Former debutante Alison Bell had it all. The rich daddy, the McMansion in a Dallas suburb, the expensive private liberal arts college, the handsome boyfriend... Her pampered existence is no more when a series of errors in judgment causes her father to lose the family fortune.
Fast forward ten years: Alison is destitute after a series of dead end jobs have left her penniless & unfulfilled. An ad for a nanny seems too good to be true. When she meets the woman of the household, she realizes it was in fact too good to be true, as her would-be boss is her high school nemesis, Pepper, at whom she tossed horse doody when she was five. In high school, Pepper stole the love of her life, financial whiz Spencer, who is now Pepper's husband. Pepper is living the life that Alison dreamed about. After mulling the offer over with the aid of her two best friends - one who said run, the other who said take it, she takes the job, as Pepper has assured her that bygones are bygones. Not surprisingly, Pepper was not honest. Alison finds herself in over her head with a troubled toddler, an uncooperative maid, a constantly absent father, and an unfaithful Pepper who figures her job ended after childbirth. And she's nursing a broken heart over Spencer, who takes every spare moment he can to reminisce about the good old days.
When the family finally relocates to New York, Pepper continues to make Alison's life unbearable. But time spent with her best friend and Finn, the brother of her other friend, who wants to be more than her friend helps may it more bearable. But with unresolved feelings for Spencer, she pushes Finn away, staying primarily for young August. When she finally gives in to her passion for Spence, her life is suddenly turned upside down as she has become what she always dreaded - the other woman. Will she find love everlasting with Spence? Will she ever overcome her esteem issues and stand up to Pepper? And what about her growing attraction to Finn?
While a great premise, and written with very witty dialogue, it's disappointing that we never really get to know either of the male characters, particularly Spencer - he's rarely around to get to know, we know more about him from her high school memories than his current life (probably why she still cares for him). But the story is enjoyable, and her interactions with Finn make you realize that she might be chasing after the wrong dream.