My Review for In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2) by Jen Turano

Millie consistently does her best and that’s what everyone should do. We can’t fix everything in the world ourselves, but we know Who can and we pray to Him. He is in control and evil won’t win because He’s already secured the victory.

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It’s great to read more about Millie because she is cool and smart. She’s a very likable character you would want as a friend. I enjoyed reading about her in the first book of the series #1 After a Fashion. I love that she likes learning new words and carries a dictionary around with her as often as she can. Like Harriet and Lucetta, she felt like a friend immediately. 🙂

Here is the plot description for In Good Company from Jen Turano’s website ~

After spending her childhood in an orphanage, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for her job tends to bring about situations that have employers looking askance at her methods. After her most recent dismissal, Millie is forced to return yet again to an employment agency.

Everett Mulberry has suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself responsible for three children he barely knows. Attempting fatherhood while also pacifying the less-than-thrilled socialite he intends to marry is made even more complicated when the children 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. Everett is wary of Millie’s penchant for disaster, and she’s not entirely keen on another snobby, grumpy employer, but they’re both out of options. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges and tries to stay one step ahead of them, Everett is more focused on achieving the coveted status of society’s upper echelons. As he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the children’s parents’ death, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

This book has a lot of humor and an intriguing mystery. Jen Turano has a fun style of writing that makes you keep reading. I really love her tongue-in-cheek (cheeky) attitude of mocking the snobbiness of society. Very good. If I may use one of Millie’s words, the attitudes of snobs are excreable.

It is honorable to work and provide items and services that are good. It is dishonorable and disgusting to have such a lack of character, such as slum overseers, who make money off of the pain and hurt of others.

One of the people Millie has to deal with is Caroline, who’s so rude and obnoxious, which made for a well-written antagonist. I feel bad for people like Caroline and they are definitely out there. They aren’t happy people. The Creator can help them become good, happy individuals, if they want to be.

To look down on someone because they have less money, or “new money” is disgusting and very laughable. A Class of Their Own series shows that very well.

I can’t understand why there are those who are greedy, pompous, cruel and seemingly void of basic decency or kindness with compassion. Making money at the expense of others, not only not helping but either adding to the suffering or being a direct cause is incomprehensible as well as deplorable (Millie would be proud of the use of those big words 😉 😀 ). It’s incredible they think they’re superior when they’ve done such despicable things to their fellow human beings. Everyone is created by the Creator.

I don’t begrudge a person money or making a lot of money as long as it isn’t received through evil means, which can vary from some factories, flat-out theft, mines, to slum holdings, which are all sadly still found today, not only in America, but Europe, and other places in the world. Such as Africa where children have to forage on mountains of actual, dangerous trash. This is wrong and I pray that it’s corrected and cruelness abolished. Real issues like poverty and such horrendous living conditions make me have little tolerance for wimpy attitudes and whining from well-to-do people who should shut up. If someone isn’t going to help at least let them not add to the misery.

Rachmonis is a concept from the Creator taught, and shown as well, by my parents since I was little. It is compassion and done in a way that is inoffensive to the recipient to protect their sense of self.

Millie consistently does her best and that’s what everyone should do. We can’t fix everything in the world ourselves, but we know Who can and we pray to Him. He is in control and evil won’t win because He’s already secured the victory. We aren’t responsible for what others do, but we are responsible for our actions, whether actively helping or at least not doing anything that will cause hurt to someone.

I finally started liking Everett around halfway into the book. I had picked up on his snobbiness in the first book when introduced to him. It’s admirable that Jen Turano and her main female characters can turn unlikable people into decent humans. Bravo for seeing the good hidden from sight.

In Good Company by Jen TuranoIn Good Company has fun humor, interesting situations, and a serious mystery, all with a good flow, providing a very enjoyable read. It also shares  with you more book characters you care about.

It’s important that you have friends who are truly friends – that’s exemplified in this story very well.

Shame that Everett blamed God for what was actually situations brought about by people’s own choices and free will decisions. That’s why it was odd, as Everett put it.

Most of the dialogue by the main good characters was entertaining except for a few instances of rather rude remarks, but I know some were tongue in cheek and brought on by irritation rather than actual animosity or meanness.

I’m looking forward to reading Jen Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series. 🙂 I expect more stories with romance, humor, and mystery. It’s wonderful having good books waiting for you.

Todah rabah (thank you so much) for the fun stories, Jen Turano! 🙂 ❤

Chaya חיה

My Review for After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1) by Jen Turano

This is my first Jen Turano novel I’ve read. She can truly write an entertaining story and make a number of very good points. I love the tongue-in-cheek humor and the clever wit that takes aim at the ridiculous, pompous attitude of the snobby element of society to hit right on target to show how wrong such mindsets are. Things like “socially acceptable birth” and “social station” etc. don’t have anything to do with whether or not a person is important and likable. People should treat others like they want to be treated. That’s in the Bible.

Here’s the synopsis from the author, Jen Turano’s, website ~

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when the lady he brought to town to assist him with entertaining his potential business partner reneges on their agreement. When this unreliable, and slightly deranged, lady causes the hapless Harriet to lose her job, Oliver tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

After a Fashion by Jen TuranoI think Harriet Peabody is a wonderful character whom I immediately was cheering for and would want to be friends with. I love her smart, wise feistiness. She is definitely one of the best admirable female book characters I’ve read. Her two roomies, Millie and Lucetta, are also likable and have good characters – and are very unique individuals. I like also that they all care and are compassionate, as are Timothy the driver, the preacher and Abigail Hart and Oliver’s grandfather.

It really is extremely silly the way some people put so much stock into standings and social classes and it really means nothing. Harriet being a “hat girl” as the snobs in the book kept saying, just means that she makes hats. A milliner. I just don’t understand how dumb “society” can be. Someone who actually has talent and uses it successfully benefitting people, including snobs, gets looked down on. I guess the snobs in society are jealous. That Birmingham family was really an awful bunch of snobs. I wanted to get away from them! Poor Harriet and she’d been through so much already. And on her birthday when she should have been having fun.

This novel was a little different for me, because usually, in the books I enjoy reading, the main male character is a favorite right away. Not the case here. Oliver took quite a while to turn into a person good enough for Harriet. I try to find the best in people, and it was difficult to find things to like about Oliver’s character for a while since he was clearly a snob and and had a lot to learn. His unethical business practices were his responsibility and it definitely hurt people. I applaud Harriet (and Jen Turano) for keeping with it and not giving up on Oliver. To give him credit he finally did learn and became a good character who cared about others. Compassion is very important.

One of my favorite scenes is when Harriet is introducing Oliver to some of her friends who are street vendors. Some very funny parts there and Oliver eventually learned. One thing that did show promise about Oliver is that when he first met Harriet he realized that not only was she lovely, but also intelligent and not hysterical.

The mystery is intriguing and enjoyable to figure out by the clues cleverly hidden throughout the story. I wasn’t too sure I liked the twist about Harriet’s identity toward the end of the book, but since that wasn’t why Oliver liked her then I figured that was why Jen Turano wrote that.

I’m a Jen Turano fan after reading this book and want to read more of her writing. I’m glad I have Book #2, In Good Company, about Millie, and Book #3, Lucetta’s story, Playing the Part! Reviews for them coming soon! 🙂 ****

Chaya חיה