The Scoop by Fern Michaels, 1st book in the Godmother series, 2009, 279 pages.
Teresa "Toots" Amelia Loudenberry has crammed a great deal of living-not to mention eight much-loved husbands-into her varied and rewarding life. Newly single, Toots is ready to taste life again, and fate has just handed her the perfect opportunity.
The owner of the gossip rag where Toots's daughter works is about to lose the paper to his gambling debts. Eager to find a way to keep her daughter employed among the movers and shakers of Hollywood, Toots calls on her three trusted friends-Sophie, Mavis, and Ida-to help her pull some strings. Together, they'll hatch a plan that promises thrills, laughter, and more than a hint of danger. Putting aside her widow's weeds (black was never her color), Toots will prove that you should never underestimate a Southern lady of a certain age, and that each day can be a gift, if you're willing to claim it. . .
I have been a fan of Fern Michaels for quite some time but unfortunately, cannot give this book a glowing review.
I know that this is the first book in her new godmother series, however, felt that the book should be able to stand alone and it did not. This book was entirely a setup book for the series yet to come. We learned about the main characters and their idiosyncrasys but wanted to see them further developed and interesting. There were not many challenges faced in the book and there was no conclusion. It was a very quick read and then it came to a screeching halt and i felt cheated. I couldn't find myself connecting or caring about any of the characters and the animosity emanating between the main characters was very uncomfortable. The godmothers and Toots who are supposed to be best friends, seem to be anything but, I cannot imagine speaking in that manner to my best friends.
Very disappointing start to a series.
Rating 2 out of 5