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Having read the sequel to this book first by accident a few months ago, I wanted to read the Godmother so I could take myself back to the start of Tessa's story and learn what happened in the beginning. I managed to leave the two books long enough apart so I wouldn't remember what happened in The Stepmother word for word, therefore hoped it wouldn't spoil my reading of The Godmother.
In The Godmother, we meet Tessa. She is 36 and still single. Happy being single, but still single all the same. Tessa has a wide group of friends, some married, and others with children, some both. Tessa plays a great role of godmother to all her friend's children.
We come in at the start of the book with Tessa arriving back in London after being on an extended holiday. We soon learn that she doesn't have a job at the moment after having a stalker for a boss who nearly ruined her life. After taking a pay out from her company not to talk, she has taken a long holiday and is living fairly ok without work for the time being.
Back on home ground. Tessa realises it's time for her to start getting her life back together. Through the book we learn Tessa's fears and hopes, as well as intertwining with all of her friends and their lives. She realises that before when she was working all the time she never really saw her friends as much as she thought she did, and now is wondering why their lives seem so different to what she thought.
Fran and Nick have been married for 17 years, since they went to university together. They have three children and currently have a teenager about to go off the rails. We see Tessa try to be a friend to her eldest godson, with some funny and exasperating outcomes.
Ben and Sasha have been married for seven years. Ben and Tessa have always been very close, with the obligatory almost getting together scenario a couple of times. They tell each other everything, and through the book we learn a lot about what their relationship was and could be.
Helen is one of Tessa's old friends whom she met on holiday. No-one likes her new husband, and Tessa can see Helen moving towards a bad place in her life but can't do anything to stop her.
There are quite a few characters that Adams touches upon through the book, but the central focus is always on Tessa and her feelings and copings with all the situations to be dealt with. I did find there was a lot going on in this book, but despite all the dramas and tragedies, happiness and laughter, the book was surprisingly easy to read and the words flowed very easily. I found I could put this down for a few days and come back to it knowing where I was and what Tessa was up to.
As this is a prequel to the next book The Stepmother, there will be open ended questions at the end of the book, but I almost forgot about this as I was reading, and when I had finished I had to think about what happened in the sequel to realise. This is a book you can read before or after its sequel and I don't think it would ruin any enjoyment. It certainly didn't for me.
I found myself in Tessa's shoes quite a few times and wanting to move in a different direction to where Adams was taking me. For me this is a sign of a good book where I become the main character and I want to be her.
The Godmother is Carrie Adams' first novel. Published by Headline Review it is the prequel to 'The Godmother' which I have recently reviewed.
Born in London in 1970 Carrie Adams was educated at both Durham University and Birmingham University. She is married to theatre producer Adam Spiegel, who is responsible for putting Dirty Dancing on the London stage (I digress- Ive seen it and its FAB - I love this guy!) They have three daughters and live in London.
The Godmother was published in 2006 and the sequel The Stepmother in 2008.
The novel is available in paperback from amazon for £5.99. Its 22 chapters over 406 pages, definately a chick lit, definately an easy read for the hoildays.
The Godmother is the story of Tessa King and her circle of friends, aptly named as she is Godmother to at least one child belonging to each friend.
She tries to tell herself that shes more than happy with her four godchildren.There's Caspar,once such a sweet boy now a pot smoking, thieving teenager who's parents cant seem to get through to anymore. The oh-so-cute and extremely clever Cora who lives with mum, struggling to make ends meet and crying wolf once too often to Coras estranged father. Finally the newborn twins, Bobby and Tommy who thankfully are just too young to remeber that their dad is an arse and their mother quite the depressive.
But deep down, all this girl-about-town party animal wants is to settle with a decent guy and have children of her own. Or does she? Afterall children are perfect if you can give them back. Right?
To her friends, Tessa seems footloose and carefree but all Tessa wants is to be like them. At one point she even convinces herself that she wants to be with her best friend Ben despite the fact that his wife is perfect for him!
Unlike most chick-lits, this book also touches on the darker topics.Its certainly not life through rose tinted spectacles and its certainly not all happy-ever-after.
From the problem teenage child, mothers who didnt know how to love, adultery,one night stands, drugs, miscarriage, depression and even the death of a loved one. This book has it all and in shocking reality it can have you laughing one minute and then crying from one chapter to the next. A real emotional rollercoaster!
I couldnt put this book down and read it over a weekend. I love Carries style of writing. I felt engaged from the first page and thoroughly recommend this to any chick-lit fans and even those who like just that little bit more from their books!
Well done Carrie - cant wait to see what you come up with next!