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Tales From The Crib (Lucy Klein #1)

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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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Barbara
Apr 04, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Judy
Feb 18, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok
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
Hilary Grossman
Sep 01, 2014 Hilary Grossman rated it it was amazing
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!
Samantha Janning
May 22, 2011 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
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
Isabella
Jan 19, 2012 Isabella rated it really liked it
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
Corey
Oct 10, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2012
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
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Melanie
Apr 09, 2009 Melanie rated it did not like it
I only got to Ch. 3 before I decided I didn't want to continue.
Amy Jacobs
Jan 18, 2012 Amy Jacobs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Anino
This book started off strong, but then, I lost interest in the middle. Afterwards, I fastforwarded to the end.

Overall, this was a fairly decent book, but it just didn't work for me.

Giving this one: 2 stars
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.
Lyndsy
Sep 16, 2014 Lyndsy rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer Lynn
Nov 05, 2014 Jennifer Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Amber
Jul 18, 2015 Amber rated it did not like it
I got to chapter 3 and then decided that this book was not going to be my cup of tea. Read a few reviews which gave some details from the book and that just put the final nail in the coffin. There are better things out there for me to read. I'm not going to waste my time with this one.
Hillary
Feb 28, 2014 Hillary rated it it was ok
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.
Ashley
Jun 29, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, so many unbelievable things happened I really couldn't see all of it happening. Also the title makes it sound like it'll be about raising a child, when really it's a story about a marriage more than raising a kid. Not a good book at all.
Tawnya
Sep 05, 2014 Tawnya rated it it was ok
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
Elizabeth Dietz
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Debby
Jan 18, 2015 Debby rated it liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads, 2015
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
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Paula Legate
Sep 28, 2015 Paula Legate rated it did not like it
I really did try to finish this book, but I just couldn't. I got to chapter 7, and just gave up. the book is written in first person. The story just dragged. Heroine sounds like she is having a pity party, and hero... well he didn't impress me either. Hero ask for a divorce. Right afterwards Heroin tells him she is pregnant. Moments later he no longer wants a divorce because he does not want to see his child only once a week. He wants them to remain living together, to cut down on cost. He also ...more
vickie
Jan 26, 2009 vickie rated it really liked it
I loved this easy read book! I don't know how many times I laughed out loud.
Carey
May 15, 2011 Carey rated it it was amazing
This was hilarious!! So glad I found you, Jennifer Coburn!
Bee
Jan 19, 2016 Bee rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
First off - it was a free e-book so my expectations are never high. The premise sounded really interesting so I wanted to check it out.

First - I understand their marriage had been struggling for years. However - Lucy doesn't seem the appropriate level of upset to discover that on the day she announces she is pregnant her husband asks for a divorce. You think that there would be some greater level of anger, upset - something. Compound that with the hormones surging during a pregnancy, I was just
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Siv30
Mar 05, 2015 Siv30 rated it liked it
Shelves: domestic-life
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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Chick Lit + Wine
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
Lisa
Mar 06, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
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Christie
Jul 04, 2015 Christie rated it really liked it
I give this book 3.5 stars. It was a freebie and I ended up reading it. While the story line may seem incomprehensible to some, there are in fact people that do live in this manner. I found some pieces to be downright hysterical and as I was reading in my lounge chair in my front yard, I was wondering what my neighbors were thinking of me laughing so much. I will read the second book since its a series and hope that it contains the wit and humor as the first.
Joanne Riker
Apr 11, 2015 Joanne Riker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Judy
Apr 20, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok
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
Jan 08, 2015 Jocelyn Doddridge rated it liked it
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.
Kristina Aziz
Because I never pay for books, normally right here would be my required FTC disclosure. I did get this book for free, but only because it was on sale in the kindle store.
This book has potential, but I'm still not sure why someone decided to publish a draft. The characters were interesting enough and the situations were sitcom/soap opera-funny, but gosh it took forever to get to the point. I actually don't recommend this to anyone. In fact, I recommend reading Confessions of a playground mother.
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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
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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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