THIS IS BOOK 1 IN AN 8-PART EPISODIC SERIES. Each book completes a story arc, but it includes a series cliffhanger that connects Books 1-4; And then Books 5-8.
IN BOOK 1 OF THE TOTLANDIA EPISODIC SERIES:
The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children’s playgroup in all of San Francisco. For the city’s ultra-competitive elite, the club’s ten annual spots are the ultimate parenting prize.
But not everyone is PHM&TC material. The club’s founder, Bettina Connaught Cross, adheres to strict membership rules: Moms only. No single parents or working mothers allowed. Membership is an arduous commitment. And there’s no room in the club for scandal, bad behavior, or imperfection…from tots or their moms.
In a world of power and prestige, no one has more than Bettina. And as every mom in Pacific Heights knows, you simply cannot cross her. But this year’s admissions process is more rigorous than ever, pitting prospective members against each other to prove their mettle. But four of the six candidates vying for the remaining four slots have a secret that would knock them out of the running. Jade is a former stripper and porn actress, who has been absent for most of her son’s life. Jillian’s husband cleaned out their joint accounts and left her for his pregnant assistant. Ally never even had a husband—just a sperm donor—and she’s hiding a high-ranking corporate job. And Lorna fears that her son may have special needs… just the excuse her sister-in-law, Bettina, needs to deny her entry to the club.
Can these hopeful moms keep up appearances long enough to outlast the competition? Or will their chances—and their private lives—go up in flames?
Friendship. Lies. Seduction. Betrayal. Welcome to Totlandia.
Upfront about being an episodic series
While reading Totlandia: Book 1, I needed a scorecard for awhile to keep the multitude of characters straight, but the characters are so well-crafted that this became a non-issue very quickly. I loved how Ms. Brown gives such in-depth personalities and motivations in so relatively-few words, keeping me page-turning all the while. She definitely left us with a cliff-hanger, and I can’t wait to read Book 2.
It gets better as you go along and it has a surprise and suspenful ending. Really like the way you are left hanging. Or are you? Good read.
While the story went a little slow in some places, I found it to be an interesting cross-section of characters. The POV kept switching, which was a bit much at first, but as I got into it, it made the book even better!