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The Stepmother

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  746 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Bea Frazier hoped she'd rediscover her incredible self after divorcing Jimmy. But being home alone with three daughters brings her demons back with a vengeance. The only solution is to reunite her family. The trouble is, her ex is about to marry someone else.

Tessa King has finally found true love, but her knight in shining armor comes with three sullen daughters and an ex
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ebook, 368 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kelly
Being a first wife, I sang with Ms. Divine, Goldie and that skinny chick who's name I can never remember about the First Wives’ Club. I knew that if my husband ever got remarried to some perky lil' thang, nothing would've pleased me more than making her life and his absolute hell. Not only that, but I planned to delight reminding her that no matter what she did, how much harder she tried, or how adorable she was...she simply was never going to measure up. That is, right up until I became the sec ...more
Christy
the stepmother is a novel that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Filled with the highs and lows of REAL relationships Ms. Adams brings out all the painful AND wonderful experiences that make up life. Even though this is a sequel to her first book, the godmother, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. My heart and sympathies were torn between both Tessa and Bea. I couldn't put down this fast-paced thought provoking novel and even days after I finished it the story and ch ...more
Marika
Sep 15, 2013 Marika rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: This is a good read for any woman who's planning to become a stepmother.
I wish I had read this book before I married a man with three daughters. It would have helped a lot in understanding the differences in being a support system (step-parent) vs. a primary caregiver (father/mother).

This is a must read for anyone contemplating becoming a stepparent. My favourite quote is "I get jealous and that makes me feel insecure, and insecurity can turn even the most level-headed woman into a fruitcake. A dangerous one at that. It's easy to see why stepmothers can become so ev
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Halie Snider
The Stepmother is a story that is very relatable to most people and it keeps you on your toes while reading it because you keep thinking about what's going to happen next. It's about a woman named Bea who is trying to rediscover herself after a divorce. She has three kids and they are her whole world. After her divorce she is confused and still is in love with her ex, Jimmy. All Bea wants is her family to be together again but Jimmy is getting married to someone else named Tessa. Tessa tries to ...more
Victoria
Ehh... I really did not care for this sequel. Tessa was a bit more mature than in her debut in The Godmother, but she still acted closer to her shoe size than her age. And though I did not think it was possible, Bea, the first wife, was even more unsympathetic and unlikable character. And again, for a book that is marketed as chick lit, there was very little romance involved. Once more, James was more of an idea, a figment of a man, than actual character. Really, the whole plot was a predictable ...more
Elizabeth
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Kathy Chung
reviewed at : Mama Kucing Books : The Stepmother by Carrie Adams

There is really no right or wrong in this book. It depends on ones perception. At first, I hated Bea for divorcing James and then wanting him back But then later on she gave good reason.

Then I hated James for not being there when Tessa needed him and when he refuses to see reason when Tessa tried to reason with him. However, he managed to admit his mistake and he was doing what he had thought is best for everyone.

As for Tessa, she s
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Jennifer
Feb 05, 2009 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: single twenty/thirty-somethings
A great second book from Adams. I highly recommend reading "THE GODMOTHER" first, because this book doesn't go into in-depth recaps that some sequels do (thank goodness!!!)

This book stayed with me throughout the course of a week - I stole time here & there, whenever I could, and completely enjoyed the entire story. Adams writes about circumstances that are (sometimes unfortunately) extremely realistic. But she writes about them in a fabulous, funny style, and gives every person a character o
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Stefanie
Really wanted to like it . . .some good things. Interesting dynamic but not well developed. Emotions of the characters were way too sporadic to hold my attention, especially those of Tessa who seems unreasonably jealous and whiny to me. It might just be my mood tonight; I am irritated in general, but I have "tolerated" too many books recently. I just don't have the patience for this one. I need a break from the mediocre and feel the real need for another page turner right about now.
Marna
I didn't like this book. But then I read all the reviews -
'you should gain 500 pounds for the having of babies. that woman was clearly satan. blah blah blah' and now I kind of want to give it one other star.

And it wasn't just 'I'm selfish and don't want to get fat.' It was also debilitating depression as well. But I guess she just should have dealt with it because babies. Really, people. I guess it figures though. Considering the types of people that would be drawn to a book like this.

'the DRA
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Anne-Marie
So horrid I was insulted!

How do these people get crap like this published?

I have nothing against "chick lit" except for when it is so freaking typical and unoriginal and boring and bad that it hurts my eyes.

I am so sick of books with apples on the cover.

I thought this was a different book when I checked it out of the library.

Unless things took a drastic turn for the better after page 61 I will file this under "rubbish".

Laura
The emotional depictions of each of the characters as they intertwine with past and present keeps you reading from page one. The characters are so real. And quirky. I especially like that. Carrie Adams writes in a way that is not prudish but clever and honest. But you must read The Godmother first!!
Cara
I thought this book would be a delightfully catty tale from the stepmother's perspective of the difficulty and ridiculous expectations of blended families. But instead, it was a pretty serious book with lots of difficult real-life stuff in it and all three-dimensional characters. It actually started from the first wife's perspective and alternated between her and the stepmother-to-be. It didn't take long at all before I wanted them both to win and be happy--kind of impossible since they both wan ...more
Rebecca
I love both of these books by Carrie Adams. Can't wait for the next!
Daphne Beelen
I read this book after reading The Godmother and I was slightly disappointed. I feel like that book did not need a sequel and that this book would have been better as a seperate novel. The references to the first book felt forced and out of place, Tessa was often randomly thinking back to things that happened in it so readers who didn't read that one could follow, it took me out of the story every time it happened. I also think that the character of James was not nearly likeable enough to make t ...more
Alyssa Oppelt
I was going to give this four stars, a few chapters before it ended, but something that happened - I don't want to give away too much of a spoiler but basically the fact that the husband thought buying his wife's love was more important than supporting her through a tragic time in her life - that really pissed me off. That was ridiculous that she just let that slide because "OMG, an expensive thing!!!!1" is way more important than being there for her. He never changed throughout the god damned b ...more
Sarah
This is one of those books that makes me want to go back to every other book rated 5-star and have a rethink! This book, in my opinion, is really deserving of the top rate I give it. I was slightly wary of reading it due to the ready badly designed cover....( How can publishers get it so wrong?) What an opportunity missed not to market it to readers of Joanna Trollop...it is every bit as clever as hers, if not more so. The cover,,,a pink background with a line drawn,sihouetted top-model...looked ...more
Lyla
Mar 20, 2013 Lyla rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that would enjoy a slow paced, detailed read about a real situation.
Shelves: chick-lit
I started to read this book just to kill some time and ended up not being able to put it down. It's not my normal choice for a read, but I'm glad I was too lazy to go through my books to find one "I know I would like" because I would have missed out on a good story.

