Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Allison Parr’s Top Ten Couples in Literature

At the heart of every good story, there’s a love story. Here are ten that stuck with me.

10) Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

For some reason, poor Northanger Abbey always draws the short straw when people talk about their favorite of Austen’s works. Still, the leading couple holds a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s because Catherine’s such a perfect teenager girl – clearly, she’d be a Twihard today – and because Mr. Tilney delights so much in teasing her. He thinks she’s a little bit crazy. But he loves her anyway.

9) Psyche and Eros from The Golden Ass (and general mythology)

Pysche was a young human princess who couldn’t catch a break in the romance department – probably because the god of love, Eros, had fallen for her himself. What followed was the one of the earliest Beauty and the Beast tales out there, and combined all the best elements: bravery, intrigue, and true love.

8) Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables

My father read the Anne of Green Gables series to me when I was growing up. Anne got a lot of cool points with me because she wanted to be a writer (like me!), she was a redhead (not like me, but awesome!) and she once cracked a slate over the head of a boy named Gilbert.

7) Erec and Enide

I always had a soft spot for this lesser known Arthurian romance, which was Chrétien de Troyes first romance poem, written in the 12th century. Sir Erec accompanies Queen Guinevere on a hunt when he meets the beautiful and impoverished Enide, who he quickly weds. Yet after a dreadful miscommunication (isn’t there always one?) the two set off on journey that tests their love.

6) Ella and Char from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The spine on my copy of this Newberry Honor book is worn white. Ella is sweet, strong, and determined, and Char

5) Penelope and Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Is it legal to pick a favorite Bridgerton couple? Penelope wins cool points because of her all-around awesomeness; Colin is the charming brother of her best friend. Plus this is possibly the best unrequited love story ever.

4) Beatrice and Benedict from Much Ado About Nothing

One of the most evenly matched pairs in Shakespeare – and one of the wittiest. How often do you get to hear such delightful wordplay?

3) Mia and Michael from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

She’s an awkward princess, he’s an awesome nerd. Plus, he invents a medical discovery so that they’ll be on equal footing. They’re wonderful. Also, my teenagehood was utterly devoted to this series.

1 & 2)  Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy and Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth

I can’t help it, I’m a fan girl. It’s also utterly impossible to decide which deserves top billing, so I’ll leave that up to you. This probably calls for a book and movie marathon, though – how else would we be able to decide?

Imaginary Lines 
(New York Leopards #3)
by Allison Parr
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Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She'd always considered it destiny that they'd end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she'd ever felt before, and it's nothing she'll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar's decided to move on, Abe's realized she's the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who's been holding her back all these years.

Allison Parr Bio:

Allison Parr is the author of Rush Me, Running Back, and Imaginary Lines. She grew up in small town New England, where she developed an incurable case of wanderlust. After graduating with degrees in archaeology and creative writing, she spent the next several years living in San Francisco, Paris, Boston, and New York.  When she’s not traveling or writing, she’s making a mean chocolate cake or bad historical jokes. She’s also amassing enough books to rival the library in Beauty and the Beast.

To learn more about Allison’s books and travels, visit her at www.allisonparr.com

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  1. I have to agree with most of your list. Thank you for NOT including Romeo and Juliette. :-)

  2. Yes! Totally with the Ella Enchanted couple and the Meg Cabot one! I am totally for Percy and Annabeth in Percy Jackson series, Jace and Clary/Simon and Isabelle in City of Bones... and lastly Fanny and Edmund from Mansfield Park!


  3. Those are some great couples--and yes, Glenda's right! Romeo and Juliet would never make MY list either!


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