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.
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.