I know “book boyfriends” are a thing, but what about a book best friend? Romance novels just wouldn’t be the same if our heroines didn’t have someone helping them navigate the highs and lows of love. These besties bring empathy, wisdom, and comic relief. Sometimes such beloved characters get their own story in a sequel, but for all the times they don’t, let’s honor them here.
I give you my top six womances (like a bromance, but for women):
6.) Molly by Sarah Monzon: Molly doesn’t only have one best friend, she has a gang of friends…if gangs were known for sewing together. Jocelyn, Betsy, and Nicole all count as book besties because Molly moved a lot when growing up and missed out on having childhood friends, so now she deserves a plethora of seamstress pals. Also, she needs them to gang up on her and convince her to give love a chance. As told by Molly when refusing to admit her crush… Heat infused every inch of my body as I stared at the kittens in my hands. Tabby, Siamese, Calico. I studied them all, refusing to lift my gaze. One look at any of these three ladies, and I’d be pounced on like one of these felines on a fat mouse.
5. Turn to Me by Becky Wade: When it comes to relationship advice, Meadow and Bridget are pretty much the devil and angel sitting on Finley’s shoulders, so they share this spot equally. My favorite line is after Meadow attempts to get to know the guy she’s been warning Finley away from. She makes an effort then says to Finley, “That was very big of me.” And Finley responds, “It really was. Group hug.”
4.) Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy Gray: When January meets Darcy, the other woman is introduced as her boyfriend’s best friend. Not only is Darcy beautiful, but Cameron admitted to previously having a crush on her. Though she has all the makings of a frenemy, Darcy is way too lovable a character for any reader not to adore her, and she becomes the best friend January didn’t know she needed. Jan describes their meeting this way… I want to hate her, but for some reason I can’t seem to. She’s too darn sweet. And she’s linked her arm through mine like we’re lifelong friends.
3.) Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg: Jenessa sees Mara looking lonely, thinks she needs a friend, and, voilà, befriends her. She’ll apparently befriend anyone, as seen when she introduces Mara to the sheriff. “My BFF here is–” “Not your BFF, Jen.” Sam leaned back in his chair, arms folded. Janessa’s dimpled grin deepened. “Sam’s always grumpy. Ignore him.”
2.) All That it Takes by Nicole Deese: Val’s best friend Molly is spunk and sunshine, and that personality comes through in her over-the-top texts. Besides sending Star Wars GIFs, she messages things like, “I’m dying. No, I might actually be dead. This text is being sent from The Great Beyond.” There’s never a dull moment.
1.) Plot Twist by Bethany Turner: Friendship with Fiona offers the fulfillment needed when Olivia experiences a series of missed connections with “sexy Irish guy.” Fiona’s friendship is also worth fighting for when another man comes between them. Olivia sums up their relationship like this, I’d had a life before him, I’d had a life with him, and I had a life after him—but I had no recollection of life without Fi. We had survived some of the worst things friends could do to each other, and we had come out on the other side stronger and more bonded than ever before. Turns out Fiona Mitchell and I were actually the loves of each other’s lives. Of course, with Fi being romantic, optimistic, and ridiculously successful, she refuses to let Olivia give up on love.
If you also enjoy stories like these, that makes you a different kind of book bestie. You’re the friend who shares my love of books, and my life wouldn’t be the same without you.
Who is your favorite book bestie in Christian fiction?
Lori Smanski says
thank you for sharing today. I dont think I can share one book bestie. I love it when a woman finds another woman who can help her in some fashion. Women are meant to be social with other women designed by God. So when this happens it is special to me
I don’t have a favorite book bestie, to be honest. I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned, either, though a couple are in my TBR stack.
They are worth checking out!
One of my favorite “book besties” is Carlee from All That It Takes. I just finished reading that last night & I couldn’t help but feel connected to her. I loved Val (our heroine) & thought she was the perfect person to come into Carlee’s life and the exact moment she needed to. Carlee had a LOT on her plate and my heart just went out to her…I felt like if I could be in Val’s place, I would!
There have been many “book besties” in my life & I SO appreciate when the author doesn’t gloss over these important relationships in a story. Because just like in real life, we all need friends like this who will stand by you no matter what, push you in places you need prodding, laugh with you, cry with you and generally “do life” with you. These people are the life blood of who & what helps shape you into the person you are today & can be in the future.
I wished I lived closer to my BFF! We’ve known each other since High School. I was a sophomore & she was a freshman when we met and it was an instant connection. We did everything together! But we had lost contact over the years & I had moved over 2,000 miles away. Then I happened to want that connection again, so I reached out to her mom to find out where she was living & wrote her a letter. It was as if time never passed even though we live so far away from each other. She was the one who first invited me to church & I gave my heart to the Lord at 21 (though it took a few years for it to stick). I do miss having her in my life physically to hang out with and “do life” with…it’s not something that can ever be replaced, ya know? Thirty seven years is a LONG time to know someone :-)
Ooops, I meant to say that the book is written by Nicole Deese. I also love Molly (Miles twin sister & our hero) but didn’t connect with her as closely :-)
I love reconnecting! Glad you got that. I went out for breakfast with Nicole the other day and told her how much I loved Molly. She said she had to send Molly to LA because she kept stealing the show. Lol
Mary Preston says
None come to mind, but I’m taking note.
Share when you find one!
Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds says
I agree with besties in Love and A Little White Lie and All That It Takes.
So good. <3
Debra Pruss says
Thank you so much for sharing. My mind is spinning, but I am not coming up with one bestie. God bless you.
I hope you find one!
don’t have one
Maybe not yet… ;-)
Amy Perrault says
I don’t have a favourite book bestie.
I bet you’ll find one!
Sylvain Perrault says
No special ones
Maybe now you’ll find one. <3
There are so many. Bree and Holly from The Breakup Project by Carolyn Miller. Cassie and Julia in Her Tycoon Hero by Narelle Atkins. It is often the last books I read.
I need to try those!