Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks


When the most famous toddler in America, Charles Lindbergh, Jr., is kidnapped from his family home in New Jersey in 1932, the case makes international headlines. Already celebrated for his flight across the Atlantic, his father, Charles, Sr., is the country’s golden boy, with his wealthy, lovely wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, by his side. But there’s someone else in their household—Betty Gow, a formerly obscure young woman, now known around the world by another name: the Lindbergh Nanny.

A Scottish immigrant deciphering the rules of her new homeland and its East Coast elite, Betty finds Colonel Lindbergh eccentric and often odd, Mrs. Lindbergh kind yet nervous, and Charlie simply a darling. Far from home and bruised from a love affair gone horribly wrong, Betty finds comfort in caring for the child, and warms to the attentions of handsome sailor Henrik, sometimes known as Red. Then, Charlie disappears.

Suddenly a suspect in the eyes of both the media and the public, Betty must find the truth about what really happened that night, in order to clear her own name—and to find justice for the child she loves.



About The Author

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in history. She enjoys reading and writing about dead people and how they got that way. She is the author of the Jane Prescott mystery series.


My Review


This is a famous story, but told from the eyes of the author, and be sure to read her notes at the end of this book!
The focus here is on baby Charles nanny, Betty Gow, an immigrant from Scotland, and her life in and out of Charlie's care.
Now, several years ago I did read Ann Morrow Lindbergh's "Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead", such a sad hard time, and unimaginable grief.
We are walking in Betty's shoes, and she is the one who is responsible for the daily care of the baby, when I think of it that way, she must have had horrible grief, and then to be a suspect!
We know what happened, and who was convicted of the crime, but now the author gives us a list of those who were on the inside, was justice served?
The author has done her research, and presented a very research, fictional story of what might have happened, and used the nanny as the main focus!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher St. Martin's Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

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