Kris Weber, Kathy Wilson
Dunne, May 2004, 23.95, 304 pp.
Sydney, Australia marketing executive Sophie Anderson enjoys her swinging single lifestyle. Her biological clock might be ticking, but Sydney unplugged it as she prefers a different type of plug with Max Radley. However, her Max is leaving for San Francisco and has no thoughts of commitment so Sophie knows her two year relationship is over.
Over except for one minor problem. Max has left Sophie pregnant. She has neither time nor the patience for the havoc her pregnancy will cause her lifestyle or what to do with an infant after it is born. Worse nine months without real liquid seems like a lifetime to her. With the advice of her fellow java members at the weekly caffeine scene at the King Street Café, Sophie formulates a plan on how to mentally cope with the nine months of something growing inside her. Plans go astray for men, mice, and Sophie as carrying requires unscheduled pit stops during meetings and pitches. Still Sophie glows when she meets a hunk that sends her beyond the adolescent Max.
FROM HERE TO MATERNITY is an amusing look at the convergence of motherhood with chick lit. At first that combination sounds like an anti oxymoron or perhaps an invasion of the sub-genre, but the delightful Sophie and her coffee crowd pull it off so that the mixing of mom, apple pie, and chick lit inanity blends nicely into a wonderful tale. Still it is difficult to see Ms. Jones anticipating pushing that carriage or nightmarishly pondering changing the diaper at three in the morning yet the two Ws (winning and wonderful) make it happen in a humorous manner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner