THE GODMOTHERS by Monica McInerney

‘I don’t want two wishy-washy godmothers,’ Jeannie had said that afternoon in the country hospital when Eliza was only a day old. ‘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 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.


Title : The Godmothers
Author : Monica McInerney
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 400
Genre : Women’s Fiction
Publisher : Welbeck Publishing
Release Date : January 21. 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating  : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 5 star review

Headlines:
Set in Edinburgh and Ireland
Female strength throughout
Compelling storyline

I just got swept away with The Godmothers and Eliza as the main protagonist. Eliza was the daughter of the rather chaotic Jeannie and god daughter to Maxie and Olivia. This was a story about women, focusing on female relationships but also about these womens’ relationships with the men in their lives.

Eliza was so relatable; she had fears, a lack of confidence and self-belief and yet a determination and strength that made me love her. Her godmothers were special characters too but Eliza did take the stage.

Throughout this book, complex mother-daughter relationships were explored and I thought that was so well written and resonnant. Families are difficult things and this book navigated that context that alongside those ‘family’ you choose yourself. The context of Edinburgh then Ireland made the whole reading of this so welcome. I could visualise the settings and quite frankly, mid-lockdown I needed that.

There were some big reveals in this book, Eliza’s roots, the truth of who her mother really was as a person and finding an unexpected romance. The romance didn’t dominate but it was so well placed.

The Godmothers was an all engrossing read that tackled the grittiness of familial relationships without being depressing. I found this an uplifting read with a fantastic, normal heroine. I’ve already clicked some of Monica McInerney’s back catalogue.

Thank you to Welbeck Publishing and EDPR for the early review copy.

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