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The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services. Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or w The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services. 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.


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The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services. Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or w The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services. 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.

30 review for The Baby Planner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 out of 5 rating At first, I dove into this book. A baby planner job? Maybe I should have gone that route! I sympathized with Katie. I wanted her to get pregnant and have a baby. And from the very first page, I absolutely HATED Alex, Katie's husband. I couldn't see what Katie saw in him at all. How was he her "Mr. Right?" They didn't have anything in common and he was always such a jerk to her. Ugh. But I loved how the new job grew. And how Katie became so close with the women who were pregnant 3.5 out of 5 rating At first, I dove into this book. A baby planner job? Maybe I should have gone that route! I sympathized with Katie. I wanted her to get pregnant and have a baby. And from the very first page, I absolutely HATED Alex, Katie's husband. I couldn't see what Katie saw in him at all. How was he her "Mr. Right?" They didn't have anything in common and he was always such a jerk to her. Ugh. But I loved how the new job grew. And how Katie became so close with the women who were pregnant. I was so absorbed in the book. Until about two-thirds of the way in. Then it just got too much for me. Too much happened all at once, and while I definitely think that every good story needs a climax, there was too many in this book and it kind of turned me off. And while Katie had every right to turn as bitter as she did, she didn't do it in a way that still had my sympathizing for her (if that makes any sense--I'm trying not to give it away). And the ending just kind of...ended. I don't feel that there was any real conclusion to one of the biggest issues. Oh well, I liked that I learned about the baby planner job and still like the way that Josie Brown writes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cherilyn

    Another good one by this author. Read the whole book in one evening. Stayed up til 2am. Can't wait to read more of her books Another good one by this author. Read the whole book in one evening. Stayed up til 2am. Can't wait to read more of her books

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    Don't be fooled by the title, this novel is not a fluffy novel, it has depth and some very compelling characters. I was immediately drawn into this story and how all of the characters stories revolved around babies. All the characters journeys were so different, but the story moved along quite nicely. I may not have always agreed with Katie and her methods with her husband, but I understand where the desperate desire to have a family can come from. Josie really captures what is like to be a moth Don't be fooled by the title, this novel is not a fluffy novel, it has depth and some very compelling characters. I was immediately drawn into this story and how all of the characters stories revolved around babies. All the characters journeys were so different, but the story moved along quite nicely. I may not have always agreed with Katie and her methods with her husband, but I understand where the desperate desire to have a family can come from. Josie really captures what is like to be a mother, the good and the bad. She really gets to the heart of the issues women face and the emotions they feel. At times her writing is quite moving. "It's hard for me to believe that, someday soon, her fingers will grasp that thumb with no problem, and when they do, she will never want to let go. As the years move ahead, as her fingers grow longer and stronger, they will be entwined with his in that special bond only parent and their children share. (p.77, The Baby Planner)." This story is about so much; family, love, parenting, marriage, loss, and betrayal in several forms. This novel has some unexpected twists and turns and will definitely leave you wanting more from Josie Brown. I rate this book 4.5 stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Scott

    I could not put this book down! It was so great. So many twists and turns and it really sucks you in right away.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Smith

