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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (July 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390882
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 0.1 x 12.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Costello is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of six novels including Bridesmaids and All The Single Ladies, which is shortlisted for this year's RNA Romantic Comedy award. Jane was a full-time journalist before she became an author, working on titles including the Liverpool Echo (where she started as a graduate trainee), the Daily Mail, and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor for almost five years. Jane wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave and, as well as becoming a bestseller, it was a Heatseeker number one and nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. She followed that up with The Nearly-Weds, which won the RNA's Romantic Comedy award in 2010. Jane's books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives with her three young sons and boyfriend Mark in Liverpool, where she is currently working on her seventh book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful romantic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a fun take on starting over with great characters and a plot that rolled along smoothly straight through to the end. It was full of all I expect with chick lit, especially single girl lit, including laughs, romance and delightful characters.

Zoe Moore was jilted at the altar by her fiancé, Jason, and in an effort to escape the memories and the pity, she travels to America as a nanny to two small children whose mother was killed in a car accident. Their father, Ryan Miller, is gorgeous and lives his lifestyle accordingly, away all day and night, returning smelling of different perfumes and as Zoe pines for Jason, she becomes increasingly frustrated by Ryan's neglectful behaviour. She seeks solace in the community of British nannies and wonders where the fun loving Ryan she keeps hearing of disappeared to, while attempting to figure out her feelings for Jason and her future and create a loving, fun environment for the two wonderful children she's charged with. Has she successfully run from her past and what does her future hold?

Costello's wit and humour, along with her carefully crafted plot, turns out another great chick lit read. I loved Zoe's character with her determination and desire to figure herself out. The children were lovely and I liked their role in the story, along with Ryan's character. Zoe;s parents were fully present and well developed even though they weren't with Zoe in America and I loved the community of nannies as well. The plot was seamless with no loose ends and even though predictable, kept me intrigued through to the end.

There's a reason this novel was awarded the Romantic Comedy Award 2010 by the RNA (Romantic Novelists Association).
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Pretty good summer read June 10 2010
By M. E. Newell - Published on
Format: Paperback
The worst thing that can happen to a woman has happened to Zoe Moore. She got jilted on her wedding day. To avoid well meaning friends and family, she decides to take a nanny position in America. Once arriving in Boston, Zoe finds herself taking care of Samuel and Ruby Miller and Ryan moody man who since his wife death has not been much father to his children. Over the growing months Zoe makes friends with serveral other nannies in town. Zoe helps to bring the Miller family back together and Ryan and Zoe are drawn together, but when Zoe word from home, Will she choose her past in England or is her future in Boston.
"The Nearly-weds" is the first book by Jane Costello and its a pretty good book for summer. I found the characters pretty interesting and the book moved a pretty good pace. While I didn't really enjoy the ending, for a summer read its pretty good.
Fun British chick lit Oct. 1 2009
By Deborah - Published on
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's because I'm coming down from the high of being a bride myself, but lately I've found myself being drawn to a lot of wedding lit. I picked up this one mainly for the cover, which shows a runaway bride. However when I started reading it turned out that groom had been the one to run away and that a wedding didn't really have anything to do with the story. Instead, I was drawn into the life of a British nanny who comes to the US to escape the doomed love life she left behind. Zoe is a likable character and I really felt for her throughout the book. I also love her relationship with the kids. They weren't bad kids, just wanting their father's love and not being able to attain it.

There were times when I really got annoyed with Ryan. I understand that he's getting over the death of his wife and that his way of dealing with it is through working non stop and then by drinking. What bugged me the most was the flippant way he treated the kids and then his attitude towards Zoe. I mean he tells her absolutely nothing and expects her to just do everything, not caring that her contract has dictated what she's supposed and not supposed to do. He is not a likable character in the beginning. Honestly I don't know why Zoe didn't leave. He was rude to her and I don't care that he even admitted it, he wasn't really a good parent.

Overall though, I did enjoy this book. I loved the contrasts between British Zoe and the American way of life. There are some extremely funny bits throughout the book. I found myself nearly busting a gut several times. It's a really fun read and once you get past all the tension in the beginning of the book, it reads extremely fast. There is some cursing and some sex but not too much that it distracts from the story. This would be a great book for a lazy fall day when you want to escape for a while.
I liked it a lot... May 20 2011
By S. Shamma - Published on
Format: Paperback
I didn't love it though...

It was a great, fun read. Simple, to the point, cheesy and mushy all at the same time.
I enjoyed the characters, Ryan sounds like a hottie, and the kids are adorable. The nanny clan were hilarious, and Zoe a sweetheart, although the part where she goes back to her ex after he jilted her annoyed me to no end. But hey, it's the way the story goes!

I read this book in one day, so thumbs up to that. I was always eager to move on and see what happens next, and the fact that the chapters were so short and therefore so easy to go through, helped a lot as well. I have to say, my favorite scene in the book was when Zoe goes into Ryan's bedroom to tell him she's leaving. It made my heart turn over. Closely followed by the scene she dresses as Big Bird lol

All in all, it's worth a read if you're into this kind of thing. Makes for a good summer, beach read.
laugh out loud entertainment Aug. 29 2013
By Allyson Gear - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jane Costello has written another original story! so many laugh out loud moments, so many strangers wondering if I was nuts! So clever to make me cry and dream as well, all in one book. Can"t wait for to start another one.
Hilarious Read Dec 21 2012
By Mrs. L. Ross - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book!! It was hilarious, laugh out loud funny. The characters are well defined and the style of writing is so easy to follow. I read this book in one day and just couldn't put it down. Lets all go and be nannys!!!!!

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