Goodnight, Beautiful – Dorothy Koomson
After reading and LOVING [intlink id=”324″ type=”post”]Marshmallows for Breakfast[/intlink] and [intlink id=”173″ type=”post”]The Chocolate Run[/intlink], I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into Goodnight, Beautiful (sorry, couldn’t resist). Seriously, though, Dorothy Koomson has quickly become one of my favourite chick-lit authors, and this book simply cemented in my mind the reasons why. She creates an enthralling storyline, real and lovable characters and inspires incredible emotion – the result is a lovely, lovely book.
The plot is thus: eight years ago Nova Kumalisi agreed to be a surrogate for her best friend, Mal, and his wife, Stephanie. Despite the fact the parents-to-be were incredibly excited during the first part of the pregnancy, months later, the unthinkable happens. Mal and Stephanie change their minds about the baby, leaving Nova alone with the prospect of bringing up a child she never bargained for, throwing her future into turmoil. However, not one to take things lying down, Nova gets used to the idea of being a mother – and months down the line she is doting on her son as though nothing ever happened.
Back in the present the child in question, a little boy called Leo; has been in an accident. He’s lying in a coma in hospital, much to the distress of his mother and her husband. Despite age and health being on his side, things don’t look good for Leo, and Nova is forced to tell her family – which inevitably means that Mal’s family will find out. Goodnight, Beautiful deals with the fall-out of Leo’s accident and what it means for his family… and those that could have been.
There aren’t enough adjectives available to praise this book. It truly was one that I didn’t want to put down, and I raced through it in a day or so because I was desperate to find out what happened. There are twists and turns galore in this book, so there’ll be surprises, laughter and tears… all packed into 433 pages. I don’t want to say any more and ruin it, but be prepared to have your emotions played with – Koomson is a powerful writer and her talent shines particularly brightly in this book.