    This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20... Katie Johnson is 37 years old and is assistant testing director at Safe California, a consumer protection agency. When Safe California is eliminated due to state budget cuts, Katie is suddenly jobless, with no idea what she really wants to do. Her sister Grace is expecting a new baby, and when she asks Katie to help her plan her nursery (Katie has a degree in interior design), Katie ends up with a binder full of ideas This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20... Katie Johnson is 37 years old and is assistant testing director at Safe California, a consumer protection agency. When Safe California is eliminated due to state budget cuts, Katie is suddenly jobless, with no idea what she really wants to do. Her sister Grace is expecting a new baby, and when she asks Katie to help her plan her nursery (Katie has a degree in interior design), Katie ends up with a binder full of ideas. When she and Grace go to a store to pick out some products, a woman sees the binder she made, assumes she is a baby planner, and "hires" her on the spot. As Katie works towards getting her new business, Making Mommies Smile, off the ground, she is contending with her own childlessness. Her husband of six years, venture capitalist Alex, is dead-set against their having a baby, which is something that Katie didn't fully realize when they married. He has his own 10-year-old son from a previous marriage who is now living in Holland with his ex-wife. Katie is determined to change his mind, and even resorts to some subterfuge to get her way. She's also dealing with clients as diverse as a Congressman's wife who thinks nothing of calling at 6:30 in the morning to bounce ideas off of her, another who has a 13-year-old girl by a previous marriage and is determined that her new husband not know that the new baby will be a girl as well, one who is on bedrest due to previous miscarriages and is almost scared to plan for the new arrival, a soon-to-be single mother whose baby's father is married, and a widowed father whose company SkorTek is one of Alex's new ventures, as well as many others. This is an enjoyable, quick read, with some unexpected (one VERY unexpected and rather shocking) turns, not all of them enjoyable. Katie is very likable, even though she DOES stoop to some lows in her quest for a baby. Her family is wonderful and supportive, but her husband is selfish, and as we find out, very manipulative and deceitful as well. Katie puts up with some things from both her husband and her clients that most of us would kick them in the shins for, and her adventures with her clients are sometimes sad, but often fun. The ending is perfect as well. Definitely recommended as a fun, entertaining summer/beach-time read. QUOTES Prior to Ariel's death, she was inordinately shy. Since then, she's been practically comotose. Whenever I came, I brought sandwiches and coffee. A few times I'd brought a sack of groceries so that she'd have milk and bread in the house. With Ariel gone, she'd quit going to the store. I know why. Because there is no one to buy groceries for, to care for. A mother who has lost her child loses herself, too. "Who do you believe, Willemina or me?" Does it matter? No, of course not. Because I love him, even if I don't believe him. Besides, once I'm pregnant, there'll be nothing he can do about it. ". . . But some of the moms can be pretty picky as to whom their kids play with." The way Fanny says that makes me wonder if she suspects that they were put off by her. Even in San Francisco, you don't see a lot of Barbra Streisand impersonators in the parks. Well, at least not ones who are au pairs. Writing: 4 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 3.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3.5 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3.75 out of 5 stars Sensitive reader: There are some not-extremely-graphic, but not-extremely-vague-either sexual scenes

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This book was touch and go. It started off slow and frustrating took me nearly 2 months to read past page 12, when I did I devoured it. Through the good and the bad I read. **spoilers** Katie Johnson is a 37 year old woman with a ticking clock. All she wants in the world is to have a baby. Her husband, Alex, is already a father of a son, Peter, who lives with his mother in Holland. Peter was taken from Alex when he was just two-years old and he has barely seen him since. Since they have been marri This book was touch and go. It started off slow and frustrating took me nearly 2 months to read past page 12, when I did I devoured it. Through the good and the bad I read. **spoilers** Katie Johnson is a 37 year old woman with a ticking clock. All she wants in the world is to have a baby. Her husband, Alex, is already a father of a son, Peter, who lives with his mother in Holland. Peter was taken from Alex when he was just two-years old and he has barely seen him since. Since they have been married Alex has told Katie he doesn't want kids, or not yet, one day maybe they will discuss it. He seems to just push her feelings aside. - Right now I'll stop to say this is what took me so long to get past. The first few pages are riddled with her true desire to have a baby in her life. Her sisters have 3 kids between them and one on the way. Why did she even marry a man that puts her hopes and dreams on hold for so long. They have been married for 7 years. Is that not a moment when you say to yourself that you want different things in life? She's sure once they have a kid he will love it but he seems to not even remotely like children. Like they are some disease. I know this is part of the conflict. She wants a baby, he doesn't. It's a story that has been heard for years really. Well he refuses to even have unprotected sex with her. Just to ensure no pregnancy will happen. Even though she is already on the pill. I want to scream at Katie most-times that she should just move on. She still is naive and believes he will love their kid once they have one. So she decides to stop taking birth control and to start poking holes in his condoms. I CRINGE at that behavior. It's not fair to try and trick anyone into being a parent. I read through all that and I liked the Katie I was seeing, outside of the condom-hole-poking. She lost her government job testing products for safety regulations and started out a new company as a baby planner. She is so savvy and knowledgeable about what products are safe for kids that people start following her words or wisdom and hire her for her services. She is a great baby planner. She is a people person and can soothe a nervous mom-to-be easily. What gets me is she doesn't know herself that well. After many trials and tribulations it turns out she cannot have children, or it may be hard to conceive a baby, her husband is scum and cheated on her (turns out his mistress is one of her clients), she is adopted and didn't know till dinner when it's announced by her ailing father who is losing his eyesight from a genetic disease. All in one day these things were discovered. No wonder she went CRAZY towards the end of the book. She stopped talking to her family, grew a bitchy side that took over her savvy business side and started making bad deals (as I see it) with baby product companies. Started sleeping with one of the greatest guys to come along since.. well ever. Yet refused to even commit a little to him. I understand she's been through a lot but it's the courage of others that brings her back to the nice Katie I liked before. She finds her birth parents and learns the story of her adoption. She starts a charitable part of her company to help homeless mothers. Reconnects with her sisters and lets herself fall in love with the man who truly loves her, and his daughter who loves her just as much. Although it was touch and go the darn book made me tear up on that last sentence! So I liked it but I didn't really like it. It was good for a random find though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kenig

