Jemima is a famous model, but she doesn't particularly like the world of fashion. When her grandmother asks her to help out on the family farm Jemima is happy to move back to her hometown. She'd love to find a job as a teacher and has finished her training while working all over the world and earning plenty of money. It's time for Jemima to settle in the small town she loves so much and be accepted as one of the locals again, will she be able to make this dream come true?
Ned has taken over his father's farm, which is quite rundown, so he has to start at the beginning. Ned is a single father and has to take care of his three kids while also running his business. He needs help and Jemima comes back into his life at the perfect time. Jemima offers Ned her expertise, she'll be a nanny for his children and this will give Ned the time to get his farm back in shape. However, someone at the bank thinks Jemima is Ned's fiancée and therefore they're willing to give him a loan he won't otherwise receive. There's only one option for him to make things work and that is marrying Jemima. They will both get what they want this way, but being in a fake marriage brings a lot of complications. One of them is that there's an agreement not to fall in love, will they be able to pull it off?
His Outback Nanny is a heartwarming romantic story. I was immediately intrigued by Ned's family. He has adorable children and tries to take care of them as well as he can, but he can't run a household and a farm by himself. Jemima loves being there for others, so spending time with Ned and his kids is exactly what she's always dreamed of. However, they aren't her actual family and this proves to be difficult. Especially when sparks are constantly flying between her and Ned. I read their story in one sitting and finding out if they'd find their happily ever after kept me glued to the pages.
Annie Seaton has written a wonderful love story. I love small town romance and His Outback Nanny is definitely a good one. There's so much chemistry between Ned and Jemima, but their relationship is supposed to be strictly business, which makes incredibly entertaining reading. Annie Seaton combines this with a gorgeous setting, which mesmerized me straight away. I absolutely loved Her Outback Nanny, it's an amazing story about true love, attraction and family.
Jemima Smythe is home and ready to start a new career as a teacher, as long as she can find a job. However, for the time being, she's determined to get some experience with kids and what better way to do that than offer Ned McCormack help with his children. Jemima never imagined being Ned's wife would feel as good as it does, but when it comes time to walk away, it's not easy. Will Ned and Jemima give their marriage a real chance, or will they walk away from their chance to be completely happy?
Having really enjoyed the first two books of this series and getting to know a little about Jemima, I couldn't wait to dive into this book, and I've got to say that it's the best story yet. Not only because it encompasses the brother's best friend trope, but because the main and secondary characters were fantastic; the dialogue was a wonderful combination of intense moments and enthralling banter between the characters; and the storyline had me loving the obstacles these two had to overcome to be together. Will the pair be able to protect the kids from hurt when they go their separate ways, especially since the kids come to love Jemima so much? Will both be able to stick to the arrangement they've made without things getting too complicated? Will Ned be able to let go of his past to give a relationship with Jemima a real chance?
Both the main characters were relatable, likeable and I loved every interaction between them, as they begin to get to know each other again. I also liked the heroine's interactions with the hero's children, as she wins them over and it isn't easy for her to be able to walk away. Yet, the heroine is resilient, brave and I liked how hard she's worked to get to where she in her life. Really, she's done well for herself in her modelling career, but I liked how determined she was to become a teacher and hopefully prove she's more than just a pretty face. While the hero, I liked how determined he was to make things better for his children by making the move that he has in order to spend more time with them after losing their mother. I also liked that he takes Jemima up on her offer, even though it's not easy for him to take advantage of such fortune.
Overall, Ms. Seaton really impressed me with this book where the chemistry between this pair was intense; the romance on the sweet side, but definitely showed how right these two are for each other; and the ending had me so happy that the hero makes things right with the heroine because Ned needs Jemima to fully heal from his past. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely because of the heroine's surprise. I would recommend His Outback Nanny by Annie Seaton, if you enjoy the brother's best friend trope or books by authors Fleur McDonald, Nicki Edwards, Margaret Way and Rachael Johns.
If you have read the synopsis for this short novel I will just say I enjoyed this romance . It was all it promised to be. Short and sweet but it packed a lot of story in those words. It was up-to-date and although arranged marriages are not usual in our communities the reasons were understandable and logical. Annie Seaton always manages to include very interesting characters and draws them all into the mix. If you are looking for a quick read for the summer or your next flight, try this.