Michaels begins her new series with
disappointing characters and an utterly predictable plot. The "godmothers" are each given a transparent flaw, and then portrayed with the most common stereotype of their disorder. The promising idea of the novel fails to hold up, and the few moments of truly good humor are disappointingly upstaged by the tell-don't-show style of writing.
Teresa "Toots" Loudenberry has just buried her eighth husband and is ready for an adventure. Calling together her three best friends, they descend on Los Angeles and Toots' daughter, Abby, who works for a tabloid.
Abby's reaction to the arrival of her beloved mother and three godmothers is mixed, and Abby's devious boss soon becomes entangled in the tale. He is about to lose the paper due to his gambling debts. Wanting to keep her daughter employed, Toots, Sophie, Mavis and Ida see what they can do to fix matters. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 279 pp., $13.95)