    I've had this book on my shelf for a while, but I was reluctant to read it until now. Now, of course, that I'm "paper pregnant" and far enough along in the adoption process to feel confident, reading about babies, and the struggle to become a mom is easier for me. Katie has been married for several years to a man who is putting off the decision to become parents. He has his career to focus on, and a child from a previous relationship that he never sees, and she has a career, and the economy is un I've had this book on my shelf for a while, but I was reluctant to read it until now. Now, of course, that I'm "paper pregnant" and far enough along in the adoption process to feel confident, reading about babies, and the struggle to become a mom is easier for me. Katie has been married for several years to a man who is putting off the decision to become parents. He has his career to focus on, and a child from a previous relationship that he never sees, and she has a career, and the economy is unstable - for every wish she has, he has an excuse why now is not the right time, despite the fact that Katie's biological clock is ticking relentlessly onward. As her quiet desperation builds, Katie discovers that her department at work - and thus her job - has been eliminated. When her sister announces that she is pregnant, it seems at first that Katie has no further to fall, but the dream nursery binder that she prepares for her expecting sister catches the eye of another new mother at a baby store, and suddenly Katie finds herself thrust into a new career - Baby Planner - where she does all the research and much of the shopping for stressed out moms-to-be. If she can't plan for her own child, this seems like the next best thing. Except that being around all the baby "stuff" and all the pregnant ladies and all the eventual babies that arrive does nothing more but increase her own need to have a child to call her own. I related to Katie big-time. One of Josie Brown's biggest strengths as a writer is that her characters are so very real - from their flaws to their crowning glories, they are authentic, with easily relatable emotions and paths in life that you can see your friends or yourself taking. They aren't perfect - who among us is, after all? - but they are perfectly human, and that's what I loved about this book. I found myself reading well into the wee hours, because I just couldn't desert Katie when things were going wrong for her, and I wanted to be there to see it when things took a turn for the better. My heart raced with her when her new business exploded on the internet, and I had a few laugh-out-loud moments at some of the crazy occurances that went along with trying to organize a whole bunch of mothers and babies and husbands and other siblings that came along with the territory. I shouldn't have been so scared of this book. Any woman who has experienced infertility, child loss, or any other stumbling block on the way to motherhood will understand Katie and be able to relate to her struggles. Even when she is sabotaging herself. Full of fun dialogue, a fascinating cast of characters and more than a few surprise twists and turns, The Baby Planner is an excellent read and I recommend it highly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    Josie Brown's latest novel, The Baby Planner, is set in an idyllic San Fransisco. Katie Johnson is married to Alex, a money manager of a venture capital firm that specializes in tech start-ups. They're both successful in their own right, gorgeous, and passionate. There's only one thing Katie wants to change about her life - to have a child with Alex. Alex has a son from his earlier marriage and was heartbroken after losing the custody battle. Alex doesn't want his son to feel abandoned and refuse Josie Brown's latest novel, The Baby Planner, is set in an idyllic San Fransisco. Katie Johnson is married to Alex, a money manager of a venture capital firm that specializes in tech start-ups. They're both successful in their own right, gorgeous, and passionate. There's only one thing Katie wants to change about her life - to have a child with Alex. Alex has a son from his earlier marriage and was heartbroken after losing the custody battle. Alex doesn't want his son to feel abandoned and refuses to have any more children - at least for the moment. Katie figures that things will change when he gets promoted and hen things are more stable; she's willing to wait. In the meantime, she enjoys close friendships with her twin sisters and her many nieces and nephews. And she gets a particular charge from knowing that even her job helps her protect children: she works for SafeCalifornia, the state agency empowered to investigate consumer safety complaints and Katie focuses her investigations on child safety issues. SafeCalifornia loses its funding and everyone loses their jobs. But Katie recovers quickly - she takes stock of her life and throws herself into her top priority: a child of her own. But this baby goal is a secret and in public, her energy is focused on her new business - as a baby planner. While most people would avoid surrounding themselves with babies if they can't have one, Katie's much more of an optimist than the rest of us. She dives into the new role, moved by her love for kids and her natural desire to do things right. Confident that her husband will succumb and finally find himself ready to be a father. Her husband Alex is proud of her, supports her efforts, and her practice blossoms. As she comes across all types of moms-to-be, Katie draws them in. In the tradition of the best women's fiction, Katie draws us in as well. Just as she befriends the soon-to-be parents, she endears herself to us. She's the sort of person that we'd love to know and to welcome into our lives. Her optimism and energy make Katie Johnson such a compelling and sympathetic lead character - just the sort to propel the novel forward. When Katie faces the worst possible day of her life -- her worst nightmares all come true -- she still doesn't sink into an annoying caricature of herself. Instead, she behaves with integrity and humor. The Baby Planner is a fun, engaging read - and a book to share with friends. ISBN-10: 9781439197127 - Paperback $15 Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (April 5, 2011), 352 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    The Baby Planner by Josie Brown is the first chick lit I’ve read in a long time and I was pleasantly diverted for a couple hours. Katie is married and obsessed with trying to have a baby, more specifically, trying to convince her husband that they’re ready for a baby. Due to budget cuts, Katie’s job at a state department which monitors the safety of baby products is eliminated. However, Katie decides to use her experience and obsession for all things baby to become a baby planner. Yes, it sounds The Baby Planner by Josie Brown is the first chick lit I’ve read in a long time and I was pleasantly diverted for a couple hours. Katie is married and obsessed with trying to have a baby, more specifically, trying to convince her husband that they’re ready for a baby. Due to budget cuts, Katie’s job at a state department which monitors the safety of baby products is eliminated. However, Katie decides to use her experience and obsession for all things baby to become a baby planner. Yes, it