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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A TALENT FOR TROUBLE by Jennifer Turano (Bethany House, October 2013)

From Bethany House's websiteFor years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?
Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 352 pgs.

Rating: *** (Liked it)

Review: Okay, honest up front. After reading Ms. Turano's novella A GENTLEMAN OF HER DREAMS and her novel A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE I knew what to expect: a strong, independent, and quirky female heroine stretching the boundaries of Gilded Age New York City. I knew there would be historical inconsistencies that would bother me. I was right, but after reading A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE, I was so curious about Felicia's story, that I really needed to read it. (So that says something, right?) Like with A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE, the story is fun with lots of mad-cap-ness, and I am always for mad-cap-ness in books. Felicia pushed my limits a bit more-really, the things she did would have absolutely ruined her, no questions asked-but I still liked her. Grayson is certainly my favorite hero of Ms. Turano's. The pacing lagged a bit but I kept at it. If you're not picky like me, you'll love this story. 

Content: Rated 1-5, 1 being minor instances and 5 being saturatedViolence - 1 (Mild fighting)Language - 0? (I don't remember any...)Sex - 1 (Kissing)

Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Try This Like quirky historical romance? Try anything by Georgette Heyer.

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