Julia wants a baby, Maeve doesn't, and Sam only thought she did.
All three of these women are witty, bright, successful --- and
completely controlled by motherhood or thoughts thereof.
Julia has been trying for months to have a baby, and it has driven
a wedge between her and Mark. She is convinced that it's his fault,
and he knows that. She is jealous of Sam, her ever-vivacious best
friend who got pregnant with only the slightest bit of effort. Her
boss suggests that she take a leave of absence and get away from
some of the stress; she ends up finding a new, revitalizing home in
Her replacement at London Daytime Television, career-oriented
Maeve, gets nauseated at the very thought of a baby, but when she
becomes pregnant via Julia's ex, Mark, her outlook changes.
Sam, Julia's best friend, thought that being a stay-at-home mother
would be the perfect life, but reality is a lot different than she
This is a book that is not so much about babies as it is about
answering society's perpetual question of "What are you going to do
now that your biological clock is ticking?" BABYVILLE boasts a
charming cast of characters, all intelligent, likeable women with
realistic actions, thoughts and concerns. The supporting characters
are developed well in their own right, from Mark to Maeve's mother
to Sam's husband.
Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on January 21, 2011