‘Nannyland’ by Elizabeth Hughes

n jehSTORY: 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 s 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?

REVIEW: Bradgate Hall – Leicestershire

Jorden (Jordy) Greene, age 35, has just fled from New York to stay in England for awhile. She is responding to an ad for a cottage to let. She will be renting the gatekeeper’s cottage at Bradgate Hall which is reputed to be the childhood home of the legendary Lady Jane Grey. Currently, the home is owned by Lord John Grey, a member of Parliament. A widower, he has four children, Jane, age 14, Katherine, age 13, Mary, age 11, and one son, Henry, age 6. Their mother, Aline, died giving birth to Henry. Lord Grey has had a difficult time finding good nannies to care for his children during the week while he is working in London.

Jordy arrives at Bradgate Hall a nervous wreck. She is a very successful hedge fund manager in New York and has learned that her boss has used her account and her name to make some fraudulent buys and now she may be “thrown under the bus” and charged with indictments for something she did not do. Her plan is to escape for awhile and write a tell-all book about the business.

While working one day, Jordy notices little Henry unsupervised out by the lake. Rescuing him from possible drowning, Jordy takes him home only to find the Nanny having sex with some bloke. Taking matters into her own hands, she fires the Nanny and calls John in London. Until he can find another Nanny, Jordy agrees to fill in.

Trying to find a suitable Nanny proves difficult, so Jordy finds herself using her managerial skills to keep up with four children and their school and extra curricular schedules. She and John disagree on some ways of childcare but they learn to compromise. Being together eventually leads to an attraction that cannot be denied. When the children find them in bed together, they announce that they are getting married.

John’s mother is a Countess and very “proper.” Jody’s mother is a very successful and busy editor in the U.S. John’s sister, Pamela, wanted to take the children when Aline died, but John would have none of that. He loves his children and wants them to be with him. John’s mother and his sister try their best to put Jordy down, but she stands her ground.

An annual gala is planned to celebrate the life of Lady Jane Grey. However, Jordy and John’s daughter, Jane, have found some letters in the attic that are confirmed to have been written by Lady Jane Grey that may change history. Needless to say, John and his mother are furious that Jordy and Jane have gotten in the middle of this which could stir up their own history and ruin the gala.

In the meantime, what is the latest on the possible indictments against Jordy? Will she have to serve prison time for something she didn’t do?

This is a great novel. There is a lot about Lady Jane Grey which is interesting from a historical point of view. I enjoyed the humor and the head butting between John and Jordy and his family. Two very strong people.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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