In Good Company
A Class of Their Own #2
By Jen Turano
Millie Longfellow has a string of disappointments in her life - she just can't seem to hold a position for very long. Her latest job fiasco finds her yet again on the steps of the employment agency in want of another job. Millie has run through ever available place of employment but one - Everett Mulberry again finds himself in need of a nanny.
Having been named guardian of three children, who have scared off every nanny within mere hours of meeting them, Everett is desperate to find someone. He's willing to hire anyone, except Millie. But the employment agency is adamant its Millie or nobody.
Everett's attitude convinces Millie she could never work for such a man. But when she meets Elizabeth, Thaddeus, and Rose Millie changes her mind - for these three hurting and misunderstood children she would become a nanny in Everett Mulberry's home.
Millie's management of the children is soon at odds with Everett's expectations and her suggestions of his spending time with his wards at odds with societal norms. But Millie has little use for the expectations of society and is determined that healing these children should be her first duty.
But when Abigail Hunt is your champion and self-proclaimed chaperon match-making mischief is on the horizon. And Millie is next on Abigail's match-making list after getting Harriet Peabody and Oliver Addleshaw matched. Newport may never recover after be subjected to the ideas of Millie Longfellow and Abigail Hunt for the summer. Ideas about society and class are about to be dealt a shocking blow.
Harriet and Oliver are not in this book but Lucetta Plum and Reverend Gilmore are so those who read After a Fashion can enjoy mote from these two. Lucetta's a voice of reason as Millie experiences ups-and-downs in her relationship with Everett both as the nanny and as a friend. Can Millie and Everett discover what is truly in their hearts or will the demands of society and snobbery rule the day? Does wealth and social standing take precedence over personal character when determining the company one keeps? This is the heart of the story.
I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
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?