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Goodnight, Beautiful

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6,233 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds a text from her husband to Nova that reads “Goodnight, ...more
Paperback, 433 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Sphere
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Tempo de Ler
Sep 21, 2016 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Repreendo-me por todas as vezes em que ia pegar neste livro para ler mas acabei por optar por outra coisa - Bons Sonhos, Meu Amor é absolutamente fantástico!

Embora não tenha sido fácil entrar na história devido ao revezamento entre pontos de vista sem a devida indicação (ponto que a escritora melhorou em livros mais recentes), uma vez a par do enredo foi muito difícil parar de ler. Bons Sonhos, Meu Amor é mais um exemplo do talento que Dorothy Koomson tem para contar uma história explorando dife
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Jessica
Dec 31, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
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"A mãe sorriu-lhe. Ele gostava que ela sorrisse. Quando ela sorria, parecia o sol: grande, quente e lindo. O pai dizia sempre que o sorriso da mãe iluminava o mundo"
Laurel-Rain
Oct 15, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven-year-old Leo lies in a hospital bed, comatose, after a seemingly minor accident followed by surgery. By his bedside, his mother Nova recalls the moments of their lives together. But once upon a time, long ago in her own childhood, she and her best friend Mal were like two sides of one coin. Their bond was strong and one that they thought would never be broken.

Through flashbacks, we see the journey of Nova and Mal, how they gradually forged separate lives in their adulthood, while still mai
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Kate
Nov 14, 2008 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: chicklit
Depressing, very very depressing. I think Koomson writes well, but her characters are all a bit overly damaged in my opinion and this book just seemed to be miserable for no real point. No-one was happily married, no-one had a happy family. Nothin nice happened to any of the characters ever. I was holding out for a bit of a happy ending but it didn't materialise. Koomson seems to have a thing for sllghtly f*cked up women on their own and there was no change here.
The ending was also quite frankly
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Jasmine
Jun 07, 2010 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I must confess that there is an extra air of excitement about this book for me. I didn’t have anything to do with it, I don’t know the author personally or anything, but I entered the drawing to win it from goodreads’ first reads and low and behold, I won a copy. Hopefully this isn’t the last book I win from that nifty little program.

I very often don’t write reviews as soon as I’ve finished a book, especially if it is an emotional read. There is apart of me that does not understand my feelings a
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Filipa
May 11, 2012 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Bons sonhos, meu amor" é simplesmente uma história que aborda um dos medos mais temíveis. . . O medo de perdermos um filho. . .

O fim do livro é uma doçura, assim como, todas as passagens em que a mãe recorda momentos passados com o filhote, em diferentes anos.
Ficamos a conhecer o pequeno em todas as suas diabruras que levavam a mãe a chatear-se e em todos os momentos que se ria com ele. As brincadeiras entre mãe e filho. . .
Temos presente o medo da mãe, de não mais voltar a poder ter momentos
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Filipa

Nova Kumalisi e Malvolio - Mal para simplificar - foram criados juntos. O seu pai morreu quando ele ainda era jovem e a sua mãe sofre de um problema mental, pelo que desde cedo Nova e Mal se tornaram o apoio um do outro. Criavam uma unidade e sempre se amaram incondicionalmente, como só as crianças podem amar. No entanto, conforme foram crescendo, Mal e Nova apercebem-se que a grande amizade que mantêm é especial. Mais do que amizade, ambos se apaixonaram pelo outro, mas devido às circunstâncias
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Abbey
Jun 10, 2010 Abbey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who watch soaps
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Laura
Jul 18, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Moments after I've finished it is too soon to give a real opinion, but I needed to log on to say that I feel as if I have been punched in the stomach and had the breath knocked out of me. And it's good. I don't remember when I have ever cried at a book.

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This book was really good. I don't have a more descriptive word than "good", unfortunately. I still don't really know what it did to me other than that it made me feel. The three main characters (Nova, Mal, and Steph) were al
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Tonya
Oct 31, 2010 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I am not sure how to convey what I feel about this book. I have such mixed emotions. On one hand, I really enjoyed the story. We have 2 friends who's families have been close since they were little. In a long drawn out story you find out that Mal and Nova are inseperable. They have never been boyfriend and girlfriend but that is in part due to the fact that both of them thought neither was interested.

