The Other Mothers' Club

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Eve has had it—she's no "wicked stepmonster" in the making. She absolutely adores Ian, the new man in her life, and she's more than willing to open her heart to his kids. But nothing she does is right in their eyes, and she just can't take it anymore.

At her wit's end, she decides it's time for stepmothers to stick together, so, with a little prodding from her best friend, Clare, she decides to join a support system for other women in the same boat. There's stay-at-home mom ...

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Overview

Eve has had it—she's no "wicked stepmonster" in the making. She absolutely adores Ian, the new man in her life, and she's more than willing to open her heart to his kids. But nothing she does is right in their eyes, and she just can't take it anymore.

At her wit's end, she decides it's time for stepmothers to stick together, so, with a little prodding from her best friend, Clare, she decides to join a support system for other women in the same boat. There's stay-at-home mom Mandy, high-achiever Mel, and even young and in love Chloe. And as cups of coffee give way to wine, and their get-togethers become a regular fixture, the women share their love, lives, ambitions, and true feelings about their new families.

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Soon after Eve, the heroine of this overbusy debut, plunges into stepmother territory, she realizes she's in over her head. She turns to best friend and single mother Clare for advice, and the help sessions soon mushroom into the Stepmothers' Support Group. Members include Clare's younger sister, Lily, who is dating an older man with a toddler; Melanie, who wants a family of her own and is recovering from a bad breakup with a man who didn't want kids; and Mandy, who is trying to juggle the blending of two families full of teenagers. Baker partially succeeds at polishing the image of the much-maligned stepmother, thanks to strong characters like Eve and Clare. But the glut of personalities at play between club members and their families and friends proves too much for Baker to handle, and as she loses the battle to develop even some of players central to the increasingly convoluted plot, contrived developments and uneven storytelling become ever more apparent. (July)
Nigella Lawson on The Stepmothers' Support Group
“Sometimes, a book can be such a brilliant idea, you can’t believe no one has done it before: ‘The Stepmothers’ Support Group’ by Sam Baker is a page-turning case in point. Stepmothers, stepfathers, stepchildren: all, I think, will find amusement and comfort in its pages.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061840357
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Samantha Baker has edited some of the UK's most popular magazines, including J-17, Company, and Cosmopolitan UK. She is editor in chief of Red, and lives between Winchester, Hampshire, and central London with her husband and grown-up stepson.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    This is an intriguing look at the not wicked stepmother club

    In London, Eve Owen and widower Ian Newsome meet over a magazine review she is doing on his book re his late wife. They fall in love, but she is totally unprepared to deal with his kids (twelve years old Hannah, eight years old Sophie and five years old Alfie).

    Her best friend school teacher Claire Adams is a single mom of thirteen year old Louisa so she listens to Eve's woes of becoming a stepmother. Clare helps and soon the two BFFs forge the Stepmothers' Support Group. Clare's younger sister Lily joins them as she is dating a single dad with a toddler. Mandy becomes a member as she struggles to merge two families with teenagers in both into a cohesive unit. Finally Mel's boyfriend has a tweener.

    This is an intriguing look at the not wicked stepmother as the club members want loving relationships with the offspring of their significant other. Clare and Eve are fully developed but the rest of the ensemble pale in comparison as there are too many characters with too many issues to keep score. Still readers who enjoy a well written family drama will appreciate The Stepmothers' Support Group as the women want to do their best but don't always succeed.

    Harriet Klausner

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