A Talent for Trouble is the third book in Jen Turanos Ladies of Distinction series, coming after A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Ive been meaning to read this book for a really long time, and Im so glad that I finally was able to pick it up! Ever since I purchased it a while back Ive been dying to finally finish the series I started reading years ago, but I wanted to re-read the first two installments so I was waiting for a time when I would finally be able to. Now that Ive devoured them again, Ive remembered how much I love this series, so I was even more excited to read this book, as well as the fourth and final installment. And I must say, Jen did not disappoint, as A Talent for Trouble is now my favorite book in the series so far!
Felicia Murdock is such a sweet, compassionate, and somewhat troublesome woman! I already knew I loved her from the moment I met her in the first novel, even though I knew her to be a little eccentric, and that love has only deepened now that Ive read her story. I absolutely love her kindhearted spirit and her love for adventure, and the way she is overly confident in her abilities to do anything, even when she knows she isnt actually accomplished at any of them. That made for quite a few hilarious circumstances, especially the ones that Grayson was present for.
Grayson Sumner is by far my favorite male character of the whole series, even after I have learned all of the not-so-pleasant details of his past. Although he might be a little rough around the edges, he is also a sweet, caring, thoughtful man who is absolutely perfect for Felicia, and who I couldnt help loving. He also made me laugh far too much on more than one occasion, mainly the times he was commenting on Felicias talentsor lack thereofwith regards to things such as driving or singing or cooking. But it was the way that he cared for his daughter Ming, and the orphan children he eventually takes under his wing, that I loved most about him. Although he claimed he knew nothing about being a father, he really did a wonderful job of parenting the children in her care.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and I already cannot wait to read it again! Im super excited to finish the next book in the series, and I am looking forward to the day when I can read more of Jens novels (she just hasnt released any more yet, but she has her first contemporary novel coming out next month and another historical one next year). She is an absolutely fantastic author who does a wonderful job of writing novels that will transport you to a different time and place and make you laugh until your sides hurt, and I am pleased to call her one of my favorite authors! A Talent for Trouble easily earned all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list, just like I knew it would!
This novel takes place in 1881 in New York at a time when the dresses were very large and ladies were ladies and gentlemen were gentlemen. Although personalities were ahead of their time and so trouble and situations were not the normal fare. This novel is a funny, witty and a light read, thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the time period.
I have so enjoyed this series of books from Jen Turano. They are light and fun and whimsical and such a treat after all the terrible news in the real world. Felicia, the main character in this story, has disguised her true self in order to appeal to a man she was never meant for nor ever really loved. Ive known this girl, or at least a version of this girl, in some of my friends and can certainly see in myself where I have tried to be or thought I should be someone I am not in order to fit in, or be cared for or just to protect myself though certainly not in the degree of dear Miss Murdock. This story does stand on its own, but truly the rest of the series is so fun it would be a pity not to read them all!