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  1. Leanne Riley Leanne Riley says:

    what can I say In all honestly I picked this book up because the blurb said it was like The First Wives Club. no it s not, its nothing like it and I loved that book one of my favs This book however is. blahh.I thought the story was slow, although there are a few characters I found it was mainly based round just one character and her best friend, you barely touch the surface of the other women and they seem 2 dimensional I really wanted to like this I read to the end but it s not a what can I say In all honestly I picked this book up because the blurb said it was like The First Wives Club. no it s not, its nothing like it and I loved that book one of my favs This book however is. blahh.I thought the story was slow, although there are a few characters I found it was mainly based round just one character and her best friend, you barely touch the surface of the other women and they seem 2 dimensional I really wanted to like this I read to the end but it s not a keeper


  2. Chloe Chloe says:

    Eve has never imagined herself as a Step mother, but that s exactly what she becomes when she falls in love with widow Ian He comes complete with 3 children, and it s Eve s worst nightmare not to mention the fact that the ghost of his wife is hanging over Eve s every move Her best friend Clare is having problems of her own with her teenage daughter Lou, but she still wants to be there for Clare Lily is Clare s younger sister and also in love with someone who has a child, but Lily isn t too a Eve has never imagined herself as a Step mother, but that s exactly what she becomes when she falls in love with widow Ian He comes complete with 3 children, and it s Eve s worst nightmare not to mention the fact that the ghost of his wife is hanging over Eve s every move Her best friend Clare is having problems of her own with her teenage daughter Lou, but she still wants to be there for Clare Lily is Clare s younger sister and also in love with someone who has a child, but Lily isn t too afraid of being a step mother The 3 women need each other and decide to set up The Step Mothers Support Group, and recruit a few other mothers for coffee, chat and friendship But when things all come crashing down around them, can the step mothers overcome the past as well as their uncertain futures This novel is the third for author Sam Baker, who is also the editor of Red magazine The novel is based around female friendships, and how women adapt to looking after someone else s children as a step parent, a job I don t at all envy The book has a gorgeous pink and red themed cover and is definitely one that will stand out on your bookshelf However, I don t think the cover gives away enough about how good a book this is, and it certainly isn t all that light and fluffy like the cover image might lead you to believe Don t let the girlie cover of this book put you off it s a meaty read, and very enjoyable too.The main character of the book is Eve She s a career girl, working hard in her job on a magazine, and in love with Ian The only problem is that he comes with his 3 children by dead wife Caro, and Eve isn t at all sure of herself with children We join the book when Ian is introducing Eve to his children for the first time, and it was very cringing in parts I think Baker has done a great job in describing the situation perfectly and getting on paper the emotions of both the adults and children in the scenario Just from this opening scene, I knew the rest of the book was going to match up and be a riveting read The other characters include her best friend Clare, step mums Melanie and Mandy, and Clare s sister Lily each of them were real women and you can imagine them being your friend and walking down the street, and this is what made the book so enjoyable for me.What I really loved about this book is that it showed both the negatives and positives of the different relationships throughout It shows how awkward a step parent child bond can be and how children don t necessarily accept the adults in their life even when you desperately want them to Baker really captures the emotion of the children in the book, feeling pushed out, disliking their parent moving on and dislike of the new adult in their life You can see the relationships change as the book goes on, and it was very realistic and I enjoyed it.The adult relationships were written well too Eve and Ian s partnership was a very good read and realistic too It was clear that they were different people who loved each other, but had different ideas about family life Eve and Clare s relationship was the other main one in the book, and was very touching as it is a friendship from childhood that withstands anything you just wish you had one of your own like this when you read the book I really enjoyed the way the realism of it Eve and Clare fought, didn t speak to each other, just like in real life and Baker really gets into the head of these women.I think these days this book isrelevant than ever because there seem to be a lot of blended families around, and of course they don t all work out as you want them to Sam Baker s writing is what made this book so enjoyable for me, it was such an easy read and the writing style was so readable, you couldn t put the book down and I was just desperate to find out how things were going to work out for Eve and Clare The book details the good, the bad and the ugly but there is a lot of happiness in this book too I thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved every page When I finished it, I felt like I had lost a group of friends because the book is so involving and I was truly gutted to turn the last page An excellent read, and very highly recommended one of my top reads of 2009 without a doubt


