The salacious secrets of Desperate Housewives meet the aspirational lifestyles of Sex and the City in San Francisco’s most elite mommies group.
Are you ready for some Mama Drama? Although I try my best to avoid it in my real life, it made Totlandia a truly entertaining read and difficult to put down. This book is wonderfully written and has more than just drama. There are touching moments, parts that made me laugh out loud, and as I read the story I felt like I was reading a television show! It came then as no surprise to me that author Josie Brown, who has published five novels, had her Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series.
With any luck, someone will pick up this series for television (with four more books being published, one per year: the Twosies, Threesies, Foursies, and Fivesies). With this group, everyone has a secret, and unraveling them has left me ready to find out what happens next!
Here’s the scoop on Totlandia, The Onesies:
The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children’s playgroup in all of San Francisco. For the city’s ultra-competitive elite, the club’s ten annual spots are the ultimate parenting prize.
Founder Bettina Connaught Cross’ rules are simple: Moms only. No single parents or working mothers allowed. Membership is a commitment. And there’s no room in the club for scandal, bad behavior, or imperfection…from tots or their moms.
In any given year, securing a place in the club is next to impossible. But this year’s admissions process is more rigorous than ever, pitting prospective members against each other to prove their mettle. Six candidates are vying for the remaining four slots, but each has a secret that would knock them out of the running. Jade is a former stripper and recovering addict who has been absent for most of her son’s life. Jillian’s husband cleaned out their joint accounts and left her for his pregnant assistant. Ally never even had a husband—just a sperm donor—and she’s hiding a high-ranking corporate job. Chakra isn’t really the “sustainable living” earth goddess she’s pretending to be. Kelly is covering up a scandalous secret from her past. And Lorna fears that her son may have special needs… just the excuse her sister-in-law, Bettina, needs to deny her entry to the club.
Can the hopeful moms keep up appearances long enough to outlast the competition? Or will their chances–and their private lives–go up in flames? Moms better beware. Bettina is watching.
This is the first of four books that follow our heroines during “the Onesies,” their inaugural year in the club. Upcoming books–to be released in four episodes each year–will follow subsequent years: the Twosies, Threesies, Foursies, and Fivesies.
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Totlandia, The Onesies, was overall an entertaining read and it would make a perfect stocking stuffer for the Holidays!