Saturday, April 9, 2016

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

After depleting her fortune by unwittingly investing in a Ponzi scheme, reclusive author Mimi Banning must publish a new novel or lose everything, including her gated mansion in Hollywood. To help her complete her book, the publisher sends fan and assistant Alice Whitley to troubleshoot the eccentric’s life, including playing nanny for Mimi’s delightfully quirky nine-year-old son, Frank.

There are few rules in the free-wheeling Banning household, but one must be followed.  Never touch Frank without his permission, which Alice learns the hard way.

Mimi has a way of soothing her super-intelligent child, but when she disappears without a trace, Alice is forced to care for Frank, who dresses like a 30’s movie star and acts much older than his elementary school years.  How will Alice and Frank find Mimi?  Will Frank survive until they do?

The characters in this book will keep your interest, especially the engaging, delightful, frustrating Frank.  He will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

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