It’s so easy to read a book and fall head over heels for the deliciously wonderful hero that an author has crafted. Sometimes though, when I am reading it isn’t the hero that captures my attention, it’s the heroine. I want to reach through the pages of the book, pull her out and then take her down the pub so we can become BFFs.
Miss Lillian Bowman from It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
Brash and brave, loving and loyal, fierce and fiery…I love Lillian Bowman. If you a friend for hijinks, mischief and adventure, she’s your girl. But that isn’t all, Kleypas has balanced her outspoken personality with a warmth and protective nature that you instinctively know will make her the best of friends in good times and in bad. If you want a gal you can have fun with and a shoulder a cry on you need to add Lillian to your crew.
Freda Wilson from Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
*Grabs the shot glasses and gets ready for a night of crazy karaoke* Freda is just the kind of girl that can put you in a good mood, no matter what else is going on in your life. She doesn’t have much of a filter and she’s fun to hang out with. But at the same time, she’s also very real. What’s the fun in a perfect heroine, right? Freda struggles with body image and confidence issues just like the rest of us, but she’s also strong enough to not care what others think and to value herself. You won’t find a more accepting and down to earth girl on this list!
Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
I love Mercy, and it isn’t only because being friends with her means that I have an excuse to go to her house and drawl over her hot hubby Adam. With Mercy you know whatever scrape you get yourself into, she’s got you back. She brings her bravery, smarts and a whole pack of werewolves with her to the fight. Oh and she also a fantastic baker and a mechanic so all your cookie and car needs are covered.
Charley Davidson from Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
Picture this. You walk into Reyes’ restaurant, sit at a back table and while you wait you get to ogle his fine ass while he’s making his rounds around the tables. Then Charley walks in and sits with you and tells you all about her crazy day while you both sip on some delicious coffee. This is entertainment at its best, people! Not only is Charley highly entertaining, she also gets in so much trouble there would no end to her stories. But there’s the added perk of Reyes benefits. I mean, I don’t think Charley would be up for sharing but at least some friendly touching would be involved.
Janie Morris from Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
If you’re going to a pub quiz, then Janie is essential for your team. If she were a superhero her power would be her mighty brain. She is the font of all general knowledge, hence needing her for the quiz team. But it isn’t just her brains that make her good person to know. Although she doesn’t always quite understand people, her affection and friendship is given in earnest. With Janie you know that you have someone loyal and trustworthy on your side who will stick with you through thick and thin. And crochet you a really nice scarf.
Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I don’t know if Evelyn and I would ever work as BFFs but I would certainly love to listen to this woman talk about her life. In fact, that’s basically what this book is about. Evelyn telling her life story to a journalist. I got to experience first-hand the emotions that I’m talking about here while reading the book and let me tell you, it was magical. After you are done listening to Evelyn’s life unfold, there’s nothing left but to feel an incredible loss deep inside that she’s not real. Why can’t she be real? The world needs Evelyn to be real. Well, she’ll remain real in my memory and I’ll treasure the experience of listening to her life as if we actually had sat at a cafe together and she had told me those stories herself. Or maybe not a cafe but some glamorous speakeasy with a delicious drink in hand.
These are the heroines that I would love to have at my back, they’re interesting, funny and not afraid to help you bury the bodies when needed. What more could you want in a BFF?