Nancy Drew + Frank Hardy = True Love!
As a kid, I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan. She was clever, spunky, and a redhead (like me--funny how important that is when you're little). I devoured her mysteries. I also read quite a few of the Hardy Boys books, and Frank Hardy was my first literary crush. He was clearly the more mature and intelligent brother (apparently at age 8, maturity was big on my checklist - only wish I'd kept that up later in life!) and he was even a photographer, so had a bit of an artistic soul. Seriously dreamy.
|Frank, Joe and Nancy -- aren't their |
snowsuits amazing? Love the 80s!
And the best part? Frank and Nancy had an unresolved attraction...which was perfect, since I never understood the appeal of that Ned Nickerson guy. It culminated in one of my favourites of the series, book #5: THE LAST RESORT, which combined rock and roll *and* skiing (really, can anyone ask for more?).
At one point, Frank and Nancy are trapped in a ski cabin, surrounded by snow. There's no heat, so of course they have to cuddle up together in a sleeping bag to keep warm. What happens there is fairly PG (a forbidden kiss), but to my younger self it was The. Hottest. Thing. Ever.
Ever since then, I've been hooked on snowbound romance. Part of it is living in the snow belt in Southwestern Ontario, Canada -- I've been snowed in so many times, in enough strange places, that a burgeoning passion feels like something that could really happen. And I love the romance trope of the hero and heroine trapped together against their will, sometimes in a dangerous situation.
Here's a photo from my city's Snowmageddon last year:
|My front yard. Yes, that's a car under the snow...|
- What is your favourite snowbound romance?
- Do you have a favourite book from childhood?
- Who is one of your literary crushes?