Reviewed by Jenn Leisey

Katie Johnson has almost everything she could want out of life – a budding career as a coordinator for San Francisco’s mommies-to-be, a close knit family, and the love of Alex, her successful, handsome husband. All that’s ever been missing for Katie is a baby of her own. And at 37-years-old, Katie realizes she’s running out of time for her biggest dream. There’s just one problem: getting Alex to agree to share her dream.

When a lay-off leaves Katie open to explore her financial options, she puts her knowledge as a former safety tester to work, presenting her pregnant clients with the latest scoop on the best available baby products. Before long, Katie has been around one too many hormonal women and decides it’s time to take her own fertility matters into her own hands. She knows that Alex is against having another child after being alienated from his son from a previous marriage, but surely her husband would see it as a blessing . . . once Katie is successfully pregnant thanks to tampered contraceptives.

As she hopes for her stomach to grow as fast as her career, Katie meets Seth Harris, who is a struggling, single father of a newborn girl. After a frantic phone call about his baby’s dangerously high fever, Katie begins straightening out Seth’s clueless, disorganized parenting style and even pushes him to have a social life.

You can plan your birthing procedure and nursery room color palette, but Katie soon learns that you can’t always plan for the family that life gives – or takes away – from you.

Josie Brown’s novel, The Baby Planner, is a perfect weekend indulgence. Although I found the ending to be a little too obvious and predictable, the story’s process of getting there compensates for any negative marks for me. The book is filled with juicy moments that read almost like a gossip magazine, but is balanced by its real depth of the ups and downs of all of life’s relationships. And sometimes, it’s just nice to have a happy ending, right?

Rating: 3/5

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Since graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Professional Writing, Jenn works as a freelance writer, poet, and blogger at south of sheridan. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, and loves baking, crafting, and anything that requires a hot glue gun.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Gallery Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.