Oh wow, from the MOMENT I saw Jen's newest book I knew I had to get a copy! The title and cover alone are worth having on the bookshelf, that mischievous look on the model's face as she looks into the camera_.you just know there are some fun and crazy things going on in her head and you can't wait to join in from the first page.
Miss Felicia Murdock is terribly disappointed. The man she wanted to marry, Reverend Michael Fraser, married someone else. Felicia genuinely believed that God had selected Fraser for Felicia. After four years of pining for the man, he marries someone else and Felicia is certain that she now she is 24 and has missed out on finding someone, that now she'll become a spinster surrounded by cats. By the way, she doesn't like cats AT ALL!
Pg. 44 She'd changed her identity in order to secure the affections of a gentleman. She'd thrown herself into charitable endeavors to please that gentleman, and_although she'd gone to more church services than she could count, she'd barely listened to any of the sermons.
She'd been completely ridiculous.
She needed to make amends, and in order to do that, she needed to honestly and quickly help the less fortunateâ€”not in a manner that would draw attention to her actions and have everyone exclaiming how wonderful and selfless she was.
While Felicia is sulking in her room, Grayson Sumner AKA Lord Sefton, has come calling. His sister, Felicia's friend, Eliza, has asked Grayson to cheer Felicia up and bring her over to the house for tea. Grayson hasn't always done right by Eliza so it's the least he can do and fetching Felicia will be easy enough to accomplish, or so he thinks. Little does he know that the moment he steps into the Murdock household, Felicia has a small moment of insanity and his journey begins.
Pg. 21 She garbed herself in highly unusual fashions, her gowns always dripping with bows and ribbons, but he'd realized shortly after making her acquaintance that underneath the yards and yards of fabric draping her form, there resided a lady who possessed the spirit of a hoyden. *Hoyden= A high-spirited, boisterous, or saucy girl.*
This is my fourth time reading Turano and even though this one starts a little slow, the story is no less captivating than her previous works.
Grayson sees Felicia as eccentric, captivating, alluring, enchanting, and compelling. Felicia finds Grayson attractive, irritating, arrogant, far too sure of himself, a grumpy gentleman, and he makes her pulse gallop. There is such chemistry between them that just enhances the story so much. If I had to sit next to them for a meal, I'd probably do like their friend, Agatha, and hide behind my menu. Since I get the pleasure of reading about it like someone witnessing a great play, it's truly something very pleasing and entertaining!
Grayson has a troubling past and little by little his past is exposed in the story. This brings unexpected danger, but also more fun for Felicia. Will Grayson ever be able to forgive himself and make peace with God? I didn't laugh in this one, but I smiled throughout, had to shake my head a few times, definitely snorted a few times, was utterly touched by the characters, and I truly fell in love with Felicia's mother and three brothers (she also a dad but he's away through much of the story so we only get to know about him in the end)_.there's also characters from the previous books in this one which just adds why this book is such a hit!!!!
This book is FULL of danger, fun, misunderstandings, forgiveness, friendship, one unexpected bodyguard that gets to care for Felicia, intervening mothers who will do anything to see their daughter happily matched, ogling men that approach Felicia, one shady business that brings destruction, a couple of adorable orphans, great dialogue and the heart of a woman longing to find herself when she realizes that God doesn't always give us what we ask for_..oh no, He brings us what we need that aligns with His perfect plan for us *BIG smile*
So if there's a job you want that you didn't get, a book you wanted but didn't win, a mate you thought would be perfect for you but he marries someone else, a calling you thought for sure that had your name on it but didn't work out, a pregnancy you waited for that has happened yet, wanting your book to be published but so far every publisher has turned you down or money you've prayed for that still hasn't come__.it's not that those prayers haven't been answered, they are being answered in a much bigger way than we asked for. I have struggled with the exact feelings Felicia dealt with, believing I had wasted my time on the wrong person and what happens next? Her journey is just beginning and it only gets better from here!
I want to thank the author and publisher for sending me a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review (but I always have fun doing so with this author). The opinions expressed are my own.
