Book Review: Nannyland by Jane Elizabeth Hughes 1

nannyland Nannyland

by Jane Elizabeth Hughes





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 Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


I’m not allowed to have Diet Coke. My grandmamma, the Countess of Stamford, says that soda rots your teeth and diet soda is only for the weak-minded.


There were several other women, clumped in small groups, mostly much lumpier than the svelte exercisers that I was used to.   In New York, only the thin and the emaciated were allowed into the elite aerobics classes.


The children introduced their mothers (and the one hapless father). When it was Henry’s turn, he stood up. ‘My mummy died when I was born. This is Jordy, who lives with us and takes care of us. Her daddy died when she was little. She says the F-word. She and my daddy yell at each other a lot.’ He sat down to amused glances from around the room. ‘Sounds like a proper marriage,’ one woman murmured behind me, and several laughed.


My Review:


A fish out of water story as Jordy, a New York investment banker, having fled New York before being indicted; finds herself hiding out in the English Cotswolds while renting a cottage on the grounds of a widowed English lord (Lord John the Icy) and his four unruly children. Jordy finds herself assuming the role of nanny by default, then finds herself assuming many more roles for the family while unwittingly unraveling over 500 years of the family’s history and quietly untangling many of the family’s issues. Her misadventures were cunningly amusing and highly entertaining. The writing was delightfully observant, humorous, and engaging – with considerable cleverness and wry humor in the narrative as well as within the subtext. The plot was smartly crafted and well-paced. I hope to enjoy this author’s work again and again.


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About The Author

I wrote my first “book” when I was seven. Lorena Lorenson, Student Nurse was possibly a bit derivative (I was deeply into Cherry Ames at the time), but I was hooked. I’ve been writing ever since, although I took a few detours along the way, working for the CIA, on Wall Street, and in academia before finally allowing myself to write full-time. I’m a native New Yorker, mother of four, and grandmother to three baby girls (boy #1 is on the way!). I’m an obsessive reader with two fully loaded Kindles and have published widely on international finance, but much prefer to write books that my friends and I would devour on the beach. My husband and I are ruled by two hideously spoiled Siamese cats, and divide our time between Brookline, MA and my true home place of Cape Cod.




One comment on “Book Review: Nannyland by Jane Elizabeth Hughes

  1. Reply Caroline Oct 11,2016 8:42 am

    This sounds perfect for me! The plot sounds a little like Beautician and the Beast (that old Fran Drescher movie), which I know is based on Beauty and the Beast, but this one seems a little less Beauty and the Beast. Anyway, adding to my TBR list!

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