We wouldn’t go so far as to say that love is all about the hardware, because of course, it isn’t. But who doesn’t love a blingy ring? To celebrate the launch of the first book in Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan With Love trilogy, Sleepless In Manhattan, Morgan has selected what she envisions as the perfect engagement/wedding ring for some of literature’s most beloved female characters.
As a lover of love stories, I’m also a lover of proposals—and as self-confessed romance addict, I’ve read many, many proposal scenes in my lifetime. I’m also a very visual writer, so the question I always end up asking myself is: What does the ring look like!? And there’s nothing I love more than filling in the gaps myself and imagining the gorgeous engagement rings my favorite heroines might have worn.
Exchanging rings is a tradition that goes back centuries—after all, as copywriter Frances Gerety so famously declared, “diamonds are forever!” But as there were no Pinterest wedding boards for my favorite heroines, I’ve let my imagination run wild and found the rings that I would have chosen for the heroines that have so inspired me.
Beatrice is my favorite of Shakespeare’s heroines. I love her feistiness and her courage, and the sparks that fly between her and Benedict are a masterclass in opposites-attract sexual tension. As the story is set in 16th century Italy, I like to think they would have chosen a ring like this.
Elizabeth Bennet is one of most iconic romantic heroines in literature. There’s something about how spirited she is, how determined she is to fight her corner and be true to herself, that wins over the reader’s heart as much as Fitzwilliam Darcy’s. And with his £10,000 per year (the equivalent of a Regency millionaire!), I like to think that her engagement ring would surely be a sight to behold! My vote is for something like this, in contrast to the dark eyes Darcy loves so much.
Skipping forward a couple of centuries to Holly Golightly, the most fashionable of all romantic heroines—her eye for luxurious style is well-documented. This is a heroine who would be all over Pinterest and Instagram in this day and age. After spending all that time in Tiffany, I’m convinced that she’d be a heroine with a very clear idea of what she would want from an engagement ring—something classic, chic, and that will look good with black. And there’s only one jeweler it could come from, of course!
It’s over to 1980s England for my next favorite heroine, Taggie Campbell-Black. When shy, clumsy, adorable Taggie wins the heart of England’s most notorious womanizer Rupert Campbell-Black, even the hardest-hearted reader knows that it’s precisely her sweetness and innocence that has tamed him. He falls head over heels for her, and frankly, by the end of book, so do the readers. And because it’s set in the 1980s, her ring needs to be really, really big and sparkly.
What I, and millions of other readers, love the most about Bridget is how normal she is. She worries about the same things women worry about the world over—family, friends, work, and love, of course. Her very own Mr. Darcy initially doesn’t impress with his Christmas Jumper style (little did Helen Fielding know that these days, he’d be the height of ironic hipster coolness!), but by the time they get their happy-ever-after, I feel confident he’d impress on the engagement ring front. Something original, quirky and unforgettable, just like Bridget herself:
I love this fairytale—it’s the original (and quite literal) rags-to-riches romance. There’s something so irresistibly romantic about her dancing with the prince, and their midnight tryst getting cut short… Some people may think the main opportunity for sparkle is all in the slipper and whilst I love shoes too, I like to think about them when they’re reunited and he’s proposed. As he’s a prince, I’d want to see some serious dazzle with this diamond ring.
It’s back to New York and Tiffany with this book, the first in my new From Manhattan with Love trilogy. I love all my heroines, of course, but there’s something fun about deciding which heroine is the right one to kick off a new series, and Paige, with her competence and strength, seemed the perfect choice. She’s a tough cookie who loves to shop, and whilst I don’t want to give any spoilers, here’s hoping something like this will be in her future!
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy, contemporary romance, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than 11 million copies of her books. As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer, and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London, England, with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors.