Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on June 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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Set against the beautiful backdrop of coastal Maine, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin's heartwarming novel tells of friendship, family, lessons learned, and newfound love--all under a summer sky . . .
Every June, the quiet beach town of Ogunquit is overtaken by wealthy families who hire local young women like Amy Latimer and Hayley Franklin to care for their children. Best friends since childhood, Amy and Hayley are eager to secure lucrative summer jobs. Amy wants to finance her upcoming move to Boston. Hayley hopes to squirrel away enough money so that her mom can finally leave her abusive husband.
Amy is immediately in thrall to her dynamic boss, Cressida Prior, so different from Amy's mother, Leda. Though skilled at creating tapestries and rugs, Leda lacks confidence. But one thing she does know, after a painful summer long ago as a nanny herself, is how damaging a manipulative boss can be.
Hayley's employers, Jon and Marisa Whitby, are loving parents to their two-year-old twins. Jon also has a grown son by a previous marriage. Ethan is kind, handsome, and not least, wealthy. For the first time, Hayley, usually so selfless, can't help seeing him as an opportunity.
But the passing weeks bring complications and revelations, altering friendships, testing the bond between mothers and daughters, and proving that the ripples from a single season can last forever . . .
This is great summer read, and takes us on Amy and Hayley’s journey to find themselves and growing up. The town each summer has all these wealthy people who come and need help with their children. And a summer nanny job is just they both need. Plenty of drama ensued, and things did’t quite turn out like they expected it would.
There are a lot of characters introduced and at first I got a little confused with them all, the voices be ace more clear as the story progressed which I certainly happy about. Each of them had their own stories, and they intertwine in some way or another. I have to say, I really enjoyed Amy and Hayley and their friendship, a closeness like sisters would have.
The family dynamics were just wonderful, the mother/daughter bond especially. When Amy and Hayley decide to get a summer job being a nanny, her mother Leda was skeptical, that might have been because she too was a summer nanny before Amy was born. So, of course she has her reservations when it came to Amy. Secrets come in play with those reservations. Secrets that will test the mother/daughter bond.
With so many characters its hard to tell you about them all, or my review will be extremely long. But I do want to mention Vera, who is best friends with Leda. She did have some drama in her life, but at least it didn’t make her bitter or anything, I felt awful for through it all too. I just adored her so much, so carefree and blunt. I like the blunt people! No questions of how thy think or feel.
The story itself had a way bringing some emotions with it, frustration with a couple of these women beacause of their decision making, some heart ache for others and a few tears along the way. I was all caught up in their stroies and how they seem to entwined together. This was such an enjoyable read for me and I would definitely say pick this one.
The Summer Nanny was a wonderful story of family, friendships and love…
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