Goodnight, Beautiful

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Goodnight, Beautiful

Nova and Mal have been friends since childhood and they’re extremely close. When Mal marries his wife, Stephanie, it hurts Nova because she thought they’d end up together. Years pass and Mal and Stephanie have a huge favor to ask of Nova. They want her to be their surrogate mother. Even though she knows it’s a tall order to ask of her, she gives in anyway and decides to do it for them.

Half-way through the pregnancy, Stephanie and Mal are having serious marriage issues. Then Stephanie mistakenly comes across a text Mal sent to Nova saying, “Goodnight, Beautiful.” She knows that they’re growing further and further apart and she has to wonder what might be going on behind her back with Mal and Nova. So she confronts Mal and tells him that she no longer wants the baby and she wants him to sever his ties to Nova and the unborn baby too.

Moving forward seven years, Nova has been raising Leo all by herself. But now that Leo is in a coma and his life is hanging by a thread, she contemplates contacting Mal so he can spend time with his son before it’s too late.

Does everyone have regrets for the actions they took years earlier? Do they find a way to make things better between them all while Leo is fighting for his life?

I have to say that I didn’t like this book at all. The storyline was extreme, the characters were boring and the plot just dragged the entire time. This book is told from the first-person, but the author has done this in a very confusing way because she keeps switching the first-person to be Stephanie’s perspective than Nova’s. I’ve had to re-read pages at a time because I thought it was one character speaking when it really wasn’t. The author doesn’t differentiate at the top of the chapter who is speaking at the moment so any reader can have the same problem of thinking it’s the wrong person doing the speaking. The whole feel of the book is extremely somber and it’s an emotionally draining story for the reader. I found it very hard to read this book for long stretches of time and it took the joy out of trying to find out what the characters finally decided to do with their situation in the end. I regrettably wouldn’t recommend this book to other readers.

Book Blurb for Goodnight, Beautiful

From the author of the internationally bestselling novels My Best Friend’s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast comes an incredibly moving, powerfully written new novel about motherhood, love, loss, and new beginnings.

Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds a text from her husband to Nova that reads “Goodnight, beautiful.” Already suspicious of their deep connection, Stephanie demands that Mal cut all ties to Nova and their unborn baby, leaving Nova to raise the child alone.

Eight years later, Nova is anxiously waiting for her son, Leo, to wake up from a coma, while childless Stephanie is desperately trying to save her failing marriage. Despite her anger and hurt, Nova wants Mal to have the chance to know his son before it’s too late. Will it take a tragedy to remind them all how much they mean to one another?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 2.00