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The Godmother Paperback – 9 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329540
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A punchily written page-turner'
-- Good Housekeeping Magazine

'In the Godmother, Carrie Adams eschews traditional
happy-ever-after in this witty and realistic take on modern life' -- In Style Magazine

'Move aside chick-lit, this is chick noir...an intelligent breath
of fresh air for a tired genre' -- Eve Magazine

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Heart-warming, dark, funny and almost too true to bear, The Godmother is the antidote to chick-lit we've all been waiting for

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Format: Paperback
It took me just one afternoon sat in the sun to read this book. The life of Tessa and her superb circle of friends gripped me from the first word. Tackling everything from miscarriage, infidelity, death and one night stands, Carrie Adams has written the perfect antidote to all those sickly sweet tales of love and happy ever after, without being cynical or depressing. At 36 and single Tessa is battling with her inner body clock, whilst coping with the responsibilities of Godmotherhood...and the steady stream of "life" that's thrown at her from every side. As her friends lives threaten to obliterate her own, she is engulfed by the simple truth that she is desperate for her own "happy ever after" but soon realises that the grass is very rarely as green as you envisage it to be.... I was moved to tears throughout this book, but it also has its fair share of belly chuckles. I can't wait for Carrie Adams next one, and hope the move from Crime Fiction to Chick Noir is a permanent one.
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I nicked this book off my mums pile of books one day because I was very bored with fiction teen romance and I was glad to find this.

Tessa is a very believable and three dimensional characters who can relate to all people, she is a fun girl and hangs about with old school mates who are the vocal point of her character. Although she is witty and instantly likable among the people she meets , she is unable to find 'the right one'. And now out of a job because of a scandal with her boss, she spends her days with her friends who are almost far too busy sorting their own lives and children to give her attention.

Although she sounds like an average whiny woman with a story that sounds mediocre, the author has managed to make a twist with romance while she takes care of her two youngest god children who unexpectedly falls into her hands after a tragic accident. Her new responsibility then makes her wonder whether it is the right time for her to have kids, there is also the dreaded essence of midlife crises in there as she panics about getting old too soon.

Although to me, the cover suggested otherwise, I thought all her god children parents died and she suddenly has to drop everything for all four. Instead it is about a woman observing real mothers taking care of children as she is plagued with isolation among couples who steer clear of single ladies like her which she justifies as them thinking she's a male snatcher.
Each child in the book from the ages of 2-15 represents different aspects of a mothers nightmare.
The oldest boy whom feel neglected by his parents because they're too busy worrying about the youngest daughter resides to taking drugs only to be saved by Tessa to sort him out and give him the scolding while his parents are blissfully unaware.
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Having moved away from chick-lit over the last year or so, I wasn't sure whether The Godmother would keep me entertained. However, as I was lucky enough to be given a copy, I gave it a go and can honestly say I couldn't put it down. Unlike usual chick-lit, the book is about much more than finding and keeping your man. It takes you through Tessa's personal journey, as she learns about priorities and what is important in life, coming to terms with certain aspects of her personality and history that were apparent to everyone but Tessa herself. Tessa is a character that most women who have ever been single will relate to, but she is much more than a party girl about town - as her friends keep trying to tell her. I genuinely cared about Tessa and what happened to her, and was very nearly moved to tears on the tube on more than one occassion. This is a fresh spin on chick-lit and is something different, BUY IT!
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I absolutely loved this book. After my first experience of chic lit (Jane Green's Straight Talking) I have never been able to find anything that quite matched it in terms of empathising with the characters. This is an intelligent, funny and enjoyable read that really does appeal to all women in their late twenties/ early thirties - wherever they be in their finding love/ marrying/ pro-creating quests. A fantastic reminder that it's not a competition and that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
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On holiday this year, I finished the book I was reading, so scoured the bookshelf in the holiday villa for a new novel to read.
I am so glad I found this book; seriously, it is one of the best books I have ever read!! I'm not a reader at any other time of the year, but this book has made me become a reader! It is a seriously good book. I didn't even know what 'Chick Lit' was until I came home and looked up the book on Amazon. I was absolutely delighted to find that the book had a sequel called 'The Stepmother' and couldn't order it quick enough - that too was an excellent read and equally as good as its prequel. I ordered ' The Godmother' afterwards because I know I will read it again and again, and I'm also lending it to friends, who have enjoyed it as much as me. I really hope that the author writes another in the series, or continues to write in this genre; I shall buy every one! If you want a good book, that draws you in, makes you smile, cry and laugh out loud simultaneously, then this is the book for you. BUY IT TODAY! You won't regret it.
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