So when Mal finds Stephanie and wants Nova to meet her, Nova tries to be the best friend she ca
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Cata
Aug 07, 2012 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados, 2012
Bons Sonhos, Meu Amor é mais um grande livro de Dorothy Koomson.

Tal como nos outros livros,- pelo menos os que já li- aborda temas difíceis. Neste caso em particular aborda o amor entre melhores amigos, as consequências de não se admitir que se amam, os impacto devastador que uma mentira aparente inocente pode ter na vida de várias pessoas e os efeitos que uma doença grave quando se é apenas uma criança pode ter na família.

É efectivamente um livro rico em lições de vida e em emoções intensas que
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Brianne
Jan 17, 2011 Brianne rated it it was ok
I would give this book 2 1/2 stars if half stars were allowed on Goodreads. The story was good but I hated all of the characters. Every one of them (except the child) made horrible decisions that made me angry. I had a hard time caring what happened to them because they were not very nice people.

I also really struggled keeping the speakers/narrators straight. They changed randomly...sometimes by chapter...sometimes by page with no change of font or anything to let the reader know. I often read p
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Sabina Hodžić
Jun 15, 2015 Sabina Hodžić rated it really liked it
Izuzetno dirljiv i potresan roman. Malo mi je u početku smetao stil pisanja, to naglo prebacivanje sa jednog pripovjedača na drugog, osjećala sam se dezorjentisano, vraćala stranice itd. Tokom čitanja ocjena je varirala od trojke do sjajne petice, upravo iz tog razloga.
Emocije su toliko opipljive, iskrene, nimalo mi nije bilo lako čitati ovu knjigu, vjerujem da niti jednom roditelju ne bi bilo lako.
Tople preporuke za čitanje, samo... naoružajte se maramicama.
Darla
Sep 10, 2012 Darla rated it liked it
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Chloe
Dec 04, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
Nova and Mal have been best friends since, well, forever really. They grew up together and Nova thought they’d end up together as well.

But when Mal met Stephanie, he fell in love and married her. The couple have a big favour to ask Nova – will she have a baby for them? Nova agrees but when the couple suddenly decide they don’t want their baby anymore, Nova is left feeling frightened, alone and unsure she can be a single mother.

Flicking from the past to the present day, Nova’s son’s life hangs in
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Célia
Depois de A Filha da Minha Melhor Amiga e Pedaços de Ternura, eis o terceiro livro desta autora publicado em Portugal. Só li o segundo e, como tinha gostado bastante, foi com alguma curiosidade que parti para esta leitura.

O livro segue a história de Nova e Mal, dois amigos de infância, cuja amizade é posta à prova quando Mal e a esposa, Stephanie, pedem a Nova que seja mãe de substituição do filho que ambos querem mas não podem ter. No início do livro, 8 anos depois desse acontecimento, encontra
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Peggy
Oct 20, 2010 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, but felt it was slow moving.It took me awhile to get the minor characters straight. From the title to the story, the plot was twisted. What I expected from the book wasn't what how the story developed. Although I didn't shed tears and it wasn't as emotional a book as the reviews stated, I can see where it would "hit" some people that way. I do believe there is something about childhood friends that no one can "put asunder".....and that is certainly true in this story of Nova an ...more
Mistery
Dorothy Koomson adora fazer-me apegar-se às suas obras, adora fazer-me rir, chorar, amar e odiar com as suas personagens, adora ver o meu ar de satisfação ao acabar mais um dos seus livros, o sentimento de missão comprida claramente expresso no meu rosto. Como em todas as suas obras, Dorothy voltam a presentear-nos com uma história sobre a amizade, o amor, os segredos, as mentiras, a queda dos alicerces de uma relação que se julgava durar um vida, a traição, a perda...
Mazribbands
Mar 27, 2010 Mazribbands rated it did not like it
I would never have read this book if it hadn't been chosen by my book group. My worst fears were confirmed.
Melanie Raye
Feb 09, 2017 Melanie Raye rated it liked it
I think this would have been an easier read if the timeline didn't keep jumping all over the place, but the premise of the book was really emotional and engaging.
Jennifer Joyce
Apr 07, 2012 Jennifer Joyce rated it it was amazing
Nova and Mal have been friends since childhood, their families so close they practically merged into one. Nova would do anything for her best friend, a theory put to the test when Mal and his wife ask Nova to be their surrogate. Nova agrees but a few months into the pregnancy, the couple change their mind about the baby.

