A Perfect Arrangement
A NovelBook - 2001
Enter Randi Gill, sent by Family Options, Ltd., an agency specializing in Midwestern girls with teaching aspirations ("Could you be Comfortable with Anything but the Best for Your Family?. . . Guaranteed Nationwide FBI Criminal Fingerprinting and Background Checks."). Randi's references are perfect. She's perfect. She cleans, cooks, sews, and makes her own Play-Doh. The children love her . . . almost too much.
Though it's hard for Mirella to watch Randi succeed with the children where she has failed, she can't deny the peace and order Randi has brought to the household. But perfection is a tough act to maintain, and soon enough, there are ruptures. When events force Mirella and Howard to reveal the secrets they've been hiding from each other, the family cataclysm catapults the nanny (who has secrets of her own) into a position of unnatural control.
In A Perfect Arrangement, Suzanne Berne now fixes her sights on contemporary, two-career family life. Overscheduled and overwhelmed, today's parents are desperate for help. Whatever child care they manage to set up, the arrangements are rarely perfect. This suspenseful novel asks a question all of them face: "Is there anyone you can trust with your children?"
Baker & Taylor
Mirella and Howard Cook-Goldman's new nanny, Randi Gill, seems perfect, but when their seamless life begins to unravel, the young woman assumes an inappropriate place in the family structure.
Blackwell North Amer
Mirella and Howard Cook-Goldman are living the American dream - two careers, two kids, a golden retriever, a historic colonial home in a quaint New England village - and it's a nightmare. Both children are troubled, the house is a wreck, Howard's architectural career has stalled just as Mirella's law practice is taking off. Plus the au pair just quit.
Then one damp spring morning, sweet, eager Randi Gill appears on their doorstep, the ideal nanny. Armed with impeccable references from a top child-care placement agency, fresh from teaching Sunday school, Randi cooks, bakes, cleans, and does arts and crafts. She even makes her own play dough. The children fall in love with her, especially silent little Jacob. It's not long before Randi has charmed the whole neighbourhood.
So why do Mirella and Howard each harbor misgivings about the growing attachment between Randi and the children? And why, amid such cozy domestic order, does their marriage suddenly seem to be falling apart?
Mirella and Howard Cook-Goldman's new nanny, Randi Gill, seems perfect, but when their seamless life begins to unravel, the young woman assumes an inapproppriate place in the family structure, in a suspenseful novel by the author of A Crime in the Neighborhood. BOMC, Teen People, & Lit Guild.