There’s a surprise bun in Theodora’s oven. Theodora’s Baby is the third book in the series by Penny Culliford, with Theodora’s Wedding and Theodora’s Diary being the earlier two. Theodora loves writing in her diary, but her husband Kevin isn’t so fond of being replaced by a book with blank pages. He doesn’t understand why she can’t spell out her thoughts and concerns to him. This doesn’t stop Theodora’s journaling, though. Whether she’s faking a bowel problem or simply lying through her teeth, she just keeps writing and readers won’t want to stop reading.
Readers can’t help but feel like an important part of this vibrant woman’s life, being able to read the secret diary not even her husband is allowed to touch. She’s a convincing character, brutally honest, and three-dimensional. The dialogue is snappy and true to life. Each character Theodora comes across is memorable. Expect to meet loveable, fun people as Culliford finds witty ways of introducing the characters into her story. The author portrays married life the way only an experienced individual can, with high energy and genuine humor.
If you’ve ever been afraid of asking God for direction in your life, or if you can sympathize with the demands of a chocolate addiction, or you need a good laugh, then Theodora’s Baby is right for you. Penny Culliford’s creation is a literary work after the Christian woman’s heart, as she addresses the everyday struggles of Christian life. Readers won’t need to read the previous books to lose themselves in this one, but I don’t see how it could hurt; especially if Culliford’s earlier works are as enjoyable and clever as this one. Expect high quality entertainment and nothing less. – Stephanie Simpson, Christian Book Previews.com
“I’m not sure I’m cut out for parenthood. It’s not in my plan. All right, I haven’t actually got a plan, but if I had one, this wouldn’t be in it. I don’t even likebabies—nasty, small, noisy, smelly things that take over your life. But this is a different baby. This is not just a baby; this is our baby …”
Newlywed Theodora discovers a slight oversight she and Kevin made on their honeymoon. Now she’s gained an important new subject for her famous diary—but at such a cost!“ Tom opened the oven door and got out the most enormous chocolate pudding and placed it on the table in front of me. ‘Especially for you, dear sister,’ said Ariadne. I swallowed hard a few times then took off for the bathroom. Ariadne looked at Tom and said, ‘I told you so.’” What? Theodora sick (literally) of chocolate? How will she survive without her favorite food group? Answer: with typical irrepressible humour that finds much to laugh at about marital bliss, faith, friendships, and the foibles of pregnancy. But will she be reunited with her lost love? Never fear—Theodora and chocolate can’t be separated forever.