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Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Classics)

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens, Richard Gaughan A wealthy miser dies leaving all of his money to his estranged son, John Harmon, with one major stipulation. He can only inherit his fortune if he marries Bella Wilfer, a woman he has never met. But before the will can be executed, John Harmon's body is found floating in the river under suspicious circumstances. The money is now bequeathed to the Boffins, poor kind-hearted servants who helped raise the son. Being both naive and generous, the Boffins decide to take in Bella Wilfer and raise her as their own daughter, giving her the benefit of the fortune that she missed. In their household, Bella transforms from a mercenary and cold young woman to a kind and generous soul. The Boffins also take in a secretary, John Rokesmith, to help Mr. Boffin in handling his new fortune. We quickly discover that John Rokesmith is actually the missing John Harmon who is able to observe and fall in love with Bella.This story had all the elements of a great Dickens novel - quirky but lovable characters, lots of twists and turns in the plot, and plenty of laugh out loud moments. Unlike some of his other novels, there were really no deep dark elements - more of a feel good happy ending type of book. I didn't find this to be as life changing or memorable as A Tale of Two Cities or Bleak House, but enjoyable from beginning to end. Definitely one of my favorite Dickens novels. I loved the narration performed by Simon Vance!