Thursday, October 8, 2009

My BFF by Ruth Phillips Oakland

41KpfoDCZ+L._SL500_AA240_Elizabeth Bennet was a child prodigy whose life went drastically off course as a teenager.  Thrust into adulthood much too soon she learned to cope with life by keeping everyone at arms length.  Now as a successful university professor her life is finally on the right track and the last thing Elizabeth wants is to fall in love and lose control again. 

Enter Fitzwilliam Darcy, powerful, brilliant, and absolutely gorgeous.  He hasn’t had a real relationship in years and isn’t about to start looking for one.  He learned early on that real love comes at a much higher price than simply paying for the imitation.  With a company and a foundation to run and a sister to watch over, Darcy can’t afford to lose his heart.

When the two meet things don’t exactly go as planned.  Neither Elizabeth nor Darcy wants to admit how attracted they are to the other, but they can’t seem to stay away from each other either.  With both of them thinking a romantic relationship would be a disaster, they decide to forge a friendship.  Soon the two are inseparable and the fine line between friends and lovers is blurring at a rapidly increasing pace.  But can Elizabeth ad Darcy overcome their fears and find happiness or will they never be more than just best friends?

My BFF is a fantastic story.  Ruth Phillips Oakland does a great job taking Jane Austen’s most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and creating a wonderfully modern story.  The language and imagery are superb, and each character is so well written they all find a way into your head. I highly recommend this book, not only to those who read Jane Austen fan fiction, but to anyone who loves to read well-written novels.

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