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Posted May 20, 2013
After reading the author's debut novella and novel, I had high expectations coming into this new release. Jen Turano went above and beyond and has definitely earned a spot on my favorite authors list! I finished the book in less than a day, and hated to see it end! A Most Peculiar Circumstance is such an enjoyable read! With a combination of wit, humor, suspense, action, romance, and history, it draws you in and keeps you hooked! It's a clean Christian read that will seriously leave you wanting more. I love that the characters have strong personalities but are still completely lovable. I highly recommend A Most Peculiar Circumstance and all of Jen's other work!
*I was provided a complimentart copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. And honestly, if you don't want to miss a fantastic novel, you need to read this!
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Posted July 11, 2014
I really did enjoy reading this book! It was pure enjoyment and I was laughing most of the time at the certain situations in the book. I had read the first book in the series some time ago and I had been anticipating on reading this book because I've heard so many good things about it.
I like how the author added that extra spunk into Arabella's character because it really made the book stand out really well. Being that Arabella was into feminist rights movement back in the day was very interesting as well. I love to read about the women long ago who went against the odds of what they were allowed to do. Women like Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton,Florence Nightingale, and Abigail Adams are my personal favorites. It was very hilarious how Arabella got herself into so many scrapes and the drama that went on between her and Laurie was very funny.
The hero,Theodore, really reminded me of Mr. Darcy which is like super awesome. I can't get enough of Mr. Darcy for REAL! Mr.Darcy is one of my favorite heroes of all time!. *sigh*
To me I felt that Laurie was like the good sense that Arabella should have had. These two characters were like the total opposite with Theodore having good sense and Arabella being the radical which was very entertaining to read about.
Overall,I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is a Jane Austen fan or if you love to read period era novels. This book is a keeper! It's fun,full of excitement,adventure,and to top everything off it has some awesome suspense! I can't wait to read the third book in this series,"A Talent for Trouble".
Last but not least, the book cover is spectacularly pretty!
Posted March 30, 2014
Posted March 7, 2014
I absolutely loved this book! Jen Turano has such a way with words. This fast-paced book is packed with humor, witty dialogue, and intriguing characters. The mystery and danger surrounding the plot kept me guessing until the very end. The romance between Arabella and Theodore was hilarious to watch as each battled their feelings for the other. The story is very well written and I could picture the characters as they are interacting with one another and getting into one scrape after another.
Arabella's character is well-written. The struggle she goes through with her self-worth is very natural, especially for a woman. I could relate to it. Theodore's character is also well-written. The progression of his thoughts and character development felt natural and not rushed. Arabella and Theordore find themselves in one "peculiar" circumstance after another, especially their romance! The secondary characters add depth to the story and also provide humorous side stories of their own.
Arabella has to learn, throughout the story, that sometimes it's hard not to judge anothers circumstance. It's one thing to talk about caring for others and trying to help them, it's another thing altogether to feel compassion for them and really get to understand them. God wants us to feel that compassion for one another, especially when He calls us to the work we're doing.
Overall, this story was hilarious, enjoyable, and well-written. I really enjoy this author's writings and definitely look forward to the rest of this series!
Posted December 13, 2013
I always enjoy books by Jen Turano...this was no exception. Fairly predictable, but very enjoyable. Glad I had read the first in the series, but I think she has included enough that this book could stand alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2013
Posted September 25, 2013
A very funny romantic comedy!
Two members of New York’s high society meet in Gilman, Illinois in 1880. Miss Arabella Beckett has been traipsing around the country, on her own, in support of the women’s suffrage movement. She finds herself in a bit of trouble as she attempts to help another woman out. All she can think to do is pray asking God for help. Much to her frustration help arrives in the form of arrogant, narrow-minded, Mr. Theodore Wilder.
Mr. Wilder is a private investigator extraordinaire who set out to do a favor for his good friend Hamilton Beckett. Mr. Beckett simply wanted his sister, Arabella, located and brought home in time for his wedding. The simple favor quickly became a lengthy assignment as Mr. Wilder had to chase her across the county.
The story is filled with many hilarious antics as many of the members of high society seem to never stay out of trouble. The characters are well developed and very enjoyable. I loved learning how Theodore’s grandparents met. Naturally there had to be some villains to defeat. How else can the hero rescue the damsel in distress.
If you are looking for well developed and accurate historical lessons in novel format you will be hugely disappointed. If on the other hand you are looking for a light entertaining comedy to put a smile on your face then this is the book to read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
Posted September 16, 2013
I received an advanced copy of "A Most Peculiar Circumstance" from Bethany House for my honest review of this book. I am happy to say it is a wonderful read. I would definitely recommend this book.
