The Godmothers by Monica McInerney. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Eliza grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother but with the constant support of her two godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. She always felt loved and secure until a tragic event occurred just before she turned 18. 13 years later, Eliza lives as safely as possible but things happen and a timely invitation from Olivia prompts a leap into the unknown. Within a fortnight, Eliza is in Edinburgh and is blossoming in the chaos. She finds herself hopeful for the future but also ready to explore her past, including finding out who her father is…
An author that is always highly recommended, purely because of time management issues (haha) I almost returned her newest book back to the library but after such high praise from many people I share literary tastes with I decided to keep it. Good decision on my behalf! While I liked the main characters, being Eliza, Maxie and Olivia, my favourite character was actually a young man named Sullivan who Eliza meets on a plane; keep your eye out for him for sure. In terms of storyline, it was an entertaining plot which had humour, love, secrets, lies and a fair amount of sadness. I appreciated the sections that looked back on Jeannie’s history and how Eliza grew up, what really stood out was that no doubt Jeannie was mentally troubled but also she loved her daughter so much and ensured she would always be protected and cared for by Olivia and Maxie. It was a great look at how people don’t need to be blood related to you to be your family.
Overall: a thoroughly entertaining contemporary domestic drama that I know a lot of readers would enjoy.