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Sophie is a 29 year old Czechoslovakian woman who comes to the United States hoping to build a new, better life. Very intelligent and well educated, speaking five different languages, Sophie used to work as a translator back in her homeland, but in America she finds it very difficult to get a comparable job and ends up working at a restaurant. She has to deal with rudeness, indifference, and cultural stereotypes, of which she is soon very tired despite her kind, patient nature.
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A friend helps Sophie to get a job as a housekeeper for the family of Alec Riley. Sophie is not very thrilled with the job, and she definitely does not plan to make housecleaning her life-long profession, but she decides to accept the offer and do her best.

Alec Riley, Sophie's new employer, is a widower still grieving over the loss of his wife who had died in a car accident. He has three teenage children, they are still suffering the loss of their mother as well. Alec seeks escape in work and closes up emotionally, somewhat withdrawing from the children. Sophie's gentle presence and loving heart gradually bring the family back together. There are no unexpected twists and turns in this simple but touching story. Sophie and Alec get to know each other better and fall in love.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   feelings growing up in a different culture    -   angst over past dead relative(s) In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Nanny

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   40's-50's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   nanny


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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