If you enjoy a spunky heroine, with beauty, intelligence, and the ability to find trouble even if she is not looking for it, you will love meeting Arabella Beckett. She usually always has something to say and is very strong willed, yet there is more to her than most can see. She will keep you laughing, yet make you take a look at how you view others as well. It is a pleasure to watch as she and Theodore Wilder, a man of strong opinion, whom also is more than most people think of him, intertwine in each others lives though out this entire novel. There is humor, suspense, mystery, and great dialogue that will keep you reading and interested till the very end.
Posted August 20, 2013
A Most Peculiar Circumstance is wonderful! It has elements of humor, romance, and suspense. I love this series! Jen Turano is a talented author, and I look forward to her next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2013
A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Arabella Beckett has acquired a reputation as an out spoken woman in support of the women's suffrage movement. Most men see her as a trouble maker because she finds herself in undesirable situation for the sake of the cause. Some incidents as wound her up in peril needing to be rescued from jail. This is when a private investigator, Theodore Wilder is sent to bail her and her accomplices out of the confines of jail. The problem with this is he is one such man that does not look kindly on her suffrage antics. He feels that she is not only putting herself in danger but also any tag-a-longs in her pursuit for women's rights.
Arabella and Theodore end up traveling a great distance without a proper chaperon which puts them in a most peculiar circumstance It does not matter that they have nothing in common and get on each others last nerve, they have broken proper etiquette by not having a chaperon. To make things even worse Arabella's mother is determined to play matchmaker for the couple. As if there were any love between the two or is there?
The author has taken a very important event in history, the women's suffrage movement and wrote a suspenseful romance with lots of humor. She definitely hit right on the horrendous injustice of women's rights and the need for education and proper training for women to acquire a decent job instead of being forced into prostitution in order to provide food and shelter for them and their families.
The author provides stimulating discussion questions in the back of the book which would especially be beneficial in a reading group. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to her next book.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Posted July 30, 2013
A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano is not a mediocre romance novel. Prepare to be wow'ed. Ms. Turano lives up to the standard she set with A Change of Fortune. This novel is a beautifully written love story involving two independent individuals who want their own way. It is highly comical with a touch of suspense.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the Ladies of Distinction series.
***I received this book free from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted July 29, 2013
This is the second book in the Ladies of Distinction Series by Jen Turano.
Similar to the first book in the series, A Most Peculiar Circumstance is set in 1880 soon after the end of book one. The heroine,
Miss Arabella Beckett is travelling to further her passion, the Women's Suffrage Movement and is absent for the exchange of vows
for her brother Hamilton and Lady Eliza (book one). Thankfully for new readers of A Most Peculiar Circumstance, you will not be lost
if you haven't read book one.
One strength of the novel is the author's love and penchant for humor. The story is lighthearted despite the heavy topics supporting it.
There is suspense and intrigue dabbled within the romance plot lines to keep the story moving and interesting. At times I found the
humor reminding me of an I Love Lucy episode, but some readers might thoroughly enjoy that style.
Another strength I found was the friendship and bonds between the lady characters. Agatha, also present in book one, makes for many
laughs again. Arabella befriends Katherine and Eliza; and the banter and fellowship between the ladies is entertaining. However, I
found the male characters to be slightly thin. I would have loved to see more depth to them. Theodore in particular seemed too easy to
stereotype his reactions and predict his movements. As well, the "ladies of the night" characters seemed very flat, uninteresting and
unrealistic. There story line added much to the plot late in the book but there personalities were limp and uninteresting.
There is a lot of dialogue within the story and less introspective thoughts from the characters. I am undecided if I liked this more or not.
It made for a quicker read perhaps, but seemed wordy at times. I did appreciate that the characters weren't burdened with the common
ailment of romance novels of flipping between feeling one way and speaking another. That was refreshing. However, if all that keeps
two people from falling in love is one honest conversation the story can lack interest and uniqueness. So, as I said - I am undecided.
The plot was an interesting idea and appeared to be a good conflict. As a reader though I found my interest waning too often and had to
force myself to continue on reading at least twice. The ending was good and fun to read but felt detached from the rest of the book. I
wish the author had left out the first half of the book and taken up the story when the ladies started disappearing. Then stretched the
ending out more to develop the reason the ladies were taken and the search to recover them. The "bad guy" felt very random dropping
in at the end of the book. (Especially since he had such a large part to play). The ending felt too contrived for me. Arabella is a very
resourceful woman but I doubt her abilities would surpass that many other women. Perhaps they could have worked together more
showing off more of the secondary characters determination and fortitude - which ladies of the night would definitely have in spades.
