Goodnight, Beautiful Paperback – 2 Jul 2008
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An intelligent and emotional read (Closer)
Movingly documents the heartbreak and emotional reshuffling of family and friends coping with love and loss (Daily Mail)
A moving read (Star)
Tissues at the ready (Red)
Incredibly moving, honest and brave - Goodnight, Beautiful is an amazing novel about love overcoming all odds. Dorothy Koomson is a writer of stunning talent and Goodnight, Beautiful will take her profile and sales to yet higher levels.See all Product Description
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The plot is thus: eight years ago Nova Kumalisi agreed to be a surrogate for her best friend, Mal, and his wife, Stephanie. Despite the fact the parents-to-be were incredibly excited during the first part of the pregnancy, months later, the unthinkable happens. Mal and Stephanie change their minds about the baby, leaving Nova alone with the prospect of bringing up a child she never bargained for, throwing her future into turmoil. However, not one to take things lying down, Nova gets used to the idea of being a mother - and months down the line she is doting on her son as though nothing ever happened.
Back in the present the child in question, a little boy called Leo; has been in an accident. He's lying in a coma in hospital, much to the distress of his mother and her husband. Despite age and health being on his side, things don't look good for Leo, and Nova is forced to tell her family - which inevitably means that Mal's family will find out. Goodnight, Beautiful deals with the fall-out of Leo's accident and what it means for his family... and those that could have been.
There aren't enough adjectives available to praise this book. It truly was one that I didn't want to put down, and I raced through it in a day or so because I was desperate to find out what happened.Read more ›
What is different about this book from the others is that it is quite clear that the generic, expected happy ending (i.e. Mal and Nova reconciling) seems beyond reach - you do not dare to hope. DK is asking you quite early on to forsake that and look for another kind of satisfaction. Nova and Mal are very conflicted, loving their spouses but loving each other more. They martyr themselves for people that probably don't deserve it (Mal's wife Stephanie eliciting no sympathy from me) Despite this they do not chase the romantic ideal but run from it. It is in many ways a depressing book with little of the humour found in her other work like The Cupid Effect. As an exercise in showing how love hurts it is very demonstrative.
I have given it 3 * because it is well written with well drawn characters with an unsual premise but doesn't have the charm of My Best Friends Girl or the comfort of The Chocolate Run.
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Nova and Mal have been friends since childhood, their families so close they practically merged into one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JennReviews
Incredible read. Couldn't put it down till I read the last page.
Just wonderful and an intricate weaving of words.
Another amazing book by Dorothy koomson, very touching. This is my fourth book Iv
Read of hers and will keep continuing to do so.
Another brilliant read from Dorothy Koomson couldn't put the book down , written with such warmth definitely recommend .Published 11 months ago by sharon
Love all Dorothy Koomson's books. Another success, would highly recommend. Speedy delivery.Published 11 months ago by Jackie