I found myself siding with different characters as I read on. The person I hated in one part of the book, I started to sympathize with in another. It was a roller coaster of emotions and cynicism and yet hope. This book captivated me
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Lisa
I was so excited to read this bc I really liked the godmother. But this didn't feel like a sequel other than the fact that the name Tessa was used. She didn't even feel like the same character. The book had waaaaaay too many life lesson type passages/quotes. It felt like she was aiming to get the most highlighted passages award and I got sick of them. I also got annoyed by the overly cheesy dialogue. I will give her future books a chance but this one really disappointed me.
Ashley
The Stepmother was ok, not the best book I've read but a fast read on the beach. The plot was predictable, mom gets divorced gains weight, husband meets young skinny girl who takes on the role of stepmother. Mom hates stepmother, events bring them together and make them unlikely friends. It was ok.
Erica Payne
I expected wine and name brands- the kind of beach-read fluff I usually give two stars. Instead I was surprised by the insightfulness of some of the interactions especially between step mom and dad. This author has some experience as a second wife and step mom! I read the whole thing in an evening.
cecilia
The summary alludes to Tessa and Bea finding out that they need each other. That, oddly enough, they understand where the other is coming from. However, this encounter does not happen until well past the halfway mark. And the encounter is nothing that I expected, and their future interactions are surprising as well. Yet we watch as Tessa and Bea both come to terms with themselves, with each other, and their love for James Kent.

Carrie Adams does an excellent job with capturing both women's perspe
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April
This was a good book. British novels are so different, though. It was good, but very jumpy at times. I did enjoy it though. I could totally sympathize with the feelings and emotions of the Stepmother - a woman stepping into a family with three girls. A woman feeling jealous of the daughters and their relationships with their father (her soon-to-be-husband). It sounds crazy, but it happens. I also liked that it really was unpredictable. Some of the story came without warning, and I like that. It ...more
Vicky
It's a good story and I think the relationships are fairly realistic; I believe Tessa's confusion when handed three children and her initial yearning to make it all stop, and I believe Bea's need to have her children there to validate her existence, even before we hear about her main motivation. My problem really is with some of the dialogue between Tessa and James. It makes me squirm half the time, all the 'my loves' and such, I don't know, it didn't seem real, just a romantic novel tacked onto ...more
Elizabeth Yarnell
As someone who has had a stepmother for close to 30 years, I was ambivalent about reading this book and it sat on my shelf for a year before I picked it up. But when I did, boy was it worth it.

Beautifully written, The Stepmother gave me some insight into how my stepmother might have felt stepping into a ready-made family with two daughters and an ex-wife down the street, but mostly it is its own story, and, in the British tone in which it is written, I can honestly say it is simply a bloody good
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Nicole Ciarlone
I like that this book had both point of views..as an almost stepmother I can sympathize with Tessa being jealous of sharing time and how kids will always come first...but I also felt at times she was very unlikeable she never really tried with Amber and just bribed her. I felt maybe the story could have benefited from hearing Ambers side or even Jim's. Amber to me seemed to be a typical teenager dealing with divorce. Honestly I did not like Bea very much. She had many issues that were taking ove ...more
Jennifer (NorthernLghts)
It took a little while to get into this book but overall it was pretty good. It was a little confusing when the first person narative switched characters without any notification in the begining of the chapter.



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I wish we could have seen more from the prospective of the mother rather than hearing about what she did to her children when she had been drinking. It was disapointing to learn from the daughter what her mom did to her dress when she got drunk the night of the rehersal. I realiz
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Melissa
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ReBecca
I'm never have been in this type of position, but I could assume that the struggle between the biological mother and the step mother. As well as the stress and frustration between siblings having new people in their life and so much more. If this book has any indication of what goes on, then man do I feel sorry for people and would not like to be in their shoes. I was glad that it ended with the kids and ex-wife getting along with the new wife. It is a book I would recommend, especially if you a ...more
Maureen
This is a great book for all those women out there who are stepmothers. It almost was like having coffee with other women who are in the same role as yourself. I commend Tessa King, the woman in the book who is engaged to the man with 3 daughters. I wish I would have had the heart she had to be a better stepmother to my stepsons. The story has it all. Bea Kent the single mom and what she encounters raising her daughters on a day to day basis. The only drawback is, unless you have been exposed to ...more
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Contemporary fiction writer. Previously wrote four crime novels under the name Gay Longworth.

Carrie worked on a game reserve before university, and went on to hold her own in the alpha male world of the oil-trade.

She’s now married to theatre producer Adam Spiegel, who is responsible for putting Dirty Dancing on the London stage, and they have two young daughters.
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