The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks #bookreview #historicalfiction #booktwitter @macmillanusa


Mariah Fredericks’s The Lindbergh Nanny is powerful, propulsive novel about America’s most notorious kidnapping through the eyes of the woman who found herself at the heart of this deadly crime.

“A masterful blending of fact and fiction that is as compelling as it is entertaining.”—Nelson DeMille

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.


Betty Gow, a Scottish immigrant, has been hired to take care of little Charlie Lindbergh. Betty discovers the Lindberghs to be very distant from their child and their home. But, Betty steps into her role and falls quickly for little Charlie. When he disappears, she is the first suspect in the public eye.

I truly did not like Betty Gow at the beginning. She just did not seem like the ideal nanny the Lindbergh’s would pick. But, she did grow on me. And of course, I had to google her. She really had a hard time when Charlie was kidnapped.

This story started very strong. It sort of slowed down a bit in the middle. I felt it had too many everyday mundane details However, it really is captivating in many places because of the catastrophe and the mystery. Plus, I knew about the kidnapping but I really did not know a lot of the circumstances. So, I learned a great deal and that is a huge bonus!

Need a good book about a real life tragedy…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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