|October 22, 2018||Posted by admin under Fiction, Women|
Written by Fern Michaels
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp.
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: 2013
Reviewed published on: October 22, 2018
Classified is a part of the Godmothers Series and follows the lives of a group of older women (Toots, Sophie, Ida, and Mavis) who have been friends for 50+ years.
There’s a lot going on in this book. First, Abby (Toot’s daughter) and her husband move into a new house near her mother and eventually end up opening up an animal rescue and becoming first time parents. Second, Sophie has psychic abilities and when 2 children go missing she is enlisted to help track them down and eventually uncovers an illegal child-pornography ring. Sophie’s gift also attracted the attention of a production company who wish to create a reality TV show about her life. Third, Toots is in the midst of a new relationship. But after being widowed 8 times, she is a little reluctant. Fourth, early in the story Abby dreams about a past life — back to a young slave girl who gives birth to a baby boy. Fifth, there is an engagement and wedding; Sixth, Mavis and her significant other open a funeral parlor.
The story lines do move fast though. And I liked this. Some of the stories played out well and some of them left me hanging. I could sense there is a lot of history in these pages but I haven’t read the previous books in the Godmothers series to gain a true appreciation for that. I don’t think it is necessary to read the other books, but I do think it could add to the reader’s experience. Michaels’ does make several references to the past throughout the book and this does help put things in context. Some of the bantering between the friends was not that desirable to me (profanity, etc.), but I assume it is written that way as to accurately capture the relationships between the women. Some readers may find this amusing.
There is a lot of potential for multiple spin offs here. I was really interested in learning more about Abby’s dream; this would make such an amazing story. I also loved the idea of the animal rescue organization that was set up. There was mention of several dogs and cats in distress who were treated and it appears they were off to a good life but I yearned for more information on this. And Sophie’s reality show (and the production crew) was only a small part of the book but there is so much to expand on here.
Overall, Classified is a good book and a quick read. Even though there is some serious topics covered, I felt that the book was written in a lighthearted and entertaining way. And it is a great reflection of true friendship and of women supporting women.
To learn more about Classified, visit the publisher’s website here.