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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760893750
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Godmothers




The heartwarming new novel by Australia's #1 bestselling author.

The highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia's most beloved authors.

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.

'An absolutely beautiful book ... intriguing and uplifting.' Marian Keyes

‘A warm, hilarious and hopeful story about family, friendships and secrets…The Godmothers is the ultimate comfort read: delightful and uplifting, with more than a few twists and turns to keep you going.’ Better Reading

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760893750
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the author

Monica McInerney

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories, Hello from the Gillespies, The Trip of a Lifetime and The Godmothers, and a short story collection, All Together Now.

Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

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Praise for The Godmothers

A warm, hilarious and hopeful story about family, friendships and secrets…The Godmothers is the ultimate comfort read: delightful and uplifting, with more than a few twists and turns to keep you going.

Better Reading

Monica McInereny is the queen of feel-good novels, and she’s done it again with The Godmothers, setting up a family-based mystery full of warm characters that will have you turning the pages to follow their heartfelt story as it treks from Melbourne to Scotland and Ireland….In typical McInerney style, this is a story full of love , laughter and hope, along with lies, secrets, tears, heartache and difficult life lessons. But most of all it’s about appreciating the value of family – both mothers and godmothers.

Herald Sun

The Godmothers is a big-hearted book from a stalwart of popular Australian family sagas…there’s an emotional intelligence in its depiction of a woman learning to embrace life, and the perils and pleasures of love, after years of avoidance.

The Age

Monica McInerney’s novels always deliver what I can only describe as a literary hug – comfort reading with all the feels …Classic Monica McInerney, and I mean that as the highest of praise.

Theresa Smith writes

A beautiful family saga, filled with humour, warmth and drama.

Worldly magazine

This highly anticipated new family drama by one of Australia’s most beloved authors is bound to fill your heart.

Family Circle

It's hard to remember the last time I devoured a book like this page-turner. McInerney grabs your heart from the start…This is an uplifting read full of memorable characters – and a chance to travel overseas while our borders remain closed.

Coastal Times

A delightful. engrossing, epic family saga

Sydney Arts Guide

Witty, insightful and completely addictive

Booktopia

You think she can’t get any better, but she does! Monica McInerney’s warm, wise and wonderful book is the perfect read!

Patricia Scanlan

Packed with wonderful characters and glamorous settings, this brilliant, moving and funny novel is a joy from start to finish.

Wendy Holden

An absolutely beautiful book . . . intriguing and uplifting.

Marian Keyes

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