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The Nearly-Weds [Paperback]

Jane Costello
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July 7 2009
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 fiance 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?

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About the Author

Jane Costello is a former journalist for newspapers including the Liverpool Echo, Daily Mail and Liverpool Daily Post, where she spent four years as Editor. She is the author of the best-selling novel Bridesmaids and lives in Lancashire with her husband and two young sons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely romantic chick lit read May 17 2010
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good summer read June 10 2010
By M. E. Newell - Published on
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun British chick lit Oct. 1 2009
By Deborah - Published on
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read Feb. 28 2014
By BooksRme - Published on
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I enjoyed Jane Costello's Nearly-Weds. I usually read Jill Mansell and I love the British Chick Lit as she writes it. Jane is a close second. I enjoyed the characters. They were real and believable as well. The humor brings a smile to your face and in your mind's eye you see it all happening like a great romantic comedy. I will read her again.
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud entertainment Aug. 29 2013
By Allyson Gear - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Read Dec 21 2012
By Mrs. L. Ross - Published on
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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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