Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Review & Giveaway: "Julia's Child" by Sarah Pinneo
Having invested her and her husband's savings into the business, Julia is determined not to let it fail. What she didn't predict is that she knows next to nothing about business and packaging, and that failure is more of an option than she ever thought possible. When Julia lands a TV appearance as well as a potentially huge client she suddenly finds that she needs to be set up on a much larger scale. But when her faithful assistant, Marta, threatens to quit because it all becomes too much, and when her boys start spending more time with the sitter than with her, Julia must decide if she willing to let her dream, and her savings, go.
I really enjoyed Julia's Child, despite the fact that I'm not quite as earth-hugging as Julia Bailey is. I mean, I do understand the whole organic movement and I do enjoy finding healthy recipes to cook for my family, but I will throw the odd preservative-laden meal on the table. The reality can be that, unless you have a bulging bank account (and who of us does?), feeding your family only organic foods can become very expensive, very quickly.
Julia's Child. It's not just about organic vs. preservatives, it's about motherhood in general and the choices that we make every day. It's about striving for a certain standard and trying to be everything to everyone, until you realize that it is just not possible. Julia struggles with leaving her children home in the care of her sitter, despite the fact that she is a good one. She misses her boys, and her family misses her. Her dilemma- does she choose to spend more time at home and allow her business to potentially fail, or does she work all of the time and sacrifice it all?- had threads of truth woven in there that any mother can relate to in some way. I work part-time, and am home more than I'm working, and I often feel guilty that I am not bringing more money home. However, I'm sure that when I return to work full-time I will feel guilty that I'm not there with my boys.
My only issue with this book is that things seemed to come together too neatly. I could tell that the author was trying not to allow that to happen, but I still found that parts of the ending were too perfect.
This is a great read for any mother who has ever wondered if she's doing the right thing for herself and for her family. It's an easily readable book that examines common issues about motherhood that I'm sure many women will be able to relate to it.
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