This book is a true treasure. The adventures of Mrs. "Arris makes us all wish to travel the world with her in tow. She only meets the best people. They all do amazing things for her. But of course, she is a most unusual woman who would do anything for anyone and doing it well. Seeing herself as the fairy godmother to little 'Enry the bandied about boy who lives next door, she is determined to get to America and find his father. She gets herself to New York with her best friend Mrs. Butterfield and sets about her task. She encounters adventures as she searches for the boys father, visiting many places in the city and making friends everywhere she goes.
Our good friend, the charwoman Mrs. Harris, has a neighbor who is abusive toward a child left in his care. She worries about and tries to protect little Henry, the son of an American GI who subsequently divorced the British girl who refused to go to the US with him. Henry's mother eventually remarried and left her son in the care of the heartless Gusset family, then conveniently disappeared. Troubled by the constant beatings and starvation diet the boy is forced to endure, when her American clients move back to New York and ask her to come with them to take care of their household for a few months, Mrs. Harris accepts and smuggles the boy aboard the ship to America, determined to find his father and reunite them. Thus begins another adventure that snowballs into something quite beyond her control. While I did not find this as charming as the first book, it is just as heart-warming and enjoyable, and I intend to find the rest of the series!