From Publishers Weekly
The world is a kinder, gentler place for pregnant women, or so discovers Jane Taylor, the heroine of Baratz-Logsted's debut novel, upon learning that she's expecting. So when her pregnancy turns out to be a false alarm, Jane impulsively decides to keep up the ruse. She invents details about her OB-GYN and fakes a growing stomach, among other increasingly inventive tricks. Jane is single (her live-in boyfriend didn't appreciate her deception), almost 30, an editor and British. Sound familiar? Baratz-Logsted is refreshingly self-conscious about following the chick-lit trend. As Jane laments, "Sometimes it felt as though you could no longer turn around in a bookshop or at an editorial meeting without being confronted with yet another pink-covered book whose pages told about the wacky adventures of yet another 20-something Londoner who labored in publishing." Jane's own adventures are more daring than many of her fellow single-female heroines, and Baratz-Logsted's premise is hilarious and original. Soon Jane's pregnancy threatens to ruin a budding romance and a project at work. She wishes she could come clean, but she's been offered a book contract about her farce by a colleague who catches her in the act. Jane doesn't start out as the most likable of characters, but she changes so much over the course of the novel, and is so charmingly audacious, that readers will be rooting for her-and wondering what she'll do at the end of the nine months.
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Baratz-Logsted looks at a new angle of singledom: pregnancy, in the first hardcover title in the Red Dress Ink line. Jane Taylor, an assistant editor at a prestigious London publishing house, is sure she is pregnant, and she couldn't be happier: now she can finally wrangle that proposal out of her boyfriend, Trevor, and keep up with her older sister, Sophie, who is both married and expecting her first child. But when Jane learns she actually isn't pregnant, she isn't willing to give up her fantasy, so she plays along, figuring that sooner or later she will get pregnant, and no harm will be done. Not so. When Trevor discovers her deception, he leaves her without looking back. Jane still doesn't want to tell her friends and family the truth, and when a fellow editor suggests that she turn her deception into a book, Jane suddenly has a chance to realize her dream of being a writer. Though Jane's actions at times are downright perplexing, this is amusing, light fun. Kristine HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved