How far would you go to get someone's attention? Carlota is a precocious twelve-year-old who is fond of making elaborate inventions and devoted to her astonishingly beautiful yet mildly eccentric, French nanny, Mademoiselle.
Despite being courted by all the eligible bachelors in town, Mademoiselle never shows the tiniest jot of interest in the opposite sex until, on Christmas Day, Carlota's home-made decorations catch fire and the local fire brigade rush to the scene. Among the tall, athletic firefighters there is one short, balding man called Nick Kowalski with whom mademoiselle falls instantly and passionately in love.
She turns to Carlota for help- how can she ever contrive to meet him again and ignite his affections?
The answer lies in a box of matches...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099531647
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Review by lydiasbooks
Picked this up in my local library, mostly for the cover! It took good 50-100 pages before I got into the story, but after that I was hooked. It's really a fascinating glimpse into very different lives - those of a very beautiful French woman and the fiercely clever scientist child of a diplomat. The story is told in an interesting style - all from the viewpoint of the twelve-year-old child looking out at things. Would recommend this.