The Godparent Trap (Paperback)

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Rachel Van Dyken will tear your heart out and slowly but surely give you hope and put the pieces back together. 

The Godparent Trap tells the story of two Godparents that got the worst news of their lives and became instant parents to two wild but lovely kids.

Colby is leaving her best life, completely and 100% carefree. She is a popular food blogger and gets to travel around the world and experience new things constantly. Her world comes crashing down when her best friend passes away leaving her to co-parent her two kids with her brother. She will have to learn to settle for the sake of the kids. And she will have to learn to get along with her friend's brother Rip, another momentous task since the two have never been able to get along. Colby is a hurricane, a force of nature. Rip is the exact opposite. 

Rip values rules, and plans, and being responsible. He also doesn't know how to grief. Losing his sister, his best friend, and becoming a parent all in one day is a lot. And his sister's irresponsible, flighty, and all over the place best friend, just makes things a lot worse.

What Rip doesn't realize, and I think a lot of people out there without kids don't realize, is that it is not easy to be a parent. If you are a mother, you will hate Rip to start, the man is clueless. He genuinely thinks that while he goes to work everyday Colby is just playing and coloring with the kids as if she were a kid herself without even trying to be a parent. He doesn't stop to consider that maybe things don't get done around the house because kids are hard. And grieving kids even harder.

When it is Colby's turn to go to work and Rip's to stay home with the kids things slowly start to change. I won't deny Mr. Plans and Rules is better at it than Colby, but he also struggles. You know, like most parents.... And that struggle has a few wonderful consequences- it gives the kids stability, it gives them all some room to grief, it makes life just a little bit easier, and it brings Colby and Rip closer. Maybe, just maybe, the two people that knew them best in the world, knew what they were doing picking them to be the kids' guardians. Maybe what Rip needs in his super controlled life is a little chaos, in the form of two wonderful kids, and a woman he can't help but fall for. 

— Anne Zastrow


Life's Too Short meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling, steamy, and swoon-worthy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, in which two sworn enemies must share house, home—and maybe their hearts—when they become co-parents after a sudden loss.

Colby's living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend's two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she'll be sharing custody with the one man she can't stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house.  

Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn't need is his sister's irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse.

Rip doesn't trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can't believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?

About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she's been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs.

Praise For…

“This is Van Dyken’s best yet.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Rachel Van Dyken will tear your heart out, slice it in half with a machete, and hand it back. Then, you'll thank her."—Kristen Proby, New York Times bestselling author

"Rachel Van Dyken is on my auto-buy list."—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

"Exciting, current and a must-read."—Vanessa Williams, award-winning actress, singer, and author on Fashion Jungle

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538720530
ISBN-10: 1538720531
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English