In Good Company by Jen Turano

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Millie Longfellow isn’t every mothers’ dream nanny. In fact, she’s been fired from every position she’s taken, and the employment agency is running out of families to place her with. Her one last chance lies with Everett Mulberry, whose three wards have chased off every other nanny in the district. Before Everett can enjoy his society summer in Newport, he must take a chance on hiring Millie, despite her reputation. Will Everett stomp on the hearts of Millie and his charges as he climbs the social ladder of Newport society? Or will he allow them to teach him what really matters in life?

In Good Company is the second in the “A Class of Their Own” series. As with all Turano’s books, In Good Company is set in the Gilded Age, that time when the rich (such as the Astors) were getting richer and the poor (most everyone else!) were living in places like the horribly overcrowded and disease-ridden tenements of the Five Points District. Turano takes both those segments of society and throws them together to see what happens.

While parts of the story are relatively predictable, Turano threw in enough of a mystery to keep you wanting to know what really happened to the parents of Elizabeth, Rose, and Thaddeus. The cheeky humor also helped to keep the story interesting. I’d like to have seen faith in God be more of a story point, but at least the characters did seem to have some growth in that area through the book. Overall, I’d say it was an enjoyable read, but I just can’t say that I really liked it.

I received a free copy of this book through the Bethany House blogger review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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