An unforgettable debut about a young woman's choice between the future she's always imagined and the people she's come to love.
Charlotte, a gifted and superbly trained young musician, has been blindsided by a shocking betrayal in her promising career when she takes a babysitting job with the McLeans, a glamorous Upper East Side Manhattan family. At first, the nanny gig is just a way of tiding herself over until she has licked her wounds and figured out her next move as a composer in New York. But, as it turns out, Charlotte is naturally good with children and becomes as deeply fond of the two little boys as they are of her. When an unthinkable tragedy leaves the McLeans bereft, Charlotte is not the only one who realizes that she's the key to holding little George and Matty's world together. Suddenly, in addition to life's usual puzzles, such as sorting out which suitor is her best match, she finds herself with an impossible choice between her life-long dreams and the torn-apart family she's come to love. By turns hilarious, sexy, and wise, Caroline Angell's remarkable and generous debut is the story of a young woman's discovery of the things that matter most.
Angell's remarkable debut is a complex story about love, family, grief, the destiny that is handed to us, and the destiny that we choose. Charlotte, a promising young composer whose mentor stole her graduate thesis composition, takes a break from musical pursuits to sort out her life, landing a nanny job in Manhattan with an berwealthy couple, Scotty and Gretchen McLean, who have two little boys, George and Matty. Gretchen's untimely death is the pivotal event around which the story unfolds as the author moves us back and forth in time. While figuring out her own romantic and professional situation, Charlotte takes care of and grows closer to the boys as Scotty travels for work, and she finds that she's essential to keeping the family together following Gretchen's death. Angell's canny insight into relationships and the demons her characters must face to find satisfaction in their work and personal lives makes this the kind of book readers won't want to see end.