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The Stepmother

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  840 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Two women are vying for position in one man's life. Their greatest fear is each other. But there's no point taking sides because, as they are about to find out, there are just too many.

The Ex: She managed to keep her divorce amicable by burying past hurts. It cost her dear, but it's worth it to see her three daughters so happy. Now everything is going to change. Jimmy want
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
Feb 03, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stále dookola čítam rovnaké knihy - new-adultky, slaďárny a podobné kratučké knižočky. Máte tam dobrú, milú, šikovnú, múdru atd. hrdinku; tú mrchu; a rôzne stupne zlého/sladkého chalana (ktorý je v skutočnosti naozaj zo zlata).

Machocha je nie je tákáto kniha. Žiadna mrcha, žiadna skvelá hrdinka ani bezchybný hrdina. Je to asi prvá kniha, pri ktorej som si uvedomila, že takto nejako to naozaj vyzerá a autorka sa to nesnaží nijako vylepšiť poľahčujúcimi okolnosťami. V skutočnom živote nikto nie j
Sep 15, 2013 Marika rated it liked it
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
Halie Snider
Oct 15, 2012 Halie Snider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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Kathy Chung
Mar 30, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
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
Feb 05, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 29, 2009 Stefanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
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.
Oct 27, 2014 Marna rated it did not like it
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
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".

Jan 08, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
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!!
Sep 28, 2014 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
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
Lois Duncan
Mar 11, 2010 Lois Duncan rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. Not one I couldn't put down, put one I was always happy to pick back up.
Apr 14, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I love both of these books by Carrie Adams. Can't wait for the next!
Alyssa Oppelt
Jul 16, 2014 Alyssa Oppelt rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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 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
Mar 20, 2013 Lyla rated it really liked it
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
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.
Amanda Pemberton
Jan 24, 2016 Amanda Pemberton rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I was prepared for. It's a pretty good character read, but everything is not rosy. There are real issues in the book, but I liked reading it from many different points of view.

Now I'm going to go get The Godmother, and read that one....out of order I suppose, but that's alright...I'm sure it'll be good also (actually according to reviews, The Godmother is better!).
Diane Wachter
HB-B, C 2009, 7/11
The ex-wife discovers she wants her husband back, the new girlfriend has waited long enough for him. The 3 sullen daughters don't want to share him. I wish we had a 2-1/2 button meaning "okay" because lots of books fall into that bracket...just between I didn't like it and I did!
Jul 08, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
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.
Apr 02, 2009 cecilia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pink-covers
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
Dec 01, 2009 April rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2012 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2009 Elizabeth Yarnell rated it really liked it
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
Nicole Ciarlone
Aug 12, 2012 Nicole Ciarlone rated it liked it
I like that this book had both point of 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
I was not happy with the ending. Was it me or did they really never have the discussion about children? I loved The Godmother, but wasn't excited about this book.
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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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