Aunt Jane’s Nieces on the Ranch (Aunt Jane’s Nieces, #8)
by Edith Van Dyne (Pseudonym), L. Frank Baum
Louise is married, living happily on the ranch with her new baby and adoring husband. Patsy, Beth, and Uncle John come to visit and see little baby Jane. Uncle John worries that the local nurse that Louise has hired will be incompetent, so he brings along a trained nurse from New York to care for the little baby. However, the local Mexican nurse is upset and jealous, causing drama in the family. When both nurses and baby Jane go missing, the whole house is in an uproar to find them.
I loved the mystery surrounding the old ranch house! The former owner was a miser who was rumored to have hidden secrets in the house. It was fun to see how the characters played detective to figure out the mysteries.
Uncle John is racist against Hispanics, and there are several distasteful and ignorant comments. But it shows a slice of history, and we can be grateful that society has grown out of such backward ideas. It was upsetting to read about though. I was glad when the Hispanic characters proved their worth and showed that Uncle John was wrong about them.
I loved the straightforward writing style. The story has good pacing, and kept my attention. The characters are interesting, and it was especially lovely to see Louise as a mother. Her character has grown so much through the series.