‘The Seven Day Switch’ by Kelly Harms

Two moms as opposite as a Happy Meal and a quinoa bowl. What a difference a week makes in a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud novel by the Washington Post bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler.

Celeste Mason is the Pinterest stay-at-home supermom of other mothers’ nightmares. Despite her all-organic, SunButter-loving, free-range kids, her immaculate home, and her volunteering awards, she still has time to relax with a nice glass of pinot at the end of the day. The only thing that ruins it all is her workaholic, career-obsessed neighbor, who makes no secret of what she thinks of Celeste’s life choices every chance she gets.

Wendy Charles is a celebrated productivity consultant, columnist, and speaker. On a minute-by-minute schedule, she makes the working-mom hustle look easy. She even spends at least one waking hour a day with her kids. She’s not apologizing for a thing. Especially to Celeste, who plays her superior parenting against Wendy whenever she can.

Who do Celeste and Wendy think they are? They’re about to find out thanks to one freaky week. After a neighborhood potluck and too much sangria, they wake up—um, what?—in each other’s bodies. Everything Celeste and Wendy thought they knew about the “other kind of mom” is flipped upside down—along with their messy, complicated, maybe not so different lives.

Well, this was just a whole lot of fun! It’s the twist on 𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙮 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮 we all needed. Have you ever looked at another mom or another woman and thought: ‘they have it so much easier than I do.’ Then maybe you should switch places with them for a week.

That’s exactly what happens to Celeste Mason and Wendy Charles. Celeste is a stay-at-home mom of three who cooks organic meals and drives carpool. Wendy is a business-owning mom whose busy schedule has taken over. Doesn’t Celeste ever want to be more than just a cook, maid, and chauffeur? And does Wendy really have it as altogether as she makes it look?

After too much pink sangria at a potluck, these enemies across the picket fence are about to find out. They wake up in each other’s bodies!

There are a lot of laughable moments and some wicked call-outs. But Kelly Harms brings up some very poignant truths here. We women are too hard on each other. Speaking as a mom who has been in the professional world and then left to stay at home with my kids, it’s tough on both sides of the trenches. So we need to support one another. I would have liked Celeste to get a little more credit for her day-to-day work (I mean, you try working out when you’ve got little ones at your feet.) But overall, I flew through this one.

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