The writing style in the beginning was very much like Bridget Jones' Diary and I was really getting into it. However, like the other reviewer, it did become a disappointment around the middle. At least it perked back up somewhat at the end.
Well, despite having looked forward to reading this, I was disappointed. Anna was just too dumb for words and Cassandra just too distasteful. Zak needed discipline worse than any child I've run across in fiction-land recently, and seeing him not get it was frustrating. I finished it, but can't rate it very high at all.
I enjoy British writers and was intrigued to read this book at first but was somewhat disappointed in that it becomes somewhat soap-operish half way through. Still, though, an enjoyable read a la Bridget Jones\' Diary.
Ho-hum. Sweet, ambitious, but slightly plump British bird falls in among The Sophisticated Set, who are Terribly Mean to her (think "The Devil Wears Prada")until she meets Mr. Right. (In this case, Lord Right, but she's too dense to recognize that's what he is.). Been there, read that, see no need to read it again.
I immediately got a clear sense of how miserable Annas life is when I began this book. The author doesnt waste precious time or pages dragging the reader through a maze of miscommunication and inner dialogue to bring us to the conclusion that Annas life is crap. I rather enjoyed that this information is thrown into the mix right from the start. Its important that I learned this sooner rather than later because only then would I understand how Anna could end up working for Cassandra Knight, a vile, cruel, rude beyond belief, arrogant witch of a woman who is so full of herself it will make you sick. Anna takes a job with this horrible person, thinking the position will be as an assistant to a best-selling author. Instead, she somehow gets roped into being the nanny to Cassandras son, Zak, who is just as vile as she is. Unfortunately, desperate times call for desperate measures on Annas part.
Even as horrible as Annas time under the Knight household is, this book made me laugh deeply and loudly at some of the antics going on. Cassandra takes center stage with her drunken outbursts and anger management issues. Her son, Zak, is a spoiled brat who behaves like a troll, while managing to deflect it back onto his mother. Then theres Cassandras husband, Jett, an aging rock-star, who cant seem to keep his trousers on. Throw into the mix several supporting characters who I found to be quite interesting makes for an enjoyable story.
I liked this book. The story does a good job of making the reader forget her troubles for a while by bringing to light a whole new dysfunctional group of people. It made me laugh a lot and I am still amazed that there wasnt any bloodshed in the Knight home. I cheered Anna on when she finally gets the opportunity to leave but continued to empathize with her situation when it appears she jumped from the frying pan straight into the fire. This story has many twists which make the plot so interesting.
Fans of chick-lit will enjoy the snarky British humor laced throughout the story, but be prepared for the profanity that comes along with it. It didnt offend me or pull my attention out of the story at all, most likely because I, myself, was directing quite a few profane statements in Cassandras direction. This was my first book by Wendy Holden and I am looking forward to reading more from her.