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.
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 fortunateÃ¢â¬ânot 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?