Saturday, October 11, 2014


Title: Totlandia (The Onesies): Fall
Series: Totlandia, #1
Author: Josie Brown
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Publication Date: November 9, 2012
Genre: Chick Lit, Humor
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


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.

But not everyone is PHM&TC material. The club's founder, Bettina Connaught Cross, adheres to strict membership rules: Moms only. No single parents or working mothers allowed. Membership is an arduous commitment. And there’s no room in the club for scandal, bad behavior, or imperfection...from tots or their moms.

In a world of power and prestige, no one has more than Bettina. And as every mom in Pacific Heights knows, you simply cannot cross her. But this year’s admissions process is more rigorous than ever, pitting prospective members against each other to prove their mettle.

But four of the six candidates vying for the remaining four slots have a secret that would knock them out of the running. Jade is a former stripper and porn actress, 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. 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 these hopeful moms keep up appearances long enough to outlast the competition? Or will their chances—and their private lives—go up in flames?


I’ve had this on my Kindle for quite some time, and now, looking back, I wonder why I haven’t read it sooner! I could’ve been so much further into this delightful series, and also, it was such an amazingly quick read I finished it in one night! Maybe it just felt like a quick read because I devoured it and simply couldn’t put down my Kindle long enough to focus on anything else.

OK, well, I don’t have much to say. It’s pretty standard chick lit. “Pretty standard” for me – when it comes to chick lit - is synonymous with “enjoyable” and “charming”. It has its funny bits that make you snort with laughter, but mostly I really liked the characters. Their reality is very far from my own, so it was quite an adventure to walk in their shoes for awhile with all that money! In a very short time I got deeply invested in many of these characters and I could see relatively early on that close friendships were going to be formed between four specific characters.

The book ended on a humongous cliff-hanger ending which left me curious to know what’s going to happen next. Some mature content, but not too much. There you go. That’s the long and short of it.


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Like most authors I know, I'm a voracious reader. My favorite classic authors are Edith Wharton, John le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, Jane Austen, Graham Greene, P.D. Wodehouse, Margaret Mitchell, Glen David Gold, and Raymond Chandler.

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1 comment:

Josie Brown said...

Wow, Angie, thanks for this wonderful shout-out for my TOTLANDIA series! Made my night!


Josie Brown
Author, the TOTLANDIA series