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The Accidental Mother
The Accidental Mother
Author: Rowan Coleman
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ISBN-13: 9781416532705
ISBN-10: 1416532706
Publication Date: 9/4/2007
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 208 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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20 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

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Helpful Score: 10
I'm not a fan of Oprah-esque finding your true self kind of books so this one took me off guard when I actually enjoyed it. Sophie is a 20 something year old woman with the job and apartment of her dream, when she finds that her once best friend Carrie has died and her pact to care for Carrie's two young daughters is now a reality. This just isn't part of Sophie's well ordered life so the first thing to do is find the father of these two lovable terrors. In walks the quite handsome Louis who Carrie once described as ""making her pants fizzyâ and the unequipped sudden mother now must put this family back together, but which pieces go where and which pieces need to be chucked. This funny heartbreaking book makes you laugh and cry and in the end you are cheering on an ending that in a way I didn't see coming. I would have chucked the wrong pieces. I highly recommend this book to those that love a fairy tale.
Favorite Quote: It's not wrong for your dreams to change, it's just wrong if you don't pursue them with every ounce of energy and determination that's got you this far.
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Helpful Score: 4
A career woman accidentally falls into motherhood when her childhood best friend dies in a car accident, leaving behind her 2 young daughters. Sound familiar? This is "Baby Boom" with Diane Keaton, only set in London with presumably a younger, prettier main character who plans parties for her "high powered" careeer.

It is really cute though, and, if you are a mother or an accidental mother, the parts with the daughters will alternately make you smile, cringe, thank God for carpet cleaner, and break your heart.
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Helpful Score: 3
It was a good read, touching in some places and funny in others, and I liked the ending.
loyallioness avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
a funny, touching story that was hard to put down.
Cosmina avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Great book about the career gal who inherits two young children when her best friend dies suddenly. The challenge of learning to care for these two lively and loving little girls is the most different kind of challenge Sophie has ever faced and it changes everything. It also brings into her life the love she didn't even know she was missing. The story hold few surprises but the characters are wonderful. A good read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down! Very touching and full of heartwarming suprises
kdurham2813 avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 753 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another book set abroad. Unfortunately, at this point I am ready for a book set stateside!!

But that aside, I wasn't a super fan of this book because I had already read a book with a very very similar plot line which I absolutely fell in love with at first sight. I may have liked this more if I hadn't read the other book previously.

I did fall in love with the two little girls in the book - they were written perfectly and I could completely imagine them.

So short and simple review - I would only pass this book along to those who like the books abroad and who are ready for a common plot line.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the story of a career woman who unexpectedly takes on the guardianship of her childhood friend's two children. I enjoyed the book - it contained some humor and showed real growth with the main character.
portlandpatty avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. It was set in London and I could just hear the accents of the little children as I read it. The book was funny and sad and the characters endearing.
missaduck avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 7 more book reviews
Nice heartwarming story. Quick read.
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The plot of this book is not original, but the story is exceptional. The main character transforms in A way that is very believable and poignant. This is not a heavy read, but one I thoroughly enjoyed.
robine4206 avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 50 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book. It was a fast easy read. The story held your attention and did make me think about my best friend and what she would want if I was in the position of the heroine of the book. The only down fall I found was that the dialog for the children was a bit advanced in thought and wording. Sometimes when the children were speaking it seemed as if they were another adult character in the book. Overall it was a good read and had some very surprising moments especially at the beginning of the book. I would recommend it to anyone.
elissaslibrary avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on + 6 more book reviews
I had thought this book would be more along the lines of fiction and less romance novel. Not so much.
THEkrps avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on
I got this book accidentally. I'd read another book by this author (Another Mother's Life) and thought it was a bit odd so was a little ambivalent about reading another. Anyway, I'm glad I picked it up. I really enjoyed the story and the laughs.


I kind of felt bad for Jake. If the author were to take on a sequel, my suggestion would to be to leave this perfect story alone, but to make a story for Jake where he has his own romance. He and Sophie run into each other (allow the reader to catch up on each of their lives--Sophie happy with Louis, Bella and Izzy well adjusted) and then part on friendly terms.
emfield-mommy avatar reviewed The Accidental Mother on
I really liked this book. I liked how the story was so life like. I will definitely read more Rowan Colman books in the future!
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I really wasn't impressed with this book it moved very slowly throught.
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I loved this book,initially the title and reviews got me interested. When I began reading I was hooked and had to finish it in one day. The main character,Sophie, is so real and well written you love her frailties as well as her strengths upon introduction.The children,Bella and Izzy, are as real as any child I have ever known. Very insightful to characters and human foibles. Hilarious at parts and tear jerker at others. I highly recommend this story it is a great one.
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This book sat on my TBR pile for nearly a year. I finally pulled it, read the back cover and decided I didn't want to read it. It went on my PBS bookshelf. Luckily for me, a member requested it, and I thumbed thru- started in the middle and got pulled right in.
This is a beautifully constructed story about two young women friends, their life choices and how nothing they did gave them a clue on how things would work out. The characters, down to the neighbors in various locations, were clearly and naturally drawn- realistic and yet more good than petty or low minded. It was laugh out loud funny sometimes- and the astute author wrote some bits that I often believed. Especially about how much raising kids is like training dogs.
I can only say read it, please. It's a wonderful story. I am jealous of the young author- she touched all the best values and feelings, without getting too caught up in the encompassing stress of success in modern life.
Thank you to the PBS member who requested it from me. I send you joy and truth in "The Accidental Mother".
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You wont want to put this book down! Another great novel by Rowan Coleman!
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A sweet book about someone who wasn't planning on children, then learns that she has received a gift beyond her imaginings. If you are a mom, you'll enjoy this and resonate with it.
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