432 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.04 in
March 2, 2009
Simon & Schuster UK
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1847390889
ISBN - 13: 9781847390882
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 I'm trying my best to create the air of a sophisticated world traveller but am not entirely sure I'm pulling it off. With hindsight, I probably gave the game away immediately by enthusiastically testing one too many fragrances at Duty Free, leaving me now exuding an aroma so pungent it could wake someone from a coma. I've also been let down by my ethnic-style cotton top, the one I was convinced looked like an item I'd picked up somewhere fabulously exotic in the South Pacific - until I discovered the price tag poking out, revealing that I in fact paid £44.99 for it in Monsoon. And maybe I didn't look quite as streetwise as I'd hoped by being the very first to camp out at Gate 65, beating a large group of Saga holidaymakers by at least half an hour. Now I'm actually in the air, it's still happening: my status as a long-haul travel amateur is being ruthlessly exposed at every turn. I'm currently attempting to balance all the empty packaging from my in-flight meal on top of a ludicrously proportioned tray and an undrinkable cup of coffee without it tumbling on to my neighbour's lap and leaving his tackle with third-degree burns. It's like a real-life version of Kerplunk, with every item threatening to wobble off at the slightest hint of turbulence. Unlike the American gentleman sitting next to me - he has cleverly tucked his lemon-scented freshening wipe into his empty teacup and neatly stacked the salt and pepper packets, plus the mini butter tub, in
From the Publisher
What's the worst thing that could happen to a blushing bride? To somebody warm, loving, and fun - like Zoe Moore? When she finds herself jilted at the altar by her fiancé Jason, Zoe knows she doesn't deserve this heartache and humiliation. Unable to face the pitying faces of her friends and family, Zoe takes drastic action: she flees to America. Specifically, to Boston, where she takes up a post as nanny to five-year-old Ruby Miller and her little brother Samuel.
Ruby and Samuel have lost their mother in an accident. They may as well have lost their father, too, for Ryan Miller is so wrapped-up in his grief that he barely notices his two attention-starved children. As Zoe sets about tidying up Ruby and Sam's home, and injecting some fun back into their lives, she finds herself gaining their trust and love. At the same time, Zoe grows more and more frustrated with Ryan's bullying behaviour, and his shameful neglect. Whatever happened to the loving man she keeps hearing about from his neighbours? Zoe can't find any sign of him.
The only thing saving Zoe from despair is the small, close-knit group of British nannies who quickly befriend her. There's boisterous Trudie, man-mad but hiding a painful secret; Sloanie traveller Amber, who sports a Buddhist tattoo that, unbeknownst to her, reads 'Batteries Not Included'. And chilly, tight-lipped Felicity, whose cut-glass voice gives little away. But will these new friends be able to save Zoe, when she discovers that the past isn't all that easy to escape, no matter how far you go?