I love winter in San Francisco–it’s cold enough to justify sitting in a warm cafe for hours, reading, drinking coffee, watching people catch up with old friends. Cafe-hopping (as I call it) has been my primary way of exploring this beautiful city. Hence, in the spirit of our latest launch, Totlandia Book IV: Summer, I trekked from my humble neighborhood, Inner Richmond, to the classier Pacific Heights.
And hello, Bettina’s world…Sitting at Jane’s on Fillmore, in the midst of the Brazilian Blowouts and five dollar mochas, I had fun playing director, casting the Lornas, Allys, Jillians and Jades of the crowd. In a corner sat a hunky, blonde forty-year-old pitching a business deal to two other men. His charm was all Brady and his subtle appraisal of every woman left no doubt he deserved the part. Another woman, furiously scrolling through her iPhone 5, made me think of Ally–a business woman struggling to balance her work and personal life.
There were many more matches–finding Art and Bettina was too fun, who doesn’t love browsing through whips to match that Marc Jacobs leather jacket?–but I won’t bore you with my musings. Josie Brown outdoes herself in this newest addition to her series. In Book IV: Summer, the lines between submissives and dominants blur, and the Pacific Heights Mom and Tots Club members seem to have a dark side.
This new character gradient reinvents Totlandia and its characters: Jillian, deserted by her husband, actually has a vindictive streak; Allie, the noble member of our beloved foursome, resents the club from which she’s been booted; and Jade, desperate for Brady’s affection, plays into Bettina’s manipulating games. But Josie bests herself in her portrayal of Lorna and Bettina, two women who, after starting on opposite ends of the spectrum, find themselves on a very similar path.
This installment races forward like no other, and leaves us dizzier than usual–but the book is more than just plot. For those of you who enjoy Bettina’s wickedness, Brady’s pulse-quickening sex scenes, and of course, Josie Brown’s captivating descriptions of motherhood, this author is for you.
After four hours at Jane’s (feeling completely underdressed) I noticed how makeup, designer clothing, and perfectly highlighted hair doesn’t change the fact that these women are mothers. Children wake up early, cry for companionship, want to help when they can’t–and they never, ever want to go to bed. Being a parent is exhausting. Totlandia gives readers a chance to laugh at these moments and share the experience of parenthood.
Whether you’re a mom looking for that sassy, understanding voice or a chicklit fan hoping for scandalous affairs, this book promises to satisfy. Check it out now!