by Meghann Foye
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Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she's plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers.
Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and she's tired of it. So one day when her stress-related nausea is mistaken for morning sickness by her bosses—boom! Liz is promoted to the mommy track. She decides to run with it and plans to use her paid time off to figure out her life: work, love and otherwise. It'll be her "meternity" leave.
By day, Liz rocks a foam-rubber belly under fab maternity outfits. By night, she dumps the bump for karaoke nights and boozy dinners out. But how long can she keep up her charade…and hide it from the guy who might just be The One?
As her "due date" approaches, Liz is exhausted—and exhilarated—by the ruse, the guilt and the feelings brought on by a totally fictional belly-tenant…about happiness, success, family and the nature of love.
Kritters Thoughts: Liz is a single woman in her 30s and has watched her peers go down the mommy lane and she has watched them take maternity leave and has been left behind to pick up the pieces they leave while on "vacation." Through a coincidence some co workers think that Liz is pregnant and she decides to go with it and instead of a maternity she will take a meternity and some time for herself!
I loved this plot. If you are new here, I am happily married with three dogs and may not go down the kid route. I see at my job folks go down the kid road and take maternity leave, BUT I am well aware that maternity is not a vacation and then the balance of work and home life is crazy. SO I loved this book as it was a different plot that I had never read before. I loved the honesty in the whole story.
For me this book seemed different from the beginning and I liked that it fit in the chick lit/women's fiction genre, but it was different! If you feel like you have read all of it in this genre, try this one as it has just a little something extra.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Mira. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.