"A well written relationship drama"
In Long Island Realtor Hope Collins-Calder has enough
on her plate selling houses that she has no time to care
for her children, the oldest being only eight. She knows
she can obtain no help from her first husband, the father
of her older two kids because he lives in California and
even less assistance from her present spouse Eddie who
resides more in Manhattan especially during the week. She
hires nannies, but they seem to come and go rather quickly.
Eddie obtains the services of a forty-seven year
English spinster with limited experience at best. English
expatriate Annabel Quick accepts the job to flee her
nightmares of a failed love affair and the death of her
mother due to a fire. As Eddie and Hope have extra marital
affairs, Annabel begins taking reasonable care of her
charges and suitors soon appear. Will Eddie run off with
his assistant? Will Hope return to her first husband?
Will Annabel find happiness in America? Only one thing
seems certain, the English nanny and her three wards make a
happy family together.
DOWN BY THE WATER is a well written relationship drama
that works because Caroline Upcher never allows the story
line to turn into a soap opera or a cartoon style plot.
Instead, the author cleverly provides a full perspective on
the goings-on in the Calder-Collins household to include
that of the critical secondary players. This, in turn,
allows the audience to fully understand the desires and
worries that motivate the key cast members. Ms. Upcher
adroitly furnishes an intelligently graceful tale that will
make her a fan favorite.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 16, 2001