BOOK REVIEW: Cinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: Cinder-Nanny by Sariah WilsonCinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson
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What could come between a nanny and an earl in a fairy-tale love story? A reality check―in an endearing and witty romance by Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid.

With her sister’s medical bills mounting, Diana Parker can’t say no to a high-paying opportunity like this: accompany a wealthy couple to Aspen and nanny their precocious five-year-old son for three months. Necessary qualifications? She must know how to ski and teach math, speak fluent French, excel at social graces, and hold a master’s degree in childhood development. Who’ll be the wiser that Diana’s only skill is packing for Colorado?

So far, so good―having a con woman for a mother has turned out to be a benefit, even if Diana has complicated feelings about telling lies. But she’s doing this for her sister. And the perks―like a ticket to a lavish charity fundraiser, a new gown, and a Prince Charming–adjacent earl named Griffin Windsor―are pretty irresistible. Diana can’t deny the Cinderella vibe.

Wary of gold diggers and scandal, England’s most eligible bachelor is nevertheless falling for Diana, and sweeping the not-quite princess off her feet.

The warmer their relationship becomes, the slipperier the slopes are for Diana. Sooner or later, she’ll have to come clean. When that happens, does an honest-to-goodness happy ending stand a chance?


Cinder-Nanny was a heartwarming story that was filled with charm, romance and hope!  With a unique twist on elements reminiscent of Cinderella, I fell so hard for this book.  If you love adult romance that will leave you smiling the whole way through, you definitely need Cinder-Nanny in your life!

“How does someone like me get the fairy tale?” I asked. It felt like I had lifetimes of bad karma to work through.

Diana Parker was in a predicate.  Her sister needed a lifesaving procedure, and the answer to their prayers was a job that covered the cost of the surgery!  Yet Diana didn’t exactly qualify for that job.  She didn’t know French, or how to ski, or have the background that the parents were looking for.  But Diana was determined to fake it all in the name of saving her sister.  While she was trying her best being a nanny to a wealthy couple, it led her to meeting Griffin Windsor, an earl.  And total prince charming!

I knew what I should do. What the smart thing would be.
No one had ever accused me of being smart, though.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Diana at first.  Her mom was a con artist and used her as a child running her cons.  Now as an adult, Diana tried her best to go through life being honest. Yet with this new job, she was lying through her teeth.  And while she felt like Robin Hood, the moment she met her clients she realized her mistake.  They were amazingly, kind people.  But here was where the ‘I absolutely love Diana moment happened’.  She felt guilt.  She tried better than her best.  And every single time her heart was always in the right place.  I loved watching her grow.  I loved rooting her on!  And I kept my fingers crossed that she would get a happily forever too.  She was so hard on herself and she more than deserved it!

“I don’t believe in fate.” Karma, yes. But fate? Fate was a fickle wench who had no place in my life.
“One doesn’t have to believe in something for it to be true.”

Griffin Windsor was beyond sigh worthy.  I fell hard for him the first moment he appeared on the pages.  He was suave, charming, sexy, and enticing without even trying.  He was England’s most eligible bachelor and the moment he met Diana, they clicked.  The way they met and their banter was not only fun but absolutely smile inducing!  I truly couldn’t ever stop smiling when Griffin was around.  And he made me laugh.  While there was a strong chemistry between them, Diana knew she needed to keep her head down and focus on being a good nanny to help her sister out.

It felt as if his nose grazed mine, but the sensation was so fleeting that I couldn’t be sure. “Just friends, huh?” he asked.
“Just friends,” I whispered.

Griffin and Diana’s time together revolved around Milo, the boy Diana was a nanny to.  Who I loved, quirks and all ♥!  He was so adorable, and I loved his friend Sophie too!  Watching Diana help Milo warmed my heart and I loved seeing her help him grow! So as the kids were painting, skiing and having play dates, it felt so effortless for Griffin and Diana to become friends. And when they even got an alone kidless dinner, eeps I loved it all! I kept hoping they would push that line past friendship! Because anytime they were together, it was all so addictive and played out like I was watching a movie.  You know, every single time I pick up a Sariah Wilson novel I think that!  Each of her books play out like I’m watching movie, and one that I would love to watch again and again and again!

“Am I alone in this?” he asked. “In what I feel—this connection between us?”
I knew the answer I should give him.
I also knew the answer that I wanted to give him.
Ducking my head, I went under his arm. I walked around to the other side of the door, placing it between us. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say with him being so near.
“You’re not alone,” I whispered to him, then closed it.

While I smiled so much, there was also emotional moments in the pages too.  And I bawled my eyes out later in this book.  I did not expect it to be that emotional, or who it was with, but this book had so many wonderful and emotional surprises.  I loved the references to Cinderella and how this was a very modern day twist on that classic!  And HEA lovers will rejoice with this story!  There was an epilogue set in the future that was everything we could have hoped and dreamed for!  So if you adore smile worthy, sweet, adult romance you definitely need to put this one on your tbr!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    This sounds like such a fun and sweet YA romance! Diana seems like a likable and relatable character. And easy to root for! Plus, I always love a good epilogue! 🙂
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    • Jen

      I’m really enjoying Sariah Wilson’s books! They’re the perfect beach read with not too much angst and such likeable characters! And right?! Epilogues are just everything!

  2. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I’ve only read one by this author, but I need to read more! Great review!
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted…Review: My Cone and Only (King Family #1) by Susannah NixMy Profile

    • Jen

      I need to catch up on some of her backlist, but yes her books are so much fun. Thank you!

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