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Miss Gertrude Cadwalader works as a companion for the wealthy Mrs. Davenport, who secretly and impulsively pilfers other people’s personal belongings. One of Gertrude’s tasks is to return the stolen items. The wealthy Mrs. Sinclair, catches Gertrude trying to return the items, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. Harrison Sinclair is the son of Mrs. Sinclair and tries to convince his mother that his friend Gertrude is not a thief. He finds helping Gertrude is anything-but-ordinary.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 076421795X
ISBN-13: 9780764217951
Series: Apart From the Crowd

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Rollicking New Release from Humorous Historical Romance Author Jen Turano

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

Author Bio

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.

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  1. LeAnne
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun Story!
    December 15, 2017
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoy Jen Turano's style of writing! The touch of mystery was really fun, and the humor was beyond wonderful. Although I would highly recommend you read book one in this series before starting this book. I made the mistake of missing book one, an because of that I felt like I missed some of the background to the story. But even with that the characters were still very enjoyable and it was a fun story. And I am already looking forward to the next book by Jen Turano!







    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
  2. krobey
    Altus, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Light, easy, funny read
    December 15, 2017
    krobey
    Altus, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I had read the first book in this Apart from the Crowd series and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an easy read full of mystery and comedy. Out of the Ordinary is the second book in this series and it did not disappoint. Once again, there was mystery and of course, comedy - lots of comical situations the characters find themselves in - almost to the point of not being believable. However, the author stays true to those characteristics through the entire book and it is entertaining. There isn't nearly as much mystery, which was disappointing. However, there is a bit that plays into the story quite nicely. This series is full of details. There are so many details that the first half of the book takes place at an engagement party. Her first book in the series did the same thing. I'm not sure what to think about this. It helps build characters and a bit of the setting, but I often wonder if the entire book will take place in one location. She does move on, but I find that an interesting way to approach the story. This book was a fun, easy read. If you need something light and entertaining, this book is for you.

    I received a complimentary copy of Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers.
  3. Jocelyn
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of the Ordinary
    December 15, 2017
    Jocelyn
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    After reading several books by Jen Turano, I was anticipating her newest novel. Set in the late 1880's the story revolves around Gertrude Cadwalader and her employer, the quirky Mrs. Davenport. It seems that Gertrude is constantly trying to keep Mrs. Davenport out of trouble. Gertrude's best friend, Harrison Sinclair, comes along side with some humorous results.

    Although I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Turano's other novels, I found this one harder to read and to drag somewhat. Her characters were eccentric and hilarious but there was often so much mayhem that it left me wanting for depth. Maybe a little too much back story and scene description. Ms. Turano is an excellent author. I recently read A Change of Fortune and was completely enchanted. But Out of the Ordinary didn't draw me in as much as some of Ms. Turano's other books.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
  4. JoyO
    New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful!
    December 13, 2017
    JoyO
    New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    I do believe, without a shadow of a doubt on a dreadfully cloudy day, that this particular novel by one Jen Turano is my favorite thus far.

    It's hard not to talk with a little extra flair after reading one of Jen Turano's novels. ;-)

    My friends, this novel was so much fun! Hilarious misunderstandings that had me laughing out loud, witty dialogue, poignant faith, and tender romance - what's not to love?!

    You will adore Mr. Harrison Sinclair's bumbling efforts at wooing Miss. Gertrude Cadwalader. You will relate to Miss. Gertrude Cadwalader's struggle with forgiving not only others, but herself. The mystery surround the "respectable" Mrs. Davenport will be revealed. Unexpected tears may fall as you also realize that God has not called you to muddle through life, but to live an extraordinary life with Him, especially by giving and receiving love. Indubitably, your heart will soar much like a delightful yacht cuts through the ocean blue on a windy day, which it so happens to be as I write this review. Windy, that is. Although, I suppose there is some soaring.

    Hehe. See! I told you it was hard. ;-)

    Four and a Half Stars ~ So. Much. Fun! Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd Series by Jen Turano. While you could read Out of the Ordinary as a standalone story, I believe you'll find a more fulfilling story experience if you first read book one, Behind the Scenes.

    Last time. ;-)

    I received a copy of Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow start but a fast finish
    December 12, 2017
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Out of the Ordinary felt as though it took a long time to get going. It wasnt that nothing was happeningthere was a lot happening. But it all took place in a very short period of time. It starts with Miss Gertrude Cadwalder attending a party on a yacht with her employer, Mrs Davenport. That evening takes almost half the novel, which may be why it felt as though it wasnt moving forward. Nor could it, as Gertrude spends rather too long trapped in a chair by her bustle.

    And that situation is typical Jen Turano, in the best way.

    Out of the Ordinary was full of Jen Turanos trademark witty writing, with plenty of nonsensical plot elements. We briefly met Gertrude and Mrs Davenport in an earlier novel, so we know she is a woman with aspirations to fashion. Aspirations and money she may have, but taste she does not. Gertrude is often the victim of Mrs Davenports fashion crimes, such as the offending bustle in Out of the Ordinary.

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    The second half was much better than the first, as it got moving (literally and figuratively), and we got to see more of Gertrude and Harrison, and find out more about the eccentric Mrs Davenport. The romance perhaps proceeded more quickly than I might prefer, but it worked because Gertrude and Harrison werent strangerstheyd met in previous books in the Wildflowers series. And I enjoyed the strong Christian undertones.

    Yes, Out of the Ordinary is part of a series. The earlier books are At Your Request (a free prequel novella) and Behind the Scenes. Although Out of the Ordinary can be read as a standalone novel, it would be better to read the earlier stories first. Otherwise the sheer number of characters (and personalities) introduced at the beginning of Out of the Ordinary might be overwhelming.

    A must-read for all Jen Turano fans, and those who like some wit and intelligence in their Gilded Age romance.

    Thanks to Bethany House Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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