Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: In Good Company by Jen Turano

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Title: In Good Company

Author: Jen Turano

Series: A Class of their Own #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


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?

**3.5 stars**

In Good Company by Jen Turano tells the story of a quirky, fun young lady named Millie Longfellow who is trying to secure a job as a nanny. Unfortunately, most ladies of society just don’t seem to understand her, and she finds herself dismissed time and again.
Everett Mulberry is a wealthy gentleman whose family name is quite respected among the upper class. Having just come into possession of three unruly orphans, he’s in need of a nanny. But Millie’s reputation proceeds her, and he refuses to consider her as an option.

After reading Jen Turano’s novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams, and quite loving it; I had high expectations for her novels. I was a bit disappointed when this book, all in all, didn’t make as high as a 4-star rating for me. Though it did have humor, action, and romance, it didn’t seem to have the amount or same quality of delightfulness that Gentleman of Her Dreams had.

That being said, I still enjoyed In Good Company. Millie was a fun and silly character. The children, though naughty at times, endeared themselves to you pretty quickly. They went on quite a journey. Lucetta and Abigail made things interesting! *grins* I loved some of the conversations that went on. The bat scene … hilarious! You’ll understand when you get there! I loved how Millie had such confidence and spunk among the “oh-so-much-better-than-you” rich ladies. Caroline was downright infuriating! The pastor lent a wonderful air to the story, though he wasn’t in it much. There was a sprinkle of mystery and suspense. A lovely, little faith theme or two.

So yes, enjoyable overall. Even though it wasn’t my favorite book ever (3.5 star rating), I still liked it, and look forward to reading more by Jen Turano!

I received a copy of In Good Company from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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