Die eher praktische Sophie Apperly wird von ihrer Familie
überzeugter Akademiker einfach nicht ernst genommen. Also
beschließt sie, das undankbare Volk einige Zeit sich selbst zu
überlassen. Sie geht nach New York, auch um dort eine Lösung für
das finanzielle Desaster ihrer Familie zu finden. Dort begegnet sie
Matilda, einer bemerkenswerten alten Dame - und deren Enkel Luke.
Er macht ihr ein Angebot, das sie kaum ausschlagen kann.
Sophie Apperly has been supporting herself since she left school,
but as far as her academic family are concerned she's never had
a 'proper' job. And because she's currently in between
work she's despatched to look after Uncle Eric while his
housekeeper is away. Here, whilst tidying his papers, she discovers
a document relating to family business in America. Driven mad by
her family and wanting to prove herself to them and bring in some
much-needed income for them all, when her best friend Milly invites
her over to New York she jumps at the chance - what's more
she's lined up some nannying work for her to pay her way.
However, she's hardly been in the country five minutes before
disaster strikes. She suddenly finds herself with no work, nowhere
to stay and very little money. Luckily Milly has a corner in her
tiny apartment she can camp out in. A jaunt to an art gallery
opening throws her into the path of Matilda - a grand old lady who
is delighted to find someone who comes from the same part of the
world as she grew up in. She is very taken with Sophie and invites
her to her house in Connecticut for Thanksgiving. But Matilda's
grandson Luke is very suspicious of Sophie - what exactly does this
English girl want, is she after her grandmother's money? - and
he's determined to nip this growing friendship in the bud.
"A warm and engaging novel" Star, 4 stars "Deliciously readable" Sun "Great holiday reading" Yours
Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. To find out more about Katie Fforde visit her website at www.katiefforde.com and follow her on twitter @KatieFforde.
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