The Other Mothers' Club

The Other Mothers' Club

by Samantha Baker


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“Brilliant….Stepmothers, stepfathers, stepchildren: all, I think, will find amusement and comfort in its pages.”
—Nigella Lawson


“I really, really loved it.”

—Marian Keyes


You can choose your family—but are you sure you want to? That’s the question Samantha Baker poses in The Other Mothers’ Club—a fresh, funny, and touching fictional look at stepmotherhood, an often-misrepresented aspect of female life. Join The Other Mothers’ Club and enjoy hours of supremely satisfying reading…even if you’re not a stepmother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061840357
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Samantha Baker has edited some of the UK's most popular magazines, including J-17, Company, and Cosmopolitan UK. She is editor in chief of Red, and lives between Winchester, Hampshire, and central London with her husband and grown-up stepson.

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The Other Mothers' Club 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Veritas_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, it may have been predictable, but I wasn't reading it as a thriller. As a feel-good chick lit book, this hit the spot. As a stepmother myself, I identified with many if the events in the book. A great, fun read, with some heart-touching moments. I would like to read more by this author.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a solid entry into the chick lit genre with a different topic than most; the trials & tribulations of being a stepmother yet not wanting to be the WICKED stepmother. A enjoyable read, the characters are appealing if not entirely life like and the plot is sufficient to keep you flipping pages. Reccomended as an enjoyable light read
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This chick lit novel focuses on young women navigating the rocky terrain of stepmotherhood. At the center is Eve, a magazine editor who has fallen in love with a widower. Her new boyfriend comes complete with three children and a family home replete with relics of the deceased and seemingly saintly first wife, Caroline. Through her best friend Eve discovers that plenty of other women share her situation, her fears, and her problems. Five of them form a support group, and the book chronicles their meetings and individual histories. Generally, this is a well-written book, though the plot is quite predictable. It is unlikely that any reader will be surprised by the book's ending. I was quite sympathetic to Eve's plight, especially as I thought she was poorly treated, both by her best friend and her boyfriend, Ian. While Ian's devotion to his children is admirable, there is a crucial point in the story where his complete abrogation of responsibility to Eve was appalling. Likewise, Eve's best friend Clare is so bitter that she sometimes seems to be a caricature. Ultimately I'd classify this as summer beach reading. It's not deep, but it is well-written, and definitely one of the better books of its genre.
efoltz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Other Mothers Club focuses on five women in various stages of a stepmother¿s life. The group of women form a support group to talk about their adventures and failures as they attempt to live with the step-children of their partner. I enjoyed the complexity of the women's relationships with each other and their new families. I found the character interesting and found the book easy to read.
CSMcMahon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. As someone who was lucky enough to win the stepmother lottery, I enjoyed reading a story from a perspective we rarely read about. Eve falls in love with Ian, a widower, but is unprepared to cope with the challenges of living with his three children. She turns to her best friend Claire, a single mother with a teenager. Claire has Eve speak with her sister, Lily who is seeing someone with a young daughter. Next thing you know, the Stepmothers Support Group is formed and two additional members are added. The women met at Starbucks to discuss the challenges that they are facing being a stepmother. Eve struggles to get Ian¿s oldest daughter Hannah to like her, or at the very least, not hate her. She is also coping with living in a house where another woman still has a very large presence. Claire struggles when her ex, Will, appears wanting to met the daughter he abandoned some 14 years ago. The other women have their own stories, but the plot revolving the characters of Eve and Claire was most defined. Even though Baker¿s book is about the challenges facing mothers/stepmothers, at its core it is really about women and friendship. You don¿t need to be a stepmother or mom to appreciate this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good summer read.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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, but it was fun. A very readable and thought-provoking book.Also published under the title: The Stepmothers' Support Group
traciragas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been on somewhat of a trend lately - reading two books almost back to back about stepmothers. The latest, The Stepmothers Support Group (aka The Other Mothers Club), centered on five women, in various stages of a stepmother¿s life (with the exception of one character, but that too winds up changing). Each woman has their own complexities. Eve is trying hard to be a friend to her oldest (almost) step-daughter, to no avail. Clare (although not quite a stepmother) is trying to forgive a former boyfriend for deserting her during her pregnancy and trying to understand why he¿s returned after 14 years. Mel is trying to have a relationship with her company¿s web-master who is also the father of a little girl. Mandy, the oldest of the group, brings wisdom and experience, after tons of stepmother experience. And finally, Lilly (Clare¿s sister) is a young comedian trying to have a relationship of her own. These women come together in friendship and coffee to understand how to be stepmothers. I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were well developed. I developed strong opinions on each of them (which to me meant great writing). I can¿t say I truly liked each of them, but I was able to see their point and empathize with their place in life. Though I¿m not a stepmother, not even a mom ¿ I enjoyed the perspectives in this book, and could have easily been in one or two of the characters¿ shoes.
mlschmidt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received this through LT titled, "The stepmothers' support group".Very enjoyable read. Samantha was able to bring both the step-parent and step-childs view into the story. I loved the the support group that was formed and the new friendships that were made. She accurately portrayed the doubts and insecurites that women feel when placed in situations. I'm looking forward to reading any new title that she would come out with.
goldnyght on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. Baker didn't tiptoe around the issues, but she didn't turn the book into a dreary recitation of all the many wrongs (perceived and real) of blended families. The full gamut of human emotions encapsulated in a few hundred pages. Bravo, Baker. I'll be keeping an eye out for you in the future.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, Eve Owen and widower Ian Newsome meet over a magazine review she is doing on his book re his late wife. They fall in love, but she is totally unprepared to deal with his kids (twelve years old Hannah, eight years old Sophie and five years old Alfie). Her best friend school teacher Claire Adams is a single mom of thirteen year old Louisa so she listens to Eve's woes of becoming a stepmother. Clare helps and soon the two BFFs forge the Stepmothers' Support Group. Clare's younger sister Lily joins them as she is dating a single dad with a toddler. Mandy becomes a member as she struggles to merge two families with teenagers in both into a cohesive unit. Finally Mel's boyfriend has a tweener. This is an intriguing look at the not wicked stepmother as the club members want loving relationships with the offspring of their significant other. Clare and Eve are fully developed but the rest of the ensemble pale in comparison as there are too many characters with too many issues to keep score. Still readers who enjoy a well written family drama will appreciate The Stepmothers' Support Group as the women want to do their best but don't always succeed. Harriet Klausner