Angela Bunt reviews the highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia’s most beloved authors.
.I am not usually a reader of fiction but since I moved to Sydney from London in October 2019, I have taken to reading more fiction, mainly because I’m reading books that I find in the local Free Libraries. I also have not read many books by Australian authors prior to moving here and I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know them. I’ve never read any of Monica McInerney’s books so I was curious to read her latest book, The Godmothers.
The story of mystery and intrigue draws you in from page one. It is set in Australia, Scotland and Ireland and is about Eliza Miller who grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers abroad, Olivia and Maxie.
Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her 18th birthday when a tragic event changed her life. For the next 13 years, Eliza lives a safe and insular life, avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Out of the blue, she receives an invitation from one of her godmothers who lives in Edinburgh. Within a fortnight, Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh but despite the chaos, Eliza blossoms. 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?
I enjoyed the book despite my aversion to most fiction, in fact I found it difficult to put down; it’s a real page turner. There are so many twists and turns, surprises, secrets and lies. It is also very moving and I especially like the author’s sensitive approach to love, lies, hope and sorrow. I would highly recommend it and I am now keen to read more of Monica’s books.
Monica McInerney’s The Godmothers is published by Penguin Books, RR $32.00