What’s on Josie Brown’s Bucket List?

We love Josie Brown. Plain and simple. We first fell for her when we read the impossibly delicious,  Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives and now we’re falling all over again after consuming her latest fun, funny and  completely satisfying novel, The Baby Planner. (In stores tomorrow- Tuesday, April 5!) about a thirty-seven-year-old baby planner whose own biological clock is ticking off the charts faster than you can say designer stroller. (Lisa could definitely relate- having her first baby, er, a little later in life.)


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.

Want to win one of five copies of The Baby Planner? Just leave a comment here and we’ll randomly select the lucky winners after 6:00 PM, EST on Wednesday, April 6.


1. To own pied–à–terre on the northwest tip of the de l’Isle Saint Louis, an island in the Seine, there in the middle of Paris.

2. To circumnavigate the world in my own private plane, stopping wherever and whenever I want, for however long. (In other words, I may never get back home…)

3. To live long enough to witness world peace. Seriously. I’m no beauty queen, believe me. I just mean this from the bottom of my heart. (Must be the flower child in me who still believes it’s possible!)

4. Great skin. Always. Despite a daily dose of sunshine!

5.  To see my own musical of Pride and Prejudice make it to both Broadway and the West End.

To find out more about the fabulous Josie Brown, check out her website and follow her on Facebook. And don’t forget to pre-order The Baby Planner!

Thanks, Josie!



53 Responses to “What’s on Josie Brown’s Bucket List?”

  1. Sherry Lebow

    Sounds like a great book and I would love to read it

  2. Rachel

    I read about this last week. Looks like a good book. It’s on my wish list.

  3. Michele

    I have heard great things about this book. I look forward to reading it.

  4. Monica Kelley

    Book sounds like a great read. I would also love to have my own plane to go where ever, whenever I pleased!!!

  5. Sandi taraschi

    Always looking for new authors, looks like a great read!

  6. Melissa

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the Do’s Josie.

  7. Renee Henri

    Thanks for introducing me to a new writer! The book sounds great and I like her bucket list.

  8. Laura

    I loved Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives!! Really want to win this book!!!

  9. Shannon J.

    This books sounds fabulous!! Going on my tbr list!! Fun bucket list!!

  10. Michelle Zanfardino

    Would LOVE to win a copy. Love the title of the first book. Need to pick up a copy of that!

  11. Tiffney Pedersen

    I would love to read this!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Love her world peace comment!

  12. nova c.

    would be a great book to win! ( 1. To own pied–à–terre) would be the one thing on josie brown’s bucklet list that i would just love; don’t have to own it; just would love to see it.

  13. Wanda Z

    The synopsis sounds intriguing. Would love to both read and win it!!

  14. Kirsten

    Sounds fantastic! I’m struggling with whether or not to have a baby, so this book sounds perfect!!

  15. Tiffany D.

    I love #2. I also wish I had my own private plane to go wherever I want. Actually, I would like my own teleport system since I am afraid of flying. But with my luck, I’d probably end up with my bum in front from a teleport-gone-wrong like in Spaceballs. Oh well, the thought was nice lol.

    Thanks for another great giveaway! I would love to read this :)

  16. Marianne

    Oh yes, I want this one to be added to my TBR pile. I do whole heartedly agree with asking for world peace..what a GREAT world it would be!!! Thanks again!!

  17. Colleen Turner

    I just love Josie and her bucket list did not disappoint! I can just see her flitting around the world in her private jet….I just hope she saves me a seat :)! I can’t wait to read the book.

  18. Pauline Tilbe

    I’d love to read this, love finding new authors. Win or not, it’s now on my TBR list.

  19. ChrisS

    Sounds like a great book. I can’t wait to see how Katie and Alex’s story turns out.

  20. Jennifer Sharp

    Always love the chance to win a book. Would love my own plane as well. Can’t seem to find any giveaways for that one though.

  21. Josie Brown

    Wow! Such great comments!

    Hey, thanks all of you giving thumbs up for world peace! If we all hope/pray/wish for it …I think we can make it happen. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    Colleen, you will ALWAYS have a seat on AirJosie! With me as flight attendant, I promise all drinks are on the house!

    Tiffany D: I hear ya about the teleport system. Your answer made me laff out loud! Too funny! One word: HYPNOSIS…

    Thanks, Laura, for loving SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES. It was a hoot to right. This one is a tad darker–hard to believe that something about sweet little babies could be dark, but all the fears/joys/trepidation/excitement about motherhood came out in this one…in fact, I cried tears of happiness in the end, for my heroine, Katie.

    Nova: Bon jour! You will be invited to any salon I have in my pied-a-terre, for sure!

  22. Mary Beth

    Nurturing is a biological urge that is stronger than most anything. I look forward to reading this one!

  23. Jenny Campbell

    What a fun idea.. gonna try compliling my own list!!Looking forward to the book. Hope I win ;) x

  24. diana mack

    would love to read another take on the “i want a baby and spouse doesn’t”
    great review! plus i love her bucket list!

  25. Lynn

    What a really cool and interesting idea for a book! Sounds like one that is sure to be impossible to put down. I am adding this to my ‘must read’ list!! :) This sounds amazing!

  26. karenk

    a great list :)
    thanks for the chance to read josie’s latest novel :)

  27. McElroy

    A “Pride and Prejudice” musical? What an awesome idea! I’d LOVE to see Mr. Darcy belt out show tunes! What would be even BETTER is if you could convince Colin Firth to play Mr. Darcy in the musical version! ;)

  28. Betsy

    Looks like an interesting book. Been reading about 4 books a month lately (was never a reader until recently) and can’t wait to add this to my 4 page must read book!

  29. Jean Shen

    Ooh, a new author to check out. Sounds like a great read!

  30. Nina

    Another great entry and bucket list! I think my favorite was number 2, “To circumnavigate the world in my own private plane”. Why didn’t I think of that?! :)

  31. KMcElroy

    If I had a private plane, I’d be packing my bags for a trip to Scotland tonight, then flying into Ireland, and finally landing into Great Britain by the 25th to experience all of the festivities for the royal wedding! After spending time in England, I’d decide where I wanted to jet off to next….I wouldn’t be returning home for a while!!

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