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Tales From The Crib (Lucy Klein #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,413 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Why is Lucy Klein cuddling her adorable son while her sort-of husband cuddles his adorable...girlfriend? Well, it may take two to make a baby, but it only takes one to ask for a divorce--"and her husband Jack was the one who asked--"ten minutes before she announced her pregnancy. So why did she agree to his proposal that they raise the baby together and stay married in nam ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Kensington
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I wanted to like this book more than I did. The characters were interesting, the plot was decent, but the execution left something to be desired. I felt like there was a great story in this book somewhere, but the author just hadn't gotten it all the way out yet. When the premise is that a woman finds out that she's pregnant on the same day that her husband asks her for a divorce, it should be a pretty meaty story. But it felt like the author just lightly skimmed the surface of the life of the m ...more
Samantha Janning
Lucy Klein is a suburban wife, leaving in the, well, suburbs, with her lovely husband Jack. She is getting ready to make a big announcement at the dinner table- she is pregnant. Jack is getting ready to make his own big announcement- he wants a divorce. Jack goes first. Lucy is stunned. Though she knew her marriage wasn’t exactly rock solid, she still is surprised at the D-word, and the timing couldn’t be worse. But Jack devises a plan, a co-parenting plan. They would live under the same roof an ...more
What would you do if your husband blurts out that he wants a divorce, right before you’re about to tell him that you’re pregnant? When Lucy tells her husband she’s expecting, Jack reconsider his offer – and wants to stay married, but only as friends, so that they can raise their child together. While Lucy isn’t in favor of this arrangement, she still loves her husband, so she decides to take him up on his offer for one year. A lot can happen in a year, especially while still living together. Wil ...more
Hilary Grossman
I read out of order - I read Queen Gene first. So I was already familiar with the story and the characters. That said, it didn't take anything away from the story. Coburn had me in stitches again as I read, with more laugh out loud moments than I can count. All the characters are so wonderfully funny and unique. It is impossible not to fall in love with them, or Jennifer Coburn's writing style which is amazing!
Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this book. I saw it was on the freebie list and I nabbed it since the description perplexed me and it wasn't erotica. Half the stuff I get from Amazon that's free I never read so at the worst, I have another free book in the cloud that I'll never read, at best I'd be entertained. It ended up leaning towards the best! While I wouldn't QUITE 4 stars (more like 3.5) but I'm giving it a 4 here since there's not a .5 option.

While it was a fluffy chick lit novel
I only got to Ch. 3 before I decided I didn't want to continue.
Amy Jacobs
I really wanted to enjoy this book especially after reading the prologue and the opening chapter. I laughed at the envisioned dinner Lucy was going to share with her husband and tell him the exciting new of her pregnancy. Then the bubble burst and her reality dinner was much worse than she hoped. The first chapter even had me laughing out loud at her therapist who decides to go into hiding and not return the couples calls because he just doesn't want to deal with their problems. Seriously? Any t ...more
Brandi ;)
Lost me almost half way through. When I first started this book I didn't pat attention & for some reason thought it was based on a true story. Once I realized it wasn't, I let up a little on the character but lost interest in a fake person being so stupid. When I thought it was true, it was like a train wreck I just couldn't quite look away from. Then when that was gone I just couldn't keep going with the book or the whole idea of it. I looked away & have no interest in looking back.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this one. I rarely turn down free books, so I figured I'd give it a try. In some ways, it reminded me of when I write. There was a point when I wasn't sure which way things would go for the characters, and I'm not sure the author did either. What she choose worked though.

I really like how much you get to know the characters and how much they grow and develop over the course of the book. You definitely react to them, which is usually an indicator to me
Jennifer Lynn
SPOILERS TOLD: When I was trying to rate this I almost put it at a two, but then I thought four, and then I realized that a three will work. The story is funny and reads like a fun, cute book about the struggles of a woman with her family, her husband, and then having a baby. The author goes back and forth though from serious to funny that the book was confusing at times. I thought the mother was hilarious and I could have read about her all day and then the main character was funny also but the ...more
Very disappointed. I was looking for a fun, light read...which was this, but it got very nasty at times. So much so that I should have and wish I would have just put it down. I will not be reading any more of Jennifer Coburn.
Elizabeth Dietz
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I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program.

I haven't read any chick lit in a while, and this was a good book to jump back in that genre. We are introduced to Lucy, who finally after many miscarriages is miraculously pregnant! She's excited to tell her husband, who also has news for her. He wants a divorce. They decide to try something 'new' but gaining momentum. Living together and raising a child, but not together - romantically. This book is told entirely from Lucy's perspective and
I loved this easy read book! I don't know how many times I laughed out loud.
This was hilarious!! So glad I found you, Jennifer Coburn!
אחרי 14 שנות נישואים, ורגע לפני שלוסי קליין מודיעה לבעלה, ג'ק, שהנה-הנה היא בהריון ששרד, מודיע לה ג'ק שהוא רוצה להתגרש.

כמובן, כשהיא מספרת לו את החדשות, הוא משנה את דעתו לגבי הגירושין ומציע לחיות בנפרדות (על משקל נבצרות) באותו הבית ולגדל את העולל באופן שיתופי תוך ניהול חיים נפרדים. והיא נגררת אחריו ואחר שיקולים כלכליים ומסכימה להסדר.

ומכאן אני ממליצה לכם לא לקרוא את הכריכה האחורית, אם אתם לא מעוניינים בספויילרים פראיים שיהרסו לכם את הספר ואת חדוות הגילוי.

