24 July 2015

In Good Company by Jen Turano

After spending her childhood in an orphanage, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm tend to bring about situations that have employers looking askance at her methods. After her most recent dismissal, Millie is forced to return yet again to an employment agency.

Everett Mulberry has suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself responsible for three children he’s never met. Attempting fatherhood while also pacifying the less-than-thrilled socialite he intends to marry is made even more complicated when the children 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. Everett is wary of Millie’s penchant for disaster, and she’s not entirely keen on another snobby, grumpy employer, but they’re both out of options. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges and tries to stay one step ahead of them, Everett is more focused on achieving the coveted status of society’s upper echelons. As he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the children’s parents’ death, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

My first experience reading one of Jen Turano’s novels (but certainly not my last), In Good Company had me laughing out loud more than any other book I’ve read recently. Wandering with the main characters, quirky, unconventional Millie Longfellow and serious, driven Everett Mulberry, through the scenarios they both create and encounter, as well as hearing their witty exchanges of dialogue, makes for a reading experience I enjoyed immensely. This fun and funny book involving great character development is one I would easily recommend to fans for historical romance - it won’t disappoint its readers and leave them eager for more of Turano’s writing.

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of In Good Company and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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