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In the final weeks of her pregnancy with baby Harry, Kali feels anything but attractive. Formerly slim, sexy, smartly dressed hotshot lawyer, the only shoes her swollen feet now fit into are an old pair of converse sneakers belonging to her husband Matt. Being five years older than her husband does nothing to soothe her frazzled, insecure mind. So when Matt hires a svelte Swedish model as their son’snanny, all her insecurities come screaming to the surface. It doesn’t help that Harrytakes to this nanny like a fish to water as that just makes Kali scared of losing her baby’s love to the nanny. Then she finds out this sexy nanny and her husband know each other from way back. What is Matt hiding from Kali? How will theirmarriage survive?
When I started reading A Nanny for Harry, I couldn’t help but feel something terrible was going to happen. The author kept the suspense going, and I kept turning the pages to find out what happens, all the while praying it wouldn’t be too terrible. This story is so realistic and hit close to home for me. I have had to take care of my baby cousin, so each emotionally charged scene felt so real. I wish I could tell whathappened, but I prefer you read this book. Though I can and will let you know I loved the ending.

Great character development is a huge turn-on in a fictional story. This is especially evident in the primary character, Kali. Towards the end of the story, she becomes less clingy and develops into a more likable character. The author employs a contemporary setting that makes the story very relatable and easily understood. She also includes Swedish culture and language. The book’s title suits the story. What’s not to like? I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

I found this book’s overall theme of childcare interesting. Kali wanted a nanny who could also cook and clean. Well, she got one, but the baby would not let this nanny touch him! Many working ladies who are mothers have to deal with the issues raised in this book at one point or the other. Most new mothers, like the heroine, also have to battle postpartum depression at the same time. But eventually, other issues pale into insignificance when the baby’s welfare is at stake. This book drives home the fact that caring for children is no walk in the park.

I recommend this book to everyone who loves babies. It’s a story that will remind you of little ones and of the various experiences and emotions that one can have with them. It might also teach you a thing or two about tolerance.

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Set in the bustling ocean city of Long Beach, Kali Miller is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm that she’s poured all of her time and energy into since she became employed there. But first, she needs to have her baby. Her husband Matt understands what type of person Kali is and knows that her career is important to her. So after scouring over every possible daycare in the area and coming up unsatisfied with their lack of basically everything that Baby Miller deserves, the only other option is hiring a nanny with the agreement of both Kali and Matt interviewing possible candidates together. But to Kali’s dismay Matt hires a young, blonde and very attractive Swedish girl before Kali can even unload her newly purchased eco-friendly cloth diapers.

Extremely witty and at times very comical, A NANNY FOR HARRY gave an honest perspective of the life of a business woman turned new mother and the stresses it holds. As a working mother myself I found this book to be a classic for the career mama’s daily struggle to make it all work. Mulholland paints a very relatable story of the working mother trying to balance a career, marriage and the challenges of motherhood. With the worries and warnings from her concerned sister, Kali attempts to combat another woman infiltrating her home and family even after little Harry becomes very attached to this charming girl Matt insisted would be perfect for the job.

A NANNY FOR HARRY by Sylvia Mulholland is an amusing, entertaining, and delightful story that had me shaking my head and chuckling to myself more than I expected. I relished in the characters quirky personalities and silly antics bringing me to tears at times. The writing is excellent and certainly creative. If you are looking for a jovial read that will keep you holding on at every turn A NANNY FOR HARRY is a must for your book list this season. Highly recommended!

SELF PUBLISHING REVIEW

Pregnancy, motherhood and the demands of a career prove to be a tough juggling act in A Nanny for Harry, a touching and often funny work of women’s fiction by Sylvia Mulholland.
Thirty-five-year-old attorney, Kali Miller, is potentially jeopardizing her already slow track to partnership by taking a three-month maternity leave to have a baby. As soon as her pregnancy had been confirmed, she and her handsome husband, Matt, a general surgery resident, purchased a pokey little house in trendy Belmont Shore that they set about fixing before the arrival of their baby boy, who they’ve already named Harry.

As Kali’s due date draws near, she begins to fret about time away from work and after several disastrous interviews with daycares, Matt decides to hire a live-in nanny. The only problem is, Britta Edvardsson is a twenty- something, blonde, and gorgeous Swede who isn’t exactly nanny material – if the trail of dirty diapers and her abysmal housekeeping skills are anything to go by.

Kali immediately begins to suspect the close bond that forms between Matt and Britta after she and Harry come home from the hospital. To make matters worse, her somewhat reluctant return to work is heralded by a disastrous presentation and the threat of a complaint against her to the State Bar, thanks to a disgruntled computer programmer who is accusing Kali of making him lose a lucrative deal with a fried chicken chain. Suddenly, Kali’s life both on the home front and on work front are spinning out of control…

Although Mulholland’s narrative is humorous at times, there is vulnerability at its core that every woman who’s ever been pregnant can appreciate. It’s bad enough that Kali is five years older than her handsome hubby but when she sees herself reflected in the mirror in her last trimester of pregnancy, she likens herself to the plump and firm kielbasa sausages she ate as a child. All working women, especially those with careers, will be able to commiserate with Mulholland’s message: that while today’s woman can certainly have it all, it rarely happens without personal sacrifice. The writing is solid in A Nanny for Harry, with the transitions between narrative and dialogue handled well, making for a quick and entertaining read.

A Nanny for Harry has many wonderful moments of humor and vulnerability to which all working and pregnant women should relate.