11.22.2009

Book Review: Nanny Returns

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Like everyone else (it seemed at the time), I eagerly read the first book by this duo, The Nanny Diaries, and found it a horrifying and hilarious look at a "nanny in the big city" tackling the richie riches of New York City. This follow up novel continues Nanny's journey in New York, but this time twelve years later with a husband and dog in tow.

Nan has a lot on her plate - Ryan (her hubby) has frequently taken her overseas with his job, and now they have resettled in New York City with their dog and the incredibly overwhelming task of completely renovating their newly acquired apartment, all while Nan tries to get her new career off the ground.

Everything is thrown into turmoil, though, when her former charge Grayer arrives on her doorstep, and Nan is pulled back into the world of the X's, who have another child, have divorced, and continue to value money and status above family.

It took me a while to remember everything that had transpired in the first novel, but after a while, I caught up with everything, and enjoyed another look into the "rich and famous" lifestyle that we clearly don't have much of in southern Indiana!

I thought this was a good read, but many times, it felt...disconnected. I would be reading along, and wondered if somehow I had missed a chapter, or a character introduction, or if I'd drifted off during some big development, but I also wonder if this is a product of "team writing", where things just didn't flow as well as the first novel (from my memory). For some reason, it took me almost a week to read this novel, as I wasn't in a hurry to read what happened to the Xs or Nan, which, for me, is YEARS in book reading time!

If you enjoyed the first novel, you will surely enjoy this glimpse into the latest with Nan and the Xs, but for me, it was a bit of a slog to get there - and felt there wasn't enough resolution! Is there another book in the horizon?

This novel will be released on December 15.




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