Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review - In Good Company by Jen Turano

About the Book

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?

Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House.  Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013. Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA.  Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees.  Read more @
My Thoughts

In Good Company: A Class of Their Own, Book Two is an entertaining comedy that had me loving some characters and wanting to bonk others over the head. But then that’s how Turano writes, and it’s brilliant!

Millie is one of my favorite characters so far. She’s cheeky and absolutely adores children even though she is hopeless as a nanny—or so it seems. Another thing Millie does that settled her as one of my favorite characters is carry around a dictionary. She gets words confused so she likes to look them up to be sure she says the right word before she opens her mouth. Millie’s not always successful at this but she is desperately trying to educate herself on her own and that is highly commendable to this former home educator.

Everett…well, he’s one I would have taken to bonking over the head. He seems intent on making the worst mistake of his life and just can’t see it. The ensuing mishaps with Millie only affirm and strengthen his idea that he needs an acceptable society wife and she just doesn’t fit that description.

With a cast of familiar characters, stepping into the pages of this story is like slipping on your most comfortable pair of shoes; they just fit! It also has a puzzling mystery to be solved, which makes In Good Company one of my favorite reads this year. I’m anxiously awaiting Lucetta’s story in Playing the Part (March 2016).

I highly recommend this series to any fan of historical Christian fiction who enjoys a story with elements of mystery, romance and faith!

My appreciation to Bethany House for sending me a copy to review. I wasn’t required to write a positive review, only my opinion of the book. No compensation has been received.

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  1. I have read this, but have to say that I found Millie a bit sillie.(!)

    1. There were some silly moments but to me that's part of the fun in reading a Turano book. I see Millie as a free spirit and a bit cheeky like Mary Poppins-- who happens to be my favorite 'nanny' character of all time. I'm just glad there are plenty of good books we can choose from, and some days I just need something on the funnier side of life. Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Barbara. It's always good to talk with you about books!

  2. Sounds like a fun and fabulous book, my friend :) I always LOVE your book reviews. Hugs and blessings!


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