The Nanny Song presents twenty-two-year-old Mallory Riscoe, whose younger years have been ones of chaos, but who finally seems to have overcome these negative influences until she finds herself falsely accused of theft and is fired from her job.
Brandon Colt is in a very different situation: his wife has died and he struggles with his children, grief, and some closely-held secrets. When Mallory accepts the job of nanny to his kids and moves in, two very different individuals find their lives on a collision course.
Bad behaviors, bratty children, and adults struggling to put their lives together coalesce in the course of The Nanny Song, which creates a satisfying portrait of two people struggling in different ways with responsibilities to themselves and those around them.
One important note is that the characters are tackling both their personal issues and those which spill out into the wider world and upon each other; and this makes for realistic scenarios and encounters that paint no single individual as a stable force with all the answers to life.
Mallory's new job as nanny is not a piece of cake. She's continually facing challenges to her abilities and authority on many levels, and her interactions with the kids and Brandon are both realistic and absorbing, spiced with the addition of a mystery that lends additional depth and detail to the story line.
Equally notable is the fact that emotions are explored on all sides; not just Mallory and Brandon's feelings. Kids receive their own moments in the spotlight during the story, as well: "Brendan looked to Mallory as if he wanted her to fill in the blanks. She knew she should tell him the truth about what Kason had confessed to her, but she wasn't sure if this moment, right in front of the poor, sullen boy, was the time to do it. "That's what he told me as well when I picked him up from school." Kason showed almost tangible relief, thinking the nanny was going to keep his secret."
Mallory becomes involved in cleaning up situations between Brandon, his mother, and his children; but also in her own life and her approach to her future. Almost predictably, romance is in the wind; but this seems almost an afterthought to the broader story of disparate individuals, kids, and lives coming together in unexpected new ways to change everyone involved.
From the warm, sugary scent of pop tarts and a nanny's role in a lively household to evolving family relationships and connections and Mallory's growing commitment beyond work responsibilities to this crazy family in chaos, The Nanny Song creates a tumultuous story of change and pays close attention to the perceptions of adults and children alike. It's highly recommended for readers who want a lively story of dysfunction, healing, and evolving love.
-Midwest Book Review
Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children, Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.
Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered, that bond—and possibly Mallory's life itself—is now at risk.
Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?