Kevin Wilson writes a modern almost fairy tale complete with fire children, a nanny with no experience, deadpan humour and wit and some surprising tugging at your heart.
Lillian and Madison were as different as two girls could be. Lillian grew up with an inattentive single mother, and worked incredibly hard to become a scholarship student at the nearby prestigious high school. Madison was the daughter of a business mogul, a girl who had never wanted for anything in her life. They were unlikely roommates at this elite boarding school, but became inseparable friends until a scandal rocked their friendship, expelling Lillian from the school and they have barely spoken since – an occasional letter to each other. But now Madison needs help, and she is begging Lillian to be the one to help her.
Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their carer. Lillian has no training on how to be a nanny, so is perplexed by the request. However, there’s one small catch: the twins spontaneously burst into fire when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth. The doctors don’t know why this happens; it just does!
Lillian knows this opportunity will be better than her dead-end life back home, so she accepts. Over the course of the summer, the twins and Lillian all need to learn to trust each other, while keeping their cool, both physically and emotionally. What they all learn this summer will change their lives forever.
Nothing to See Here is one of the most unique and captivating stories I have ever read. It is charmingly addictive – I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished and found out what happened to Lillian and the children. It is also a surprisingly beautiful story of love. As Lillian and the children grow closer throughout the book, the love and care they have for each other grows more evident. It is a beautiful testament to those people we love who may not be family but who we consider to be family.
Kevin Wilson has done an amazing job describing our quirky, chaotic world. Nothing to See Here throws some of our longest held beliefs and ideals up into the air as we consider what it means to parent, to be a family and just how important love can be. While working through these deeper topics, they are all treated with Wilson’s light-handed touch, making the book an easy but meaningful read. You’ll just love this wonderful book.