sounds very fluffy and somewhat unreal given these economical times; however, Katie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As I sit here in an upscale café in Larkspur at the heart of Marin County, I can very well see some of these affluent moms (which I am decidedly not) hiring a baby planner to help guide them with planning their nurseries, choosing car seats, organic formula, environmentally friendly diapers, etc. With my own baby being a strapping 16-year-old, surprisingly the safety baby scenes woven into the narrative were engrossing – I actually learned a lot, and shuddered at all the times my son might have come to harm back in the day when I didn’t know any better. Geez, if anybody needed a baby guru, this naïve mother probably did : ) The individual stories of Katie’s clients drew me the most, each one a different take on motherhood – the single mother, surrogacy, the baby conceived to save a shaky marriage, the high-risk pregnancy after multiple miscarriages. These scenes were refreshing compared to the scenes of Katie’s emotionally barren and shallow marriage. But, never fear – there is romance in the horizon… Speaking of shallow – I don’t like this cover at all. It makes me think of an office – unattractive and not in keeping with the story, especially since Katie’s supposed to have a very good eye for design.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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 c 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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Katie Johnson starts a new career as a "baby planner" or momcierge after losing her job as a tester for product safety. Her husband, Alex, has promised her that they would discuss having their own child when he makes partner at his financial firm. Alex is reluctant to have his own children after losing his son in a nasty divorce. He puts Katie off and then tells her he has no intention of ever fathering another child again, so Katie does a few things that she won't be proud of in the morning. As Katie Johnson starts a new career as a "baby planner" or momcierge after losing her job as a tester for product safety. Her husband, Alex, has promised her that they would discuss having their own child when he makes partner at his financial firm. Alex is reluctant to have his own children after losing his son in a nasty divorce. He puts Katie off and then tells her he has no intention of ever fathering another child again, so Katie does a few things that she won't be proud of in the morning. As Katie starts to build friendships through her new business, she learns more and more about herself and what really makes her happy. Her twin sisters are both parents and soon-to-be parents of two kids each and their parental happiness starts to really drag her down even though she loves them to pieces. After some devastating news about her father's health and a conversational slip, she learns that something that changes her whole perspective on life and sends her on a quest. There are several major twists and turns that makes Katie realize that she has more than she ever expected. I could not put this book down once I started and I was so engaged in Katie's world that I really wanted to hurt Alex physically since he was so darn right evil. I found the whole story very believable even though there are a few points that probably would never happen to the same person all at once. This is the perfect book for spring since it will put you in a good mood and get you distracted from the horrible weather everyone has been experiencing lately. If you like Sophie Kinsella, Sarah Pekkenan or Melissa Senate, you will love Josie Brown's writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Baby Planner is a wonderful novel for anyone who enjoys a great pregnancy story, or several. Taking the concept of a wedding planning and twisting it for prenatal crowd works well and leads to funny and emotional scenes. Katie is a wonderfully full character. Longing for a baby, but married to man who refuses to impregnate her, Katie fills the void by helping other women get ready for their own children. Having no real life experience, beyond being an involved aunt, she starts her business an The Baby Planner is a wonderful novel for anyone who enjoys a great pregnancy story, or several. Taking the concept of a wedding planning and twisting it for prenatal crowd works well and leads to funny and emotional scenes. Katie is a wonderfully full character. Longing for a baby, but married to man who refuses to impregnate her, Katie fills the void by helping other women get ready for their own children. Having no real life experience, beyond being an involved aunt, she starts her business and quickly finds a niche market that never knew it was waiting for her. Through Katie's work, readers will experience multiple pregnancy situations - all of which lead to surprising ends. Katie's marriage was something else entirely. She loves her husband, but he refuses to have a child with her. Their relationship and Katie's various pleas and tactics to get what she desires most left me wondering not about her sanity, but about my own. Katie's actions drove me crazy. I was never on the same page as her. I wanted her to "accidentally" get pregnant. She respects her husband and believes she can rationally convince him. I want her to run away from him as fast as she can. She then decides it's a good time to have a condom malfunction. You can tell early on how the story is going to play out, but there are some great twists along the way. The Baby Planner is unique and thought-provoking at times. Laughter and tears come easily and often. You may not always agree with Katie's decisions, but you'll care about her from the very first pages.The Baby Planner is the perfect next step for chick lit fans leaving singledom and entering babyville.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I really, really liked this book...it's been awhile since I have read a book in nearly just one sitting. This one I did...okay it took 3 sittings but only 36 hours or so...lol. You can tell I like it because I only have nit picky problems with the book: #1...if you are going to put days/dates in the book make sure they really those days on the calendar in the year you are writing about. (for ex. May 19th will not be a Saturday this year or next)ETA: I have been corrected May 19th will be a on a Sa I really, really liked this book...it's been awhile since I have read a book in nearly just one sitting. This one I did...okay it took 3 sittings but only 36 hours or so...lol. You can tell I like it because I only have nit picky problems with the book: #1...if you are going to put days/dates in the book make sure they really those days on the calendar in the year you are writing about. (for ex. May 19th will not be a Saturday this year or next)ETA: I have been corrected May 19th will be a on a Saturday in 2012. #2....don't have the men grossing about the lousy start to the 49'ers season in May...they are football not baseball (that would be the Giant's) I loved all of the characters and how well they were fleshed out, though I could see the heroine's husbands faults from a mile away. I loved how the baby planner fell into her job and ran with it!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kandee

