The Baby Planner by Josie Brown

The Baby Planner
By Josie Brown

Gallery Publishers, $15.00

Blurb:  Acting as a consultant for new moms on the latest baby gadgets, the best play groups, and the most socially desirable mommy-meet-ups, professional baby planner, Katie Johnson, is finding the ticking of her own biological clock harder and harder to quiet.
However, the success of her marriage to husband Alex depends on keeping her maternal urges under wraps.
Living vicariously through her sisters and her clients, Kate submerges herself into the world of babies while Alex refuses to budge on his childless convictions. Feeling as though she has no other option, Katie takes fate into her own hands as she plans to “accidently” get pregnant.
But things don’t turn out exactly as Katie planes, forcing her to learn the most important life lesson of all: How we nurture is the true nature of love.

Let me start by saying that I fully expected this to be sort of a combo of The Nanny Diaries and The Wedding Planner.  And it was, but that's not a bad thing!  I enjoyed both those books and hoped to find the same sort of fun and light reading that I had in both those books. However, Josie Brown's The Baby Planner brought fun and more. 

Through Katie and her varied clients, we get to experience the highs and lows of motherhood...with the mommies and wanna-be mommies. Katie's clients cover a great cross section of society all with one goal in mind. The real plot is not the clients and their "struggles," it's the fact that Katie Johnson wants desperately to have her own baby and her non co-operative husband Alex most definitely does not want another baby.  There's the crux of the situation in Brown's The Baby Planner.

The serious side of this book is what threw me for a loop, as they used to day. I couldn't decide where to "categorize" Brown's latest book. It seems like it should have been a poolside read, or an airplane read...but it sure wasn't. There were deeper subjects here, ones that are found in betrayals and lies. Bottom line? I didn't like Alex at all and had a hard time figuring out why a character like Katie wanted to be with him.  

I do recommend The Baby Planner, as it does bring up some very interesting suppositions and heart wrenching situations. You may not always agree with the book, but Brown is a fair and even handed story teller. I liked the way she wrote and plotted The Baby Planner, I thought it moved well and the plots were believable. I just  get flummoxed when I can't figure out what the author meant for this to be.  I say, read it and think about what she's telling us. 

3 out of 5 stars simply for an engaging character and premise!  

This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.

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