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Publisher's Summary

'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 18th 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 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 story about love, loss, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

©2020 Monica McInerney (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Beautiful story

Had waited so long for this and then it’s over so quickly. Have always enjoyed Monica McInerney books and this one didn’t disappoint.

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Favourite writer

Every book as wonderful as the last. You never fail to deliver. Brilliant and thought provoking.

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Wonderful read

This book blew me away I didn’t know what to expect and I was in love with them all. Wonderful read

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Another great book from Monica McInerney

A great story with brilliant narrators. I love Monica's books and this one is great and I would recommend.

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Thank youMonica

I loved this latest novel once I started listening I wanted to keep listening highly recommended

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Very lively and enjoyable

It’s great being read a story by three different people, the accents and voices were wonderful. The storyline is interesting and overall the audiobook was throughly enjoyable.

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Great ending

Wow it was my first time reading this author. Great book easy read and so enjoyable and unexpected ending.

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Good story hindered by confusing narration

This interesting story depicts the godmother- godchild relationship well. McInerney writes relationships well - which is the hallmark of being a good writer. Her depiction of mental illness in Jeannie is nuanced and well informed- but it seems somewhat unlikely that Jeannie still maintained such strong friendships over decades of alcoholism and aggressive behaviour.
The narrators were confusing and inconsistent
Having 3 narrators to represent the two godmothers and Eliza seems fine in theory - but they each had different and confusing pronunciations and at times made it difficult to follow the story. Olivia’s accent was odd to say the least and inconsistent
For an audiobook it would have been better to have one good narrator.

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Great read

Really enjoyed this book. The character development was good. As usual, Monica spends a lot of time including conversations that the book could live without but if you just go with the flow, it’s fine. I enjoyed the story and the narration was good. I wasn’t sure why Olivia had such a bad Scottish accent but if you didn’t listen to it too closely, it was fine. I loved Sullivan - he was a lovely addition to the story.
If you like Monica’s other books, you’ll enjoy this one. 👍

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heartfelt

loved it easy listening always wanting to hear more not wanting to turn it off

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  • 05-10-2020

absolutely 💯 brilliant

Monica McInerney's 12th book is her best. a Must read/listen marathon. addictively enjoyable. I hope she gets home to Ireland soon. lockdiwn with mum in Adelaide would have meant more family stories, so will lead to more books in the near future hopefully

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  • m mcdonnell
  • 30-10-2020

You’ve Done It Again Monica

This was one of the best audio books I’ve ever listened to! The plot brilliant; the story line intriguing ( the hook to listen further never wavered). The women performers truly brought the characters alive. CONGRATULATIONS to Monica and all who had a lending hand in this book.

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