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The Stepmothers' Support Group

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  31 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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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
Marigold Dicer
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
couldnt put it down xx
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....
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.
too many main characters with their own plit of stories. easily got mixed up with the characters n the stories
Interesting concept. Nice easy read, everything turns out lovely in the end.
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.
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
Jackie Bridgen
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.
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
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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.
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.
Enjoyed this book, little bit predictable in places but believable situations and characters. Would definitely recommend it.
An easy read, and though there's a high volume of characters, it was simple to keep track of them, which surprised me.
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.
i gave up on this one it was just too boring for me weak characters just did not have me gripped
Beth Lloyd
Quite good. Not gipping but interesting insight into some relationships.
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Born in Hampshire, Sam Baker studied politics at Birmingham University. Sam has edited some of the UK's biggest magazines. After successfully re-launching teenage magazine Just Seventeen as J-17, she spent five years as editor of Company. She was also editor of Cosmopolitan in the UK and is now editor-in-chief of Red. She lives between Winchester, Hampshire and central London with her husband and ...more
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