Overall I found the book entertaining and an easy light read. However, I did not enjoy it as much as the first installment. I have hopes
that book three will take a slightly different turn and focus more on character development, and perhaps we will see a few challenges
thrown in that don't involve ladies ending up in prison.
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 23, 2013
A warm entertaining read, with snappy dialogue!
I don't always like characters who infuriate each other, but with Arabella and Theodore I simply couldn't refuse! Their pairing was fun and definitely entertaining, I loved watching them match wits in their witty discussions.
While this is the second book in a series, reading the first book isn't a requirement, though I would strongly suggest reading it simply because of how amazing it is!
I loved the chemistry between the characters and how they both came from two different extremes for the times, with Theodore being more traditional and Arabella being a staunch feminist.
There was mystery and adventure, and tons of fun. I loved seeing Eliza back in this story and seeing how happy she and Hamilton are now. And now I can't wait for Grayson and Felicia's story!
Overall a fun tale with an upbeat feel to it, definitely a fun relaxing read.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Posted July 23, 2013
Jen's sophomore book is delightful and quirky and fun, while managing to address some very serious social issues that are still prevalent today. The headstrong Arabella Beckett (the sister of the Beckett Brothers) is a wonderful addition to the group of characters introduced in A Change of Fortune, and I was pleased to see how Jen depicted her as a tough and determined defender of women's rights while still being soft, feminine, and appreciative of male attention.
One of the things I like about Jen's characters are that they don't lie to themselves about the way they feel toward people. In so many romance novels, I find the lead characters lying (and somehow believing!) to themselves about not feeling attraction toward the opposite lead. That just makes me feel like the author is steering me, creating a contrived situation in order to make a storyline work. To be certain, Jen's characters often have misunderstandings about how the other person feels toward them, but they don't internally dialogue lies about their own feelings, and I really appreciate this. Does that make sense?
"Defender of the down-trodden women of America" Arabella Beckett is a perfectly mismatched match opposite Theodore Wilder, the chauvinist Adonis. Women can't seem to help responding to his beauty and charm... except for Arabella. Well, she DOES respond, but in a way that Mr. Wilder doesn't know how to handle.
As the story unfolded in the end, there were a few moments where I felt the circumstances were a little contrived in order to keep the reader up to snuff (standing around talking while someone is in desperate need of rescuing - something that happened at the end of Book #1, too, btw), but all in all, another fun, quirky book with a delicious extended cast of characters.
This is a great second book to Jen's A Ladies of Distinction series, and I highly recommend it - can't wait for the next book!
Note: This book was given to my by the publishing company for the purpose of this review.
My advice: Read A Gentleman of Her Dreams first. It’s a FREE novella on Amazon, a companion to the Ladies of Distinction series. No, this book is NOT NECESSARY in the series – it’s just a lovely read that introduces us readers to a wonderful new author…and to the Beckett Brothers and their place in New York society. Then read A Change in Fortune, and only then read A Most Peculiar Circumstance.
In other words, I highly recommend you read ALL Jen’s books, but in the right order to get the full effect.
Posted July 22, 2013
Entertaining, but . . .
After reading Jen’s debut novel ‘A Change of Fortune’, I knew this woman is able to entertain her readers. I really enjoyed her writing and so I decided to pick up ‘A Most Peculiar Circumstance’ as well.
Although the entertainment in the story is about the same is in ‘A Change of Fortune’, I noticed that once again it is hard to imagine that this story is taking place in the 19th century. Some things just seemed off. I’m not going to mention them, because I don’t want to spoil things.
The characters have an outspoken mind and love to talk. And that is exactly what 80% of this book is—the story line is carried by dialogue and the narration is minimal.
The dialogue is fun, fast, and flowing and that makes a great read for most readers who are looking for a quick and entertaining read.
The story line is somewhat predictable, but that isn’t a real bother. But it would be desirable to see the male characters being more masculine in this author’s future books.
