by Josie Brown
There is no such thing as an ugly baby.
Granted, some infants are cuter than others. But let’s face it: every one of us have gone through an “awkward” phase.
Some of us do so earlier than others.
No matter how cranky or colicy, babies are all the more beautiful to Katie Johnson, the heroine of my latest novel, THE BABY PLANNER, because she wants one so badly. Unfortunately her husband, Alex, has many excuses as to why they shouldn’t have one. Besides the fact that he thinks they can’t afford one until his next bonus check, he is also upset that his first wife has moved out of the country and won’t allow him to share visitation rights with his ten-year-old son.
Katie gets her baby fix by channeling her energies into a new business: baby planning, in which she helps new moms weed through all their pre-and post-natal childcare fears, as well as all the baby gear that they are told they should have at their fingertips.
Throughout the book, Katie comes to sympathize with her clients: not just because they feel overwhelmed with too much information and too little time, but because they want their babies as desperately as she does–and, like her, not necessarily for all the right reasons.
At least one of the characters in the books feels that a baby will save her marriage. Another is concerned about the negative effect it will have on her relationship.
In truth, the issues that come between a woman and a man are sometimes greater than the joy they may share by having a child.
Also, if one person in a relationship wants a child but the other doesn’t, the issue can in fact pull a marriage apart.
What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to comment below. All who do will be entered in a giveaway for a signed copy of THE BABY PLANNER.
Also feel free to read and excerpt of the book here. After doing so, enter my contest for the prize of a $100 gift card to your favorite bookstore.
I hope to meet you on one of my book tour stops,
Josie’s latest novel is THE BABY PLANNER (Simon & Schuster; in bookstores April 5, 2011)
Don’t forget to check back here for a special BABY SHOWER to celebrate the release!
The giveaway is from the author, this one is limited to the US and she is picking the winner!