    This book wasn't such a cutesty book I thought it to be. I thought it was going to be a light, fun, adorable read, but it just wasn't that. It had some really dark things about it and a shocking twist, like a mystery novel mixed with a romantic comedy. It held so many characters who were so, so different and the way they were all compiled together was just perfect. Everyone's journey was different, but it pushed the story in a really good direction. The pacing was a bit slow, but I didn't mind i This book wasn't such a cutesty book I thought it to be. I thought it was going to be a light, fun, adorable read, but it just wasn't that. It had some really dark things about it and a shocking twist, like a mystery novel mixed with a romantic comedy. It held so many characters who were so, so different and the way they were all compiled together was just perfect. Everyone's journey was different, but it pushed the story in a really good direction. The pacing was a bit slow, but I didn't mind it at all. With this being one of my first real chick lit reads, it was great. Full of heartfelt moments as well. Josie Brown really captures what it's like to be a mother really well and what Katie felt, I felt as well. I teared up a bit at some points. I MEAN THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK, GREAT BOOK. Its fun, sweet and now I really want more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Well I finished late last night and had to sleep on my review. YEAH it was another GREAT book. At the end of it, at least on the Kindle version, it explains that a baby planner is real. Who would have thought? Not me! The business angles and web site set ups were the funniest things in the book. I cant say anything about the plot I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone. I think this is a must for every woman to read whether you have lost a child ( I have so I relate totally) want a child or alread Well I finished late last night and had to sleep on my review. YEAH it was another GREAT book. At the end of it, at least on the Kindle version, it explains that a baby planner is real. Who would have thought? Not me! The business angles and web site set ups were the funniest things in the book. I cant say anything about the plot I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone. I think this is a must for every woman to read whether you have lost a child ( I have so I relate totally) want a child or already have one or more that drive you nuts. A laugh a minute, some tears, but soooo good. I want more Josie Books please