All in all it is an entertaining read. The author has great potential and I look forward to see what she comes up with next.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
Posted July 16, 2013
Starting to really enjoy these inspirational romances. Not only do they give me my little romance fix that I crave once in awhile but they turn out to be real entertaining and fun to read! So, I didn’t know this was the second book in the series. It can be read perfectly as a stand alone. But! because I enjoyed reading this one so much I will be getting the first book. The plot itself is well written and provided a good mix of romance, comedy, and a bit of action moments. The romance and comedy do make up the bulk of the story but nevertheless it’s still a fun and entertaining read. Arabella and Theodore make such an excellent couple. Their banter was fun to read and the way they just drive each other insane was absolutely hilarious. Although Arabella was first seen as a typical ‘bluestocking’ fighting for women’s rights and not being your typical stay at home and be pretty woman, she’s really just a girly girl! her chemistry with Theodore was definitely there and although he was unbearable at first, he does grow on the reader and on Arabella. Eventually. Although I liked Arabella, I liked Katherine as well. There’s one particular scene where she just irritates Theodore and almost makes him see red which was one of my most favorite scenes. I guess it’s because you could just see her do the action and it suits her personality and character. I liked her character throughout the book. She went from unhappy wife to someone who suddenly did not become afraid of speaking of her mind and standing up to her husband when she was unhappy and voiced her opinion on it. The action part of the book was good. Definitely enjoyed the last bit of the book although I wish there was just more background information on the women disappearing. I understand perhaps, not much should be said, as then the book would take a darker turn than the light read it should be. But it was just as if criminal was just dumped on in the plot in the last 20 pages and I was hoping there would be more to that than just those last few pages. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the book. The characters were excellently written and make the book a great read. Definitely recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2013
Just like in the first book in this series Jen does a great job of making the characters come alive. I enjoyed reading about Arabella and how she fought for women's rights throughout the book all the while being a nice kind person. I also enjoyed Theodore even though he started out making you think he would not be a nice person, he turned out to be not so bad. This book will grab your attention from page one and you won't put it down until you are done. I recommend reading both books in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2013
Arabella Beckett is a pistol toting suffragette who has a hard time staying out of trouble. Theodore Wilder is a no nonsense private investigator who is as chauvinistic as they come. When one of Arabella’s misguided attempts to help others land her in jail, covered in mud and accused of shooting a man, she sends up a prayer for a little help. The form that help arrives in, the infuriating Mr. Wilder, is less than appreciated. However, it seems trouble isn’t done with the two of them just yet. Can the two of them sort out their differences long enough to figure out who is behind it all and what they have in store for Arabella?
A Most Peculiar Circumstance is full of chuckle worthy mayhem and characters you cannot help but adore. Arabella is a lively heroine with plenty of attitude that I had no problem getting behind and rooting for. She also experiences a good deal of personal and spiritual growth throughout the novel right alongside our swoon worthy hero Theodore. Their romance starts out the way I like it best. With plenty of quips and barbs! The secondary characters are also very well developed and easy to love.
This book is easily one of my favorites of the year so far and I eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
I should note that this book is the second in a series and would probably be best enjoyed if read in the proper order. I wasn’t able to read the first book before this one and while I had no problem following along with the story I could tell there were a few characters and situations that were introduced in the first book that I was missing out on.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Posted July 10, 2013
was ready and waiting for book #2 in The Ladies of Distinction Series, A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano. I have read and reviewed A Change of Fortune, the previous book in series and could not put it down. Yep it was that good. As expected Jen did not disappoint and I found myself being totally amused by all the delightful characters once again, especially Miss Arabella Beckett and Mr. Theodore Wilder. If you like to smile, laugh and be happy when you read a book then A Most Peculiar Circumstance and the rest of the series are sure to please.
I really hope to be able to review book #3. Thank you, Jen. You are on my favorite author list. I give this book a 5+. (I wish the rating when higher)
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing In exchange for my honest review.
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Do you like books that can make you smile or that can cause tears?
"A Most Peculiar Circumstance" by Jen Turano can be considered one of those books. It gave me laughs with it's
humorous situations, and it caused tears with sweetness( That ending! ).
One of the lovely parts of the book is the many interesting characters and , though they could be considered a bit crazy, many
of their lives were a lot of fun to read about. My favorite character from "A Change of Fortune," Agatha, was in this one, and she was
still funny like she was in the last book. I also liked Arabella. We actually have a bit in common, like the fact that she likes the color pink
. Go, Arabella!
My biggest issue with this story is that Gloria, Arabella's mother, said to some ladies of the night that she believed we are all God's
children. While I do believe God loves everyone, I do not believe we are all God's children. Salvation through Jesus Christ is what
makes one a child of God. I do think it was nice how Gloria allowed those women into her home, and I liked that she was kind to them.
To sum this book review up, I really liked this book and I recommend it.
Thanks to the publisher for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.