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In Good Company by Jen Turano

In Good Company (edition 2015)

by Jen Turano (Author)

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"In 1880s East Coast society, Millie and Everett are determined to prove themselves as a nanny and a society gentleman, respectively. They both have one last chance, each other"--

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In Good Company by Jen Turano is one of the best Christian Romances I have read in awhile. I laughed and cried and fell in love with Millie the Nanny and the kids. This was such a fun, wonderful emotional story of love, faith, and growth into a better person. I can not say enough about how good this book was.

Millie is a Nanny that has a way of getting into mischief because she loves and enjoys the children she is caring for. Against the high society standards she let's the children be just that children having fun which is not acceptable. Everett has just become guardian to three mischievous and unhappy children when their parents died and as a last resort and out of desperation he hires Millie to be their Nanny. The children have met their match in Millie and so has Everett.

If you are a fan of a fun historical romance that includes a little bit of mystery and that draws you into the roller coaster ride of emotions then you will love this book as much as I do.

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I received this book from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing for my honest opinion and review.

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  debf56 | Jan 19, 2016 |
This book is incredibly cute. It only took me a few minutes to love Millie Longfellow's character. She is spunky and a magnet for trouble. She has a natural curiosity about life and the world around her that rubs off on the children in her care. She is a nanny who loves children. She guides them in unconventional ways for the time period. Unfortunately, this gets her into trouble. She tries to use new words, sometimes she gets it right. I enjoyed the many times she misused words.

Millie has a problem, she is attracted to her employer. His station is far above hers and that creates a problem. It is not sociably acceptable for a man with means to have a relationship with a woman who is an orphan and works for a living. Everett also comes with a relationship. He has been courting a socialite for an extended period of time.

It appears throughout the story that the book may not have a happy ending. There are many factors that work against the couple (good people, bad people, and misinformed people).

The children were some of my favorite characters. Who doesn't love a little boy struggling through and identity crisis and wears frocks? Millie relates to the children who are orphans. They have been uprooted from their home and life to live with Everett, an emotionally distant guardian. Millie's goal is to give the children love and acceptance.

The banter in this book is delightful. It's nice to have a woman with a backbone as the main character. Millie doesn't let anyone get the better of her. Many references are made to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the banter uses the classic as a model.

The book has references to religion, but it is not the major theme of the book. The characters have a belief in God and live their lives accordingly. The book has some kissing and a minimal amount of violence. ( )
  Bookworm_Lisa | Oct 20, 2015 |
What would happen if Pride & Prejudice (without all the eloping) met The Sound of Music (without all the songs)? Throw in the hilariously entertaining writing style of Jen Turano, and you have a book that will from now on sit firmly at the top of my favorites list!

I adore Millie. She’s totally without guile, she’s sweet and spunky, and to top it all off… she’s a bookworm! Even if I hadn’t already loved her (which I did), she would have won me over with her description of what she had packed in her essentials bag: a few of her fave dictionaries, a thesaurus, her Bible, several of Shakespeare’s works, and two books by Jane Austen. Then she got around to shoving in some clothes. And bless her heart, she still hasn’t quite mastered her words yet. I laughed out loud once when Everett told her to spend some more time in the D’s since those words seemed to be giving her the most trouble that day.

The rest of the characters are just as lively! Our returning characters from After A Fashion get more page time – Everett (dreamy sigh), Mrs. Hart, Reverend Gilmore, Lucetta Plum, and sadly Caroline Dixon (who’s even…peachier… than she was in the first book, let me tell you). The children (and their various animals and antics – the peacocks!!!!) very often steal the show, however. I thought Jen Turano did a fantastic job of writing the three kids – depicting their sibling loyalty and aggravation as well as the deeper reasons behind their behaviors. She also did a fantastic job of writing the truly annoying (and then some) Caroline Dixon. I cringed every time she appeared on the page and sorta read with one eye closed during her scenes, almost as though my subconscious knew already it would be wincing and wanted to get a jump start on the expression. I also have to say that Reverend Gilmore and Abigail Hart are just becoming dearer and dearer to me as the series progresses.

This is truly zany mischief at its best, and there were very few scenes where I was not at least grinning and at most giggling out loud! (Those less humorous scenes were usually monopolized by Caroline the cantankerous, though some of her scenes had their moments too.) From little quirks to out-and-out hilarity, this book will bring joy into your life for sure!

But beyond the humor, there is also an underlying current of “sweet” that swims throughout the story. Warm affection toward children who have lost everything will tug at your heart, and watching the little family adapt to each other will make you want to go give out some hugs of your own. (Just make sure you actually know the children you are hugging. That could prove problematic otherwise.)

