I think the most memorable couple I've ever read about in a romance is Mariah Calloway and Ford Dunning in the book Mariah by Sandra Canfield. This book was released in the 80s through the SuperRomance line at Harliquin. I've read this story so many times I've memorized many of the passages and my copy is as dog-earred as they get.
Mariah is a wanderer, a been-there-done-that kind of person. Ford is a non-conventional minister. Theirs is a beautiful love story. And the best part, is after their happily-ever-after, I get to peek into their lives to see what happens afterwards, as the book is the beginning of a series: Calloway Corners. It continues with stories about Mariah's sisters: Jo, Tess, and Eden. (All written by different authors, but continuing the threads begun by their fellow writers in each of the previous books.)
By the time I read Mariah I already knew I wanted to write a romance someday. But what this book inspired me to aim for was a series of books, each featuring their own hero and heroine, but connected through the characters who appear in each as secondary characters.
It's a dream come true to be writing the third in my series right now. I hope that I, like Sandra and her friends, can create not only characters my readers relate to, but a world they want to return to again (and again) to find out what happens after the happily ever after.
Until next time,