Felicia goes to extraordinary lengths to make herself attractive to Reverend Fraser. Have you ever changed your appearance or personality in order to impress someone?
What resulted from your changing?
Grayson has made a vow to never marry again because of his past. Do you believe that was noble of him or just misguided?
Felicia came to the conclusion that God sent Reverend Fraser to her because of a prayer she prayed, only to come to the realization that she'd been greatly mistaken. Have you ever thought God sent you something you'd asked for but then learned differently? What was your reaction to that realization?
I found A Talent for Trouble to be extremely amusing. I've not met Ms. Turano in person, but she must have a hint of mischief living inside her because once again she's written a lovely heroine with a mischievous side. I loved Felicia Murdock and her penchant for life. After a disappointment, she decides to be what she's always wanted to be - herself. Doing so lands her into some unfortunate circumstances, which I found funny because I can see myself doing the same things, if I had been in the same situations.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Felicia had me busting out laughing in the middle of campus far too often, and Grayson's reactions to her mishaps were downright hilarious, too. Early on, he lets her have the reins to his carriage, and after a wild ride, when he gets out, he actually kissed the ground.
I almost dropped my book into my cereal.
Jen Turano's writing style flows prettily without being flowery, and, as I mentioned, it's really funny.
But what I liked best about this book was that it wasn't just funny. It spoke to depth, too. Felicia is charitable at heart (which actually lands her in half her hilarious bouts of trouble), and Grayson can't seem to stop saving her. But he has a past and a secret and he's sure there's no future for them--it was sweet seeing that chivalrous side of his, too.
What I Didn't Like As Much
The only thing I could have done without was the overabundance of the author's favorite words. Characters become disgruntled often, when they are not finding something delighful or dangerous.
Why I Recommend This Book
On top of the laughter and the depth, there was a danger. Have I mentioned lately that I love books with intrigue and daring dangerous adventures? Well, I do.
And this is one of them. Which is why I loved it and why Jen Turano is on my list of favorite authors and I'm on the hunt for more of her books.
Miss Felicia Murdock always believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. She spent four years trying to impress the local minister but when he marries another lady, Felicia seeks to change.Grayson Sumner is encouraged to court Felicia to her friends house in hopes of lifting her spirits. He has a troubled past and has vowed to never marry again but he can't help but develop romantic feelings for Miss Murdock.
I don't want to give away much of the story because it's very intriguing, though written with humor, it has lots of drama and heartbreaking moments. I loved every minute of it. Jen Turano is quickly becoming my favorite author.
Thank you to Bethany House for sending me this book for an exchange of my honest opinion.
Felicia has spent the last 4 years of her life reinventing herself into a woman that she feels would be the perfect minister's wife. Unfortunately when the minister she has set her eyes on marries another woman Felicia believes that she will now become an old maid at the ripe old age of 24. Felicia is determined that if there is ever to be a man in her life he must accept her as she is.
Grayson has spent many years in China dealing in the opium trade. When a rival family murders his employer and family Grayson escapes with his daughter to America. Not able to forgive himself for being a part of the opium trade he believes also that God will never forgive him.
When Felicia and Grayson meet there is an instant attraction. But Felicia has a talent for getting into trouble and Grayson is leery of becoming involved with any woman. When curiosity about Grayson's past has Felicia visiting an opium den to dig up answers Grayson is less than happy to have to rescue her. When his past catches up to him will it put both of them in danger?
I found A Talent for Trouble to be an entertaining read. Felicia's character had me laughing out loud at some of her antics. With humorous dialogue and a bit of danger and romance thrown into the mix A Talent for Trouble was enjoyable to read. This is book #3 in the Ladies of Distinction series. I haven't read the first two books. While I did enjoy the humor of the story I did find a couple of things that were a bit over the top. Having the characters cross-dress to disguise themselves while visiting an opium den was a bit much for me. While it did lend some humor to the situation I just found it a bit false to the story. Other than that I enjoyed the romance between Grayson and Felicia and liked their characters very much.