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Nanny

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,823 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Twenty-three-year-old Jo Green knows that if she has to spend one more night in ultra-provincial Niblet-Upon-Avon she'll go completely bonkers So she answers an ad in the paper, bids her devoted boyfriend Shaun adieu, and heads off to the big city. With a new job that offers excitement; a cool car; and her own suite with a TV, DVD player, and a cell phone, how can she go w ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 19th 2003)
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Namratha
Nov 30, 2010 Namratha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
In recent months, I have waded through some fairly mediocre chick-lit. I have left books halfway, groaned at the plot-predictability and mentally castigated the dull-as-ditchwater heroines and their pompous heroes.

So now when I come across an author who took a much-mauled genre and perfectly bound all the essential elements together; I want to genuflect before the Lord and send up a fervent "Thank You!"

The Nanny is another brilliant offering by the late Melissa Nathan. It's a tale of 23 year-
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Kirstin
Jan 25, 2008 Kirstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a nanny and those who love Sophie Kinsella
I absolutely loved this book.

Asd insane as it sounds, I think this was mainly because it completely reminded me of my own life (asides from the handsome son part) but, I moved from a small town to be a nanny in london and I can guarantee that she has captured the feelings, nursery mums, first friends, and children brilliantly.

The book is written from several different perspectives, including the children, which I think is brilliant. Because there are so many entertwining stories going on, it mak
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Treasa
Jo has spent her entire life in Niblet-Upon-Avon and needs to get out, so when she's given the chance to take a job as a nanny in London, she jumps at the chance. Of course, this means leaving her long-time boyfriend at home. But the prospect of a new setting and a job in a fancy house with her own car, cell phone, and private suite will soften that blow. Jo gets along famously with her new employers and her three charges, and all seems to be going wonderfully... until her employer's grown-up (a ...more
Mariel
Apr 06, 2015 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy divertido. Ideal para una tarde. Me reí mucho con los niños y me encantó como la autora, fue capaz de enganchar todas las historias en 3ra persona sin necesidad de cortar la escena anterior. Se enganchaban en un sólo párrafo, por lo cuál, no había un parate para una y otra. Al principio me descolocó, pero a medida que leía le fui tomando la mano.
Muestra la relación de una familia donde los dos padres trabajan y dejan a niños chiquitos al cuidado de una niñera. También muestran el amor patern
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Audrey Wilkerson
When my husband and I lived overseas, many years ago, I went through a period where all I wanted to read was Chick Lit. Specifically, Chick Lit set in London. My favorite author became Melissa Nathan, who I discovered when trying to find some Pride and Prejudice retellings. I read Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, and was hooked. A few years later, I searched to see the title of her latest book and was shocked and saddened to learn that she had passed away from cancer, leaving a young family. S ...more
Margaret
I liked: The story-line, the multi-character point of view, the dissection of complex relationships, the humor

I disliked: The tendency to "tell" instead of "show" in the writing style, the unrealistic reactions of characters at certain points in the book

Overall, I enjoyed this book and kept reading because I wanted to see what happened next. There are several different story-lines and it's interesting to see how they intersect. I wish she had written certain conversations and situations out inst
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Julie
May 18, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The quiet, quirky, lovable main character and her family seemed very alive to me. Her little wards were funny and realistic, the supporting characters interesting and dynamic. And I really felt the love story between vrizzion in a soft way that made me smile. Chemistry is not easy to capture in this way.

The sadness I felt when I read about this author's untimely death stayed with me for awhile. I liked her very much and wish there were many more of her works to read. I reread
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Claire
Jan 01, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They say a change is as good as a rest. Maybe that's why I picked this up - it's at least 10 years since I read a book I would classify as chicklit. Two chapters in I was being reminded why. Then in the next chapter I had my first laugh out loud moment and I remembered why this genre is so popular. The feel good plot and self-effacing humour is just what was needed during a crazily busy holiday season. And there were plenty of memories from my own days of juggling a career with kids and a nanny ...more
M.C.
Jan 25, 2016 M.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incredible-books
I recently dsicovered Melissa Nathan.
The first book I read by her was Persuading Annie, a Persuasion retelling (if you don't know by now that Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel, you really should subscribe to this blog. jk) and I instantly fell in love with her humor, her wit and her swoooooooony scenes.

