dinsdag 31 juli 2012
50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 31: Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Story: After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse. To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn't come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents' brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege. 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.
Start: july 27th 2012
End: july 31st 2012
Comment: We all remember Nanny from the succesful novel "The Nanny Diaries". I really loved that book and was really looking forward to reading its sequel. Now, twelve years later, Nan is back, married and again she has to deal with the X's. It started out really good, I liked reading about how Nanny turned out and about her life with her husband Ryan. Later it was just another story, that really didn't go anywhere. I missed the clear writing style with quick-moving dialogue that was so present in the first book. That made the first novel so easy to read and made "Nanny Returns" a bit of a struggle. I still like Nan, she is a great character. She does so much for other people and I like her tender nature. I liked Ryan as well, he sounded like this perfect guy. He could have more depth though. I did like Nan taking on the nanny role again, how she looked after Grayer and his younger brother Stilton. The return of Mrs. X also excited me at first, but I enjoyed reading about her as the bitch she was in the first book. I think a sequel to "The Nanny Diaries" could be so good, but this story just didn't do it for me.
Rating: 2,5/ 5