Welcome to Day Two of our 2013 Literary Swoon series! Every day we’ve asked a YA author we love to tell us: what’s your favorite romantic book scene? We love all the different answers we’ve gotten, and the choices are definitely adding to our TBR lists, too.
Today we’re pleased to welcome author Amy Garvey to the blog. If you’ve read her unusual love story Cold Kiss, you’ll understand exactly why we invited her. This thoughtful, wistful story is an unusual take on the end of a first love, and we were dying to know what Amy herself considers romantic.
Spoiler alert for the scene below!
Amy Garvey’s Favorite Romantic Scene
I imprinted on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott really early on. I had read it over and over again by the time I was twelve, and it set a (often admittedly unrealistic ) standard of perfection for everything from Christmas gifts to tortured artists.
And then there was the romance. Today, there are lots of flirty, sexy, loving scenes in books and movies that have thrilled me, but when it comes to pure romance, nothing beats Amy and Laurie for me.
Amy’s in Europe, no longer a child, but a graceful young woman with a mind of her own. Laurie’s in Europe, too, getting over his unrequited love for Jo. Meeting as long-time friends, they support each other through heartache of a few different kinds, until they realize that they may have found real love with each other.
For the longest time, I could recite a lot of this scene, even as purple as it is, by heart. They’re rowing together on a quiet lake in Switzerland.
[Amy] rowed as well as she did many other things, and though she used both hands, and Laurie but one, the oars kept time, and the boat went smoothly through the water.
“How well we pull together, don’t we?” said Amy, who objected to silence just then.
“So well that I wish we might always pull in the same boat. Will you, Amy?” very tenderly.
“Yes, Laurie,” very low.
Then they both stopped rowing, and unconsciously added a pretty little tableau of human love and happiness to the dissolving views reflected in the lake.
It’s so simple and so honest, two childhood friends discovering who they are as adults, and who they could be together, it will always be one of my favorites.
About the Author
Amy Garvey is a former editor who now works on the other side of the desk as an author. She grew up reading everything she could get her hands on, watching too much TV, and wishing she was Samantha Stephens from Bewitched. (She still wishes that, actually.) She is the author of Cold Kiss and Glass Heart, and is currently working on her next novel–which has its own share of romantic elements. You can connect with Amy online on her blog, Twitter, and GoodReads.
Photo courtesy of the author.
Check out the rest of the 2013 Literary Swoon series & win a box of romance!
A new author will be featured daily until Valentine’s Day, when The Midnight Garden bloggers will share their favorite romantic scenes.
Talk to us about what you think of the romantic choices daily–we’ll choose our favorite comment for each day, and the 6 finalists will be entered into a drawing to receive a box filled with romantic books! The box will includes recent releases featuring love-struck couples.