I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Nine Month Plan by Wendy Markham
Nina Chickalini has a plan: Get out of Queens. But something keeps stopping her. Maybe it's the four siblings she raised almost single-handedly. Or the family pizzeria she's running so Pop can take it easy. Or maybe it's her best friend, Joe Materi, who's just made an incredible request: Have his baby! Nina doesn't need another reason to feel tied down, but how can she refuse the man who's always been there for her? Getting in the family way turns out to be easy, and suddenly she's seeing Joe in a whole new light-his muscular arms cradling a baby, his sexy voice crooning a lullaby... With the entire neighborhood meddling to get them to tie the knot-and Joe looking like he wants them to tie the knot-Nina might have to stop dreaming of grand adventures and settle for something even better: love.
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I remember Wendy Markham from the golden age of Red Dress Ink. From about 2004 – 2008 there was a surge of chick lit and hot mommy books being pumped out. I used to walk the aisles of my local library looking for that small red logo on the spines and when found would check them out without ever reading the synopsis or looking at the cover. During that time I read Markham’s Slightly series and I remember enjoying it. So when I saw The Nine Month Plan come around, I jumped at the chance to read it. And it was everything I hoped it would be. Nina and her best friend Joe have shared everything. Now Nina is ready to leave their hometown for good, but Joe proposes that while she waits for her plan to fall in place they have a baby. Joe will raise the baby and Nina will get to experience pregnancy and then be able to travel the world. The world created, pacing and characters created were all good and this was a very quick read. Funny, cutesy and formulaic; this book brought me back to when a book was just pure enjoyment. Could I guess 90% of the plot? Yes. Did I mind? No. I read The Nine Month Plan to be entertained, that’s it. No deep thought, no life lessons; and sometimes that is just what you need.
Favorite lines – “Looking up into his familiar brown eyes, Nina glimpses something she has never seen before: a raw intensity that catches her off guard. With that, all that is purely physical in the act seems to give way to a profound spiritual connection. This isn’t about Joe, or Nina, or their being together in the past or apart in the future. This is about the power to create a miracle, right here, right now.”
Biggest cliche – “No, I can’t love you. It doesn’t fit in my plans.”
Have you read The Nine Month Plan, or added it to your TBR?