Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post: Annie Lyons

Annie Lyons is the best-selling author of Not Quite Perfect (now available in paperback) and Not Quite Perfect Christmas (a short story). Her new novel Dear Lizzie is published by Carina and is available as an eBook.

Not Quite Perfect is the first printed book that Carina is publishing. They previously focused on eBooks only. Not Quite Perfect is about two sisters who aren't quite happy with the lives they're living. 

Annie has graciously stopped by this little piece of the interwebs on her blog tour promoting Not Quite Perfect in paperback to share with us her top five not quite so perfect but still delightful heroines.

Bridget Jones

The Mummy of them all. So flawed. So real. So just like me and millions of other women. She tries hard, and often fails and then tries again. She is also the funniest heroine I have come across. And by heavens, I love her for it. When I first saw Not Quite Perfect in print form in a bookshop, she was sitting next to me. It was a sublime moment.


If Jane Austen were writing today, she would be the toast of Twitter and if she had written Emma for a modern audience, the Empire line dresses might have gone but the spirit of this character would feel as fresh as ever. And don't get me started on her unrealised love for Knightley. It's as relevant now as it was back then.

The other Emma from One Day

She stayed with me long after the final page. I can't remember a character that I've longed to hug more. This book made me want to be a writer.

Anne of Green Gables

She has to be here. She's the perfect heroine because she's anything but perfect. She's wild, naughty and so much fun. Growing up with her and watching her fall in love with Gilbert is as good as it gets. We also basically share a name so I've always had a soft spot for her.

Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights

Spoilt and selfish, she can be a difficult heroine to love because she's anything but perfect. However Heathcliff loves her and it is this love affair which makes this novel a masterpiece and my favourite book of all time. This isn't love in the traditional sense of the word though. It's love in all it's hand-wringing, tragic, passionate glory - definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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