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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (4,819 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, the highly anticipated sequel that picks up ten years later.

More than four million people fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of The Nanny Diaries —now she’s back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and renovating their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn’t be worse.

To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn’t come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents’ brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan find she’s once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children’s well-being.

With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds themselves with neither.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As bitingly funny as its predecessor, this Nanny also makes serious points about the pitfalls of modern parenting. It does chick lit proud.”


  • The many readers who loved the first entry will be thrilled to revisit Nan, Grayer, and the Xs. Booklist
  • “Eminently readable...a surprisingly affecting portrayal of childhood hurts.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Another deliciously addictive glimpse into the lives of the ultra-rich and their children.”

    New York Post

  • “A fast-moving tale...fun to read.”

    Associated Press

  • “Bennett’s narration is excellent: she draws the listener into the story, revealing the characters’ emotions and flaws and keeping the pacing brisk and entertaining.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The many readers who loved the first entry will be thrilled to revisit Nan, Grayer, and the Xs.” 


  • “Once again, the wealthy New York crowd serves as an addictive backdrop, and the story’s contrast between shallowness and compassion is fascinating. Nanny Diaries fans will snap up this sequel.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claudia | 2/16/2014

    " I was looking forward to reading what new adventures Nan would get herself into. I was grandly disappointed. I was only able to make it half way before I decided I just had to put it down. It was difficult to try and put myself in Nans shoes and even more difficult to sympathize with her. I found myself getting very annoyed with her decisions and actions. Not only that, there was no comic relief that I enjoyed so much in Nanny Diaries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Taryn | 2/16/2014

    " I started this book months ago and finally picked it back up to finish this month. I think I've learned about myself that I don't enjoy reading books about disfunctional families. Here we go again with the X family as Nan returns to New York a decade after she nannied for Grayer X and it seems as though little has changed in the family dynamic. Again, the authors paint a very unfavorable picture of well to do parents in New York as they deal with their children and the caretakers of their children, which I found incredibly frustrating. Meanwhile, Nan has married Harvard Hottie, who wants to start a family and Nan is dragging her feet. How it is that the most level-headed, caring, rational person in the book doesn't want to think about being a parent when she has been a better parent to the children around her than their own parents?! It was just frustrating to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Isha | 2/15/2014

    " Not as good as the original, but nice closure if you read the first one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Starr | 2/11/2014

    " Every now and then I divulge my inner "chick" and pick up some chick lit to read...and usually regret the choice. I regretted the time I spent listening to this book. There were some good one liners but that was about it! "

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