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The Godparent Trap | Rachel Van Dyken | Book Review

When I finished The Godparent Trap, I was quick to get on Twitter to express my love for this story. I loved it and knew it was going to take a bit to gather my thoughts. If I’m honest, I have a feeling tis review is still all over the place. The ultimate consensus is that this is a really good one.

When I first read the premise, i was immediately reminded of the movie Life As We Know It. I saw that movie in theatres and had really enjoyed it. The premise for both is that two individuals who sincerely dislike each other suddenly find themselves co-parenting their godchildren when their parents are involved in their fatal accident. While the premise of the storyline are the same this is where most of the similarities end.

Rip and Colby are the godparents in this story. They become responsible for Ben and Viera, two of the sweetest kids. Their parents, Monica and Brooks, had previously tried to set up Rip and Colby which ended in disaster. They are polar opposites – Rip needs control in order to feel secure while Colby is much more footloose and fancy free. When tragedy strikes, they must come together in order to do what is best for the children. If only they could stop bantering.

The bantering is hilarious and does not just have one focus. They banter over the children, how they dress, how they act, and how to process their grief. Grief plays a huge role throughout the book. Both Colby and Rip are grieving in their own way while also trying to help Ben and Viera. I really like how grief was handled and how it was not overshadowed by the romance. The bantering did build a good sense of chemistry and helped form the bond between the characters.

The other thing that is strongly represented is how chaotic parenting can be. The house isn’t always cleaned, the clothing can be stained; but the love for the children is always there. Colby and Rip bond over the chaos and learn from each other how to handle it. All of it felt realistic to me.

The Godparent Trap is comedic but, also truly pulls on the heartstrings. The situation that they are in is not an easy one. Honestly, it is one that I cannot even really imagine. The characters feel genuine and experience growth and change together. They come together in the most beautiful way.

Rating: 5 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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