Book review: Totlandia, The Onesies, Book 1 (Fall) (Josie Brown) + giveaway + author interview

josie-brown-totlandia-the-onesies-book-1-fall-225x300 Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC (2012)

This is the first time I have read a Josie Brown book. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was immediately hooked by the storyline and cannot wait to read her other books.

Totlandia is a about a posh playgroup – the Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club. Only San Francisco’s elite is able to book a space in said playgroup. Rules are strict and members must undergo a gruelling application process. There are only ten spaces per group (onesies, twosies etc.) up for grabs. Book 1 follows six mums and toddlers who must compete for the last four remaining spots in the onesies group.

During the first chapters the reader is introduced to a range of characters who all have their own “dirty” little secrets. At first I found it slightly difficult to remember all these new names and faces but Josie’s writing style makes it very easy for the reader to follow. Each character “develops” more and more in the chapters that follow. I personally learned to love these characters very quickly and cannot wait to find out who will eventually be accepted as a “full” member into the club. (I will review Totlandia Book 2 shortly).

I hugely enjoy Josie’s writing style! Once I started reading this book it was very hard to put it down. I could so easily identify with all the characters. I almost felt as if I was applying for a space for my 8 months old daughter in the playgroup myself :-).

Totlandia is a fantastic read that I highly recommend! It is funny, exciting, intriguing and the suspense it creates is amazing.

My rating: 5 out of 5

Thank you to Aimee at Coliloquy for sending me the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review. Coliloquy is offering one lucky reader a digital version (Kindle, Nook or iOs format) of Totlandia Book 1. All you need to do is leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn at random on 31/12/2012. Good luck!

Next to reading this fantastic book, I also had the possibility to ask Josie a few questions:

What is the best and/or worst Christmas present you have ever received?
Once a friend bought me a flannel granny gown. I was somewhat disappointed, because I don’t see myself as the “flannel gown” type. More like silk negligee. (Ha ha!) Of course, it made me think, “Is this how she sees me? Then it dawned on me that it was something she would have loved herself. I didn’t have the heart to tell her how much I hated it. Besides, I was taught to graciously accept gifts. So, what happens? Next year, she gets me another one! I guess I should have come up with a way to tactfully decline. Well, at least my husband knows better.
Which song conveys Christmas the most to you and why?
When I was little, I loved singing “Silver Bells.” I’d now add “The First Noel”, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Joy to the World.” These songs evoke happiness and hope for the new year. To think we’ve been singing some of them for centuries! How about that for the timelessness?
What is your favourite Christmas film or book?
I love White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Clever dialogue, and great singers with fun songs and vaudeville bits, not to mention its memorable title song! Most of all, I love the way it starts out as another Bing Crosby road show picture, segues into a “Let’s put on a show to save the day” comedy, only to end up being a heartwarming romantic comedy. It isn’t just about Christmas, it’s about having fun in life, too.
Do you have any particular Christmas rituals (i.e. watching a specific film on TV or having your family around)?
We go to church services on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, we sit around in our pajamas, feasting, playing board games, and watching “Christmas Vacation” with Chevy Chase, and “A Christmas Story,” about the little boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. Modern classics, aren’t they?
Thank you so much Josie for sharing this with us!!

Leave a comment

  1. Aloha 83
    December 17, 2012 / 8:11 pm

    Book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it!

    • January 1, 2013 / 2:49 pm

      Congratulations Aloha 83! You are the competition winner.

  2. Bridget
    December 30, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Very nice review.

  3. Jean Oram
    April 2, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    I totally want to read this one!! Must buy a Kindle… actually… this could be free on Kobo… I should go check. Sounds like a fun read and in the midst of toddlers and playgroups it would be nice to be able to laugh at it all.


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