October 2009 Good Housekeeping selection.
Former Cosmopolitan editor Sam Baker has first-hand experience of the very tricky business
of stepmother-hood. Now in her 40s, she became a stepmother, ‘the most loathed of fairy-tale baddies’, at just 26. In this feisty female-support fiction, each of her group of five women – Eve, Clare, Mel, Mandy and Chloe – has her own way of managing the complexities of 21st-century family life – living with the ghosts of dead wives, looking after little ones, and nursing the big ones’ egos…
You can't choose your family - but you can choose your friends...A heartfelt, warm and truthful novel about female friendship.
Eve has never imagined herself as a stepmother. But when she falls in love with Ian, he comes with a ready-made family of three children. And, to make matters worse, he's a widower. The ghost of his glamorous and well known wife haunts them. Clare, a teacher and single mother, is Eve's best friend. She is the only person Eve can talk to about how on earth a journalist in her thirties can win round three wary children. But despite Clare's years of practice with her own teenage daughter, it's Lily, her younger sister, who provides the truly sympathetic ear. Mel is sent along to Eve's so-called 'support group' by a colleague. With a fledgling relationship and a new business to get off the ground, she has a very different set of pressures to the other women. And Mandy is the stay-at-home mum, whose relationship comes with stepchildren, and who wants more than anything to stitch together a happy family life for herself, her kids and her new step-kids. As a cup of coffee turns to a bottle of wine and the get-togethers become a regular fixture, conversations about new families evolve into ones about relationships, life and each woman's deepest hopes and dreams. But the friendship is tested and feelings about lovers, husbands and step-children challenged when the five women are forced to confront new futures as well as unwelcome figures from the past...
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Publication date: 20/08/2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||20th August 2009|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist. She has edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines and was Editor in Chief of Red for six years. In 2015 she co-founded The Pool, the online platform that makes inspiring and original content for busy women.Sam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester. Photograph © Sarah DunnMore About Sam Baker