Milked: A Modern Mommy Tale with a Retro Twist by Lisa Doyle

Milked: A Modern Mommy Tale with a Retro Twist

byLisa Doyle

Kobo ebook | November 21, 2014

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By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?

A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.

Title:Milked: A Modern Mommy Tale with a Retro TwistFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 21, 2014Publisher:Simon and FigLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0985352094

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from GOOD SUMMER AFTERNOON READ Amanda Keane seems to have her life together. Okay, she’s not quite as successful in her career choice as her friends and she doesn’t date much and she’s turning 30 but she has a loving supportive family, she lives “downtown” where she has always wanted to live; she’s pretty happy. Enjoying her 30th birthday party she meets handsome, young musician Eamonn. Cue … whirlwind romance, unplanned pregnancy, unexpected job loss and disappearing Eamonn and Amanda finds herself in a fix. She loves her new daughter but has no means of supporting her until she accidentally lands a position doing the only thing she seems to be good at these days. She becomes a wet nurse for a rich couple, and then another and one more. Could this be her new career? If so, how was she ever going to explain it to anyone … especially the wonderful new man in her life. I enjoyed this light, fun book. Ms. Doyle has a comfortable, conversational style of writing that made me feel as if Amanda was sitting across from me over coffee and telling me her story. I am torn as to my rating of this book. · The concept is great, not a plot line I have read before · The writing style is comfortable · Amanda is a woman who accepts the decisions she’s made and does her best for her daughter no matter what · Too late for me, but I did learn a few things about nursing For those reasons I would give it a four star rating. There are a few drawbacks to this book for me. · All the moms that Amanda worked for had issues with their babies which Amanda magically overcomes the minute she touches them – one dad even calls her the “Baby whisperer” · All the babies and toddlers in the book were “easy” (even the colicky one … sheesh). I’ve had children, there had to be one in the bunch that was a little cranky. It would have added a little something to the story. · I know this is being picky but Amanda is supposed to be a “professional baby nurser (is that a word?)” and every time something goes a little off track she is knocking back wine or Niquil or Tylenol. Bad example for nursing moms! Those are the reasons I am going with three stars. Overall it is a good debut novel for Ms. Doyle and I did enjoy the book. It’s a step up from much of the other “chick-lit” available. This would be a perfect read for the beach or the deck on a summer day, maybe with a glass of chilled Pinot – ONLY if you’re not nursing a baby!
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Chick Lit... With a Twist I LOVED THIS BOOK. And yes I had to write that all in capitals because it was just that true. I read it in one day over the Christmas holidays, which was a feat in itself because of course that is a busy time of year. I just couldn't help myself though because the book was just that good. The story of Amanda was one that I felt myself drawn into and I was silently cheering for her to succeed despite all of the difficult things she was faced with. I truly loved the realness I felt in this book and wondered if the author had gone through all of these things. From what I read later, she had not but I still felt like I was hearing about a friend's troubles in life and I hurt for her. Quite often when I read a book I will be disappointed with one thing or another but this book delivered in every way. Great characters and dialogue and an entirely believable story that did not have a bad ending but a really plausible one that made me happy. A definite 5 star rating and one of my best reads of the past year!
Date published: 2015-01-16