Not a book with a lot of substance. The "mystery" really doesn't come into play until the end, although in retrospect there is a lot of set up to get to it. I found my self wanting to bop the main character over the head a few times. I liked the writing style - it was light and easy going - but the story left a whole lot to be desired.
Fresh out of an emotionally damaging relationship, heroine Charlotte Bell travels to Iceland to be a nanny to an Ambassador's daughter. Determined to start anew and become more courageous, she reads all 56 books in the Nancy Drew series. While there, she encounters a mystery that she will need all of Nancy Drew's wisdom to solve.
Chick lit with a little depth. I personally am not a huge fan of chick lit but this one was humerous and at some points feministic. Also, it takes place primarily in Iceland which I'm a world traveler and that motivated me to look up some info on the country. Besides that, not entirely memorable with the exception of nastaglia brought upon by the references to numerous Nancy Drew books. Some interesting quotes in the book "Sometimes the free fall out of love is quicker than the fall into it" (20), "One of the most important lessons life teaches you is to thell when a thing is over and its time to move on" (71), and "waiting for good things builds character" (125). I know that I enjoy books that have contemplative thoughts such as these.
One of the many joys of reading is the travel destinations. For the first time ever, I got to travel to Iceland with Charlotte Bell when she accepts a nanny position with the U.S. Ambassador. Initially, this story is very vague where Charlotte is concerned. Though Charlotte was a child celebrity, she had a less than happy childhood, growing up in her Aunts home. She never feeling accepted and is someone who is looking for love and acceptance, usually in the wrong place. Unfortunately, she wears her heart on her sleeve and falls for the wrong guy. When she returns home after a very painful breakup, she is left to ponder her life and the choices she makes. Why cant her life run smoothly? She begins to think she needs to be more like Nancy Drew, who never has a hair out of place and always find the answers. Charlotte even purchases every book in the Nancy Drew series to try to figure out what she needs to do.
Charlotte accepts a nanny position with the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland and though shes pretty confident she knows how Nancy Drew will respond in any given situation, Charlotte has no clue about the country she will be living in, the language or the people she will be interacting with. I found this part amusing.
Upon first meeting him, I was less than impressed with Charlottes employer, Edgar Rawlings. Maybe its the fact hes referred to as The Master that put me off. I did enjoy the scene when they first meet only because they dont know who each other is. My favorite character is Annette. She comes across much wiser than her years and isnt, at all, a brat. My biggest annoyance with this book is that Charlotte has fallen for and slept with, not one, but TWO of her employers! Charlotte has some serious Daddy issues. Charlottes mother died in childbirth and her father pretty much abandoned her in a loveless home while he took off to Africa to work. Nobodys life is perfect, but why does she have to sleep with her boss?
Once I could get past the whole integrity flaw of sleeping with her boss, I was able to enjoy the story, for the most part. Charlotte learning how to drive was amusing. In spite of her bad decisions with her love life, Charlotte is a survivor and shows a lot of determination and some fearless courage when she has to.
The story ends with a lot of questions for me. I wish there had been more closure as to what happens with Charlotte, Edgar and Annette. If you are looking for some light summer reading and sleeping with your employers do not bother you, you could give this one a try. If you are wondering what Nancy Drew would do, check out her books instead.
After being "fired" from her nanny job (due to the fact she got knocked-up by her employer), the main character decided to turn to all 56 Nancy Drew mystery books. Since I read, and still own, all 56 Nancy Drew books, I thought the author would refer to certain tidbits in certain books. Not at all. A mention of a title here and there but nothing else. The main character kept saying, "Hmmmm ... what would Nancy Drew do?" Excuse me but I think Nancy would have at least said no way to sex (with a married man) regardless of the situation. End of story.