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Review: Nannyland by Jane Elizabeth Hughes

Blurb from Goodreads:
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!
My Review:
As soon as I started reading this, it felt like a Lifetime movie to me (in the best possible way)!  It was kind of a ridiculous scenario but I just rolled with it and ended up loving this one as I couldn't put it down.  Jordy flees New York in a panic after she learns her boyfriend and boss (he is AWFUL!) has made some illegal stock trades under her name.  She decides to write a wall street memoir and rents a cottage on the grounds of a large English estate in the Cotswolds.  When she arrives, she meets Lord Grey and his four truculent but sweet children who are attended to by a nanny during the week when is serving in the House of Lords down in London.  Of course, during her very week of hiding out in the English countryside, she learns how terrible the children's nanny is and is forced to step in until Lord Grey can make other arrangements.  You can imagine what happens next in that she falls in love with the children and Lord Grey! I loved all of the children with each of their personalities and how Jordy grows to love them and I have to say that Lord Grey himself was ridiculously swoon-worthy in a Darcy meets Downton Abbey sort of way.  This was a perfect summer read for me -- fun, funny and lovely.

I would recommend this to anyone wanting a fun, contemporary read for the summer, especially if you love Lifetime movies!  Nannyland was released last month on May 30, 2016, and you can purchase HERE.
Did I love him? I loved being with him; I loved his dry, quirky sense of humor and I loved making love with him.  I enjoyed his cool, sophisticated intellect, his wit, his self-possession.  I knew I could rely on him always, and I had entrusted him with all of my secrets.  What was this if not love?  


  1. This sounds like a perfect summer read- and definitely something I shall have to look into for my holiday.

  2. This looks like one I'd really enjoy. I've not seen this one before, but I'll be marking it to read. I really like the sound of it. :)

  3. This sounds great but I'm bummed it's not in book form :0( I'm a book person not an online reader. Maybe it will come to print someday.

  4. Aww this sounds like a really sweet read, Eva! I think I would totally swoon over Lord Grey and the kids remind me a bit of the kids in Sustained.
    Great review, Eva!

  5. I love that it is like a Lifetime movie (in the bets possible way)!! Sounds like such a perfect summer read. Great review!

  6. Sounds perfect for me! I am adding it to my list. Great review.

  7. HAHA! As soon as I saw the word: "Lifetime movie" in your review, I knew that was exactly how the book cover looked to me! It seems like it would be the cover of... a DVD, maybe? idk but yes, it sounds like there are so many different plots to this story to make sure you stay on your feet! <3

  8. I do love my contemporary. This is a maybe though. Not sure how much I'll like it.

  9. This sounds really cute. I'll have to see if my library has it.

  10. This is adorable and fun and will just brighten up your day to read I think!

  11. oh this one sounds so cute!!! I do enjoy the fun ones.

  12. This sounds like my kind of book, Eva! I've never heard of it so thanks for putting it on my radar. Wonderful review! :)

  13. I love your comparison of this to a Lifetime movie. :) This is one I'd probably skip (because kids being a focus or playing more than a super minor part in books are just not for me) but I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Sometimes light and fun is just what you need.

  14. Okay, I may need this book for a light read. I love that she can create a bond with the kids and then fall for Lord Grey! I'm adding this to my interested shelf for sure. Lovely review <3


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