Wisconsin, Summer 1840
Handsome, hardworking and wealthy eight-month-old widower Josh Ingalls knew why he couldn't seem to find and keep a decent nanny. The several previous nannies either had marriage in mind or they couldn't withstand his four rambunctious and unruly children. Three girls and a boy: Ginny-age eight, Cassie-age four, Hannah-age eight months and Drew-age somewhere in between.
Because of her distressed family's grave situation and dreadful scandal, tall, forthright and trouser wearing Annie Martin desperately needed the job of weeding Josh Ingalls garden. One day while doing this back-braking job in the hot sun, Annie suddenly felt a severe sting in her rear end. Seeing that the little hellion Drew shot her with a slingshot, Annie chased after the escaping children and caught up with them under a tree. What she didn't know is that she reprimanded the little devils within earshot of the foreboding Mr. Ingalls. Hearing the scolding, Josh approached Annie and the children and immediately demanded to know what the problem was and where in the hell their nanny was at! Josh knew he'd have to fire another nanny. Damn! Another nanny wouldn't work out! This is when Annie decided she wanted to apply for the recently vacated position.
Annie Martin never set out to become a nanny, but she needed the better paying position and by darn she was going to make the best of it! No matter what! And besides, if she could bring the Ingalls together and help make them a loving family, she knew it would all be worth it. What Annie didn't expect was to fall in love with this dysfunctional family but she knew there would never be a permanent place in their lives for her. There was just no way anyone could be expected to overlook her secret shameful scandal. Or could they?
THE NANNY is another delightful book by Judith Stacy! It's quick and easy to read. A winner!
THE NANNY is one in the Return to Tyler series. I was unable to locate a complete series listing, but THE NANNY appears to be a sequel to NIGHT HAWK'S BRIDE by Jillian Hart.