Review: The Godmother

The Godmother, written by Carrie Adams

"As I have learned over the years, your friends don’t change; you just learn to ignore or embrace the bad bits." – Carrie Adams

On the weekends I enjoy classic chic-lit while working out, relaxing and watching movies (my husband watches “kill’m, sock’m, fight’m” movies while I have a book in my hands). This last weekend I picked up ‘The Godmother’, as story about a thirty something woman with seven best friends, four godchildren, and one big wish – to have a life of her own.

We follow Tessa through her life of being a godmother balancing the urge to be the ultimate best friend to seven others and trying to figure out what’s next in her own life.

The storyline didn’t move fast enough for me, I was trying to figure out where the story was going two thirds through the book. It may be a good beach read about a circle of friends and the last third of the book moves very fast and the story wraps up nicely. I enjoyed the last third of the book.

Carrie Adams lives in London with her husband and three children.

Type: Fiction, 462 pages, trade paperback

Tessa King is the perpetual Godmother: Godmother to six of her friends' children, but no children of her own. While she had always been content with her role as uber-Godmother, she's now ready for a family of her own. There's only one problem: the man she's in love with is married to someone else. As Tessa becomes more involved in her godchildren's lives, she quickly realizes that parenting isn't always giggles and cuddling: it's a life-long contract and you never get to read the small print. She witnesses first-hand that babies can drive their parents apart, children can be very sick, and seemingly overnight a loving little boy can turn into a dope-smoking, foul-mouthed truant. Is Tessa really ready to become a mother—to give up a life that her friends truly envy?

“A clever, unpredictable novel about a smart, glamorous but perpetually single London lawyer’s belated coming-of-age” – Washington Post

“A poignant, surprisingly insightful first novel.” – Parenting magazine