‘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.