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Katie Johnson makes a living consulting with new moms all all things baby. Gadgets to social meet-ups she helps her clients find the best. Her husband, Alex, is determined that they remain childless. He is bitter that his ex wife won't let him see their ten-year-old son. Complicating the matter is her new client, Seth Harris who is a high tech entrepreneur who is raising Sadie after the death of his wife and mother. Katie learns a lot from Seth and Sadie about love, and what truly makes a family Katie Johnson makes a living consulting with new moms all all things baby. Gadgets to social meet-ups she helps her clients find the best. Her husband, Alex, is determined that they remain childless. He is bitter that his ex wife won't let him see their ten-year-old son. Complicating the matter is her new client, Seth Harris who is a high tech entrepreneur who is raising Sadie after the death of his wife and mother. Katie learns a lot from Seth and Sadie about love, and what truly makes a family.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ILoveBooks

    I thought the plot of this book was unique, the main character was entertaining and inspired empathy in the reader. I hated how the main character so wanted a child, yet was stuck with her husband's refusal. A refusal which later turns out to be ironic. I liked how the author included Seth, a man who lost his wife and now has to raise his daughter alone. I was happy with the ending, I don't like cheaters :) I liked the main character's spunk and her business. I would recommend this book to femal I thought the plot of this book was unique, the main character was entertaining and inspired empathy in the reader. I hated how the main character so wanted a child, yet was stuck with her husband's refusal. A refusal which later turns out to be ironic. I liked how the author included Seth, a man who lost his wife and now has to raise his daughter alone. I was happy with the ending, I don't like cheaters :) I liked the main character's spunk and her business. I would recommend this book to female adults.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a great quick summer read. Katie Johnson wants a baby desperately but her husband Alex may have other plans. Her attempts to get pregnant without her husband's knowledge are humorous but I'm guessing not unrealistic. When Katie loses her job and her husband keeps dancing around the subject of getting pregnant, Katie does the next best thing--she becomes a baby planner. Just when Katie thinks everything has fallen apart, she learns that a family comes in many different forms and love and This is a great quick summer read. Katie Johnson wants a baby desperately but her husband Alex may have other plans. Her attempts to get pregnant without her husband's knowledge are humorous but I'm guessing not unrealistic. When Katie loses her job and her husband keeps dancing around the subject of getting pregnant, Katie does the next best thing--she becomes a baby planner. Just when Katie thinks everything has fallen apart, she learns that a family comes in many different forms and love and forgiveness will get her through. This was my first book by Josie Brown but not my last!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I was highly entertained. And perhaps it is because my mind is so scattered from having two small children that I can't focus on anything too in depth. I like the show "Pregnant in Heels" for the sheer ridiculousness and this dovetailed nicely with that premise. However, I thought the big climax was a bit too apocalyptic in the life of the main character. It would never ever hit the fan so bad in a single day. A little implausible. I was highly entertained. And perhaps it is because my mind is so scattered from having two small children that I can't focus on anything too in depth. I like the show "Pregnant in Heels" for the sheer ridiculousness and this dovetailed nicely with that premise. However, I thought the big climax was a bit too apocalyptic in the life of the main character. It would never ever hit the fan so bad in a single day. A little implausible.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Josie Brown visited the bookstore recently and was really fun to meet! I loved her book Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives and this is another good one about a woman whose husband does not want children but she wants kids more than anything. In the meantime she falls into a career as a baby planner helping expecting mothers getting ready for the arrival of their babies. Humor, drama and everything in between.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Tilbe

