Cautious and conservative piano teacher Gail Winslow reads murder mysteries to liven up her life. When her hero, concert pianist Brad Shepherd, shows up on her doorstep, she is still under the influence of her latest midnight reading and thinks he is a stalker. She not only breaks his arm but–after much apology–enters into the musical adventure of a lifetime, helping him construct a series he has long dreamed of presenting on television.
Meanwhile, Brad struggles to defeat the nagging reminders of childhood taunts here in his hometown, as well as to quell the impossible idea of making Gail a part of his life permanently. She’s a quiet homebody; how can he thrust her into the glamorous but demanding life he lives?
Not until they are both forced to put their lives on the line to find a lost child does a solution present itself.
My review: I enjoyed this sweet story. I’m not very musically talented, but Shepherd’s Song made me want to write songs and play the piano. I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with whose perspective I was in because it went back and forth quite often, but overall the book kept me engaged and wanting to find out how Gail and Brad could overcome the obstacles keeping them apart.
My rating: 4 roses
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?
My Review: I just love Jen Turano’s books. I haven’t met one I didn’t like, and In Good Company joins the limited ranks on my keep-it-to-read-again-bookshelf. Once again, she has created a heroine in Millie who loves to have fun and enjoy life, but it gets her into trouble over and over. She doesn’t mean to cause chaos, but she does. Nearly everywhere she goes. I especially loved the tennis scene, but you’ll have to read the book to learn about it because I dislike spoilers, so I won’t write one. Three rambunctious children, one fun-loving nanny, a handsome guardian, a prissy almost fiance, and a flock of peacocks (another non-spoiler hint) make In Good Company a riot to read.
My Rating: 5 roses (more if I could get away with it)
I received these books from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.