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Playing the Part, by Jen Turano
Lucetta Plum is quite happy with her life on the New York stage. But a dangerous fan forces her to suddenly “retire”…and sends her headlong into another acting role. Will she play the part of the soon-to-be bride that her friend Abigail Hart has created for her? Will she unmask the real Bram Haverstein, the seemingly wealthy and undeniably eccentric grandson of Abigail? Will this farce turn into a comedy or a tragedy?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
2boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Bravo!July 12, 20162boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Jen Turano's books and this one is no exception! Playing the Part features Lucetta Plum, a highly talented actress that is currently starring in a play written specifically for her by a mysterious playwright. When the attentions of one of her fans become life-threatening, she finds the need to disappear. Filled with hilarity and the crazy shenanigans I've come to expect from these novels, I found myself laughing out loud several times during this reading adventure. I was sad to see this book and series come to an end, but knowing there is another book from this highly talented author waiting to be born gives me something to look forward to. I received this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Alysa SawyerAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Playing the PartJune 28, 2016Alysa SawyerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book by Jen Turano is actually the third book in the A Class Of Their Own series. Lucetta Plum lives in New York City and works as an actress. She is well loved by fans but one of them takes their obsession too far and tries to blackmail her into becoming his mistress. Lucetta's friend and self proclaimed matchmaker, Abigail Hart, takes her to the Ravenwood estate owned by her mysterious grandson, Bram Haverstein. Lucetta experiences strange happenings during her stay at Ravenwood. Bram has always admired Lucetta as an actress and is surprised to find that she is completely different in person than what he imagined her to be. She is independent and head strong... almost to a fault. However, when unfortunate events occur, she quickly learns that sometimes it is okay to rely on others.
Until now, I have never read any of Turano's books and I enjoyed this book. I found myself laughing out loud at various humerous parts but the book still maintained a sense of mystery and seriousness. My favorite character was Bram. He has a kind and chivalrous, mysterious, and funny personality. There are several odd and interesting characters! This book is not labeled as being a part of a series so I did not realize that it was until I was reading it. There are characters in the book that obviously have had history explained in previous books. However, I was able to enjoy the storyline without having read the stories that came before it. I am planning to read them in the future though since I really liked this book! I would recommend Playing the Part to anyone who enjoys light hearted humor, romance, historical fiction, and mystery.
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Bethany House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
NicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of my favoritesJune 3, 2016NicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read this book on vacation. I could not put this book down. This book gets 5 out of 5 stars. I love that the main character, Lucetta, is unabashedly herself, which is completely relatable to me as I am considered quite quirky. Lucetta is an actress and has to retreat from the limelight due to an obsessive fan who becomes dangerous. Her friend Abigail takes her to her grandson's place and the story that follows is hilarious, endearing, and a fun read.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
BookLoverGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A excellent final act to this series!May 30, 2016BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Ive stated previously, I always hate when a series I adore comes to an end and the final book is always difficult for me because I know Ill have to say farewell to the characters by the time I turn the last page. That being said, I still adored this book and I was so excited to get to read Lucettas book! Ms. Turano is one of my go-to authors, particularly when I need a laugh, and Ive yet to find a book of hers that I could say wasnt a favorite. Ive heard several people say that this is their favorite story of hers to date, but I dont know that I can choose just one of her books to hold that distinction. The choice is just too difficult! So Ill just say that my favorite is whichever one Im currently reading or have just finished.
One of the things I enjoy most about Jens books is always the dialogue - I love the play on words and the quirky things her characters fix on that becomes a running joke throughout the story. I also always love the descriptions and the details that color each setting so vividly! She brings such life to her characters and the situations they find themselves caught in! As in her other books, Lucetta, Bram, and all of the other characters, find themselves in quirky situations that appear to be through no fault of their own, but they are so amusing! And I love how she includes animals in most of her books and gives them quirks of their own (Geoffrey the goat, for example).
Ive been eagerly anticipating Lucettas book since meeting her in After a Fashion and getting just a few glimpses of this obviously eccentric lady with a heart of gold. Her story is definitely unique, as are all of the others, and I loved getting to know Lucetta much better! She is quirky, but she is also bold, and a bit stubborn, and kind, and independent, and does her best to look after her adopted family. Bram ended up being a great hero for her, despite their somewhat rough start. He is very old-fashioned, and chivalrous, and kind, and his collection of misfits are wonderful! I loved following them as he learned to love the real Lucetta, eccentricities and all, and she fell in love with him, despite the oddities that seemed to surround him. Speaking of those oddities, I really enjoyed the bit of mystery that surrounds Ravenwood! The unusual things that happened kept me laughing and trying to guess what might be going on - I was wrong, in case you were wondering. But the mystery was still fun! And I appreciated how it was wrapped up.
Oh, and I have to mention that I was so happy that the characters from the previous books came back! I loved having Abigail, Archibald, Millie, and Harriet back, as well as meeting several new people, my favorite of which probably being Mr. Skukman or maybe Ruby Haverstein . . . . Both of them are equally delightful, so I dont know that Im qualified to make that decision without bias. If you decide to read the book (which Im hoping you will), youll have to come to that conclusion on your own.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys humorous historical fiction!
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
CozyWriter'sDen4 Stars Out Of 5Funny....May 23, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Jen Turano's series on these three best friends -Miss Harriet Peabody, Millie Longellow, and Lucetta Plum - has been a pleasure to read. Light-hearted, funny, and heart-string pulling these three girls will make you laugh and groan - sometimes at the same time! In Good Company and After a Fashion are the two books precluding Playing the Part. While each book can be read on its own, this series is certainly more fun when read together and in order.
Out of the three friends, Lucetta has always been the most mysterious and the one least expanded upon. She is a stunning beauty, but can not tolerate men's blatant regard for her physical appearance. While most actresses love the attention, she despises it and has little tolerance for anyone who dares to fawn over her in her presence. She is poised and dignified in public and on screen, yet in private she winds her hair in a hundred braids and wears pants. She pretends to be just like other girls her age, yet her wealth is suspiciously better than it should be and her intelligence is... well... an almost dangerous force to be reckoned with.
At times, I felt that Lucetta was a little too gifted... she's beyond beautiful, she's an amazing actress, she's brilliant...and rich? My pet peeve for perfect characters aside, this was a fun read. How can you not like a book that has a demented goat that chases anything wearing a skirt? Or a mad gentleman who lives in a castle with a moat and a working cannon?
This novel was crazy, eccentric, and really quite fun. If you are looking for a light and entertaining read I would certainly recommend it.
Thank-you so much to Graf Martin Communications for a copy of this book!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." in exchange for my honest opinion.