After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren’t always well-received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position.
Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare.
At wit’s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance–with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children’s parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?
Read on for my thoughts of In Good Company and for an excerpt from the book.
I always love getting my hands on a new Jen Turano novel. She takes one of my favorite historical eras and puts a unique spin on it. The usual result is a plot that’s part drama and part humor with some delightful characters. In Good Company is no exception. In the Turano universe, calling someone Mr. or Miss is either a form of politeness to an acquaintance or a signal to a friend that you’re mad at them. The women might wear hats and long skirts, but they don’t always conform to society’s expectations. The men alternate between being knights in shining armor and being totally oblivious to affairs of the heart. This is a life not just of jolly japes but also of deadly drama.
Miss Millie Longfellow defies her employers’ expectations. A society mother would prefer their offspring to be out of sight but also always available to be paraded in front of friends when the occasion requires. Millie encourages her charges to be imaginative, which often means the children neither stay clean nor in the nursery. But, as Everett is to learn, Millie is a perceptive woman who understands her charges. It doesn’t take long for her to figure out why these three new children act the way they do. She’s also smart enough to beat them at their own games, making them think twice about their mischief. Everett soon has to choose between his new family and the high society who don’t care for his nanny’s methods. Will he make the right decision?
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of In Good Company, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 07 July 2015
Page Count: 352