When it comes to selecting a great read, every Savvy Reader knows that the right heroine can make or break a book! That’s why we’ve come up with a list of our favourite fiction heroines. Well-written and incredibly complex, these heroines are anything but ordinary, and most will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
I know what you’re thinking, how does the main character of a rom-com (even one written by Alisha Rai) make it onto a favourite fiction heroines list? Pretty easily when they’re a strong Black woman with a no-nonsense attitude and a brain for business! Undeniably ambitious, Rhiannon Hunter is the creator of a successful dating app, but in the real world she only swipes right on her career —and the occasional hookup. A high-powered working woman, Rhiannon is used to ruling her personal and professional lives with an iron fist, until she meets Samson. A former pro-football player who happens to be in league with a business rival, Samson forces Rhiannon to confront her deepest fears and feelings.
The Seven Or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
Narrated by Stella’s granddaughter, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna tells the story of Stella and her sister Tina from their childhood in a rugged Italian village to their family’s emigration to America and present-day Connecticut. Beautiful and smart but equal parts insolent and cold, Stella grows up as an oddity in her small village, and a thorn in her oppressive father’s side. Tough and incredibly resilient, Stella’s story explores the unique challenges faced by immigrant women and in particular their struggle to break free of patriarchal and familial expectations.
Dear Wife by Kimberley Belle
Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, in Dear Wife our heroine Beth Murphy is on the run. With a plan she’s been perfecting for nearly a year, Beth will stop at nothing to escape her abusive husband. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Jeffrey returns home to find his wife Sabine missing. Although he’s the first to admit he hasn’t always been the model husband to Sabine, Jeffrey soon finds himself the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance and he’s not willing to spill the truth about his marriage. A thrilling and suspenseful story, this is one heroine who will do just about anything to survive.
The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham
Hardworking and dedicated to her work as a midwife, Anke is imprisoned in a WWII Nazi concentration camp for assisting Jewish women. Though she works tirelessly to help many of the women within the camp forced to give birth in deplorable conditions, it isn’t until she’s chosen to serve as a midwife to Hitler’s mistress that Anke’s commitment to her work is truly put to the test. Conflicted between her belief that all babies are born innocent and the horrors of the regime her service would uphold, Anke is a complex heroine forced to reconcile her own morality with the atrocities of war.
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
A loveable heroine that readers can root for, Georgina is left reeling after she is unceremoniously fired from her job and returns home to find her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Smart and funny, in high school, Georgina was voted Most Likely to Succeed until an incident derailed her confidence and her love life. But when she’s offered a new job working for the boy she fell in love with at school, Georgina is forced to make peace with her past to truly move forward in the present.
The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
In 1950s Quebec, the French and the English tolerate one another with precarious civility, until Maggie falls in love with the poor French boy from the next farm over. But when Maggie becomes pregnant, her English-speaking father forces her to give her daughter Elodie up for adoption and unleashes a decades’ long saga of love and loss upon mother and daughter. Incredibly bright and just as determined as the mother she never knew, Elodie survives the abysmal treatment of Quebec’s orphanages, but a lifetime of abuse leaves her woefully unprepared for world outside their walls, until one day Maggie realizes she must reclaim the truth that has been denied them both. Intertwining the stories of mother and daughter, The Home for Unwanted Girls is an incredible book featuring not just one incredible heroine, but two.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Bold and fearless, if you love badass women, this is the book for you! Nina has always dreamed of flying, but when war comes to Soviet Russia she risks everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Nazis. But when Nina is stranded behind enemy lines she becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as The Huntress and must rely on her wits and her will to survive. The only witness to escape the Huntress alive, Nina eventually joins forces with a British war correspondent turned Nazi hunter bent on revealing the Huntress once and for all.
Ayesha at Last by Usma Jalaluddin
Smart, outspoken, and infinitely independent, Ayesha is a modern Muslim woman who knows her own mind. With her dreams of becoming a poet put on hold in favour of a teaching job, Ayesha’s personal life always comes last. Until she meets Khalid, who despite his traditional ways still manages to pique her interest. Wrestling with her own desires and the reality of who she is, Ayesha is a humorous heroine tasked with reconciling the complexities of career, love, and family.
That’s all, for now, Savvy Readers! Tell me, which one of these heroines are you ready to read more about? And who else should we add to our favourites? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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