Bottom Line: In Good Company is a fun, sweet, breathless (from both laughter and swooning) romance with just the right amounts of suspense & villainy & faith thrown into the plot. You will giggle, cry, get angry, and cheer as these endearing characters parade through the Newport social scene with their own sense of class and style. If you love historical fiction and you have a soft spot for Mr. Darcy, don’t miss this book!

(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House as well as Netgalley in exchange for only my honest review.)

Read my full review here: https://readingismysuperpower.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/review-in-good-company-je... ( )
  MeezCarrie | Aug 31, 2015 |
Some of you may have had the pleasure of reading books to your children when they were young. A family favorite of ours were Amelia Bedelia books. She was a scatter-brained individual who took verbal and written instructions way too literally. The results were often hilarious. When I began reading "In Good Company" by Jen Turano, the main character, Millie Longfellow, reminded me of Amelia Bedelia. Not that she understood situations too literally, but her capacity to talk them to death is what brings levity and humor to the story. If you enjoy a light-hearted historical romance, you will enjoy this book.

Millie Longfellow is an orphan who's had to earn her living from the age of 12. You may call her life dreary and tedious, but she would disagree with you. Though tough times could have made her bitter, she is surprisingly optimistic and upbeat. She has carved out a satisfying life for herself, with a big heart and a great love for children. It wouldn't surprise you to discover she has become a nanny. Unfortunately, her verbosity has lead to a dismal employment history; instead of talking her way out of misunderstandings, she seems to talk her way into them while high society patrons lose patience with her without listening to her lengthy explanations. Her last rabbit trail ended in unemployment as the story opens. The owner of the agency Millie worked with has nearly given up on her until Mr. Everett Mulberry at the agency office in search of a nanny.

Mr. Mulberry, a product of society's snobbish elite, is a proper bachelor living in New York. A few months prior, a close friend of his died in a tragic accident. Everett was appointed guardian of the three young children: Thaddeus and Rosetta--5-year-old twins, and their older sister Elizabeth. He promptly brought them home to his country estate. Grieving, angry and lost, the three youngsters have run off every nanny Everett has hired in the past three months. The employment agency owner is frustrated with him and nearly ready to give up on him when Millie returns to the agency's office. Everett has met Millie before and refused to hire her, but the owner closed the deal so quickly he had no time to decline again. He was stuck with the infamous nanny.

This situation is complicated by Millie's unorthodox ways of handling the mischievous children, Everett's unofficial fiance who is determined to gain a position of social prominence and wealth by marrying Mr. Mulberry, the plotting of a Mrs. Abigail Hart, a society matron who has decided to sponsor a few disadvantaged young girls, including Millie and her friend Lucetta Plum, Everett's interfering mother, a number of disapproving and judgmental socialites, and the mystery surrounding the death of the children's parents. The story is fast-paced, full of surprises and humor. It's a delightful read.

My favorite part of the tale occurs when Millie bests the children at their own pranking, with the assistance of the household staff. The situation is funny enough on its own, but becomes interesting with the addition of an irritated flock of peacocks, the unexpected arrival of Everett's parents traveling abroad, and unfortunately Caroline Dixon, the enraged and jealous fiance. How Millie settles the turmoil, the children and the complications is what makes this book such an enjoyable experience.

There are other factors I loved about this book. For example, there is the running undercurrent of a brewing romance which has a happy conclusion. There are the comic ways Millie uses to win over the children's hearts. I enjoyed the bumbling, scheming efforts of Abigail Hart to help along the growing romance. Millie's friendship with Lucetta is an excellent break in the hilarity, used by the author to ground the story when it needed some moments of quiet. Even Everett undergoes some much needed character growth, especially in his relationship with his wards. I highly recommend this book for a quick light read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  Beverlylynnt | Aug 18, 2015 |
I was so excited to get this book. I just loved the first one. This one did not disappoint. I didn't find it quite as funny as the first one, but a delightful read non-the-less. This book takes us deeper into the lives of some of the characters in the first book. Mainly Millie and Everett. Though you know the outcome going into the book, it is so well written, that it does not matter at all. The joy in in the journey, not the destination so to speak. She has also thrown in a bit of intrigue and I will leave that for you to find on your own. That's part of the fun of reading. I am now excitedly waiting for the next story. The characters were well developed. Though a couple of editing mishaps, nothing that was irritating. I highly recommend this book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  grammy57 | Aug 4, 2015 |
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