Once Again Jen has totally amused and delighted me
December 23, 2013
Hills of Kentucky
I was given the great opportunity to review A Talent For Trouble, Book #3 in the fantastic Ladies of Distinction Series by Jen Turano. After having read and reviewed the previous two books and loving them, I have been waiting for the next fun adventure. Once again Jen Turano has totally amused and delighted me. A Talent For Trouble had me smiling on the very first page. Jen has a talent for bringing her characters to life and making them seem like old friends. I love the way I was treated to the continuing stories of the much loved characters from the previous books. This entire series is on my bookshelf to be read again. I give this one 5 of 5 stars. Enjoy!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
For the past several years, Felicia Murdocch has been queen of the fashion faux pas after receiving a misguided compliment from a certain minister she had set her sights on. When the previously mentioned minister marries another lady Felicia decides she has had enough ribbons and feathers to last her a life time. With a new wardrobe and attitude in tow she is ready for a fresh start.
Lord Grayson Sumner has already put his wild days behind him and is looking to settle down. So when he is recruited to left Felicia's spirits by his sister he isn't entirely too pleased by her new found ability to create trouble, but he is unable to deny his growing attraction to her just the same.
I was hooked on this author's work once I started A Most Peculiar Circumstance this summer and have been looking forward to Felicia's story. I instantly fell in love with her sass and fashion woes, although I was happy to see she actually did have a good sense of fashion. Mrs. Murdoch was also a favorite character as I always enjoy a good, matchmaking mother. Grayson was a cool and collected hero who was perfect to offset Felicia.
The books in this series have been fun, light hearted reads that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I absolutely recommend them. While these books can be read as standalones, reading them in order really gives the full effect of the story.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
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.)