Review: Totlandia # 1 by Josie Brown (4 stars) 

For the second post in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, I thought I’d review this because it’s a fun book. 

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?

This was the first of Josie Brown’s books I ever read, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It’s about mothers and babies and their fight for places at a very select playgroup in San Francosco. Judging from the synopsis, I knew there’d be conflict between the characters, and I was right. There were a mixture of likeable characters and not so likeable ones, as well as laugh-out-loud moments. I found the story realistic and the characters were too. This is a nice quick read, and a relaxing break of a book compared to something longer. A good introduction to the series which really made me feel maternal and like I hope to have children myself in the future. I’d recommend it!  The reason this has four stars is because it isn’t longer, and I was so into it I wanted it to be. 

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