Nanny Returns Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Dec 2009
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`Nan is back in town, but she's about to get thrown into battle. A gripping sequel to The Nanny Diaries' 4 stars
--Heat Magazine, 10 April, 2010
About the Author
Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin are the bestselling authors of THE NANNY DIARIES and CITIZEN GIRL. They live and work in New York City. Visit www.EmmaAndNicola.com
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I really enjoyed The Nanny Diaries but I'm sorry to say this book is nowhere near as good. It's a convoluted mess with a massive number of sub-plots, all of which are confusing and none of which are interesting. While there are some amusing snippets about how the Manhattan elite live, they are few and far between, and the froth is tempered this time around with drunken binges and drug overdoses which feel out of place. The writing also gets bogged down with elaborate descriptions, to the point where I wondered if the authors were paid by the adjective. Nan is also such a passive and indecisive character, which seemed appropriate in the first book but far less so in this one, now that she's married and ten years older.
The book starts slowly and you wonder where it's going. While it does pick up, it was a struggle to stay the distance. I don't recommend it.
"Nanny Returns" is a sort of continuation of the "X Family", "Mr" and "Mrs", "Grayer", and now, "Stilton". "Stilton" is only one in a collection of stupid names in this book, given, I think, to connote "Upper Class status". Twelve years has passed since "Nanny" was sacked by the family during a visit to the family home on Nantucket. Nanny has graduated college, married the very wealthy Ryan Hutchinson, lived abroad for ten years or so, and has now returned to Manhattan to settle down. One of the plot-lines is the on-going restoration of an old house in Harlem that the Hutchinsons will live in. Some other plot-lines involve babies - those already born, those conceived, and those still in the planning stage. Others include grown up "mean girls" and their husbands, mostly Nanny's classmates from Chapin, and other elite Manhattan private schools. Oh, and those elite schools also are involved in a plot-line. The problem with all these plot-lines is that they basically go nowhere. Not only don't the plots or the characters go anywhere - other than to the Hamptons - most of the characters are mere caricatures.
I finished the book because I had to - being a Viner and all - but I wasn't particularly interested. I might have been more satisfied with the book had the plots actually gelled into something, anything, but, for the most part, they didn't. I would normally say that if you enjoyed the first book in a series, you'd probably enjoy the sequel, but I really don't think so in this case. It just isn't very good. I think/hope the authors can do better.
I'm not usually a chick lit fan but as I'd read the Nanny Diaries I figured I'd give it a shot.
Generally my thoughts were that this book was ok. Some bits were good, some a little dull, in my opinion. There seemed to be too much filler information for my liking and it took me about half of the book to figure out what Nan was doing as a job. The general plot was ok but I'm not sure I really connected to any of the characters.
If you liked the first book and the genre then you might enjoy it.
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Absolutely brilliant! I was taken straight back to nans world, with familiar characters and a wonderful plot this is just as "un-putdownable" as the original nanny diaries. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2014 by Caroline M. Fletcher
I found the book to be intriguing but a bit flat plot wise. The characters were very well written and in keeping with the previous book. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Dottie Mae
I haven't read the first book, The Nanny Diaries, but I have seen then film and wanted to know what happens next. As soon as I started reading this book I was hooked. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Louise
I read and really enjoyed the first one, this dragged and floundered like a swimming camel. I binned it to the don't bother section of my kindle, had I brought the paper back would... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2012 by TippyT
I think I might have been expecting too much from this book having read the first one so was left a bit dissapointed and it wasn't all that interesting.Published on 23 Aug. 2011 by KatieJ
The book was intensely disappointing. Far too many sub-plots going on, and scarcely a likeable character in the whole story, I'm afraid. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by OtterAbroad
If you enjoyed 'The Nanny Diaries' you'll love this sequel.
The story may also appeal to fans of 'The Devil Wears Prada'
I was at a bit of a disadvantage reading this book as I haven't read its prequel The Nanny Diaries, but despite this I thought it was generally an entertaining and enjoyable... Read morePublished on 20 July 2010 by H. Albert
Twelve years have passed, but some things haven't really changed for the ex-Nanny. Unfortunately, "Nanny Returns: A Novel" is a thin retread of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus'... Read morePublished on 16 May 2010 by EA Solinas