This series just keeps getting better and better! The comedy, the romance, the historical settings! I have read quite a few historical fiction books over the last few years and I have to say that Jen Turano's style of writing is like a breath of air. It's fresh, it's funny, and yet it stays true to the best in Christian historical fiction. I started reading this series with book 2, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and each lively story is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.
What could possibly happen when a young socialite finds herself in a saloon and an opium den on different occasions? And just what will her mother say when she finds out?
Felicia has been trying to to catch the preacher's eye for several years, volunteering everywhere she can, pretending to be quiet and demure, even dressing outlandishly because she thinks he likes those styles. But it all comes crashing to an end with the sound of bells. So she decides to change not only her wardrobe but her entire life. The world doesn't quite know what it is in for... and Grayson is starting to find out.
Grayson's life is pretty orderly now, his adventures behind him. He suffers from a heavy load of guilt and is trying to atone for his failings. Along comes Felicia and turns everything up-side-down. He is no longer sure if he is coming or going. The only thing he does know is, that girl's driving skills terrify him!
A Talent For Trouble has everything you could possibly want, seriously, they should think about turning this book, and the others, into a movie! We have beautiful young ladies that are smart and daring, a handsome man with a mysterious past, a fistfight or two, a bodyguard that never cracks a smile, escapades that involve women dressing as men and men dressing as women, ill-gotten jewels, a wild carriage ride, balls and dress fittings, matchmaking mothers and well-meaning friends, cops and danger in the slums....
See, what are you waiting for? This is a book you will NOT want to miss!
(I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an impartial review.
This is the first book I've read by Jen Turano and I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I read it very quickly and it caught my attention right from the beginning. The characters were interesting and engaging and the storyline moved along at a good pace. I think the most enjoyable part for me was the humor. This story had me many times laughing out loud! :) I see that this story is third in a series, but I did not feel lost and it stands well on it's own. Though my interest is piqued and I would enjoy reading the other two!
This is a fun, easy read with an underlying Christian theme that does not feel false or forced. I would recommend it!
This is a lighthearted book about Felicia Murdock set in New York City in 1881. Felicia, 24, is from a privileged household. She has spent the last four years attempting to shape herself into the perfect wife for her Pastor, Michael Fraser. Unfortunately, Reverend Fraser wasn't aware of Felicia in a romantic way, and when the book opens, Felicia has just returned from the Reverend's wedding-to someone else.
Four years earlier, Reverend Fraser complimented Felicia about a hideous dress she was wearing. From then on, in an attempt to attract the Reverend, she had exclusively worn dresses just like that: billowing fabric that gave no sense of her figure, a plethora of ribbons, and other gaudy decorations to the excess. Most of society thought she was either eccentric or had a terrible fashion sense, or both.
After the shock of the wedding, Felicia decides to change the direction of her life. One of the first things she does is to see her dresses for the monstrosities that they are, and get an up-to-date wardrobe. Felicia's mother, Ruth, has decided to attempt some match making by having Grayson Sumner accompany Felicia to a tea. Grayson is an English aristocrat with a mysterious past.
From that moment forward, everything in Felicia's life changes. Society, as well as, Grayson, are quick to notice that Felicia is quite a beauty once she gives up her baggy clothing. She also gets a lot of undue attention while continuing her mission work in the seedier sections of the city. That attention gets Felicia into some predicaments she had never faced before.
Felicia finds herself in some dangerous situations when she innocently attempts to help people. In addition, she also sets off on an adventure when, in disguise, she goes with a reporter friend to an opium den. Also, during this time, Felicia attempts to deflect the overly aggressive attention of a widowed pastor who wants to marry her to be a mother to his four children.
In the midst of all this, Grayson Sumner and Felicia often cross paths. Each time Felicia is around Grayson, her heart grows a little fonder, but Grayson also exasperates her, too. Before the story ends, there are kidnappings, body guards and private investigators-along with romance.
After I read this, I found it was part of a series. However, this book definitely stood alone, and I did not feel "lost" in this story. It is not necessary to read the first books to enjoy this one. That being said, I liked this one so much, I do want to go back and read the first two. This was an exciting and fun book. I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed the tale, and liked the Christian message that was a natural part of the story. This is a five star book, and comes with my recommendation.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
I was excited when I received Jen Turano's new book. I have read her past two novels and was not disappointed. In A Talent for Trouble we continue on with the stories of Felicia and Grayson. But don't worry. This book can stand on its own if you have not read the previous two.
Felicia's pain is fresh after watching the man she "loved" walk down the aisle with someone else. Grayson's past is more horrible then even he can handle. His armor is so tarnished he will never be a "noble" gentleman again.
I loved reading how these two characters developed. Turano has a knack for mixing romance, danger, and humor. Just enough of each to make a wonderful balance. I do hope that there is at least one more in this series of characters that she has been writing about. I do have high hopes for Zayne and Agatha.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Just how much trouble could it be being the wife of a pastor? For Felicia Murdock, she will soon find out it is definitely more than she could ever dream of. She dreams of trying something new and she finds it is more work than she dreamed of trying to live up to her expectations of what a pastor's wife should look like. Sometimes we spend so much time trying to live up to everyone's expectations of what you should be doing, that in a sense you lose who you really are. That is just is what happens to Felicia in the latest novel from best selling author Jen Turano who is definitely on my MUST HAVE list of books. Anything that she has written, I have loved and she truly speaks to a place deep inside a women's heart in all of us. Perhaps that is why I find myself relating to her characters she creates in her novels. Yet in this case with all her best intentions, the pastor, Michael Fraiser, she believes she was destined to marry, instead marries someone else.
Now suddenly everything she believes is right is called into question and soon Felicia does a 180 from where she was at and finds the real person beneath it all. One that might even turn the head of Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, a respectable New York business, who is asked to lift Felicia's spirits. Soon however their personalities collide and it's the fire between them that has you rooting for a romance between the two. I mean, who doesn't want someone like Felicia who has just spent the last four years of her life transforming herself for a man, to suddenly fall into the arms of someone like Grayson!
Jen Turano definitely writes her female characters with a strength and sass that for the period in history is rewarding. Deep down inside, you know despite all that proper upbringing is a girl who is striving to just break out and be herself instead of what society dictates for her, just like Felicia. Fortunately for Felicia, her friends Agatha Watson and Eliza have just what she needs to get her out of feeling so down in the dumps. They have all kinds of outlandish plans to place Grayson and Felicia together and at times leaves Grayson being the one to rescue her when they turn ugly. All this just sets the stage for love to blossom and for the two to fall in love before the end of the novel. But it can't be wrapped up just that pretty. Soon Felicia discovers that Grayson has a secret past and once she learns the truth, will she really want him after all?
You'll have to pick up a copy of A Talent for Trouble to find out from Jen Turano. I received this novel compliments of Bethany House Publishers and TLC Book Tours for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I LOVED this novel and can't wait for more from Jen Turano. She is one of those authors when you see a new novel debuting, you have to pick it up because you know it's going to be great just like this one was. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.