    This book was a great surprise! I thought it was going to be predictable but it wasn't. There was a lot of character interaction and even a surprise twist towards the end...not the twist I expected either. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it. Now I'll look forward to the next Josie Brown novel! This book was a great surprise! I thought it was going to be predictable but it wasn't. There was a lot of character interaction and even a surprise twist towards the end...not the twist I expected either. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it. Now I'll look forward to the next Josie Brown novel!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    This book sure had it's set of twists. They continuously kept me on my feet and edge. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. I wish Katie could have been stronger and smarter. She kept wishing things would change and ignoring all the signs that something was wrong. But the book was highly entertaining and I look forward to reading more by Josie Brown. This book sure had it's set of twists. They continuously kept me on my feet and edge. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. I wish Katie could have been stronger and smarter. She kept wishing things would change and ignoring all the signs that something was wrong. But the book was highly entertaining and I look forward to reading more by Josie Brown.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Such a great book, found myself not wanting to put it down. I wasn't me anymore, i became the character. I felt what she felt. her pain, her heartache,her longing and her success. I look forward to seeing what else Josie Brown has written. Such a great book, found myself not wanting to put it down. I wasn't me anymore, i became the character. I felt what she felt. her pain, her heartache,her longing and her success. I look forward to seeing what else Josie Brown has written.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Got it out of the library to see how crap it was. Pleasantly surprised, and very cleverly got the reader to re-think the merits of this BS profession. Good characters, predictable love story, satisfying ending. I took it with me to the beach and it's absolutely perfect for that. Got it out of the library to see how crap it was. Pleasantly surprised, and very cleverly got the reader to re-think the merits of this BS profession. Good characters, predictable love story, satisfying ending. I took it with me to the beach and it's absolutely perfect for that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    One thing can lead to another. Opportunities are there to be taken and what you imagined your life to be wont always work out that way. I enjoyed this story it left me feeling lots of emotions for the main character and at times they weren't great emotions. One thing can lead to another. Opportunities are there to be taken and what you imagined your life to be wont always work out that way. I enjoyed this story it left me feeling lots of emotions for the main character and at times they weren't great emotions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Walker

    This was a really enjoyable book. I loved the character of Katie as she navigates the issues in her life. Her "baby planning" business is fun to read about. The book kept me interested and entertained. A very good read. This was a really enjoyable book. I loved the character of Katie as she navigates the issues in her life. Her "baby planning" business is fun to read about. The book kept me interested and entertained. A very good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shiela Beresford

    I LOVED this book. I am actually now on the hold list at the public library to get another book written by Josie Brown. I now have a new author to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    W

    It's so easy for a book like this to follow a very typical pattern and be very predictable. I loved it because it wasn't predictable at all. Stayed up till midnight to finish it. It's so easy for a book like this to follow a very typical pattern and be very predictable. I loved it because it wasn't predictable at all. Stayed up till midnight to finish it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    My full review: http://www.cribnoteskelly.com/1/post/... My full review: http://www.cribnoteskelly.com/1/post/...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Traupman

    A really cute, quick read! I don't like how it ended though. A really cute, quick read! I don't like how it ended though.

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