The Godmothers by Monica McInerney is the Ultimate Comfort Read

The Godmothers by Monica McInerney is the Ultimate Comfort Read

‘I don’t want two wishy-washy godmothers,’ Jeannie had said. ‘No dolls. No pink dresses. Just lots of adventures. Lots of spoiling. The pair of you like two mighty warriors protecting her at every step.

Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life.

Thirteen years on, Eliza is deliberately living as safely as possible, avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Out of the blue, an enticing invitation from one of her godmothers prompts a leap into the unknown.

Within a fortnight, Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day any more. Yet, amidst the chaos, Eliza begins to blossom. She finds herself not only hopeful about the future, but ready to explore her past, including the biggest mystery of all – who is her father?

Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is the highly anticipated new family drama from Australia’s #1 bestselling author, Monica McInerney. It is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

Monica McInerney is one of Australia’s most beloved authors and a firm favourite here in the Better Reading office, with her previous book, The Trip of a Lifetime, making our 2020 Top 100 list. She really is a marvellous storyteller, and whenever I pick up a McInerney novel, I know a fantastic read is guaranteed. I always find myself immersed in fabulous, location-driven settings with richly depicted, unorthodox families, strong female characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

The Godmothers is all of that and more. A warm, hilarious and hopeful story about family, friendships and secrets. Eliza is such a compelling protagonist – she’s strong, resilient and it was truly a delight to follow her journey. I also enjoyed reading about Eliza’s relationship with her two godmothers, Olivia and Maxie, which was portrayed beautifully.

The Godmothers is the ultimate comfort-read: Delightful and uplifting, with more than a few twists and turns to keep you going. Why not pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and lose yourself in this wonderful story.

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        Publisher details

        The Godmothers
        Author
        Monica McInerney
        Publisher
        Penguin
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        29 September, 2020

        Synopsis

        The heartwarming new novel by Australia's #1 bestselling author.The highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia's most beloved authors.Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life.Thirteen years on, Eliza is deliberately living as safely as possible, avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Out of the blue, an enticing invitation from one of her godmothers prompts a leap into the unknown.Within a fortnight, Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day any more. Yet, amidst the chaos, Eliza begins to blossom. She finds herself not only hopeful about the future but ready to explore her past, including the biggest mystery of all – who is her father?Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, THE GODMOTHERS is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.
        Monica McInerney
        About the author

        Monica McInerney

        One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for ItUpside Down Inside OutSpin the BottleThe Alphabet SistersFamily BaggageThose Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories and a short story collection, All Together Now.Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

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