Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top Ten and a Teaser: Awww moments

Mark of Royalty
Jennifer K. Clark

"Was he saving the child's life? Or was he condemning her to death as well as himself?
location 24 on my kindle

Today's Top Ten . . . Awwwww moments
top ten hosted by the broke and the bookish

1.  From Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs--that moment when Mercy finally realizes she wants Adam for her mate.

"For Adam, screwed-up bonding thing or not, I’d wait forever.
“Really?” he asked in a tone I’d never heard from him before. Softer. Vulnerable. Adam didn’t do vulnerable.
“Really what?” I asked.
“Despite the way our bond scares you, despite the way someone in the pack played you, you’d still have me?”
He'd been listening to my thoughts. This time it didn't bother me.
“Adam,” I told him, “I’d walk barefoot over hot coals for you."

2.  From Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.  The moment when Dumbledore express full confidence in Harry .
"It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're nearly there ... I can apparate us both back ... don't worry ..."
"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you."

3.  From the Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The moment when Lily first speaks the words "I love you".

"It was the first time I'd ever said the words to another person, and the sound of them broke open my heart."

4. Two moments from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  That moment when Elizabeth knows she is the happiest she has ever been.

"I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh."

 That moment when Mr. Darcy Proposes.
"My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I would have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love... I love... I love you. And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

5.  From Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.  One of those sweet tender moments between Marilla and Anne--I love the relationship that formed between stern, proper Marilla and sweet, imaginative Anne.

"After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."

6.  From Villette by Charlotte Bronte.  That moment when M. Paul proposes to Lucy--who was sure love would never come to her.

"Lucy, Take my love. One day share my life. Be my dearest, first on earth."

7.  From The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne.  That moment when the boys realize they got more than they gave.
"Aye," said Dr. Ringle softly. "What more indeed. The fact is, you've already received everything I hoped you would. There's nothing more left for me to give you than you have already found on your own through service and friendship. Well done, lads. Well done, lads. Well done."
8.  From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  The moment after she has returned to Mr. Rochester and he has declared that she is an angel.  Practical Jane replies:
"I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.'

9.  From The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.  The moment when Sophia and John marry each other in the old Scottish way

"Are we married?" "Aye" "So then, thought Sophia, it was done. A touch of hands, words over water, and a kiss, and everything was changed. It was a little thing, and yet she felt the change within herself so very keenly"

10.  And the last, a heartbreaking moment--from The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James.  The moment when Charlotte looks into her husband Aurthur's eyes for the last time.
"She fell into a wandering delirium as her life slipped away. Toward the end of the month, when she awoke from this stupor for an instant, and saw her husband's woe-worn face and heard his murmured prayers to spare her, she whispered, "Oh! I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy."

the photographer at my daughters wedding used the quote
from Anne of Avonlea in my daughters wedding album
that was an awwww moment for me



Anne said...

Great list! I am going to be reading The Winter Sea soon. I can't wait, I have seen so many good reviews of it.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG what a treat of quotes!

storytreasury said...

fascinating teaser. how's he condemning the child?

I love Patricia Briggs!

mine: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/teaser-tuesday-city-of-bones-take-two/

Jenni Elyse said...

I loved all the Harry/Dumbledore moments in Half-Blood Prince. It's on the things I missed in the movie adaptation. The moment you chose is great! Good list!

Loni said...

Great list. I love the use of quotes. I had a different one from Half-Blood Prince, but I think yours is better :) I also really like the Jane/Rochester moment.

Priya said...

I looove that Harry/Dumbledore moment. Can't believe I missed it!!


Nat said...

I know the author of Mark of Royalty. I really liked the book, too.

Two Bibliomaniacs said...

You really did your homework this week with the quotes!!! Love the Harry / Dumbledore scene and you're so right about Marilla and Anne. It was so much fun to watch their relationship develop.

Jennifer said...

Exceptional teasers and is that a photo of your daughter from her wedding album? My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/06/teaser-tuesdays-in-the-belly-of-jonah-by-sandra-brannan.html

Cedar said...

Lots of great quotes and a beautiful photo and quote!

Christina T said...

I love your list of Aww moments, especially the one from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I also loved The Winter Sea-one of my favorite books. Mark of Royalty looks interesting. I hadn't heard of it before.

Anna said...

Austen! Rowling! Montgomery! So many good picks here.

Jenners said...

So well done ... as usual. I'm astounded at how you can remember all this stuff. I have a horrible memory.

And the photo and the quote from your daughter's wedding is PERFECTION!

Staci said...

I know that I've probably said this many times before but I'm truly amazed by the depth of some of your selections and that photo with the quote...totally awesome!

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