Although Tamora Pierce typically writes for the 'young adult' she is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are humorous, exciting, and have just enough romance to keep my attention. I was introduced to her work when I picked up a paperback copy of the first book in The Song of the Lioness Quartet.
The series is a story about a young girl, Alanna, who disguises herself as a boy so she can become a knight. As you can imagine things don't go quite like she had planned. One thing leads to another and soon Alanna's secret is in the hands of two men. One is a street rat and the other is the crown prince. A marriage proposal ensues.
So, because I don't want to ruin it for you I'll leave it at that with a little snippet:
"Do you love [him]?
Alanna scratched [her cats] ears, her violet eyes sad. "Love's wonderful, but it is not enough to keep us together for years of marriage. I'm not sure if I'm ready; I'm not sure if [he's] ready. I have to be sure..." she smiled. "Yes, I love him. That's the whole problem." -The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Song of the Lioness Book 3
Then from (brace yourself for cheesy here) Fergie's Big Girl's Don't Cry:
The path that I'm walkin', I must go alone
I must take the baby steps 'til I'm full grown, full grown
Fairy tales don't always have a happy ending, do they?
And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Blogger's note: This fairytale doesn't end sad, just so you know. ;)
Book: Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce from The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Music: Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie
Image Source: Cover of the Lioness Rampant