Release Date: October 12, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
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 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.
There are all those hit TV shows like Dance Moms or Toddlers and Tiaras and I never really got the appeal. After reading Totlandia by Josie Brown, I think I finally see it. For folks who love shows such as those or just a really great story that has a ton of humor mixed in, Totlandia is the book for you!
The storyline was so easy to get caught up in. Right away, Josie Brown hooks readers and she doesn’t let go til the last page. I got so involved in each character’s story and was right alongside them cheering for them and feeling all the emotions alongside them.
Totlandia is told is a lot of different point of views which was really neat, but my one complaint would be that at times it got a bit confusing. I also found some of the characters stories to be a bit naggy almost at times. Of the families, my favorite was Oliver and Jade – their story was just so much fun to read.
Totlandia by Josie Brown was just a real joy to read. I loved the variety of characters, the balance of funny and serious moments, and just the wacky story. I cannot wait to see what is next in the series!