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(Only in Gooding #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,795 ratings  ·  130 reviews
When Millicent Fairweather boards the Opportunity to journey to America, she's confident a better life awaits. Before she knows it, she's taken out of steerage to be a nanny to a delightful little boy who quickly wins her heart. Widower Daniel Clark isn't sure about the pretty bundle of energy who takes the nanny position, but he figures the voyage is only one week.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun book. Great story line, characters and plot. It was clean and interesting and funny in places, heartbreaking in others. Uplifting and feel good read.
Rachel M.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is my least favorite book that I have read by this author. I feel like it is not written as well as some of her other books. The plot idea is good but could have been executed better. In the story, a widower named Daniel marries a nanny for the good of others; the story talks about their new life together in Gooding, Texas. As I read the story, I really didn't care for Daniel at all-he was just plain annoying and seemed so uncaring. Although I know that during this time period men had certa ...more
Amanda Tero
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As book three in the “Only in Gooding” series, I’ve enjoyed a bit of variety with the different novels. This one began overseas and the bulk of it was set onboard. I found the theme of children adorable and loved the characters who love children.

Once again, Hake threaded a strong Christian thread in the novel. The characters are real and they struggle, but they come to Biblical conclusions and seek godly counsel.

It didn’t seem like the romance thread was super strong in this one. While both char
Mar 17, 2019 added it
I would firstly like to say that I don’t ever usually leave negative reviews just for the sake of it, but with this book I genuinely want to warn others thinking of reading it. I have read several other novels by this author which I really enjoyed, but I was taken aback by this book in comparison to the others I have read. Daniel starts off as a man who likes to have his way, but overall is a kind man. By the end of the book he was a controlling tyrant and I could barely tolerate finishing the b ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Maybe the problem was that I read it as an ebook but, despite an interesting plot, the flow of the story was exceedingly disjointed and choppy. I kept rereading parts thinking I had skipped a paragraph. There was no spacing between paragraphs that skipped to new settings and characters. It felt like whole sections of the book had been cut out, dropping you in the middle of one scene after another. That's alright as a plot device once in a while, but not over and over again. A very frustrating re ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read the first two books in the series, but I think this novel can stand well on it's own. Starting at the beginning would help with history of some characters and you really don't want to miss out on them, so I recommend reading them all.

This was a delightful story. It included humor, serious moments and some great characters. I especially enjoyed the closeness of the families and the town of Gooding.

There are some instances in this book that I'd love to talk about but that would mean addi
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
This book like her others was an enjoyable read. The last half of the books brings in characters from some of her other books which was nice. The reason I gave this a 3 (if I could it would be a 3.5) is that I didn't care for the end of the book. I felt like it was really rushed and some parts didn't seem to flow as well as they could have if more detail and time were given. Either they edited out a chapter or two to shorten the book or the author felt rushed to finish is all I can think of. It ...more
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can always count on Cathy Marie Hake to write a truly enjoyable book. When life is stressful, it's like having a breath of fresh air!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like Daniel, he was so controlling and could be a real jerk. The rest of the book was good and cute, but Daniel just ruined the book for me.
Ellen White
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
London 1892 Millicent was surprised that Mr Eberhardt was sending his two daughters ages six and eight to a woman academy. They leave at five, and her services are no longer needed. Isabelle with her husband Frank and Millicent are on a ship the Opportunity making the week’s trip.
Arthur traveling with his young son, who was 1 1/2 years and a nanny that left before sailing. Trying to find someone to be suitable for the week. Millicent definitely had the experience, but she was young, pretty and u
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Many authors can make the reading of inconsequential events interesting with humorous touches, and Hake does so with a few passages, such as the young children sliding down the stairs early in the book. However, there are too many accounts of mundane matters, such as the process of cleaning a store hit by a dust storm, that lack this clever treatment. Nor could I bring myself to share the characters’ inordinate worry over such commonplace concerns as whether a ship's engines starting would wake ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Eh.....some of this I really liked. The romance was cute, the characters were fun. But it lacked....I don't. depth? It felt like pages and scenes and dialogue were missing. And then all the sudden, it was Annie's story for a few POVs? To me, that's a big no-no. Only give POVs to people that were introduced in the beginning. Please don't head-hop.

