‘The Thin Pink Line’ by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

ttpl lblSTORY: Jane Taylor is pregnant. Only, not in the conventional sense. It all began when Jane missed her period. Whether it was the clouds in the sky or a major case of pregnancy envy (this year’s concern), Jane doesn’t know. She only knows that she told her best male friend, and began to believe it. Until she got her period and realized she never was. Pregnant.

But that brief glimpse into the other world — the world of smiling faces and courteous men — was just too beautiful not to be a part of . . .and so Jane told a little white lie to her live-in boyfriend, and crossed the line. With the help of a pink Magic Marker she closed the gap that separated her from the positively perfect pregos.

Enter Jane’s world, one of deception and success, Mr. Wrong and Mr. Right, Nutrition Police and tilted uteruses, baby showers and celebrity obstetricians. As Jane spins closer to her due date, she’s got a lot of soul-searching to do — not to mention an appointment with reality . . .

REVIEW: Jane Taylor is single, 29, working as an editor for Churchill & Stewart publishers in the UK. She and Trevor have been living together for some time and enjoying great sex. When her regular cycle is a couple of weeks late, she’s convinced she’s pregnant and is so thrilled she picks up a pregnancy test. When it shows she isn’t pregnant, she buys another one and draws a thin pink line on the test window with a magic marker. After telling everyone she is pregnant, she finds she truly isn’t. So, she decides to carry on with her farce. When Trevor leaves her for her lying, Jane now becomes the pregnant girl dumped by her boyfriend.

“Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive” – Sir Walter Scott

This book follows through her entire “pregnancy” along with all of the physical problems that pregnant women have but which she only lies about. A lot of her antics are hysterical but, for me, the whole farce became boring rather quickly.

The ending was a bit of a surprise because the reader certainly wants to know what’s going to happen at the end of the nine months. However, even that was a bit contrived and abrupt.

If you’re looking for a light read with lots of humor, then by all means read this novel. There are lots of characters who keep the story going well. Just don’t expect too much from it.

Connie for b2b

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