Thursday, April 07, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or which mommy meet-ups are the most socially desirable, or whether melon truly is the new black, but the success of her marriage to her husband, Alex, depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood.
He's adamant that they stay childless. Sure, Katie understands that he's upset over the fact that his out-of-town ex-wife rarely lets him see their ten-year-old son, Peter. But living vicariously through her anxious clients and her twin sisters' precocious children only makes Katie resent his stance more deeply.
While helping a new client — Seth Harris, a high tech entrepreneur who must raise Sadie, his newborn daughter, as a single parent after the tragic death of his wife in childbirth — maneuver the bittersweet journey from mourning husband and reticent father to loving dad, Katie’s own ideals about love, marriage, and motherhood are put to the test as she learns ones very important lesson about family: How we nurture is the true nature of love.
Last year, I enjoyed Josie Brown's previous book, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives. I was looking forward to The Baby Planner. For the most part, it did not disappoint. Once I started it, I could not put it down and read it in less than a day. Katie, the main character, loses her job as a baby product tester at a consumer safety agency. Quite by chance, she stumbles upon a business that's a perfect match for her skills and personality: a baby planner consultant. She puts together information and tips for expectant moms who are more than happy to have someone else do all the research. Katie is a dream come true for those who can afford her expertise. While her business is on the rise, Katie's personal life goes in the opposite direction. She longs for a baby of her own but her husband is less than willing. Things pretty much go downhill from there and life seems set on giving Katie a few worthwhile but painful tips on love and family.
Overall, I loved the story - although I thought the first two-thirds of the book were timed better than the last. I felt events were a bit rushed towards the end of The Baby Planner. Then again, when it rains, it pours... Aside from that small gripe, I enjoyed the book.
The Baby Planner hit the shelves on April 5.
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