And Daniel had a few moments of being...not great. Obviously, people are flawed and I like that. But for heaven's sakes, dude. CHANGE. Clearly you're n
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story! In the first half of the book, Millicent and Daniel have a very professional working relationship. They have real problems arise and handle them calmly, working through them together. Then the twist, tragedy strikes, and Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience to help both of them. With their relationship on a different level, they have to learn to work together in a whole new way.... but I like the way it all turned out!! This was a wonderful story!!
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Margaret Hardie
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I would almost give this a four star . . . but I am being picky.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love! Love! Love!
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Milicent Fairweather and her sister, Isabelle whether tons of hardship in this tale but the overcoming of it was sweet indeed. Nice wrap up for the Gooding Series.
Heather Dicke
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this last week. I thought it was great in the beginning and middle but drug in the end.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Another cute, fun, light and predictable read to relax and enjoy. This is a delightfully enjoyable series.
Terry Yaceyko
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cathy-marie-hake
Enjoyable read.
Amanda Howard
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another sweet story in a great series with a beautiful picture of adoption.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Very Christian and not for the non-Christian. There is frequent Bible reading, asking for God's guidance, and prayer.

OK, this review is totally ignoring the Christian aspect of this book that might be off putting to non-Christians. When I ordered it, I didn't realize that it was Christian Historical Romance. Half of the emotional turmoil is dealt with, with pray and asking for God's guidance. Still I decided to read it because it had been in a friends TBR wishlist and well reviewed. I'm not revi
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bellevue-library
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Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-the-bad
This book wasn't terrible. It honestly was a fun, quick read for what it was. Unfortunately there was not much to the book...

The plot and the characters were honestly pretty predictable, certain devices and people thrown in there for the sole sake of progressing the story along and/or creating conflict and then they were out of the story after having done their job. The whole book also had a somewhat rushed feeling to it, everything (including backgrounds) explained on the fly and not explained
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Listened to Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake. Well this book was about an English woman When Millicent Fairweather boards the Opportunity to journey to America, she's confident a better life awaits. Before she knows it, she's taken out of steerage to be a nanny to a delightful little boy who quickly wins her heart. Widower Daniel Clark isn't sure about the pretty bundle of energy who takes the nanny position, but he figures the voyage is only one week. When a disaster strikes, Daniel seizes the cha ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Cathy Marie Hake is one of those authors I fave followed with much interest. I have always enjoyed her stories and this is no exception. I love the way she has this series of books that doesn't feel like a series yet it includes people you love and are familiar with. The other characters are just that. Other characters. And yet, they are familiar and loved if you've read the previous books. And, while you can easily read one without reading the others, why would you want to?

Whirlwind is definat
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Millicent Fairweather lost her nannying position for 2 little girls after 4 years when their father sent them away to school in 1892. She was devastated since they were like her own, so she determined to avoid nannying again and decided to emigrate to America from England with her sister and brother-in-law. Widower Daniel Clark has determined to begin a new life in America and to spend more time with his toddler son, since his traveling business kept him from home too much. He blames his absence ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know if this was a formatting issue with my kindle, or if the book would have been the same way, but I felt the flow was really disjointed. The point of view and timing would change with no warning and with very little intro. There were quite a few times when my reading was interrupted while I tried to figure out who was talking and where and when we had ended up! I also felt like the main characters stayed in character, if you will, through out the story line. For example, while getting ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whirlwind (Only in Gooding #3) by Cathy Marie Hake

When Millicent Fairweather boards the Opportunity to journey to America, she's confident a better life awaits. Before she knows it, she's taken out of steerage to be a nanny to a delightful little boy who quickly wins her heart. Widower Daniel Clark isn't sure about the pretty bundle of energy who takes the nanny position, but he figures the voyage is only one week.

When disaster strikes, Daniel seizes the chance to rescue Millicent and her sister
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Millicent Fairweather has been dismissed from her post as a nanny when her two young charges are set off to school. Joining her sister and brother-in-law, she boards a ship headed for the United States, where they plan to open a dressmaker's shop. Daniel Clark is also planning to head to the U.S., but when his nanny abruptly deserts him and his young son, he finds himself in need of a nanny. When traveling delays and a tragedy bring Millicent and Daniel closer together than they expected, life t ...more
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