Oct 1 2013 7:04am

Who are Your Favorite Older Heroines?

There are, and always have been, young twenty-something heroines peopling the romance novel landscape. With the emergence of New Adult, those heroines seemed to have multiplied, so you can barely open a book without encountering someone on the cusp of adulthood.

But enough about the young folk; what older heroines have you read and enjoyed? How old were they? And would you be interested in seeing more older heroines?

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1. lollyjuly
There really isnt enough of older heriones about. Love can happen at any age. My sister was 50 when she married her 2nd husband whos 13 years younger than her, they are so much in love and have such great fun together.
2. pamelia
My favorite "older" heroine is Lauren in "Sweet Dreams" by Kristen Ashley. She is 42/43 in the book. I initially was resistant to reading a book about a 40-something heroine, but now I have to say I love them. It's really great to read about a heroine with history and life-experiences and a pretty set personality.
So, yes, I would love to read more books with "older" heroines.
3. Lammie
I really enjoyed Linda in "This is Who I Am" by Cherisse Sinclair. She is in her 40s, and Sam is in his 50s. Both of them change as they grow closer over the course of the novel. This is BDSM, so I understand it is not for everyone, but I really liked how Linda came to accept who she is, and Sam is really, really sweet (even though he is a sadist).
Elizabeth Halliday
4. Ibbitts
I love Kathie Williams in "Men in Kilts" by Katie MacAlister. She's in her late-30's and her Scot, Iain MacLaren, is in his mid-40's.
Carmen Pinzon
5. bungluna
Donna MacDonald does some nice older heroines. "Dating a Cougar" is free right now for Kindle.
6. Janga
My top three: 46-year-old Red Cullens (a grandma!) in Pamela Morsi's Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar; fortysomething Claire Henderson in A Soldier's Heart by Kathleen Korbel/Eileen Dreyer; Jewel Sabatino in Barbara Samuel's No Place Like Home. Recently, while I had a problem with the story, I loved the fiftysomething heroine in Nan Reinhardt's Sex and the Widow Miles.
rachel sternberg
7. rae70
Claire in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. She starts off the series in her late 20's when she goes back in time to meet/marry Jamie. He is 19/20? She is in the past for about 2 years. The Battle of Culloden happens and Jamie is deeply involved and probably will die as a result. They make the decision for her to try and go back to modern England and have/raise her & Jamies daughter in safety. She finds her modern day husband Frank is still around and wants to continue on with their very un-perfect marriage. After Frank passes and her daughter is now grown and in college, she finds information that points to Jamie surviving the Jacobite uprising and decides to go back in time to find him. She is 50 when she she meets up with him again. That is one of my favorite scenes in Book 3.
8. carmenlire
I don't have much experience with the older heroine, but Beth fro The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and Violet from The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie Come to mind. And Leena Riley from Big Girls Don't Cry by Cathie Linz are all favorite books of mine.
9. AlexisHall
I'm actually quite nterested in older heroines and find them a bit thin on the ground in general to be honest... but then I'm hardly any sort of expert. But howabout Coco from Judith Ivory's SLEEPING BEAUTY. She's utterly delightful. Although by 'older' we are talking a fossilised 37 here. Maybe it's just because I'm, you know, getting older (I'm a over the hill by most romance novel hero standards - omg he's THIRTY, because I should have been a billionaire at twenty eight, apparently) but I do find the mid-twenties clumping really ... slightly strange. It makes sense in historicals, I guess, vaguely - since you'd be on the shelf, at like, tewnty one, but I always get weirdly excited in contemporaries when the protagonists seem to be old enough to have genuinely accumulated the life experiences they're supposed to have had (I think the hero of Brockmann's THE UNSUNG HERO is 36 ... ohmmmgeeee).
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