Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Whitney Gaskell's "Mommy Tracked," the movie

The current feature at My Book, The Movie: Whitney Gaskell's Mommy Tracked.

About the book, from the author's website:

For Anna, Grace, Juliet, and Chloe, the idyllic town of Orange Cove, Florida, is home. But even in paradise, balancing the challenges of motherhood and life is never easy.

With a son in the throes of the Terrible Twos, divorced restaurant critic Anna has too much on her plate to re-enter the frightening world of dating — no matter how expertly her new admirer wines and dines her.

Grace has three beautiful daughters and the perfect husband, yet she’s increasingly obsessed with one nagging flaw: her excess baby weight.

Ambitious Juliet is desperate to make partner at her law firm. Fortunately, her husband stays home with their twins. But at the office, Juliet is finding more than work to occupy her time.

When newest mom Chloe gives birth, her husband seems indifferent to parenting their son. Chloe is so overwhelmed that she finds herself slipping into a nasty habit she thought she’d overcome.

Filled with humor, charm, and richly developed characters, Mommy Tracked, illuminates four friends’ intertwining lives — and their joys and mistakes along the way.

Among the praise for Mommy Tracked:
"As comfortable as fuzzy slippers and still as sharp as stilettos, Gaskell's latest (after Testing Kate) celebrates motherhood, marriage and friendship with humor and vibrant insight. Four young Florida mothers help each other through trying times in this sparkling example of 'mom lit'."
Publishers Weekly

"Poignant, funny, and peppered with snappy dialogue, Mommy Tracked is a great addition to the friendship book list, which includes Waiting to Exhale (1992), The Circle of Five (2003), and The Dirty Girls Social Club (2003)."

"Gaskell’s latest is a laugh-out-loud, witty view of motherhood from the perspectives of four different women. Readers will identify with the charismatic characters in their everyday struggles to balance marriage, motherhood and career."
Romantic Times (Four Stars)

"There are few periods more challenging for women than the pre-school years, and this compassionate novel captures that time in all its endearing, slovenly, enchanting glory."

"Whether you are currently a mommy or never planning to have little ones of your own, you'll love being a part of this group of mothers as they share their triumphs and disappointments with the ever-changing expectations and demands of modern motherhood. Whitney Gaskell expands the challenges of motherhood beyond a laundry list of ideas by combining elements from the lives of four women, plus many of their mommy friends, into a funny, honest and thought-provoking examination of the ways having a child changes a woman's career, her marriage and her self- image. With four distinct storylines, this book has a plot to please every reader."
Fresh Fiction

"I felt a kinship with this novel — it was outstanding. The characters are real, with real problems that women face today. But, the novel is still full of humor and charm that will keep the reader entertained."
Romance Reader at Heart
Read an excerpt from Mommy Tracked and learn more about the book and author at Whitney Gaskell's website.

Gaskell is the author of five novels including Testing Kate, to which she applied the Page 69 Test earlier this year.

My Book, The Movie: Mommy Tracked.

--Marshal Zeringue