The Broke and the Bookish is a Freebie. Awhile back I did a list on the Top Ten Things I've Learned From Cozy Mysteries and had such a good time with it that I decided to tackle another favorite genre - the historical romance. So this week's topic is Top Ten Signs You're the Main Character in a Historical Romance.
2. Your family is one season away from total financial ruin and you marrying well is the only hope of salvation. Or your family is very wealthy and you're a target for fortune hunters. There is no in between.
3. You have a physical trait that you are quite sure makes you a freak show - you're too tall, your eyes are too big, your hair is too wild and/or curly, or you're (heaven forbid) too curvy.
4. You have no patience for small talk and could care less about balls but are forced to go for some reason - usually either a marriage crazed mother or the fact that the financial security of your entire family hinges on you making a good marriage.
6. Despite receiving (and at times delivering) lectures on how important your reputation is and how vital it is to never ever be caught in a compromising situation with a man it never occurs to you that slipping off into the garden/library/conservatory/alcove to make out (or more) is not a good idea.
7. You've suddenly started spending lots of time with a tall broad-shouldered man who eschews the typical colorful fashions and wears muted colors or just black and white. Especially if he's been out of the country for secret reasons and has previously avoided social gatherings like the plague.
8. Your aloof older brother's handsome and charismatic friend who you've always kind of had a crush on comes into town for an
9. You and a man you don't really like are for whatever reason involved in a fake courtship/engagement. The reasons don't have to make sense but you do require you to spend an ordinate amount of time together.
10. Your brother has died in the war and his bestest friend has shown up and is taking an unusual amount of interest in you. He keeps talking about finding you a suitable husband.
So did I miss anything? What do you think is a sign you're the main character in a historical romance?