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?
Hahahaha. Peacocks, flour, children, and a thoroughly practical and fun Millie. Maybe practical isn't the best way to describe her, but I love how she explains her situations very straight forward:
"What about little Billy? I distinctly remember you telling me you almost drowned him."
"You're forgetting the story. It is true that I was a little misinformed about how children can learn to swim, but if you'll recall, after tossing little Billy into the water, I had second thoughts and jumped in after him. He proved that I wasn't completely off the mark, since he immediately paddled to shore - whereas I promptly sank."
Oh, it just makes me laugh. Add to that Millie's propensity to looking up words she doesn't know and mixing them up in daily conversation, it just makes for a fun awesome read.
This book has all the classic Jen Turano marks. Strong females, clueless males that become less clueless as time goes on, animals of some sort, and loads of humor. While this is book two, and we were introduced to both characters in the first book, I don't think you'd be completely lost if you just dove into this book. It will be more enjoyable, however, if you read the first one first.
All in all I can't wait for the third book to come out. If it's anything like this one, I'm definitely in for a good time.
Title: In Good Company
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: July 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.