Now and again I shake myself out of the past and all of my historical fiction novels to read a book that takes place in the modern day. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of Little Wonders by Kate Rorick at no charge for my honest review.
About Little Wonders: A Novel
Her mommy meltdown is seen around the world!
When Quinn Barrett’s son refuses to wear his hand-crafted costume to the Little Wonders Preschool Happy Halloween Parade and Dance Party she loses it — complete with stomping, screaming, and costume-destruction galore. Not her best day. And caught on viral video. Yep, “Halloween Mom” is now internet famous.
The posting culprit: tattooed, blue-haired, west-coast transplant Daisy McGulch, out of place in the posh New England town and unable to blend with the other perfect mommies of Little Wonders Preschool.
While she couldn’t care less about organic snacks (paleo-preferred) or the winter quarters of the Little Wonders chickens, she’s not about to admit she’s the one who accidently brought Quinn’s worst moment to the entire world—she’d be kicked out of town!
But when Quinn and Daisy find themselves unlikely cohorts in the fight for Little Wonders Parents Association supremacy, they also discover they have more in common than they expected…but the internet is forever. Can Quinn live down her new reputation? And how far will Daisy go to keep the truth from coming to light?
Hilarious, clever, and unforgettable, Little Wonders offers a glimpse into the high-pressure world of modern momming, with natural toys, scrutinized playdates, PTA politics, and social media gone amok.
About the Author:
Emmy Award-winning writer Kate Rorick is the author of novels about modern motherhood. She is also a television writer and producer, most recently for The Librarians and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. She is one of the writers behind the runaway YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored its two tie-in novels. In her vast spare time she is a bestselling author of historical romance, under the name Kate Noble. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Imagine if one of your worst moments in time was caught on camera, posted to the internet and then it went viral. That’s what happens to Quinn Barrett, a woman who strives to live a perfect life with her surgeon husband and toddler son. She has a meltdown during the annual Halloween parade at her son’s preschool and the new mom in town happens to have her phone pointed in the right direction. That mom, Daisy is trying hard to fit in with the East coast, upper crust, Boston crown but she has electric blue hair and her arms are covered in tattoos. She doesn’t intend to do anything with the video but she shares it with one friend and from there it explodes.
But Little Wonders is more than a story about the schadenfreude but rather about crawling out from what you think is the worst and making something better. It’s about the strength of women coming together and learning to trust each other rather than hate each other. Plus learning that perfection doesn’t exist.
This was an exceptionally quick read for me, but I do read exceptionally quickly. I enjoyed it as a delightful diversion from my forays into the past. The characters were fun and it didn’t require a lot of thought – it was just entertaining. I think for the way things are right now it’s the perfect read.
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