Literature is peppered with courageous females. From Jane Eyre to Elizabeth Bennett, Nancy Drew to Hermione Granger… women who show us how to be every day brave. What is every day brave, you ask? It means choosing courage in the face of challenge, embracing bravery as a habit, a way of life, every single day. Courageous women are not just found in the pages of classic literature, however. Meet 7 modern literary ladies who embody the essence of every day brave.
Lovey and Bitsy Sutherland – advertising exec and housewife
Julie Cantrell introduces us to Lovey and Bitsy Sutherland in Perennials. Both strong women, but an early life tragedy left these sisters estranged. Decades later, they are forced together again for their parents’ 50th anniversary. They have to find the strength to bury the hatchet and find common ground. Forgiveness is hard at any age, but after years of separation it’s a near impossibility.
Nym – elemental slave
In the Storm Siren fantasy trilogy, author Mary Weber gives us Nym, a deeply flawed teenager who has battled against herself all her life. She’s an elemental with the ability to summon storms, a fierce and lethal power. Nym is purchased by the high court, and she’s given two options: die, or fight for the kingdom that abandoned her. Conflicted, Nym must make some hard choices and figure out what is best for her and her people.
Betsy Franklin – dairy farmer
In Lauren Denton’s Hurricane Season we meet Betsy Franklin. She’s a strong Southern woman who runs a successful dairy farm. Betsy battles with her inability to have children while caring for her two young nieces. On top of that, she navigates her complicated relationship with her sister. On top of all of that, there’s a whopper of a hurricane heading her way!
Emily Price – art restorer
In Katherine Reay’s A Portrait of Emily Price, Emily is a self-sufficient, fix-it master and hopeful artist. She has no time for romance, until ridiculously handsome Italian chef Benito Vassallo swoops into her life. She accepts his proposal and follows him back to Italy. There, she discovers she isn’t very welcomed by his tight-knit family. Persevering against harsh opposition, Emily works to bring healing to old family wounds.
Waverly and Charlie Talbot – celebrity chef and international aid worker
In my new novel Becoming the Talbot Sisters, estranged twin sisters Waverly and Charlie take an unexpected road trip across Central Europe. Facing infertility, career woes, surrogacy, and sex trafficking, Charlie, and Waverly exhibit surprising grit, choosing to have courage and hope in the face of tremendous challenges.
So there you go, 7 brave new literary ladies to discover and enjoy!
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and she studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.
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