's focus on the adjective. Something that might speak to her fears, but which harkens to the challenge she faces--and in this case, most likely to the quality that helps her overcome it.
I've toyed with:
Do you like any of those? Or do you have other suggestions???