What’s a Park Avenue working mom to do when her troubled son desperately needs a male role model and her husband is a power workaholic? If she’s like the gutsy heroine of Holly Peterson’s astute new comedy of manners among the ill-mannered elite, she does what every other woman on the block does. She hires herself a “manny.”
A solid middle-class girl from Middle America, Jamie Whitfield isn’t “one of them” but she lives in “the Grid,” the wealthiest acre of real estate in Manhattan, where big money and big media collide. And she has most everything they have–a big new apartment, full-time help with her three children, as well as her very own detached Master of the Universe attorney husband. What she doesn’t have, however, is a full-time father figure for their struggling nine-year-old son, Dylan. But the rich haven’t yet encountered a problem they can’t hire someone else to solve.
Enter the manny.
At first the idea of paying a man to provide a role model for Dylan sounds too crazy to be true. But one look at Peter Bailey is enough to convince Jamie that the idea may not be quite so insane after all. Peter is calm, cool, competent, and so charmingly down-to-earth, he’s irresistible. And with the political sex scandal of the decade propelling her career as a news producer into overdrive, and her increasingly erratic husband locked in his study with suspicious files, Jamie is in serious need of some grounding.
Peter reminds her of everything she once was, still misses, and underneath all the high-society glitz, still is. But will the new manny in her life put the ground back beneath her feet, or sweep her off them?
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This is the hot new New York novel from a Manhattan mover and shaker is a brilliantly entertaining romantic comedy about a harassed working mum - a fish out of water on the exclusive Upper East Side - who hires a male nanny to look after her son. Jamie Whitfield is a rarity among the sleek and chic of 'the Grid' - the exclusive blocks of the Upper East Side where it's all about keeping up with the Vanderbilts. She's a working mother, from the wrong side of the tracks and is never quite going to fit in, much to her neurotic husband Jeffrey's dismay. But while he's worrying that they're the poor white trash of the Grid, struggling along on a mere two mill a year, Jamie is more concerned about juggling the demands of her job with the needs of her children. On the verge of breaking the story of her reporting career, and facing mutiny from her son, she hires a Manny - a male nanny and the new 'must-have' accessory on the Grid. And Jason proves to be a life-saver in more ways than she could ever have imagined!Review:
Guest Reviewer: Plum Sykes
Plum Sykes burst onto bookshelves in 2004 with her internationally-acclaimed bestseller Bergdorf Blondes, a novel in which she spotlighted the lives of New York’s Park Avenue Princesses. Born in London and educated at Oxford, Sykes is a contributing editor at Vogue, where she writes on fashion, society, and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair magazine. Her latest novel is The Debutante Divorcee.
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Book Description Harper, 2007. Book Condition: New. N/A. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP70645200
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007245203