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Away from You by Kay Langdale
  

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Monica, mother of 6-year old Ruby and 18-month Luce, lands a big job in LA and hires a nanny/housekeeper, Ursula, for her husband and kids. Ursula is reluctant to work with kids. When she arrives we get her routine observed by the 6-year old Ruby. Later we get flashbacks from Ursula; then husband Daniel’s point of view takes over. It seems Ursula has huge secrets that take a long time to emerge but when and how they do is pretty shocking. An intriguing tale with a good plot that is a little slow to start. Read Her Giant Octopus Moment too.

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Synopsis

Away from You by Kay Langdale

When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel. She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?

Reviews

Praise for HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT:

'Readable, poignant ... the author's skill is to woo the reader into empathising with conflicting viewpoints
The Sunday Times

'Thought-provoking'

Woman's Own

'A delight to read, the characters pull at your heartstrings'

Candis

'This is both a comic and poignant read told via quirky prose, and is impossible to put down Image Sweet and sad and funny and thought-provoking'

U magazine

'An endearing child-heroine and a controversial moral question make HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT a must-read'

Good Housekeeping

'Poignant novel about parenthood'

Woman & Home

'Funny and poignant'

Choice

'A poignant, at times funny, at times saddening book about morals and motherhood'

Tatler Ireland

'Brilliant new novel ... impressively plausible and realistic ... truly heartbreaking and yet life-affirming at the same time. A thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted, engaging read.' welovethisbook.com

'A gripping, heart-rendering story. The characters are portrayed skilfully, especially Scout, who is a wonderful child ... An extremely exciting and emotional read.'

New Books

'The sympathetic understanding of her characters, the even-handed exposition of different types of mothering and the beauty of her crystal-clear prose all come together to make this a must read.'

Red

'Vivid storytelling ... A delicately told tale of an unconventional childhood'

Oxford Times

About the Author

Kay Langdale taught 20th century literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and worked for a Marketing Consultancy as an Account Handler. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Kay Langdale

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9781444784732

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