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?
In Good Company is the second book in Jen Turano’s A Class of Their Own series, second to After a Fashion. I read After a Fashion back in the summer and absolutely loved it, so I was absolutely dying to finally get my hands on Millie’s story. Jen is a wonderful author whose novels I always absolutely love, so I knew going in that this would be one of my favorite novels this quarter. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.
Millie Longfellow is one of my absolute favorite heroines of all time. She is such a sweet, hilarious, unique woman who gives this story such a great level of hilarity and intrigue, and makes it all the more heartwarming than it would have been otherwise. Her perky, always getting into a bit of mischief—on accident of course—personality is so sweet and cute, and the way she constantly looks up words in her little pocket dictionary in order to improve her vocabulary is one of my favorite things about her.
Everett Mulberry seems extremely stuck up at the beginning of this novel—and during all of his limited appearances in the previous installment—but in all actuality he is, at least on the inside, a sweet and caring man who really isn’t nearly as much of a snob as he seems. He does actually care for “the brats” as he calls them, and he doesn’t really hold the “lower classes” in such low esteem as the rest of the high society seems to do. At the same time, his dry humor and quick fists make him all the more interesting, and those are two of my most favorite things about him.
In Good Company is by far one of my favorite books of all time, which makes it extremely easy to award this wonderful story with all five bookshelves. Jen is by far one of my favorite authors; she has so much talent and is wonderful at writing the best historical romances with just the right amount of humor. I cannot imagine not ever reading this at least two more times, so I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, hysterical novel.
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Jen Turano and Bethany House Publishers.