החיים של ג'ק ולוסי שאינם סוגים בשושנים, הופ
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Every year has its patterns. Some years everyone’s in a new relationship. Other years they’re all breaking up. Recently I've had a hundred weddings to attend. Well, I don’t know what’s in the air, but right now I can’t get enough baby books. I loved “Baby Proof” by Emily Giffin and for the past week I couldn’t put down “Tales from the Crib” by Jennifer Coburn. Half stand-up comedy, half scrumptiously charming novel, “Tales from the Crib” is definitely on my Must Read Again list. There are some b ...more
This book was terrific from start to finish. Snappy, witty writing and characterizations.
I wondered why I didn't object to the plot line, husband-wife living together in an open relationship so that they can see a pregnancy through, and co-parent. Normally I'd think - what, is she some kind of idiot, or sap, to put up w this - and put the book down for good. Coburn tells the story in such a fashion that the weird situation makes sense, the narrator (Lucy) isn't a victim, and you think ok, let
Joanne Riker
Humorous reality

The book got off with a slow start but turned into an I can't put this book down story. Stayed up way to late reading this humorous book mixed with reality. A sometimes you laugh sometimes you cry story. I was not able to breastfeed my children but I would highly recommend this book to those who will be or are breastfeeding. Jennifer Coburn's way of interjecting humor in difficult or stressful situations is brilliant.
While this book was amusing and captured my attention, I had trouble with the premise. A woman is ready to tell her husband that she is pregnant when he announces that he wants a divorce. When the dust settles, the couple decide that they will raise their child together and remain married in name only. So while the wife is cuddling their baby, her husband is having his girlfriend over to spend the night. Needless to say, complications abound.
Jocelyn Doddridge
Like other reviews written, I was able to grab this for free through Amazon. I was looking for something entertaining to read before bed, and this was exactly that. The characters are interesting, and there is somewhat of a plot. It's not the greatest book I've read, but after a long day at work and a long evening with 3 rambunctious kids, I was able to pick this up and clear my head before falling asleep.
A wasted opportunity. The premise could have made the book so interesting, but the complexities are never explored and then the situation is resolved only halfway through the book--and the infant has nothing to do with it! The writing was a case of tell, don't show (with the exception of the mother-daughter relationship) and often would randomly switch into screenwriting-type dialog format (annoying and incongruous). The plot overly relied on deus ex machina (e.g. car accident, stocks), and the ...more
Funny story

Very funny story with serious things as well. The lead female character was a little unrealistic as it was hard to believe any woman could allow her husband to bring other women in to their home and have sex with them and not totally flip out even if they were not really together as a couple. This to me was the part of the book I did not get.
Tales from the Crib is a very entertaining and easy read. The light tone, the writer's clever use of language, and the well-developed and quirky characters made this book very good escapist reading. The small number of editing errors (typographical errors and the occasional wrong-case pronoun or wrong-tense verb)were not distracting for this grammarphobe.
I really tried to care about at least one character, but after Lucy's gross "adventure" in the car wash, whatever scrap of sympathy I felt for her disappeared. I plodded along a little longer, and then asked myself why I was working so hard to trudge through the rest of the book. When I didn't have an answer, I put the book down - never to finish it.
While some of the book dragged on (all of the parts containing Anjoli & her self righteous pretentiousness), I enjoyed the way the author described certain moments as they brought a realism to the book that I could connect with (like Zoe's non squishy rounded dh). It won't be a book I'd promote as it's fairly "office waiting room" forgetful.
This book was funny, touching, and yes, sometimes very predictable, but it was light, entertaining reading. Some of the plot lines were laugh-out-loud funny. My only real criticism was the narrator's mother, whose personality was such a caricature, it often detracted from the story.
Maybe my sense of humor dried up, then again maybe not. The reviews promised a laugh out loud book, but I didn't chuckle more then two times. And although the premise sounded promising, this book seemed to drag on forever leaving me in a struggle to even want to finish it
Julia Brumfield
This was definitely a great read although the cover and the title gave me an idea that the subject was going to be something altogether different than what it presented. But I loved it and was happy that I ended up picking up the book to read it.

The author has done a wonderful task in putting her characters together, giving each and every a strong personality that not only gets together but clashes a bit. She is able to take each of their conflicts to make a beautiful story of finding that wha
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Jennifer Coburn is an award-winning writer of the travel memoir, WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, a mother-daughter adventure through Europe. She is the author of six contemporary novels and contributor to four
literary anthologies. Jennifer has written for U-T San Diego, Miami Herald, Mothering magazine, The Huffington Post,, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. She lives in San Diego wi
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“Okay,” Jack said. “I’m not really sure what you want from me.” “I want you to stop trying to deny every feeling I ever have, Jack.  I want you to stop telling me not to feel bad when I already do. I want you to stop telling me I look fine when it’s so patently obvious that I don’t. I want you to stop being so uncomfortable when things aren’t perfect that you immediately start trying to pretend they are.” Even as the words were coming out of my mouth, I realized how unfair I was being. Yes, I wanted for him to accept my emotional reality. But only when it suited me. I also wanted him to tell me that the baby would be fine when it was what I needed to hear. At least Jack was consistent. I was a nut job.” 1 likes
“Rita switched gears to her favorite topic—sex. Her philosophy: What a mess, but so pleasurable. “Speaking of confessions, tell us, have you and Jack been intimate again?” I cringed. “When I had your cousins, the doctahs told us not to have relations with our husbands for six weeks!” “So we had to call our boyfriends!” Bernice quipped. “You stole my punch line!” Rita exploded.” 0 likes
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