Thursday, January 10, 2013
Totlandia: The Onesies, Book 2 (Winter) by Josie Brown - Book Review and Giveaway
About the Book:
In this second book of the Totlandia series, five mommies are just one misstep away from entry into the elite Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club. Everyone has a scandalous secret to hide, but who will be the next to fall?
As the club's founder, Bettina, ratchets up the stress level with a series of holiday-themed challenges, the cracks begin to show. Jade's past catches up to her in the most unlikely of settings. Jillian's struggles to make ends meet are complicated by Bettina's demands. Ally's work and home lives collide, threatening to expose all of her secrets. And Lorna's already fraying family ties are torn to shreds by a series of devastating events.
With just four spots remaining, will the five remaining ladies turn cutthroat? Or will their newfound friendships be strong enough to help them band together?
About the Author:
Josie Brown is the author of five novels: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook, [2011, Signal Press], The Baby Planner, [2011, Simon & Schuster], Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, [2010, Simon & Schuster], Impossibly Tongue-Tied, [2006, HarperCollins], and True Hollywood Lies, [2005, HarperCollins; 2010 Diversion Books].
Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series.
Josie is also the author of three non-fiction books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right [Alpha/Pearson]; Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know [Signal Press]; and Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans: A Modern Girl’s Dream Dictionary [St. Martin's Press].
As a journalist, Josie’s celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com.
Book 2 of the Totlandia series picks up where Book 1 left off with the probationary moms vying for too few spots in the exclusive Pacific Heights Moms and Tots Club. In this installment the women have all learned each others secrets and are becoming friends which is not good for Bettina and her rather snobby approach to dealing with women. I think she prefers to keep them slightly at war with each other than banding together.
It's a short read perfect to pick up when you don't have lots of time to dedicate to a book. That is what is so perfect about this type of delivery system - you don't have to worry about spending hours in a story and you can pick up with each "Book" quite easily from the last. Serialization is a delight for the busy reader.
The dilemmas presented in this chapter have more to do with interpersonal relationships than with club dynamics as the women are getting to know each other better. How will their knowledge of each others secrets play out as they go forward in life and love and how will they deal with the complications that life is now handing them.
I still do not understand the handling of the autism by Lorna despite a very nice note from the author but perhaps the next chapter will enlighten me further. If you are looking for a read that is rich in character development with intriguing plot points that will keep you looking for the next installment than join the Pacific Heights Moms and Tots Club.
You can purchase Totlandia: The Onesies, Book 1 on Amazon.com
You can purchase Totlandia: The Onesies, Book 2 on Amazon.com
You can see my review of Totlandia: The Onesies, Book 1(Fall)
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Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of Totlandia: The Onesies, Book 2 (Winter) for my honest review. I received no other compensation for my post.