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.
My take: This is just a fun and quick read. I couldn't help but like the protagonist, Katie, who seemed to always have the right answer to assuage any doubts for moms, dads, and critics alike. The story is more complex than The Wedding Planner and provides some unexpected twists and turns which upped my rating by a star. Certainly, there is predictability to a large degree but adding in a couple of surprises gave it depth where it wouldn't have had it.
I also really enjoyed the clever segue Katie's circumstances provided to become a Baby Planner. From testing baby products for safety infractions to becoming unemployed but willing to overachieve in helping one of her sisters plan for her new pregnancy, the transition is seamless and not at all forced. Most definitely enjoyed the web design interaction although saw it coming.
Cute read but not clean. Katie is trying to get pregnant. There are a number of seduction scenes where Katie uses all everything at her disposal to seduce her husband. It is detailed. Very.
Since posting my review on Goodreads, Josie Brown, the awesome author, took the time to comment. I wonder if authors know how incredibly geeky book bloggers are and by responding personally makes us feel like we have a backstage pass to REO Speedwagon in 1985. Which I totally did, by the way. Except it was 2007 and I was 41 and not 18. Because I'm totally geeky like that. And Heidi had connections.
So Josie, my Juice Newton-ish cool author, said this:
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