Author: Jane Porter
Release Date: September 27, 2007
Genre: Chick Lit, Women's Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy
Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives? And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly-and tantalizingly-new?
I have really enjoyed getting to know Jane Porter's novels through Miriam at Hachette Book Group, and Odd Mom Out was no exception. My only regret about this book is the fact that I didn't realize that Mrs. Perfect was a sequel/spin-off of Odd Mom Out - I would have loved to have read them in the proper order. Marta's actions in Mrs. Perfect have so much more meaning when viewed against the backdrop of how distasteful Taylor was to Marta earlier on.
I loved the character of Marta. She was strong, funny, and tries to do it all for her daughter. I really felt for her when other mothers tried to make her feel bad for having a job. I don't think there is anything wrong with working when you have kids, just like there is nothing wrong with deciding to stay home. But in the end, it is a personal choice and frankly, it isn't anyone else's business! I did like how Marta slowly softened her edges through the book. She realized that, though it is okay and good to be different, it's ok to be the same sometimes too. It's especially interesting to think about her story juxtaposed with Taylor's from Mrs. Perfect because they are so different, yet Jane writes them both so well.
I liked Eva as well, though I wish more had been explored with her modeling (I'm not going to explain further because I don't want to give away plot points!) I felt like it was a significant part of the story, especially considering Marta's hesitation, and then it completely disappeared.
I have just one more Jane Porter book to go (The Frog Prince) before I've read all of her "modern lit" titles. However, I was really excited to discover that she has a book scheduled to be released in April 2009 in which Tiana, a character from Odd Mom Out, will be explored. I definitely can't wait for that one!
A HUGE thank you to Miriam @ Hachette for sending me this one to review!