The Accidental Mother Book Review
Title: The Accidental Mother
Author: Rowan Coleman
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
Published: By Gallery Books on September 4, 2007
5/5 stars for me! I really enjoyed reading this story! It was light and fluffy chick lit, but had deeper themes as well. This book is about Sophie, a successful event planner who is very focused on her career and getting a promotion. She doesn’t have time for friends, so that’s why she is surprised to hear that her old school friend, Carrie, has passed away. The social worker reminds Sophie that she signed an agreement to take Carrie’s three and six year old daughters should anything happen to their parents. Carrie’s husband, Louis, hasn’t been in his family’s life for three years. Sophie takes the girls for a few weeks and hires a private detective to find their father.
Of course, Sophie is angry at Louis for walking out on his family, although she doesn’t know the whole story because she hasn’t spoken to Carrie the last three years. When Louis shows up, Sophie has conflicted feelings because he doesn’t seem to be the deadbeat dad she imagined. Sophie also questions her career-orientated life as she falls in love with the little girls.
I liked the characters in this story a lot. Sophie had a good-heart. The girls were incredibly quirky, sweet, and smart. It was interesting to watch them deal with the death of their mother and the situation of being sent to live with someone they barely know. Louis was complex and, like Sophie, you don’t know whether to hate or like him. All of the characters develop, especially Sophie, throughout the book.
This book pulled me in. It’s not a totally unique plot, but it was well-done and I liked the twist of the father still being alive, but out of the picture. The writing style is engaging and the plot is fast-paced. It was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the sequel!