Secondary Characters: July Bethany House Books

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They never make the cover. Sometimes we don’t hear what happens to them at the end of the book. And they may not be quite as heroic as the main characters. But I would argue that a cast of strong secondary characters is what makes the difference between a good story and a great one.

As I read our July releases, I was struck by the delightful characters surrounding the hero and leading lady. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

A Match of Wits
by Jen Turano

Match of Wits

My Favorite Secondary Character: Mr. Blackheart

Why: Whether he’s being cryptic about his first name, delivering dry one-liners, or taunting our hero in an attempt to get him to admit his affection for Agatha, this solid, stoic bodyguard is full of surprises. Someone’s got to tell the heroine to stay away from the dynamite, and Blackheart is just the man for the job.

Quote from the Book:
Blackheart: I don’t have feelings for Miss Watson.

Zayne: Everyone has feelings for Agatha. She’s very beautiful, and you have to admit, life would never be boring with her by your side.

Blackheart: I like boring.

Captured by Love
by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love

My Favorite Secondary Character: Miriam Durant

Why: Miriam is the type of woman you wish went to your church so you could turn to her for advice. She is wise and spiritually strong, and even though she is nearly blind, she notices more about others than most people, though she also lets them make their own decisions. Her love for Angelique and her sons, Pierre and Jean, shows up clearly throughout the book.

Quote from the Book:
Miriam: I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve missed you terribly.

Pierre:  I didn’t know if you’d be glad to see me again or not. Especially after all the horrible things I said before I left.

Miriam: Pierre, my love for you is unconditional, just as the Lord’s is. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, both the Lord and I will always be waiting here with open arms.

Murder at the Mikado
by Julianna Deering

Murder at the Mikado

My Favorite Secondary Character: Aunt Ruth

Why: Oh, she’s a bit sharp-tongued and stubborn, but Madeline’s maiden aunt really has a heart of gold underneath all her bluster, and I love the way she always speaks her mind. She’s really featured more in Death by the Book, but I still love her here (and if I had picked one of the other characters, I might have accidentally given away something about the murder).

Quote from the Book:
Madeline: I can’t decide between the ivory with bluebirds and flowers and the cream with the pink rosebuds. What do you think?

Aunt Ruth: You’re about to marry into a house with about forty different full sets of china. Why in the world would you want more?

Madeline: I know. I thought I might want something that’s just sweet and pretty. Something we might have used at home when I was growing up. Something we can use for midnight snacks and picnics on the lawn, but I don’t know if I really want even that. I guess they expect it of me, though.

Aunt Ruth: Who’s they? It seems to me your young man likes you for your not being too concerned what they think or what they do.

Think of a book you recently read that had an interesting, hilarious, or compelling secondary character. Who was it?

4 thoughts on “Secondary Characters: July Bethany House Books

  1. The first secondary character that comes to mind is Harry (Harrison) from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg. He is funny (the pranks he plays on Autumn), kind, and it’s obvious he cares for Autumn, though in more of a big brother kind of way. I just really, really, liked him, along with almost all of the other characters in the book. 🙂
    Thanks for a fun post! I can’t wait to read A Match of Wits! I’ve been eagerly anticipating Agatha and Zane’s book since reading A Most Peculiar Circumstance when it released last year. 🙂
    Hope you have a blessed Independence Day!

  2. I had such fun writing Aunt Ruth. I’m glad you liked her, too.

    Mr. Blackheart (what a name!) sounds great. I’ll have to read about him. 😀

  3. Great secondary characters totally enhance the story and main characters. I love Nathaniel from So Fair a Lady by Amber Perry. He showed unconditional support to his friend. I’m so excited that he’ll be a main character in her next book! 🙂

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