  3. Shelleyrae at Book& Shelleyrae at Book& says:

    Eve has fallen in love with widower Ian, but his three children aren t as smitten as their father is Navigating the hazards of stepparenting is an uncomfortable experience for Eve, particularly the outright hostility of 12 year old Hannah Needing advice, Eve s best friend Clare suggests she meet with her younger sister Lily who s a part time stepmother to a three year old Melanie has yet to meet her potential 10 year old stepdaughter but lonely and hoping for friendship, she joins the informa Eve has fallen in love with widower Ian, but his three children aren t as smitten as their father is Navigating the hazards of stepparenting is an uncomfortable experience for Eve, particularly the outright hostility of 12 year old Hannah Needing advice, Eve s best friend Clare suggests she meet with her younger sister Lily who s a part time stepmother to a three year old Melanie has yet to meet her potential 10 year old stepdaughter but lonely and hoping for friendship, she joins the informal group, followed by Mandy who seems to have been successful in creating her blended family The five women bond over their shared heartbreak, fears and joy.By bringing together Eve, Clare, Lily, Melanie and Mandy, Baker explores the modern minefield of relationships, parenthood and friendship and is able to provide multiple perspectives to the issues the characters face Baker skilfully navigates the complex themes by creating a realistic cast.Eve and Clare are the dominant protagonists in the book, both facing very different challenges Eve is the less sympathetic character, I felt she was quite self absorbed and there is a bitter edge to her that I never understood I wasfirmly on Hannah s side than hers, despite recognising that Eve was perhaps doing the best she could.I found Clarelikeable, I can empathise with her financial struggle and the difficulties of negotiating life with a teenage girl I also find it much easier to understand Clare s fear of Will coming back into her daughters life I think I might have been even less rational than Clare in the same situation.Despite my honest admiration for Baker s ability to develop sophisticated, multi faceted characters I just wasn t drawn in to the story the way I wanted to be Partly I think because of my indifference towards Eve, and also because the issues don t relate to my experience I think perhaps the story would beappealing to someone who has been on either side of the stepparenting situation


  4. Marigold Dicer Marigold Dicer says:

    A word of warning this is not The First Wives Club Aside from the obvious reasons, The First Wives Club is farserious and detailed than this book, and if you haven t read the former than please DO because it is amazing This sort of genre chick lit family drama is the sort I pick up occasionally, intermittently it isn t my regular type of read Half the time I like these types of books, but this one, for me at least, fell into the other half There s nothing fundamentally wrong wit A word of warning this is not The First Wives Club Aside from the obvious reasons, The First Wives Club is farserious and detailed than this book, and if you haven t read the former than please DO because it is amazing This sort of genre chick lit family drama is the sort I pick up occasionally, intermittently it isn t my regular type of read Half the time I like these types of books, but this one, for me at least, fell into the other half There s nothing fundamentally wrong with it it delivers pretty much what you d expect from the blurb give or take some favourable character treatment It just didn t do it for me After about page 70 I started skim reading and never found myself invested in the characters Mildly interested, yes, but not invested I should note that the five women are not given equal treatment by the book, so we only get a fully fleshed out story of two of the protagonists, and only one of them had their story resolved in a satisfying way The other three members are very, very minor characters, and we only receive the sketchiest details of their lives.Have you seen the movie Bridesmaids The book reminded me of it, though only in the sense that I expected it would be about all of the characters when it was really just about one.I think if the genre isof your read then you will enjoy this bookthan I did Even though I was skim reading, I was interested enough to finish the book It just didn t provide anything new for me A casual read


  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book takes a look at the lives of four women who are all on the road to becoming stepmothers, and the emotional struggles and heartbreak that can arise from taking on a man who already has children It deals with many emotional issues that are faced by women today in a very sympathetic way, and the females are all portrayed as likeable characters, even when their behaviour is less than perfect.However, because it is written from the females perspective the men come off much less favourably This book takes a look at the lives of four women who are all on the road to becoming stepmothers, and the emotional struggles and heartbreak that can arise from taking on a man who already has children It deals with many emotional issues that are faced by women today in a very sympathetic way, and the females are all portrayed as likeable characters, even when their behaviour is less than perfect.However, because it is written from the females perspective the men come off much less favourably, with some of them being portrayed as selfish and uncaring For me the least likeable male character was Ian, who behaves dispicably when Eve announces to him that she is pregnant with his child This is only the final act in a long list of very selfish behaviours that he displays and frankly I can t see why Eve would take him back after this I would have liked some of the book to have been from the male characters perspective so that there is a bitinsight into why they behaved in the way that they did.I very much enjoyed The Stepmothers Support Group but I would have preferred a less rushed ending It felt slightly as though the author wanted to just quickly tie up any loose ends and ensure a happy ending for all of the characters Overall, it is a novel that is touching and sympathetic and it will make you take a look at your own life and relationships Definitely worth a read


