16 June 2015

Jen Turano's In Good Company -- Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


In Good Company by Jen Turano
A RICH & FROTHY MULTI-LAYERED READ
Jen Turano has turned out another wonderful novel! Loved this story.
Five Stars *****


Three orphaned children from Boston are left with their father's best friend, Everett Mulberry, as caretaker--except he's doing a lousy job. And he needs a nanny badly. Meanwhile, Millie Longfellow, a young woman orphaned as an infant herself is kicked out of yet another job caretaking children. She seems to invite mishaps and has a most unusual approach to child management which in her case should be entitled "Child Imaginement!" Millie is certainly creative!

Everett has a nice story arc as he begins as a rather self-absorbed wealthy young man engaged to a woman the reader will love to hate! Caroline is one of the shallowest and most devious characters I've come across in a while and yet poor Everett doesn't see it And even his choice of friends, including one of his closest "friends", reveals Everett's poor judgement. Thankfully he is surrounded by people who are looking our for his best. Over the course of the story, Everett's eyes are opened and he grows as a man and in his faith.

Yachts in a Massachusetts harbor
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Meanwhile Millie's "aunt" is trying to make a lady out of her and have her dress the part--especially when Everett' fiance insists they must "do" the season at the ocean. Off they trek, with the children (whom Caroline would prefer were immediately shipped off to a boarding school). The "cottage" is more of a mansion.

The bereaved children, who've really not had a chance to properly grieve, are still looking for their parents to return on their yacht, which has gone missing from Boston harbor. There is a suspenseful back story that comes to the forefront at the end of the book, with some very exciting twists!


Populated by an entire cast of endearing characters, you'll enjoy them all end wish you could stay in their story world to know them better! Thankfully we should get to spend more time with Millie's best friend, Lucetta, an actress with secrets, in the next book--at least if the Reverend has his way (see the epilogue!)

Disclosure: I read this book on NetGalley and am under no compunction to post a positive review.

Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of In Good Company by the amazing Jen Turano this week. Comment on each blog post this week to enter!

44 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this delightful review, CARRIE! Thank you for sharing about what sounds like a marvelous book!

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  2. I also enjoyed the review - different perspectives from the assorted reviewers! I'm ready to love to hate some characters.

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  3. I'm not surprised that you enjoyed this book, Carrie. Sounds like it has a little bit of everything in it. Ü
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You are right, Cindi, there is something in here for everyone!

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  4. I enjoyed your review and am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway, too! danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

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    1. Lynda, TY and you are welcome. Bethany House sent us one copy and we are giving away the other!

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  5. Thanks for the great review, Carrie. This book sounds like one I would love to read - perhaps might not even be able to put it down until I finished it...lol Would love to win.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, Betti, but I think it is best read in a savoring manner! Best wishes!

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  6. What another great review on Jen's book "In good Company"! I really enjoyed your take on it Carrie :-) I want to read it even more with each post I see! Sounds like a book that would be hard to put down once you start it!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. TY, Trixi! I do have my own perspective lol! Yes, a great read!

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  7. Trixi echoed my thoughts - each delightful post makes me yearn to read it even more. Thanks for your wonderful review, Carrie - love your description: a rich and frothy multi-layered read.!! Love the characters and trust me - I learned that it takes much imagination to be a successful nanny (just as it does with the rearing of our own children), each child has his own personality.

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    1. Bonnie, that was fun writing that description haha but that is what it made me think of - rich, frothy, multi-layered!!! Hugs!

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  8. I am enjoying reading these fabulous reviews of IN GOOD COMPANY. I do love a book with a good twist. I am looking forward to reading this one.

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  9. The more I read about this book the more I want to read it! :D

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  10. Thank you Miss Carrie for a great review. Jen has a winner in her hands! Great job, Jen!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. TY, absolutely a great read! Yes, a winner!

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  11. This book sounds so good! I think this will be a great seller! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  12. Carrie it sounds like a wonderful book. I just love your reviews. I hope it does well in other reviews.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! Just love Jen's writing!

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    2. How do you feel about winning a copy, Tammy? Congrats!!!

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    3. Carrie I feel great. Thank you so much for giving away such great books.

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  13. Gosh, the more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it! Been looking forward to it for a while now.
    Thanks for offering this giveaway! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. you need to wake up Sleepy Bookworm and read it ;) Blessings!

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  14. I agree with Aerykah - the more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it. My TBR list is overflowing! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Pull this book out of the pile and get to reading it Loraine!!! Blessings!

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  15. What a wonderful review!!! It made me even more excited to read this book!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! This is a worthwhile read for sure!

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  16. Good review Carrie. You made this sound like a fun read. I would love to win it. Thanks for a chance. GOD bless all of you OWG ladies. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  17. Awesome review Carrie, I loved reading your thoughts! There was such a diverse range of brilliant characters in this book, and all added so much color to this story. It was one of those books that leave you really happy. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Noela! I love Jen's books because of that! Always end up feeling cheered up after I read one of her books!!!

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  18. Carrie, Thank you for the wonderful review. I love Jen's books always fun and inspiring characters !
    mcnuttjem0{at)gmail{dot}com

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  19. The children are "still looking for their parents to return on their yacht, which has gone missing from Boston harbor." That would be so difficult ~ a reminder of every gull sound heard, and every tiny bell rung, and the salt air. I would like to win Jen's new story! Always entertaining and to learn by. Thank you for this review. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House (enjoyed your photos :D) lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hey Half-Irish Kathleen, you would LOVE this book!!! TY!

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