Eight years later, Nova is raising the son Mal abandoned. Mal cut all ties with Nova and the baby but now seven-year-old Leo is seriously ill in hospital and Nova wants Mal to ge
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Brianne
Jul 09, 2012 Brianne rated it really liked it
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Jojo
Feb 15, 2014 Jojo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
http://devaneiosdajojo.blogspot.pt/20...

Bons Sonhos, meu Amor é o primeiro livro que leio de Dorothy Koomson.
É uma verdadeira viagem ao âmago do ser humano que transborda emoções por todos os poros! A complexidade dos sentimentos humanos é o pilar fundamental da história cuja força e similaridade com a realidade é apaixonante. Nova, Mal, Stephanie, Leo, Keith são personagens imaginadas por Koomson porém, poderiam ser de carne e osso. São incrivelmente verossímeis e entrar nas suas vidas não é um
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Betita
Jun 13, 2009 Betita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emprestado
Li este livro de uma assentada! Fiquei completamente "agarrada" a ele logo nas pimeiras páginas, não podendo interromper a sua leitura por muito tempo seguido.
É inevitável, sendo mãe, não sentir esta história até ao mais profundo do nosso ser.
Nunca achei que teria vocação para mãe, nunca fui "assaltada" por aquele tão falado instito maternal como alguma das minhas amigas antes de ter a minha filha e ao ler esta história recuei atrás no tempo e recordei a minha gravidez... Um bebé a crescer dent
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pxincess
Rating: 4 1/2 to 5 stars out of 5

Review:

I'm kind of writing this review off of the top of my head so, I apologize if it tends to ramble. However, I wanted to get all of my feelings out for it. Okay, how I feel about this book? It was so good. Very, very good.

Something that I've noticed with the author, in the two books I've read by her, as far as picking a "good guy" or a "bad guy", it can be something very hard to do. Like when I read a Mystery novel, I know that there's a bad guy, and the e
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Sara
Sep 11, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Nova e Mal são melhores amigos desde sempre. Quando Mal pede à sua amiga para ser "barriga de aluguer" uma vez que a sua mulher não pode gerar filhos, Nova aceita. A meio do processo, Stephanie, mulher de Mal, enciumada decide acabar com o acordo entre eles. Nova, vai com a gravidez para a frente. 8 anos depois, Leo, filho de Nova está severamente doente. Será que Nova ainda vai a tempo de dar a conhecer ao seu filho o seu pai?


Esta é a minha terceira experiência com a autora, autora que decidi l
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Samantha
Sep 01, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book made me so sad....

The obvious reason was Leo, which did make me sad - more than sad actually, i cried my eyes out! but i was sad mainly because the characters didnt get to live the life they were supposed to, i was sad and frustrated all the way through. I did lots of sighing and shaking my head......
What i like most about Dorothy Koomson books are the characters she creates. They're always deep and flawed and believable which means i can empathise and really care about them.
I loved t
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Rim
Feb 15, 2013 Rim rated it really liked it
I never cry when reading a book so this was a first one.
Plot summary: Nova (the main character) agreed to be a surrogate mother for her best friend/love(Mal). But as things progress to the finall stages during pregnancy she gets abandoned by the couple. Now eight years later her son Leo is ina coma and even though the doctors are not saying anything yet. Nova knows that he might not have much left so she has to make a choice whetever she wants Leo to atleast meet his father for the last time or
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