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The Godmothers de Monica McInerney

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With its mix of drama, humour, and a touch of romance, The Godmothers by Australian-born, Dublin-based, internationally best selling author Monica McInerney, is a story of family, friendships and relationships.

Though her childhood was far from conventional, Eliza Miller never doubted she was loved by her devoted but mercurial single mother, Jeannie. When Jeannie died unexpectedly just before Eliza’s 18th birthday, it was her adoring godmothers, Olivia and Maxie, who ensured she had everything she needed, and now that her life has been upended again, and she is ready for answers to some long held questions about her father, it is her godmothers that Eliza turns to.

A character-driven novel, It’s the emotional journey of Eliza that is the focus of The Godmothers. I have to admit I struggled some with her character, I kept thinking she was in dire need of some counselling. Though she’s likeable, and I thought her sympathetic, I found Eliza’s idolisation of her mother naive and somewhat uncomfortable. I was pleased with how things worked out for Eliza, but in hindsight I recognise I was never particularly invested in the character.

The godmothers are lovely, they clearly cherish Eliza and want the best for her. Olivia plays a slightly larger role in the story than Maxie, as it’s at the hotel in Edinburgh owned by Olivia’s ill husband that Eliza is staying, though its Maxie’s wedding that gets her there. When Eliza starts asking questions, I can understand the women’s reluctance to ‘tarnish’ Jeannie’s memory in her daughter’s eyes, and the reasons for the secrets they have kept, and continue to keep, from her, but I don’t necessarily agree they made the right decisions.

Sullivan, a precocious twelve year old Eliza meets on the plane on her way to Edinburgh, was a surprise character, the complete opposite in personality to Olivia’s badly behaved elderly mother-in-law, Celine. Both characters mainly serve as light relief, but I thought they came close to ‘stealing the show’, so to speak.

I have to admit I’ve had a tough time articulating my thoughts about this novel. I did find the experience of reading The Godmothers to be engaging, and I still consider myself a fan of McInerney, but if I’m honest this is not a favourite. ( )
  shelleyraec | Oct 11, 2020 |
It’s always a treat to sit down with a Monica McInerney novel, as a great story is guaranteed. Of course, The Godmothers is no exception. Take a lonely young woman out of her comfort zone and add in two godmothers who want nothing but the best for her, and add a mystery and some romance to make the pages fly by. It’s delightful and heart-warming.

Eliza is a young woman who lives by routine. She’s devoted to her job (even though her boss treats her terribly) and is focused on living as quiet a life as possible. Then everything goes haywire, and Eliza finds herself without a job and without a place to live. Enter her two godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. They’ve been focused on giving Eliza the best times possible while growing up and now they want to help her break out of her rut. But it’s not as simple as that. Eliza has some things to work through after the death of her mother, a wildly emotional alcoholic, and she also wants to know who her father is. Once in Edinburgh, Eliza meets new people and grows as a person. But when she gets close to finding out who her father is, others will want her to go back to Australia. Can Eliza, her godmothers and her new friends help her find the truth?

There is always something familiar about a Monica McInerney novel. I’m not talking about plot, more a sense of comfort while reading. You know that you will be entertained, you know there will be heartbreak but you also know that there will be redemption. McInerney envelopes the reader in the setting and the plot. You can’t help but feel that you are beside Eliza as she tends to a grumpy old lady or attends her godmother’s wedding. Eliza is a character easy to resonate with, as are her godmothers Maxie and Olivia. They simply want each other to be happy. As for Eliza’s mother Jeannie, relating to her was much more difficult. Her character is seen only through the eyes of Eliza and the godmothers, but she appears to rarely tell the truth and only find solace in the bottle. She needed help, but was reluctant to seek it out. I much preferred the parts of the novel that focused on the present than the past.

Secrets are one of the major themes of the novel, with there being a few more secrets than initially expected. I enjoyed the additional secrets held by Olivia, even though they were weightier than some of the others. Some are secrets of the past, like Lawrence (the hotel manager) and his past. Some are sad realisations of the present, such as Sullivan’s realisation that his father and stepmother aren’t really keen on having him in their lives. (Sullivan is one of the delights of the novel, a precocious child who knows far too much for his age). These secrets are intertwined with friendships and the realisation that friends can be family too.

A charming story, The Godmothers won’t let you down.

Thank you to Penguin for the copy of this book. My review is honest.

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  birdsam0610 | Oct 10, 2020 |
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