Welcome to Day Four of our Literary Swoon series! We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with some of our favorite YA authors by asking them to share their favorite romantic book scenes.
Today we’re so happy to welcome Sarah Fine to The Midnight Garden. Her debut urban fantasy novel Sanctum blew me away with its strong characters and imaginative world-building, and there’s even a bit of a Rose-Dimitri dynamic between Lela and Malachi! If you haven’t picked this one up, you MUST do it immediately–the swoon factor is out of the stratosphere.
Sarah graciously shares her favorite romantic scene with us below. Fair warning: spoilers may follow.
Sarah Fine’s Favorite Romantic Scene
I’m a sucker for complete surrender in a romance, especially when someone powerful is willing to lay him- or herself at the feet of the beloved. For that reason, some of my favorite romantic scenes come from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. And if I had to pick my absolute favorite moment, it would be when Po offers himself to Katsa. He wants her to be his wife, but she has just reclaimed herself after years of emotional servitude, and has vowed to be no one’s but her own despite her realization that she loves Po. His response:
“I’ll give myself to you however you’ll take me,” he said, so simply that Katsa found she wasn’t embarrassed. She watched his face.
“And where would that lead?”
“I don’t know. But I trust you.”
And that’s it. Po respects Katsa like there’s no tomorrow. And though he wants her commitment, he doesn’t try to convince her that she’s wrong. Instead, he offers his whole self anyway—because he loves what she is (even though he does see her faults) and doesn’t want to change her. To me, that’s the height of romance.
What do you think of Sarah’s pick for this romantic scene between Po and Katsa? It seems pretty swoonworthy to us!
About the Author
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. Her debut novel, Sanctum, was published in October 2012 (Amazon Children’s Publishing), and the second book in the series will be released in October 2013. Also forthcoming: Factory Ghost (McElderry/S&S, 2014); and Scan (Putnam/Penguin, 2014; co-authored with Walter Jury) and its sequel, BURN.
About the book
Sanctum is available on Amazon and just $3.99 for Kindle, too! I wasn’t able to post a review for the book, but you can read a couple of my favorite reviews by Mundie Moms and Anna. I think it’s a definite must-have for urban fantasy fans, especially if you like strong, dynamic heroines, dreamy leading men, and crazy good world-building.
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.