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The Nine Month Plan Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2003

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About the Author

Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, including Hello, It’s Me, the basis for a recent Hallmark movie starring Kellie Martin. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446611751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611756
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,435,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nina Chickalini has been caring for her family since her mother died of eclampsia while giving birth to Nina's younger brother, Ralphie. Nina's dreams of moving out of her neighborhood in Queens and seeing the world has been put on hold until Ralphie graduates from high school and her familial obligations have been met. Joe Materi, her next-door neighbor & best friend is a workaholic. He longs to be a father and begins to half-jokingly suggest that she be the surrogate mother. Nina considers this and agrees one day. The story continues with the pregnancy, the both family's assumption they will marry, and Nina's goal of reaching "Independence Day" which is conflicting with her feelings for Joe and the baby. At the same time, Joe is slowly beginning to realize that he also has feelings, may have always had feelings, for Nina.
I have to agree with the reader below that pointed out that fact that this book was written in present tense. I am not sure what the goal was to write in present tense, perhaps to draw the reader more into the story, but quite frankly, it threw off the rhythm and flow of the scenes, especially the serious and intense ones. In addition, the reasons behind Nina's consent to have Joe's baby are a little off. She seems like an intelligent woman, but the fact that her main reasons to have Joe's baby is that she feels indebted to him for his kindness to her family over the years mixed in with the feeling that this is her only chance to know what it would like to be pregnant seems a bit odd. However, the scenes between Joe and Nina are tender and sweet. The main and secondary characters are likable, as well.
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Nina was just a little girl when her mother passed away and she took over the responsibility of raising her siblings. Now, her youngest brother is finally getting ready to head off to college in just a matter of months. When that happens, Nina can finally escape and travel the world like she always dreamed about.

Joey is Ninas best friend since childhood. They were always there for each other no matter what happened. Nina was there for him the night his fiancé changed her mind about getting married and decided to become a nun and Joey was there for Nina when her father was ill.

Joey does not see if life going the way he expected and now wants nothing more than to be a father. He goes to Nina and asks her if she would have his child for him with no strings attached. At first, Nina said no. She did not want to have anything to do with bearing a child and was afraid she would be tied down. After some convincing and thought, Nina changes her mind and goes for it. She told Joey that she would have his baby for him.

Nina would be leaving within a few months, so they did not have time to go the red tape of clinical insemination, they needed to create this baby the old fashioned way by sleeping together. That act dredges up strong feelings that Joey or Nina don't want to admit to themselves or each other.

The Nine Month Plan was a cute story but the biggest complaint I would have is that as you are reading a conversation, you also have to read about what they are really thinking, not just saying.
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Nina Chickalini dreams of one day leaving behind her job at the family pizzeria and the responsibilities of raising her four siblings. She has saved for the day she can travel and see the world. Nina has even set a date... Independence Day. So when her best friend, Joe Materi, asks her to have his baby, she is torn. Having been burdened with responsibilities her entire life, can she accept one more? Even for her best friend, the man that has always been there for her?

Soon Nina is experiencing a different side of Joe: the muscular, sexy side. Imagining Joe as a father increases Joe's attractiveness to an even higher level. When Nina becomes pregnant, everyone is soon pushing for Joe and Nina to marry. Does Nina love Joe? And, can Nina find happiness without realizing her long held dreams?

When reading the blurb, I thought The Nine Month Plan sounded like a really fun read. The whole best friend turned lover fantasy is a favorite of mine. And add a baby into the mix? I expected to be in reader-bliss. And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters. The plot was engaging. And this book had all the elements to push my buttons. Only, I couldn't let myself sink into the story because this book is written in present tense. I found it a startling and obtrusive distraction in an otherwise well-written and likeable story. If you can overlook that the book is written in the present tense, I think you'll enjoy The Nine Month Plan.


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All her adult life, Nina Chickalini has planned to leave her Queens neighborhood and travel. When her mother died in childbirth, 19 year old Nina had to step up to the plate to be mother to her four siblings. All she wants is to worry about just herself for a change. Joe Materi is a rich and successful businessman who has seen both his attempts at the altar end miserably. What he really wants is a child. When he asks Nina to be a surrogate for him, at first she declines. Then she remembers all the things that Joe has done for her family. And after all, they are best friends.

So with no intention of marrying or raising the child together, the two set about making a baby the old fashioned way. The only problem is that they really enjoy themselves, and are both starting to fall for each other, but pride keeps them from admitting their feelings. When they tell their families that they are having a child, the whole neighborhood can't wait for their wedding. When it comes time to deliver the baby, will Nina be able to give it away? Will she ever confess her true feelings to Joe? Will she really be able to leave the family?

Markham's first in the Chickalini series is a mesmerizing and romantic tale about two best friends discovering that all along, the neighborhood was right - they are perfect for each other! Markham captures the hilarity of large eccentric families, and has created an engaging story that even jaded readers will enjoy. Followed by "Once Upon a Blind Date" and "Bride Needs Groom."
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