The Manny

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The Manny

A nanny of the male persuasion

Jamie Whitfield didn't grow up filthy rich in an upscale neighborhood. She isn't used to this elaborate lifestyle but her husband Phillip loves this way of life. He cannot function properly without his nanny, housekeeper, driver, and his wife at his beck and call. The nanny is raising their three children since the parents are always working.

Phillip is a high-powered lawyer who makes about $1.5 million a year. He is always away on business trips and when he is home he is hiding out in his office ignoring his children and their problems.

Jamie works part time at NBS News investigating big news stories. Her latest story will either make her famous or ruin her career.

With Phillip always away on business, their oldest child Dylan starts to develop problems in school. He panics while playing team sports and is constantly playing sick during gym class. After therapy doesn't work out, Jamie decides her son needs a good male role model in his life. Someone like..........A MANNY!

Jamie meets Peter Bailey, a younger man who is sexy, confident, and so much fun to be around. She hires him to work with her son by playing sports, games, and basically to be the father figure to him that Phillip never was.

Phillip resents Peter and is immediately cautious of another man around his wife. Slowly feelings start to develop between Peter the Manny and his boss Jamie. Will Jamie wake up and realize her husband is an arrogant, self-centered jerk and leave him for The Manny? Or will she give up a chance at having a happy and passionate relationship with Peter?

THE MANNY is a fun, lighthearted story about a rich woman falling in love with her hired help. It's an enjoyable book but has some slow spots that readers might want to skim over to get to the meat of the story. I didn't really care for so much detail into Jamie's job or the political conversation at a dinner party. I believe those parts of the story could have been skimmed down to make the story not lose its main focus. Overall, THE MANNY is well written perhaps a lot more meaningful then its bright orange chick lit cover would have you assume. Beneath its bright exterior, is a heart felt story about a woman at a crossroads in her life.

Will Jamie leave her millionaire husband and rich lifestyle to run away with The Manny? Read THE MANNY to find out!


Book Blurb for The Manny

What’s a Park Avenue working mom to do when her troubled son desperately needs a male role model and her husband is a power workaholic? If she’s like the gutsy heroine of Holly Peterson’s astute new comedy of manners among the ill-mannered elite, she does what every other woman on the block does. She hires herself a “manny.” A solid middle-class girl from Middle America, Jamie Whitfield isn’t “one of them” but she lives in “the Grid,” the wealthiest acre of real estate in Manhattan, where big money and big media collide. And she has most everything they have–a big new apartment, full-time help with her three children, as well as her very own detached Master of the Universe attorney husband. What she doesn’t have, however, is a full-time father figure for their struggling nine-year-old son, Dylan. But the rich haven’t yet encountered a problem they can’t hire someone else to solve. Enter the manny. At first the idea of paying a man to provide a role model for Dylan sounds too crazy to be true. But one look at Peter Bailey is enough to convince Jamie that the idea may not be quite so insane after all. Peter is calm, cool, competent, and so charmingly down-to-earth, he’s irresistible. And with the political sex scandal of the decade propelling her career as a news producer into overdrive, and her increasingly erratic husband locked in his study with suspicious files, Jamie is in serious need of some grounding. Peter reminds her of everything she once was, still misses, and underneath all the high-society glitz, still is. But will the new manny in her life put the groundback beneath her feet, or sweep her off them?


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2007 3.00