The ebb and flow of the yarn weaved and spun here by McInerney, one of Australia’s best authors at composing exquisite family dramas, takes us through an enchanting account of a puzzle and the memories assembled by a group of women.
Eliza Miller has grown up surrounded by magical stories and places of wonder, on an eternal adventure with her mother and two watchful godmothers – Maxie, Olivia, and Rose – until tragedy strikes.
Thirteen years later, Eliza goes on her first holiday in what feels like forever and, in doing so, embarks on a journey of self-discovery, new friendships, and what might be the answer to the question that has haunted her. McInerney then begins a story that takes Eliza in a search for her past, an expedition that will teach her who she is and where she might be going next. What seems to be a happy ending is at times broken up with harsh reality and disappointment. However, something that does not work out as we have planned is not always a negative thing. Maybe there is just another door waiting to be opened that will take you onto the next episode, the right one.
The godmothers recognises the comfort your chosen family can bring you – those people who are handpicked by destiny to hold us and protect us, like our own parents would. A lesson in this story is how it takes a village to raise a child. It is perfect for your summer holiday, at home or somewhere away from home. If you are after a book you can devour in one sitting because after just one more chapter you realise it’s way past your bed time; one that transports you to the green pastures of Scotland, England and Ireland, feeling the crisp air of the highlands, then this is a must read.