The Nearly-Weds Paperback – Mar 2 2009
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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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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).Read more ›
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"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.
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.
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.