Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Couples in Books

(I wrote this yesterday and then got distracted and forgot all about it. I’m backdating it.)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is ‘Couples in Books’ I can do this.

  1. Jane Drew and Bran Davies in Silver on the Tree

They aren’t a couple, but I’m willing them to be, in the life they’ll have after the series. However, Bran is the son of King Arthur so I don’t know if he’ll be allowed to just live his life without interference from the Old Ones.

2. Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth  in Persuasion

‘Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.’


Persuasion is my favourite love story because it so nearly didn’t end well. Anne and Frederick are given a second chance. We should all be so lucky.

3. Jo March and Laurie Lawrence in the Little Women books by Louisa May Alcott

They do not end up together in Alcott’s books, but in an alternate universe somewhere, they are together and bickering happily.

4. Mildred Lathbury and Everard Bone in Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Not a typical or obvious romance. In fact, is there any romance at all? You might say that Mr Bone only wants someone to type up his notes for him, but I can imagine a practical and peaceful pairing, and the couple quite happy and satisfied.

5. Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Charles thinks he saw Julia in Sebastian, but perhaps it’s Sebastian he sees and desires in Julia. Their friendship in the early days (in Oxford, Brideshead Castle, London and Rome), is the most beautifully described romance I’ve ever read.

6. Christina Russell and Will Russell

It’s pretty funny how practically every male in Christina’s life falls in love with her. Must be the way she has with horses. She marries three (men, not horses) in pretty quick succession, but Will is the best. Because of his way with flying machines.

7. Maree Mallory and Rupert Venables in Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

I love how unlikely a couple they are. I love how Rupert sounds like he’s way prettier than Maree.

8. Sophie Hatter and Howl

Isn’t it wonderful how Howl fell in love with Sophie when she was an old crone?

9. Ann Stavely and Mordion Agenos in Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones

Another unlikely pairing. Yes, I know I’ve chosen three couples from DWJ books, but she writes them so well and they are interesting because their relationship (the romantic one, that is) is never the point of the stories.

10. Laura Lynton and Scott Kennedy in Linda Blake’s Laura books

I have a huge crush on Scott Kennedy and I think Laura is the one for him. They dance together and their stage partnership is as electrifying as Nuryev and Fonteyn’s. Off stage, they fight a lot and find it impossible to commit to one another. I am so wicked.

One thought on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Couples in Books

  1. I agree about DWJ never being soppy about incipient love (though it’s been ages since I read Hexwood so details are a bit hazy). I think Persuasion may be my favourite of the Austen novels too, even if I have a soft spot for Emma. An interesting selection, Daphne, even with a couple of works I still haven’t got round to reading…

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