Nannyland by Jane Elizabeth Hughes
Overview by Publisher:
This delightful, romantic debut follows a sophisticated Manhattanite who trades her fast-paced Wall Street life for the English countryside, and unexpectedly becomes a nanny to the children of a widowed British lord. Who is as infuriating as he is intriguing…
Jordy Greene has it all—the high-powered job, the high-octane New York lifestyle, the powerful lover—until she’s suddenly forced to flee the city. Running to avoid false charges of illegal trading and a destructive relationship, Jordy escapes to England. There she finds refuge in a cottage on the estate of the icy Lord John Grey—a descendant of the Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey.
The four rambunctious Grey children are in desperate need of a nanny, and Jordy is in desperate need of a purpose—so they plunge into an investigation of the Tudor queen’s mysterious life and shocking death. Amid flying subpoenas, willful adolescents, outraged aristocrats, and an unexpected attraction to Lord Grey, Jordy struggles to regain control of her life. In the midst of the chaos, can she find the kind of happiness she’d never thought to have?
If The Sound of Music and The Wolf of Wall Street had a child, it would be the captivating Nannyland!
I was so intrigued by this book when I saw it posted on Netgalley, I knew that I just had to read it! I am so glad that I did! This book is witty, charming and laugh out loud fun!
Jordy has run away from a clusterf*ck in New York. Up and left her high powered job on Wall Street, ran away from the man abusing her and the possible criminal prosecutions coming after her. She runs to the Cotswolds in England – imagining a bucolic and peaceful existence to write a book about Wall Street investing.
But life never goes as planned. Without intention, Jordy gets sucked into the lives of the Greys. Descendants of Lady Jane Grey, the nine day queen, they live in Bradgate Castle and are members of the aristocracy. Lord John Grey is a widow with four children who can’t seem to keep a nanny. Jordy ends up helping out and goes from managing millions to four children. For someone who has never been around children, I’m sure you can imagine the results!
Jordy is a complex character. She has serious issues in her life and the uncomplicated future she was planning for herself becomes complicated quickly. She starts a friends with benefits arrangement with Lord John and is persuaded to continue on as nanny for the children.
I think we learn the most about Jordy through her interactions with the children. Her observations of them are from the point of view of someone who doesn’t have kids. She swears and makes mistakes, most of which are hilarious. She is seriously one of the worst drivers and her daily, no hourly, scrapes are great moments of brevity. She gets to know each of the children and works to find a way to make their indifferent life better.
Lady Jane Grey is the eldest child – a somber, sober child who vehemently dislikes being named after her famed relative. I think I adored this part of the plot the most. How Jordy worked so hard to find a connection with Jane and help her to establish who she was in this crazy life that was determined for her. While Jordy wasn’t perfect, her dedication to supporting and guiding Jane was so honest and sweet.
I have to say, that this book was not what I expected, but the tart and sassy Jordy made it such an adventure. From dealing with the crazy family obsessed with Lady Jane Grey to the antics of four children to managing a relationship with a Brit, this book was just flat out charming. I felt the frustrations that Jordy faced, I applauded her successes and wanted to take her for a drink when she was lonely.
While the romance isn’t front and centre in the book, John was a good man who was steadfast in his love for the children. The relationship between Jordy and John was complicated and not what I was anticipating, I wanted it to work because it felt like Jordy belonged.
I highly recommend picking up this book. It was fun and engaging and had me laughing out loud. I adored the English adventure that saved Jordy in the end!