I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of my library card lately, and, not wanting to rot away my brain with screen time when I’m not job searching or running errands, I’ve been reading like a beast.
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
I seem to be on a kick of reading sequels (or trilogies) where the last book is set ten years after the first. Revenge wears Prada, Mad About the Boy and now, Nanny Returns. But of all these ‘ten years later’ books, this one has been my favourite. I don’t know how Emma and Nicola collaborate so well (I tried once, I remember, to collaborate with someone but it didn’t work) but damn if these ladies aren’t experts of their craft.
New York, ten years after the X family boots Nanny out of Grayer’s life. Nanny has come back to NY to live with her now husband, the Harvard Hottie, Ryan. It was great catching up with their happily ever after because it was a seamless transition for me back into the lives of these characters. And Emma and Nicola drew me immediately into the story, one page in and I was hooked, which is probably how I read it in less than a day.
There’s Nan and Ryan, fixing up their new home in NY when Ryan gets called away to work and Nan receives a drunken, late night reunion with none other than now 16 year old Grayer, who needs her help.
The rest of the book is a ride into the lives of the still ignored by their parents X boys; Grayer and his 8 year old brother Stilton.
While I loved the story of these kids and how Nan tries to atone for the sin she ‘thinks’ she committed by leaving when she was unceremoniously fired all those years ago, I fumed at the way these Manhattan socialite ‘mothers’ treat their kids. Still. A very good story and very compelling, right up to the end.
Five out of five stars.