And then, I grabbed the nanny.
Here is the synopsis:


Twenty-three-year-old Jo Green knows that if she has to spend one more night in ultra-provincial Niblet-Upon-Avon she'll go completely
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Dee (PlainlyReads)
Real rating: 3.7

Truth to be told, I bought this book cause I thought it was the one that's being adapted into movie. Foolish me, just grabbed the book without reading the excerpt. Nonetheless, I glad I made the mistake.

The story entails Jo, a 23-year-old woman, whom in her life never made a decision without thinking whether it will benefit her family or people around her. In other words, let's just say she is selfless. She knows what she wanted in life but she can't have it due to family restric
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Erin
At first, I stopped reading this. I just wasn't in the mood, and the first bit was very odd. There are just so many characters and different POV switches.

Two days later, I picked it back up. I am honestly glad I did. It was quite funny.

So many secrets in that London house.

It makes me so grateful that my husband and I almost OVER communicate.

Jo was very relate-able.
Josh was amusing.

Nick and Gerry were quite funny, though Gerry was far too keen.

Pippa had some sage advice.

Vanessa.... well... I und
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Debbie
Apr 20, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fun, entertaining and easy read. I really enjoyed it, it wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. I recommend to anyone who wants a nice fun, cosy, easy book to curls up to this is it!
Kelly
May 05, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure - read this in 2007 and after hearing Melissa Nathan lost her battle with cancer, have been re-reading all of her books. She was a great author with a skill in writing fun chick-lit. She will be missed.
ara133photography
Jul 24, 2010 ara133photography rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm so sad that we lost such a wonderful author. Melissa's books are just lovely - the characters are so well-written and the plots always hold my interest (even over several rereads of the same book!).
Celeste
I’m really sleepy at the moment so let’s see how understandable (is that a word? I can’t tell) I manage to be.

The Nanny is your average predictable chick lit. It’s cute, with enough funny bits to make you snort at inopportune moments but not as funny as it should be.

Jo Green is a twenty three year old, who moves to London to be a nanny to Cassie, Zak and Tallulah. I think my favorite characters in the book have to be the kids, especially Tallulah who seems like an ultra serious cutie pie. I did
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Megan Way
Sep 19, 2014 Megan Way rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little difficult maybe the first 3 chapters to get use to having so many point of views. But by the end it was very good. I had to laugh a lot out loud at the kiddos.
Sarah
Mar 11, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book about 8 years ago. It got passed round my friends and is now very dogged eared. Always a good one to turn to for a light read and a cheer up :)
Michellestevens234
fantastic book, made me laugh throughout, really good plot and the kids were brilliant.
Kathy
Feb 24, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. I liked it better than Nanny Diaries.
Elizabeth Ray
Oct 21, 2014 Elizabeth Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really cute and I would definitely read more by the same author! Jo is stuck in a rut in her life- 23 years old, living at home, an turned down her boyfriend of 6 years 3 times for marriage. When she sees an ad for a nanny in another town in the papers, she decides to go for it. She is introduced to the Fitzgerald family- 3 hilarious, likeable children, one pre-teen and a 20-something from another marriage, and two parents. Jo ends up getting the job and going through some major li ...more
❁ Sharon ❁
Primero voy a decir lo que esperé.

Esperé una historia que fuera más o menos así: niñera llega al nuevo hogar, todos la aman, los niños la adoran y zaaaz se enamora del medio- hermano mayor y tienen un amorío secreto y luego aparece el novio de ella de visita y todo se complica y entonces todo mundo se da cuenta del amorío secreto entre niñera y medio-hermano mayor y oh por Dios, drama y peleas y niñera es despedida y alejada de medio-hermano mayor y regresa a su pueblo y luego pasa el tiempo y
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Pamela
Mar 05, 2014 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it, so when i came across it again recently i just had to read it again and I must say I enjoyed it just as much second time as I did the first time round.