  6. Vivian Muia Vivian Muia says:

    The story was interesting enough But the female characters were so annoying Weak and daft, they were unable to figure out that unless the father is a criminal or psycho, it s in a child s best interests to know him Or at least be told that he wants to meet her The other protagonists made every point other than that one.And what s with the jerks of men Really, these characters were difficult to like and that s why I m going with an It was OK rating on this one.Except the book was also The story was interesting enough But the female characters were so annoying Weak and daft, they were unable to figure out that unless the father is a criminal or psycho, it s in a child s best interests to know him Or at least be told that he wants to meet her The other protagonists made every point other than that one.And what s with the jerks of men Really, these characters were difficult to like and that s why I m going with an It was OK rating on this one.Except the book was also riddled with errors and weird expressions And I love Brits and English I m reading Bridget Jones s Diary now, and I haven t seen a single instance of weirdness of language The expressions weren t enough to send me to literary hell They were just distracting


  7. Linda Linda says:

    A group of womenEve, Clare, Lily, Melanie, and Mandy form a group called The Stepmothers Support Group so they can discuss the issues they each face as stepmothers or soon to be stepmothers.The story held my attention to the very last page Each woman s story is different and will resonate with women facing some of the same problems The setting is Great Britian and the author is British, so much of the vocabulary is Britishoccasionally, I wasn t sure what a character was referring to A group of womenEve, Clare, Lily, Melanie, and Mandy form a group called The Stepmothers Support Group so they can discuss the issues they each face as stepmothers or soon to be stepmothers.The story held my attention to the very last page Each woman s story is different and will resonate with women facing some of the same problems The setting is Great Britian and the author is British, so much of the vocabulary is Britishoccasionally, I wasn t sure what a character was referring to, but it was fun A very readable and thought provoking book.Also published under the title The Other Mothers Club


  8. Cathrine Cathrine says:

    An ordinary chicklit book with somedepth to it What if the the love of your life came with kids attached What would you do and and how would you treat the kids The kids that always will come first, not you The book doesn t give any big insights on those questions, but it gives you a feeling that you re not alone Stepmother, stepfather or stepchild, other s have been in your shoes before Great friends who can lend you an ear or two over coffee and wine is also of course good Definite An ordinary chicklit book with somedepth to it What if the the love of your life came with kids attached What would you do and and how would you treat the kids The kids that always will come first, not you The book doesn t give any big insights on those questions, but it gives you a feeling that you re not alone Stepmother, stepfather or stepchild, other s have been in your shoes before Great friends who can lend you an ear or two over coffee and wine is also of course good Definitely a good read that made me think a bit differently upon the whole stepmother stepchild thing


  9. cheryna27 cheryna27 says:

    The best I can give this book is 3 even though I wanted to give a 4 It s because I love other characters in SSG than I love the main character, Eve I mean, things look easy from her side compared to the others and I believe it is only fair if the other stories, Mandy s for example, was elaboratedby Sam Baker Other than that, the book is a tutor in several life lesson Thanks for being updated too The part where blogging, Gossip Girl and iPod was involved were the parts where I m feelin The best I can give this book is 3 even though I wanted to give a 4 It s because I love other characters in SSG than I love the main character, Eve I mean, things look easy from her side compared to the others and I believe it is only fair if the other stories, Mandy s for example, was elaboratedby Sam Baker Other than that, the book is a tutor in several life lesson Thanks for being updated too The part where blogging, Gossip Girl and iPod was involved were the parts where I m feeling like reading a modern book Keep on improving, SSG


  10. Julie Julie says:

    I read this in a day as I couldn t put it down Great story and believable characters that you empathised with and wanted to know how it all turned out The Stepmothers s Support Group starts out as three friends meeting for coffee Clare, her sister Lily, and her lifelong friend Eve meet up to discuss Eve s problems with her stepchildren, or the eldest in particular The group expands, as do the stories.


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The Stepmothers' Support Group ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Stepmothers' Support Group Author Sam Baker – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 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 The Stepmothers' MOBI :å 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 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.

    Download PDF books 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 The Stepmothers' MOBI :å 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 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • The Stepmothers' Support Group
  • Sam Baker
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 0007302541

About the Author: Sam Baker

Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist, going on to edit some of the UK s biggest magazines For six years she was Editor in Chief of Red magazine, where she set up the Red Hot Women Awards recognising achievement across politics, science, tech, the arts, media and charity, as well as championing support for Refuge, the charity for victims of domestic abuseIn she co founded and launched The Pool with Lauren Laverne, the online platform that makes inspiring and The Stepmothers' MOBI :å original content for busy womenSam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester When she s not working or writing she escapes by devouring crime novels or watching box sets.