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Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes...
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?
Posted March 17, 2014
Jen Turano has written another fantastic story! With lovable characters, witty dialogue, and an interesting plot, this story has it all. The story was humorous. The mystery surrounding Grayson's past added excitement to the story.
I loved Felicia's character. A lot of people can relate to her story. She is a strong woman with a deep faith and a "talent for trouble." The circumstances she finds herself in are hysterical. Grayson adds mystery to the story. He is compassionate and gruff at the same time. The romance that blossoms between them is sweet.
The message of the story is two-fold. Make sure you pray and listen for God's direction in your life. Second, God will forgive all sin, big or small. It's all equal in His eyes. If He forgives you, you can most certainly forgive yourself.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more!
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Posted July 11, 2014
Posted April 22, 2014
All the other reviewers on my blog were gaga over Jen Turano's writing. Felicia and Grayson are adorable together. Quirky lovable characters, quick-paced storyline, wonderful love story--you'll be thumbing through this story as fast as you can read it just to find out what happens next! You'l be holding your breath as you wonder if the characters will be able to get in and out of the opium dens, they are investigating, okay. Highly recommend! My only complaint is that in paperback the print is rather light. I'd recommend ebook version if you have eye problems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2014
A TALENT FOR TROUBLE by Jen Turano is another wonderful Inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1881 New York City. #3 in the "Ladies of Distinction" but can be read as a stand alone. See,"A Change of Fortune", and "A Most Peculiar Circumstance".
This is the tale of Miss Felicia Murdock and Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton and what a tale. Fast paced. Filled with faith, healing, forgiveness, adventure, romance, trouble, danger, and love.
With strong characters and an interesting storyline, you will not be disappointed with "A Talent for Trouble".
Received as a gift.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted March 4, 2014
Felicia Murdock is young, beautiful, wealthy and to say the least a bit quirky! She had her life planned out as so many young women do, and felt it was her destiny to marry Reverend Frasier. For many years she had worked at changing everything about herself, her dress, activities, and personality to become the perfect pastor’s wife. The story opens as she is returning from the reverend’s marriage ceremony . . . to someone else!!
She is of course crushed and devastated as she was positive it was the Lord’s leading for her to marry him. After being restrained by her own devices for so long, the real Felicia bursts out even more outlandish and unpredictable than ever before. The entire community is stunned at the beautiful, shapely young woman that has been hidden by her bizarre “modest” clothing, but not as shocked as they are at her unrestrained spirit!
Totally unprepared for such a dynamo of a woman, Grayson Sumner is persuaded to spend time with her to cheer her up. She is constantly putting them in all sorts of dilemmas, problems, close calls, and even danger. Mr. Sumner finds himself overwhelmed by her enthusiasm and spontaneity but at the same time becoming increasingly attracted to her sincerity and innocence. He fights falling in love with her because his past holds some shady secrets that he feels would not only cause Felicia to reject him, but more seriously endanger her life.
This book is hilarious, suspenseful and action packed! I guess I would have to compare Felicia somewhat to a Victorian Lucille Ball! I had such fun reading it. I found it very different than most Christian fiction novels!
While I was entertained there were also many spiritual lessons within the story. One is how we often make our plans and put God’s name on them. Then we wonder why they don’t work out! Another important lesson is that we are often afraid that if others know of our failures, they can’t love or accept us. When the truth is if someone truly loves those failures won’t matter. “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
This was my first book of Jen Turano’s and I look forward to reading more!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted December 23, 2013
I was given the great opportunity to review A Talent For Trouble, Book #3 in the fantastic Ladies of Distinction Series by Jen Turano. After having read and reviewed the previous two books and loving them, I have been waiting for the next fun adventure. Once again Jen Turano has totally amused and delighted me. A Talent For Trouble had me smiling on the very first page. Jen has a talent for bringing her characters to life and making them seem like old friends. I love the way I was treated to the continuing stories of the much loved characters from the previous books. This entire series is on my bookshelf to be read again. I give this one 5 of 5 stars. Enjoy!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Posted December 15, 2013
For the past several years, Felicia Murdocch has been queen of the fashion faux pas after receiving a misguided compliment from a certain minister she had set her sights on. When the previously mentioned minister marries another lady Felicia decides she has had enough ribbons and feathers to last her a life time. With a new wardrobe and attitude in tow she is ready for a fresh start.
Lord Grayson Sumner has already put his wild days behind him and is looking to settle down. So when he is recruited to left Felicia’s spirits by his sister he isn’t entirely too pleased by her new found ability to create trouble, but he is unable to deny his growing attraction to her just the same.
I was hooked on this author’s work once I started A Most Peculiar Circumstance this summer and have been looking forward to Felicia’s story. I instantly fell in love with her sass and fashion woes, although I was happy to see she actually did have a good sense of fashion. Mrs. Murdoch was also a favorite character as I always enjoy a good, matchmaking mother. Grayson was a cool and collected hero who was perfect to offset Felicia.
