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Tessa King is godmother to four children but desperately wants to be married and have her own family. At least she thinks she does. She's really not sure whether she's ready to give up a swinging London social life full of one-night stands, and, anyway, the man she's been in love with since they were teens is already married. And when she takes a careful look around at her married friends, Tessa begins to see that they aren't living such perfect lives: Neil cheats on Helen, who is exhausted from having twins; Fran and Nick's teenage son is doing drugs; Claudia and Al have lost another pregnancy; and single mom Billy struggles desperately to make ends meet. But when tragedy strikes the group of friends, Tessa gets the chance at what she might want most. This heavy-handed British soap opera is overstuffed with too many characters and overdramatic subplots yet remains unsatisfying. For larger public libraries where British women's fiction is popular.-Rebecca Vnuk, Glen Ellyn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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While 30-something Londoner Tessa King questions her no-strings-attached lifestyle, she also witnesses her friends' difficulties in marriage and parenthood while playing godmother to their broods. Nick and Francesca battle to keep their sullen teenager out of serious trouble; Billy, a single mom, can't break ties to her now remarried ex-; Helen and Neil, fairy tale parents to twin boys, are hiding something; successful Claudia and Al struggle to conceive; and Ben and Sasha have no plans to have children. But Ben also happens to be Tessa's best friend, and perhaps the love of her life. When tragedy eventually strikes the group, bonds are tested, and Tessa is forced to re-examine what she thinks will really make her happy. A painful look into the fears, doubts and desires that make and break marriages, this debut novel from Londoner Adams is notches up from the usual chick and mom lit fare. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Book groups and Anglophiles, take note: Adams has written a fast-paced, witty, and charming novel that will surprise readers with its depth and honesty. Tessa zany, curly-haired, yoga-fit is a highly successful attorney who has been forced by unfair circumstances to leave work. Unburdened for the first time in 20 years, she takes on a busy social schedule, complete with a racy sex life (descriptions are steamy). But what she excels at are her absorbing dedication to friends and her role as godmother to Caspar, a brooding, smoking teen; Cora, a single friend's (often-sick) daughter; and recent additions, twins Bobby and Tommy. She is ready to help at each summon, but the more she gets caught up in the lives of others, the more she realizes that something is missing in her own life. Just when she feels out of sorts, her friends all hit crisis mode, and what starts as a light, relatively chipper read takes a turn to the bitingly realistic. Topped off with a made-for-movie ending, The Godmother is unpredictable and absorbing.--Cook, Emily Copyright 2007 Booklist