With Mother’s Day coming up, I was thinking about all the important women in my life. Two of these women are my sisters, both younger than myself, both very different, yet we’re all similar enough that complete strangers recognize us as being related.
Our romance heroines also often have sisters. I’m not a fan of the evil sister/stepsister phenom (maybe because I fear being nominated in real life for that role). On the other hand, I don’t believe in “perfect” sister relationships either (we grew up pulling each other’s hair, how could it be perfect?).
The great sister relationships in romance are more complex. Lillian and Daisy Bowman from Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series are two of my favorites. Both women have a shared childhood and many characteristics in common, including loving hearts and a tendency to play rounders in their knickers. They are also two very different people. Lillian, the elder, is quite bossy and controlling (being an elder sister, I’ll admit to being quite bossy and controlling). Daisy, the youngest, is a bit of a dreamer and a tad bit sheltered (as my sisters may be reading this, I won’t say whether this applies to them – let’s just say it COULD happen). They love each other and the men loving them face the additional hurdle of convincing over protective sisters that they’re ‘good enough.’
In my first novel, Breach Of Trust, Anne, the heroine, has a complicated relationship with her younger sister Ginny. They were assigned labels growing up, as many children are, that they struggle to move past in adulthood. Anne is the smart sister. Ginny is the pretty sister.
I cheated a bit, grounding it in my own experience (sans the drama – my life isn’t that exciting). I was always labeled the smart sister. Like Anne, I don’t think it was because I was more intelligent. I believe it was because I had brunette hair while my two sisters had gorgeous golden red locks (that curled and bounced around their shoulders while mine sat on my head like some dead rodent). It wasn’t all that bad. I worked harder in school and in life to prove this tag correct. Anne did the same. It contributed to our successes.
So who are your favorite fictional sisters? What do you love about them? What makes them special? One lucky commenter will receive an eBook copy of my first ever novel Breach Of Trust.