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The Scoop

(The Godmothers #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,662 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Teresa 'Toots' Amelia Loudenberry has crammed a great deal of living - not to mention eight much-loved husbands - into her varied and rewarding life. Newly single, Toots is ready to taste life again, and fate has just handed her the perfect opportunity. The owner of the gossip rag where Toots' daughter works is about to lose the paper to his gambling debts. Eager to find a ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2009)
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Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I don't usually read Fern Michaels, and this book reminded me why. It's not that it was bad, it's just that it was . . . lame. She included details that were off. I don't really care that the character washed her hair twice with grapefruit scented shampoo and then used a hyacinth-scented body wash. Unless this is important to the story, I really don't give a rat's ass.

All in all, the characters were just too beautiful and too rich and too kicky and too wonderful. It's like the book was written
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very funny book with some twists and turns. The 4 ladies in their 60's are a hoot! Can't wait to see what trouble they get into in the next book.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After the fact, I see that this novel is the beginning of a series. I LOVE series but this book.... it just ended with all kinds of strings left dangling. I was listening to it on CD and had no alternative but to keep listening; had it been a traditional book I would have put it down. I don't like the characters. I didn't like the reader. WHY do readers think they have to be radio-style actors? If a character screeches, the author usually lets you know with words, the reader doesn't need to ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
This is my first Fern Michaels book and I only read one chapter before giving it up. I really disliked the tone of the book towards marriage and relationships. It might turn out to be very good, but I don't want to endure the torture to find out.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with hilarious characters and a funny storyline...
Jean Galloway
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i read the whole series and while a lot was corny i still loved each book including the latest one just out recently only because i do LOVE Fern Michaels
Patricia Solla
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
This book is the beginning of another series from the author. This introduction starts out slow but finishes up quite nicely. The introduction of the cast of characters is quite lengthy and involved but I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute riot!!! Sheer fantasy but what great fun! So nice to see a smart mouth sixty plus year old woman.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was disappointing. There is no way those old ladies would look that great if they had been drinking and smoking for fifty years like they claim to have been. Their view of relationships was disappointing, everyone is just waiting for their latest husband to kick off so they can "fry them up" and get on with their lives. And finally, the kind of "issues" that the godmothers are trying to recover from don't go away that easily. You don't suddenly wake up and realize your germ phobia is a ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Either I am very confused on my authors or she has changed her writing style. I thought this was very disjointed and flitted between a couple of different stories and just was not pleasant to read. I think I used to like her books a lot.
Jessica Kelishes
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot but it seemed like it went by fast. I was disappointed with the ending and so I had to purchase a TON of them! That's ok because I enjoyed it. I cant wait till I'm done and I can read it again.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love the Godmother series.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this first book in the new Godmother series. Feisty characters, a pleasant plot and I think there's a lot more ahead for these ladies.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series - read them all - was a lot of fun! Grandmothers/ Godmothers and great friends woven in to this series!
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I knew this book was the first in a new series, but this book felt unfinished when I turned the last page.
Jennifer Robb
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jennifer by: A. Cramer
I wanted to like this book, but I found it silly. I've not read Fern Michaels before and after this, I doubt I would seek out any more books by her.

Toots Loudenberry seems to feel that there's no problem she can't solve if she just throws enough money at it. She's depressed after her eighth husband's death and decides she wants her three closest friends to visit. She pays for a ticket for one and her dog and arranges round-the-clock nursing care for the husband of another. She's dismayed to
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first Fern Michaels book I have ever read, and if the rest of her books are like this one, I can see why the author’s books are so popular. The best things about the book are the story-telling that flows so well, the character development, and the entertaining dialogs. On the other hand, there are things I didn’t like: a fairy tale view of the world (If you have a problem, throw some money to it. If your daughter is about to lose her job, buy the business by paying twice the asking ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the start of a series. Sounds right up my alley. Southern women, coming together, having adventures.

The tone of the book is SO judgmental. And aside from the big, sweeping gestures, the main characters are pretty mean to each other (and to themselves).

There is also a level of repetition in the narrative that was fairly maddening. I have the physical CD version, which makes a difference. In a book, I can sort of skim over the 15th explanation of how much they love to smoke. With an
Judith Doyel
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fern Michaels creates another great group of characters you’ll love

This a quick read as the beginning of a series about Abby’s mother and her three Godmothers. We meet Toots at her eighth husband’s funeral. Toots is a very wealth Charleston women with three lifelong friends, each of which comes with her own set of problems. Mavis is a widow who owns a chihuahua and who has eaten her way up the scale after her husband passed. Ida is another widow who became an OCD germaphobe when her husband died
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through 30% before I finally realized I wasn't enjoying this story. At all. The last straw should have been Toots judgment of her friends' appearance and joyful undertaking of use of seemingly unlimited funds to "fix" them all, as well as her daughter. What kind of friend does that? Maybe I'm too West Coast and this sort of thing is acceptable in the South (even in 2009), but what kind of friend tells another friend she's fat and puts her on a diet the minute she gets off the ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
So frustrating! If I could have given this book O stars I would have done it! One of the worst books I've read, or tried to read in a very long time. I got 40% of the way through it and literally threw the book across the room! The writing was horrible!

Ms. Michaels went on page after page with nonsense that did not matter. She spent a whole page describing the way Abby applied her make-up and then right after that she did another half page describing the color and lushness of the towels!
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gentle-mystery
This is the first book in a new series, The Godmothers, The Mother is Theresa "Toots" Amelia Loudenberry, and the Godmothers are Sophie, Mavis, and Ida, all southern ladies of a certain age and the goddaughter is Abby Simpson. I enjoyed this first book mostly because it was a gentle fun read and I will look for #2 Deadline.
Frau Ott
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Another Fern Michaels series begins. The three Godmothers of Abby have reunited to spend their money and live again. Toots buys the newspaper that Abby works for (without telling her). MOney gets stolen, gambling debts are paid and true love finds its way as always.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story, great characters, but I was left hanging and wondering what is going to happen. So I guess I will be reading more in this series. Don't try to out guess the author. Just read it for pure pleasure.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thought this book to be an extremely cheesy simpleton form of writing. Did not enjoy this at all as I felt like I was reading this as it would be written for middle school level. Along with the really corny names and silly outlooks on how to "fix" her friends, I just found this to be very poorly written and could NOT finish this one at all.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adorable. Fun characters, all. This is a pure entertainment book,kinda like reading a made for TV movie. I would’ve left that bastard Walter after slicing up all his suits. Cutting off the toes in his socks and putting itching powder in his underwear.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a little different than the others that I've read by Fern Michaels. This one had some crude language which seemed a bit odd for this author but she pulled it off with panache. I liked these characters, and CHARACTERS they certainly were. This was a light mystery; a quick read.
Amber Taylor
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
quick read, funny, crazy gals.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read.
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