The Accidental Mother

The Accidental Mother

by Rowan Coleman
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The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman

Sophie and Carrie were childhood best friends, but in the last few years they've lost touch. While Carrie chose motherhood in a small town, Sophie is powering up the London career track. She's a corporate manager poised for her next promotion. Sure, she doesn't have much time for men, but she has a great shoe collection and a cat who's never going to let her down.

And then Sophie is told that Carrie has died, with nobody left to care for her two daughters, Bella and Izzy, aged six and three. Their father, who left before Carrie's death, is nowhere to be found; their grandmother is moving into assisted living. Sophie once promised Carrie she would take care of her children if the worst ever happened...and now that day has come.

Witty, wise, and filled with genuinely powerful emotion, The Accidental Mother is the heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a woman who is woefully under-equipped to be suddenly thrown into motherhood, but who through the eyes of two little girls learns more about loss, commitment, and true love than she had ever realized existed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099465058
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in the opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.

Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is her eleventh novel. Others include The Accidental Mother, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud and the award-winning Runaway Wife, a novel which lead Rowan to become an active supporter of domestic abuse charity Refuge, donating 100% of royalties from the ebook publication of her novella, Woman Walks Into a Bar, to the charity. Rowan does not have time for ironing.

To find out more about Rowan Coleman, visit her website at: 
www.rowancoleman.co.uk,
Facebook or Twitter: @rowancoleman.

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Accidental Mother 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finshed in 3 days! Loved it!
SOSsoccerbabe2 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the book and read the descripiton, I thought it would be another stupid book with annoyingly unpriginal events. My friend convinced me to get it anyway and try it. I am so greatful that they did. It was an absolutly breathtaking book that made me cry at a few moments (I am NOT a cryer.) You get to know the characters really well and start to get attachted wich makes it just that much better when someone does somthing completely out of their element. It wasn't a romantic story all that much wich was good if your getting a little bored of the love storys and just want to try somthing else for a little while. I thought it was a beautifully written story. It's about a girl who was once crazy and had tons of fun with her wild best friend, but as they grew older, she straightened out and became less crazy and kind of lost herself. She gets a call from a social worker telling her that the old friend has died and that the father of her children is nowhere to be found. The children where left to her. So, for a few weeks she has to take care of the kids until they find the dad. I thought it was going to go the same way as every other story with this plot does, but it didn't and it was a very very touching and heartfilled story. Even the kids will make you feel something. They are truely one of the best parts of this amazing book.
Neddie_P More than 1 year ago
The premise is a sound one: a career woman carelessly agrees to be godmother to her one-time best friend. As teens the duo were inseparable, but as adults, their paths crossed very infrequently, but the business woman agreed to be godmother to her friends two children without realizing the inevitable consequences. When the young mother dies, a social worker tells the career woman she's inherited two little girls, aged 3 and 6, at least, until they can locate the dead-woman's errant ex-husband. Accidental Mother is readable, and probably could even be described as engaging, but ultimately the book is burdened by two factors that just can't be ignored. Firstly, Coleman gives her three- and six-year-old characters dialog and sensibilities that rival those fantasy erudite teens of "Dawson's Creek." Since Coleman is a mother herself (it says so on the dust jacket), she no doubt has actually experienced how (in)articulate and in(eloquent) kids really are. They're also mercurial -- and Coleman's kids are mecurial where it suits her plot line, and only in those situations. Coleman's dream children are thoughtful and affectionate -- good traits, both -- but they are so profoundly insightful to the point of the reader having to take a massive leap of faith to continue reading. Coleman tries to pepper the story with "believable" kid mishaps -- her make-up is raided, her couch is ruined by curries, costumes are inappropriately donned. But these are still not real children and the fact that they are unquestionably a figment of Coleman's fervently chatty imagination is ultimately the novel's biggest problem. Coleman must have had an outline and idea of how the book was to develop, and the basic plot could be credible and engaging had it been even a little more realistic. Secondly, from the minute the businesswoman inherits the children, the reader instantly knows where this is going. Her lack-of-experience with kids, her exasperation, her crustiness, her devotion to work, her attraction to a high-powered American businessman -- these will all undoubtedly go the wayside, when she invariably falls in love with the children. What's more important? Power, promotion, and success or a loving home life? Guess which one she chooses?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a mother of three young sons, It is hard for me to find time to read. I made time for this book. It was a book I had a hard time putting down. I finished it in 4 days, I was proud of myself. This book is one of my favorites. Thank you for writing it. I loved every minute!!!
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I hated this book. I always finish my books and felt guilty not finishing this one but I just couldn't read another word. I disliked Sophie (loved Cal, however) and couldn't wait around to see what happened. I just didn't care.
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