I have really grown to love Jen Turano's books, and I just love this one too! In A Talent for Trouble, Felicia Murdock has always dreamed of marrying an minister, and now that she has met Grayson Sumner, her dream is finally coming true. Or is it? As Felicia and Grayson are getting to know each other better, they find out that life can get complicated and especially when the past comes to life and turns it upside down.
A Talent for Trouble is a really awesome read. I enjoy the writing style of Ms. Turano and enjoy the hilarious and spunky characters and the fun they bring to readers. Felicia and Grayson were adorable, and even in their difficult situations, they came through making you laugh. And the ending. Did Felicia finally nail her preacher man? It is well worth this book just to find out what happens. And I can't wait for the next book by Jen Turano. I really encourage you to check out this author and try a taste of her humor through here writing.
I received this book from the publisher Bethany House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
Felicia has spent close to 4 years trying to be the perfect candidate for a preachers wife. Yet the man she pined for has married another and Felicia finds herself still single and not sure she knows who she is anymore. As she starts to shed the girl she has become for the girl she wants to be her friends and family think she is having a breakdown and try to help her. Her mom sends Grayson to lift her spirits yet he has no intentions other than to help out a friend. Yet he finds himself drawn to this lady who keeps finding herself in troubling situations.
Felicia can't get her family and friends to understand she is not going crazy only shedding her old self. Yet the more she is around Grayson the more she finds herself intrigued and the more he happens to be around when she finds herself in trouble the more she wonders if true love might indeed be possible.
This book is the third in the series(fourth if you count the novella that came before the first book). I have not read the first two books. It would be helpful to have read the first two books as the characters are supporting in this book but it's not required but may leave you wanting to learn more about them. I very much enjoyed this book.
What I liked: The people in this book are just so much fun. At first I was not sure about Felicia because she first came across as quite spoiled and selfish. As the book continues I realized that was not true at all. Grayson was just as interesting. He comes across at first as the perfect aristocrat but again as I read about him I soon learned he has many secrets. I also loved all the supporting characters. This book was just thoroughly enjoyable.
What I did not like: The only thing that was a little disappointing to me about this book had to do with the ending. I don't want to give it away but I will say I was kind of left after the climax going wait that's IT??? Things just worked out a little to easy. It was not near what I expected.
Overall I loved this book and highly recommend it. I honestly would start at the beginning of the series but you can read this book alone with no issues. I have never read this author before and feel like I have missed out. I love the way her characters interact and play off each other. She has a writing style I love. I can't wait to read more from her. The next book of this series is due out next year and I look forward to reading it.
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.