Goodnight, Beautiful

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From the author of the internationally bestselling novels My Best Friend’s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast comes an incredibly moving, powerfully written new novel about motherhood, love, loss, and new beginnings.
 
Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might ...
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Overview

 
From the author of the internationally bestselling novels My Best Friend’s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast comes an incredibly moving, powerfully written new novel about motherhood, love, loss, and new beginnings.
 
Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds a text from her husband to Nova that reads “Goodnight, beautiful.” Already suspicious of their deep connection, Stephanie demands that Mal cut all ties to Nova and their unborn baby, leaving Nova to raise the child alone. 

Eight years later, Nova is anxiously waiting for her son, Leo, to wake up from a coma, while childless Stephanie is desperately trying to save her failing marriage. Despite her anger and hurt, Nova wants Mal to have the chance to know his son before it’s too late. Will it take a tragedy to remind them all how much they mean to one another?

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This tearjerker from British novelist/journalist Koomson (Marshmallows for Breakfast) explores the experience of a parent coping with a critically ill child. Seven-year-old Leo may never wake up from a medically induced coma after an aneurysm and a delicate operation. If that's not harsh enough, his mother, Nova Kumalisi, is also desperate for Leo's birth father, Mal, to know their son before it's too late. Leo is the result of Nova's agreeing to be a surrogate for lifelong friend Mal and his wife, Stephanie, but in the middle of the pregnancy, Stephanie became jealous of Nova and Mal's relationship and opted out of the arrangement. Nova chose to keep Leo and raise him on her own while Mal cut all ties with her and the child at his wife's request. Brimming with portents, this moving story captures the despair of a parent facing the prospect of losing a child. Best read with tissues at the ready. (Oct.)
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“Beautifully written, with characters you’ll really care about—this is not to be missed.”
She (U.K.)
 
“A heartbreaking story . . . You’ll need tissues. 5 stars.”
Heat (U.K.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385344265
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 832,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Koomson is a journalist as well as a novelist, and she currently lives in England, where she is at work on her next novel.
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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    This is an engaging five tissue box contemporary family drama

    Eight years ago in England, Mal and Stephanie ask his close friend Nova to serve as a surrogate mother. She agrees, but during the pregnancy, a jealous Stephanie shut down the arrangement. Rather than abort or give up her child for adoption, Nova chooses to raise her son as a single mom.

    Nova's son seven-year-old Leo suffers an aneurysm and needs emergency surgery. He lies in a medically induced coma with a strong chance he will die shortly or never awaken. Though she is still bitter at Mal and Stephanie as her former BFF cut off all ties to her and their offspring, Nova knows their reversal led to her raising her beloved Leo; she wants her child's father to meet his son.

    This is an engaging five tissue box contemporary family drama. The lead triangle and Leo are solid characters so the audience understand the motives of each especially the adults. Although too much time is spent on the events of eight years ago that are table setters for the present, readers will not have a dry eye as Dorothy Koomson provides a modern day weeper.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Great read

    Enjoyed from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    hhhhaaaaatttteeeeeeeee

    Well no not right

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    I would highly recommend this book..

    The book held your interest with love between a mother and child, father and a close family relationships. It also made you realize how much a child means to everyone and to experience the loss is close to unbearable. Another great book by Dorothy Koomson.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Recommended for lovers of romance and family dramas

    While I did find the book a little drawn out at times, I really enjoyed the story, character development and writing style. It was the type of book that reflected back a lot on the past to help you understand both the characters and how they got to where they are now and I always like to see that. It was a sad, heartwarming and interesting story about love, loss, family, friendship and tragedy. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I bought the hardback copy because I loved it so much. It's such a good read.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Loved It!

    started out slow but well worth reading...be sure to have tissue...can't wait to read more from this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    Great book

    Just like the others I had a hard time getting into the book at first but then it really pulls you in and you just want to keep reading until the end. I cried and cried. This is a book that I will re-read for sure.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    highly recommended!!

    Had a little trouble starting at the very beginning. Loved, loved, loved it. Only a very few books have ever made me cry, this one did. Definitely worth 5 stars.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    A definite tearjerker--bring on the tissues!!

    I cried buckets when reading this book. At first, the book is hard to get into and it starts picking up soon after. It's worth the late nights and Koomson knows the matters of the human heart

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    Highly Recommended!

    couldnt put this book down! really gets to your emotions so have tissues ready when you near the end.

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