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When She Thaws by Lily  Craig
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The bulk of the story is a rewrite of the Sound of Music, however there is only one incident of the family singing together.

A young women leaves America to work as an au pair in Austria. Hired for a year, she is working and living with a host and her three children. The women she is working for is recently separated from her husband (who left her for a younger women) and is a high powered business executive.

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Austria, catholic single parent with wealth and standing, live-in nanny. The children trick the nanny when she first arrives, she wins them over. The mother is very strict and regimented (the children present themselves for inspection/introduction, they have workout sessions at 6:00 every morning, school work is paramount) but through the nanny’s influence the parent lightens up on the kids. The kids make a animated movie (instead of a puppet show) and the family and friends have a viewing that’s a rousing success. There is an attraction between the parent and the nanny. In a crisis moment the nanny goes back to see her mother (not the Mother Superior) to check if this relationship is ok. Her Mom says go for it, your old enough to make up your own mind. The parent (20 years older than her employee) and the nanny fall in love (just like in the movie).

The only twist is the parent/Mother is bi, the nanny is a lesbian, one of the children is gay, and, the parent and the nanny have been meeting in the parents bedroom for romantic liaisons for months. Julie Andrews (the nanny in the flick) never has sex before the wedding in the movie. Happily, we are spared that nonsense in this retelling.

I’d bet money many of this books audience have never seen “The Sound of Music” and I know many lesfic authors are writing clever retellings of old stories (fairy tales) with a lesbian slant, but is this a cleaver retelling or something else?

In the spirit of sisterhood I’m going with “cleaver retelling”, you decide.
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Reading Progress

May 11, 2019 – Shelved
May 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
August 15, 2019 – Started Reading
August 15, 2019 – Finished Reading

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