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The Stepmothers' Support Group

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Harper (first published August 20th 2009)
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Aug 25, 2009 Chloe rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sheu Quen
Jan 22, 2017 Sheu Quen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't too bad once the action got in the way. At first I thought it was going to be another tear-support novel with alcohol as back up and secrets on the forefront. Well, sort of. But eventually when things started falling into place, it started to look positive for the book too. And well, I guess when you think about it, stepmothers really are stepmonsters. Some of them. Not everyone.
Jan 05, 2013 Filo rated it really liked it
Erster Eindruck:
Ehrlich gesagt weiß ich nicht mehr, was mein erster Eindruck zu diesem Buch war. Ich habe es vor ein paar Jahren in England gekauft und dort auch angefangen zu lesen. Damals war für mich das Buch aufgrund der Sprache aber noch zu schwer zu verstehen und so lag es nun halt lange Zeit auf meinem SuB. Dank der „Aufgaben Challenge“ nahm ich es nun wieder in die Hand und war überrascht, dass mir der Teil des Buches, den ich damals gelesen hatte, noch so gut in Erinnerung geblieben war
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
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 ...more
Marigold Dicer
Nov 09, 2014 Marigold Dicer rated it it was ok
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A word of warning: this is not The First Wives’ Club. Aside from the obvious reasons, The First Wives’ Club is far more serious 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
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
Caz A P
Dec 15, 2016 Caz A P rated it it was amazing
Great quirky read - loved it. It would be great to have a follow up :-)
Vivian Muia
May 05, 2014 Vivian Muia rated it it was ok
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
A group of women...Eve, 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 British...occasionally, I wasn't sure what a character was referring to
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 elaborated more by 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 ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Cathrine rated it liked it
An ordinary chicklit book with some more depth 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
Jun 01, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
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....
Jun 20, 2013 Anisah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Engaging and honest. Its about the unlikely friendship of four women...who could not be more different from each other except for they are going thru relationship as new partner for divorced or widowed guys with kids, hence the ' stepmother' support group. Each goes through conflicts some of them ending not quite like you would hope. But there are happy ones to, I shall not spoil it for you.All in all would try again Sam Baker if she comes out with a new book!
Liz Young
A nice variety of characters, but a bit hard to follow at times because of that. Interesting to get the different perspectives, especially the discovery of 'Bella' from Eve's blog... An average chic-lit read.
Aug 18, 2014 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the very realistic, bitter-sweet and honest stories of all four friends. And I would have loved to have read a lot more about their lives! For me, the best way to judge an author's capacity to engage readers.
Sep 10, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Good book to read. At some points I thought it was dragging on a bit. But this morning when I was finishing it, I couldn't put it down. Yes, it is a happy ending but not after a very very rough ride through the lives of many girls in this book.
Mar 14, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, little bit predictable in places but believable situations and characters. Would definitely recommend it.
Jackie Bridgen
Jun 16, 2010 Jackie Bridgen rated it liked it
This is a top deckchair/bath read. I get bored of this type of book quite quickly, but I rather liked the characters in this one, and soaked a bit longer to find out what happened.
Feb 01, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok
I really couldn't get into this book at all. It could have been my mood, but I gave up in less than 50 pages.
Aug 28, 2013 Kat rated it liked it
An easy read, and though there's a high volume of characters, it was simple to keep track of them, which surprised me.
Dec 29, 2013 Shalehaton rated it did not like it
too many main characters with their own plit of stories. easily got mixed up with the characters n the stories
Apr 06, 2013 Linsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book by Sam Baker. It is one of those books that is easy to read, hard to put down and one where you are drawn into the book with the characters.
Apr 04, 2011 ~lucy~ rated it liked it
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Sep 08, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish we could do half stars... I like it. Fairly predictable but nicely sketched out characters each with their own voice. Nothing much to say really, a good holiday read
Feb 05, 2011 Caroline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I was quite dissappointed in this one. As a stepmother myself I sometimes find things rather hard & thought ther maybe some good advice in here. Plot was ok but could of been better x x
Feb 26, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in a day as I'm at home with a bad cold. Bought this as I follow Sam in twitter & love Red magazine, so thought I'd support her. Good read, enjoyed it.
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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 fo ...more
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