This is such a good feel chick-lit book with some really good laugh out loud moments and characters you just can't help but like.

I have to admit though as much as I loved the story the ending was a bit too predictable. I would still definitely recommend this book for those to love chick-lit bo
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Fairy / Anna
Review written in Polish.

Nie wiem czego to jest wina. Czy mojej sporej niechęci do współczesnych historii czy może oporów do czegoś, czego zdefiniować się za bardzo nie da. A może to wina lepszych pomysłów na spędzenie wakacji...
Przeczytałam 1/3 książki. Z wieeelkimi problemami. Niby dobrze się czyta, bo opowieść sympatyczna, a chwilami pośmiać się można całkiem sporo, ale... Bohaterka jest do kitu. Rany! Prawie jak Bella od Meyer w wersji dla dorosłych. Dodatkowo zaprawiona nowojorską nianią.
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Ilaria
Feb 24, 2012 Ilaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I choose this book because I loved the cover and especially because I was dying to read some light chick lit. And this book certainly didn't disappoint!
Jo is a young nanny that loves her job, her parents and her fiancée, but on her birthday she starts to realize that maybe her quiet life is in fact too quiet, and makes a move everyone around her doesn't understand or fully support: she gets a job in London as nanny of three kids, Cassie, Zak and little precocious Tallulah. but dealing with the
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Alice
Jun 13, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec The Nanny?


"Melissa Nathan et moi, c'est déjà une longue histoire d'amour. Elle a écrit de géniales réécritures modernes de Pride & Prejudice et de Persuasion (respectivement Acting Up et Persuading Annie) et j'ai également lu d'elle The Waitress, que j'avais beaucoup aimé!"

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Jo, une jeune femme de 23 ans, a un avenir tout tracé: elle va épouser son petit copain avec qui elle est depuis si
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Naomi Nair
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Marc
Mar 02, 2010 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read another of Nathan's books, The Waitress, and didn't particular care for that one. I bought The Nanny because I read most of Kinsella's books and was looking for something new and I wanted to know if The Nanny would be different from The Waitress.

It's not.

The problems I had with The Waitress are in The Nanny. There's a lot of telling when showing would be better. Even a short scene or two would add more emotion to what should have been an emotional scene. There were also a lot more charact
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Sharon
Jul 23, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good chick-lit read, but as usual a bit predictable and rosey, rosey rosey - why can't life turn out that way all the time. Perhaps I ought to give the chick-lit genre a break for a while, as I know that is the point of it!! Brief sysnopsis. Jo Green has a slightly overbearing, caring but guilt inducing family, a nice “local boy” boyfriend and a small town existence. In a bid to take a sneak peek into the big wide world out there she takes a nannying job in the London, working for the dysfunct ...more
Janice (Janicu)
The Nanny is about a twenty three year old nanny, Jo Green, who feels stuck in a rut with her life in Niblet-upon-Avon. Her boyfriend Shaun has proposed a few times, and each time she has turned him down, while her parents think he has never asked and keep wondering aloud what could be wrong and what he's waiting for. When Jo sees an ad for a nanny in London, she decides to apply for the job and just have a change of pace. She gets hired by Dick and Vanessa Fitzgerald, who have three children - ...more
Ceh
Feb 15, 2015 Ceh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a 5star rating,simply because I read it in 24hours and that says a lot about the story. I liked that every character had a story. Even the 8 year old had maaad drama. I was totally into the story,honestly because,i didn't expect to like it that much that I couldn't put it down.
In my defense,never read a Melissa Nathan before and to be honest,i just randomly picked a book from my bookshelf.
Definitely chicklit, and a worthwhile 24hrs spent.
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Melissa Jane Nathan (13 June 1968 – 7 April 2006) was a journalist and UK author of popular "chick lit" novels in the early 2000s.
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