Book Review – “The Nanny Returns”

May 12, 2010

Book Review: The Nanny Returns

By Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin

After living abroad and travelling the world for over 10 years, Nan and her husband, HH (Harvard Hottie Ryan), returns to New York and the Upper East Side world of power and privilege to find the plight of the rich and stupid continues. With a consulting business to get off the ground and new ‘fixer-upper’ to fix up, Nan is thrown by her husband’s sudden desire to start a family. In the midst of construction and marital chaos, 16-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit, having stumbled upon her old nanny-cam tape and wanting to know why she left. In an attempt to assuage her guilt, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents’ brutal divorce, sucking her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs X. Meanwhile she lands her first major client, the trustees of an elite private school, the institutions that once picked up where the nannies left off, instilling discipline and boundaries on behalf of absentee parents. But as the boards have donated their way to gaining control, the teachers have become the new hired help- with all too familiar consequences.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan finds she’s once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children’s wellbeing. Set against the backdrop of the current Manhattan economy, The Nanny Returns is a first-hand look at what happens when a community that chose money over love finds itself with neither.

Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin work together in New York City. They are also the authors of The Nanny Diaries, now a major motion picture, and the New York Times bestsellers Dedication and Citizen Girl.

Shesaid Says:If you were a fan of the “Nanny Diaries” a few years ago then you will love this next instalment by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin but the story at the core of this novel is not that suprising to us these days. Perhaps we aren’t as shocked as we were with “The Nanny Diaries”, since we all know too much about the lives of the rich and not-so famous and how they treat their staff and kids, from reality tv shows like Dallas Divas and the Wives of Orange County. Still this novel is authentic and yet unbelievable at the same time, you will be entertained, whilst you get more of an insight into the way the “other half” live in New York city. Don’t be surprised as you are torn between the story’s contrast between shallowness and compassion that Kraus and McLaughlin seem to capture so well this time around in “The Nanny Returns”.

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