Not at all what I was expecting, but still a great read! The story is about a Godmother who comes to grant the wish of Rose, a Seattle social worker,Not at all what I was expecting, but still a great read! The story is about a Godmother who comes to grant the wish of Rose, a Seattle social worker, to give her a hand with her caseload. In The Godmother, Scarborough suggests that many modern-day situations are variations on themes told in the fairy tales of old, though in these modern times the stories often get convoluted and mixed with other stories.
The Godmother has a lot of characters, most of them revolving in some way around our social-worker leading lady Rose and her well-intentioned but sometimes mixed-up Godmother, Felicity Fortune. Fairy tales you may recognize include Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Puss In Boots, and The Magic Flute, among others. And these aren't your Disney-fied fairy tales, either - they are modern interpretations on the original gruesome and often "Grimm" tales of old.
The story is fast-paced and involving, though it could be easy to get lost in the rather large jumble of characters at play. Also, the characters are all, for the most part, very multi-faceted and well thought out, though not very deep. Or if they are deep, we don't get to see that depth. Scarborough seems to focus more on moving the action forward then fully developing her characters, which I suppose is necessary with such a large cast. Still, a great story, though at times the writing style or storyline seems to falter a bit. Also no real development of Rose, who I saw as supposed to be the main character, throughout.
If The Godmother were a movie, it would have to be rated R for language, violence, sexual explicitness, and themes of rape, incest and pedophilia. That being said, I rate it a firm 5 stars. ...more