Today we're thrilled to welcome Lenora Bell (Blame It on the Duke) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lenora's latest release features a linguist heroine who is very talented at translations. However, there are tons of heroines in historical romance who have also have unique careers—especially for their time. Lenora is here today to talk about those different careers! Thanks, Lenora!
Psst: This post may contain some light spoilers!
Think historical romance heroines languish around on velvet sofas waiting for a duke to put a ring on it? Think again! Today’s historical heroines are just as fierce, fearless, intelligent, and freethinking as their contemporary counterparts. And while professions for women were limited throughout history, many of these heroines were inspired by actual trailblazing women from the past! Here are ten of my favorite stereotype-busting historical heroines with unconventional occupations from books I love and highly recommend.
1. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
I fell in love with eccentric Lady Pandora Ravenel and her diary, half of which is filled with ideas and sketches for board games, and half with Facts and Observations on Impending Matrimonial Doom stemming from a compromising encounter with a wickedly handsome stranger. Kleypas has said that her inspiration for Pandora was real life historical game designer Elizabeth Magie who never received credit or financial success for designing the precursor to Monopoly.