posted on September 15, 2020 by Lyn Cote

Can a Grandmother Be a Heroine?

I’m beginning to write my next romantic suspense in my Northern Shore Intrigue series. My heroine is a late-40 something grandmother. That’s why I asked my question in the subject line. Here’s the first page of the book. Does it grab your interest? Do you mind that Lois is not in her twenties?

Driving north late at night, Lois blinked to keep herself awake. Just a few more miles. I shouldn’t have been surprised by the snow. But she’d never come to the shore of Lake Superior in March, early March at that. The familiar ache clutched her heart. Florida had been…different, odd-feeling this year. All her usual activities, even golf, had palled. Evie’s twelve year old voice played in her mind, “Grandma, I wish you were here.” That phone call had instantly made everything clear—at last.

A sudden blast of wind and snow caught her car and her attention. She slowed and kept her focus on the yellow line in her headlights. The wind batted her car as if it were a rowboat in a storm, not a Lexus SUV. She drew a deep breath as she glimpsed landmarks that said her lake home waited just ahead. She turned down the long lane to her house, her headlights illuminating the triple garage doors ahead. She sighed and slowed, aiming her door remote. The door rose.

Something leaped up against her window. She shrieked in shock. Slammed on the brakes.

Outside her window, a dog barked with something like panic in his tone. The large black lab braced his front paws against the edge below the window, and continued barking. She noted the panic and the frenzy in his tone. Something clicked in her memory. Her own childhood dog had barked just like this, summoning when her little sister had fallen out of the tree and had been knocked unconscious.

Lois turned off the car and cautiously opened the door. “Hey, fella, what’s up?” she said, automatically slipping into her speak-to-dog voice that she hadn’t used in years.

The dog sprang away and then halted. And then looked back and with his body beckoned her to follow.


So what do you think? Does a grandmother deserve a second chance at love? If you leave a comment, I’ll enter you into a drawing for the ebook, Precarious Summer where Lois first appears. Thanks for the feedback!

Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

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7 thoughts on “Can a Grandmother Be a Heroine?”

  1. Avatar Brenda Rumsey says:

    YES!!! I’m a 67 year old widowed grandma and would love to read this.

  2. Yes indeed, grandmothers certainly deserve a 2nd chance at love. Being a grandmother of 3 I know that wisdom only grows stronger as we age. So, one would know which character faults to avoid…or would she?

    Precarious Summer sounds like a book that I would love to read. Hope I win!

  3. Avatar Susie Filippo says:

    Yes! This grabbed my attention in the first paragraph. Can’t wait to read the whole book!

  4. Avatar Cindy Rosinski says:

    Yes! Not every heroine needs to be in the 25-35 age bracket. Love can happen at any age.

  5. Avatar Charlene Stegner says:

    Are you kidding!? Of course she can! I would definitely read a book with a “vintage heroine”!

  6. Avatar Sharon Mitchell says:

    Of course she deserves a second chance at love. Everyone does. She is a good person, willing to help a stranger on the summoning of a dog.

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