Looking for what is probably a young adult book, pre-80's, possibly fantasy, that I read long ago which ends with these 2 lines, the 2nd line being its own paragraph:

"Fall in love, it makes you brave.
Ah, yes, very brave."

This harks back to advice a that the main character was given earlier in the book.

  • Do you have any more information? What gender was the main character? Who gave the advice? What makes you think it was fantasy? WEhat was that earlier advice?
    – Klaus Æ. Mogensen
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 7:19

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father, by Mark Toby.

First, I found this snippet from a story in the magazine "Good Housekeeping", volume 153, page 187, from 1961. The whole thing is not available online, but searching through Google Books gave me this:

“You bet! ! !” We sat there for a minute, grinning at each other. Then I picked up the telephone. I dialed Elizabeth's number. Ed. die watched me with shining eyes. Rule eight, remember? Fall in love; it makes you brave. Ah, yes. Very brave. e.

I'm assuming the "e." means end in that snippet.

screenshot of Google Books result

You can search through random snippets of the magazine on Google Books, but I couldn't get the exact text to show up - the closest I got was right above it:

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You can also see that there are results for the words "very brave" on page 187 at Hathitrust.

I found it by doing a Google Books search for "love" "makes you brave", and it was about the tenth result. Then I just had to go searching for confirmation.

From what I see on Amazon, the issue contains an entire novel (as seen on the cover).

cover of the issue

I searched through the book for "novel" on Google Books, which led to me finding the title, The Courtship of Eddie's Father:

snippet that says the title

The reviews on Goodreads indicate that this is not a fantasy novel, however. It also had a sitcom based off of the novel, which was not fantasy.

Going to the Google Books page for the book directly, we can see that it ends on the "fall in love" lines, on their own paragraph:

screenshot of ending, transcript below

[Ed]die watched me with shining eyes.
Rule eight, remember? Fall in love; it makes you brave.
Ah, yes. Very brave.

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    There's a copy available for loan at the Internet Archive. Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 15:05
  • Oh, thank you so much! That's right, I read this novel several times. It's lovely. I also LOVED the series when I was a kid. That's how I found the book. Funny what sticks in your head. Now I have a better idea how to search for other lines that pop into my head!
    – Lynn IPW
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 20:43

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