It’s been a while since I read something of Dorothy’s and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy her books, and Goodnight, Beautiful was no different. I didn’t have many plans for this weekend so it was good to pick up a book that I was just happy to while away the hours with.
As Nova sits by her son’s bedside willing him to wake from a coma, we learn about the events that brought her to this place, events that started with her falling in love with her best friend Mal, and years later offering to be a surrogate for him and his wife Stephanie.
Dorothy takes us right back to the beginning of Nova and Mal’s friendship, and then through the voices of Nova and Stephanie she brings us back through the years to the present day. This is a story of friendship, and love, and misunderstandings, and lies. It’s one of those books that makes you want to shout at the characters. I willed the teenage Nova to tell Mal that she loved him, and more than as a friend or a brother-figure. I cursed Mal for not having the courage to tell Nova that she was the love of his life, and I wanted to shake Stephanie, for just being spineless.
It’s sort of ironic that the thread that ties the story together is one of a woman desperate for a child and unable to have one. As someone who has been affected by infertility I was mildly irritated by Dorothy’s treatment of the surrogacy decision and the way she chose to let Nora fall pregnant after just one encounter with the turkey baster. In real life things are never that simple, but then this isn’t real life so if that is where she wants me to suspend belief then I suppose I can forgive her, because really it was what came after the turkey baster that is more important in this story.
Goodnight, beautiful is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time, and is one that will return to it’s home on my bookshelf ready to be read again one day.
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