The books in this series have been fun, light hearted reads that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I absolutely recommend them. While these books can be read as standalones, reading them in order really gives the full effect of the story.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
Posted December 9, 2013
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
I have really grown to love Jen Turano's books, and I just love this one too! In A Talent for Trouble, Felicia Murdock has always dreamed of marrying an minister, and now that she has met Grayson Sumner, her dream is finally coming true. Or is it? As Felicia and Grayson are getting to know each other better, they find out that life can get complicated and especially when the past comes to life and turns it upside down.
A Talent for Trouble is a really awesome read. I enjoy the writing style of Ms. Turano and enjoy the hilarious and spunky characters and the fun they bring to readers. Felicia and Grayson were adorable, and even in their difficult situations, they came through making you laugh. And the ending. Did Felicia finally nail her preacher man? It is well worth this book just to find out what happens. And I can't wait for the next book by Jen Turano. I really encourage you to check out this author and try a taste of her humor through here writing.
I received this book from the publisher Bethany House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
Posted December 5, 2013
Felicia has spent close to 4 years trying to be the perfect candidate for a preachers wife. Yet the man she pined for has married another and Felicia finds herself still single and not sure she knows who she is anymore. As she starts to shed the girl she has become for the girl she wants to be her friends and family think she is having a breakdown and try to help her. Her mom sends Grayson to lift her spirits yet he has no intentions other than to help out a friend. Yet he finds himself drawn to this lady who keeps finding herself in troubling situations.
Felicia can’t get her family and friends to understand she is not going crazy only shedding her old self. Yet the more she is around Grayson the more she finds herself intrigued and the more he happens to be around when she finds herself in trouble the more she wonders if true love might indeed be possible.
This book is the third in the series(fourth if you count the novella that came before the first book). I have not read the first two books. It would be helpful to have read the first two books as the characters are supporting in this book but it’s not required but may leave you wanting to learn more about them. I very much enjoyed this book.
What I liked: The people in this book are just so much fun. At first I was not sure about Felicia because she first came across as quite spoiled and selfish. As the book continues I realized that was not true at all. Grayson was just as interesting. He comes across at first as the perfect aristocrat but again as I read about him I soon learned he has many secrets. I also loved all the supporting characters. This book was just thoroughly enjoyable.
What I did not like: The only thing that was a little disappointing to me about this book had to do with the ending. I don’t want to give it away but I will say I was kind of left after the climax going wait that’s IT??? Things just worked out a little to easy. It was not near what I expected.
Overall I loved this book and highly recommend it. I honestly would start at the beginning of the series but you can read this book alone with no issues. I have never read this author before and feel like I have missed out. I love the way her characters interact and play off each other. She has a writing style I love. I can’t wait to read more from her. The next book of this series is due out next year and I look forward to reading it.
Posted November 30, 2013
This book did not disappoint in the least – and I had high expectations, both from reviews of Turano’s earlier books and just from the fun cover. But this one was delightful and full of humor! Felicia was a beautiful heroine, inside and out, and she often was quite amusing. And best of all? She’s always full of shenanigans, some wince-worthy and some just plain funny! Grayson was a steady and strong leading man to counter her, and they seem a perfect couple. The whole book was a light and relaxing read overall. I laughed more than once! There was never a dull moment, as the whole book was filled with adventures and action and wit. I would definitely recommend this book!
**Bethany House publishers sent me this book for review purposes. I was not recompensed for this review in any other way, nor am I required to post positively.**
Posted November 26, 2013
I absolutely love this series! Jen Turano has a telnet for creating delightful characters set in an amusing and light hearted plot line. I think this is my favorite book so far in the Ladies of Distinction series. While it is very similar in many ways to the first two books, the characters in this book are my favorite.
Grayson is dreamy, there is no arguing that point. I really like the way he is an imperfect, flawed character that is trying to overcome his past. Felicia is a riot. She is charming and sweet and kind and ridiculous and dramatic and eccentric all at the same time. My favorite part of the book is when the characters all end up in disguise at the same place at the same time. Even though that situation happened in the books before, I still loved it.
These books are all very very sweet and sappy. If you don't like that, then you should probably read something else. But if you are like me and you want a squeaky clean romantic comedy that will leave you feeling lighter and leave a smile on your face, pick one of these up. The prequel to the series is free. I would suggest starting at the beginning of the series because while the stories are individual, the characters mostly stay the same and the books reference the earlier ones quite a bit.
I'm so happy that there are wonderful authors like Jen Turano out there that write uplifting and entertaining books.
Posted November 22, 2013
This series just keeps getting better and better! The comedy, the romance, the historical settings! I have read quite a few historical fiction books over the last few years and I have to say that Jen Turano's style of writing is like a breath of air. It's fresh, it's funny, and yet it stays true to the best in Christian historical fiction. I started reading this series with book 2, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and each lively story is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.
What could possibly happen when a young socialite finds herself in a saloon and an opium den on different occasions? And just what will her mother say when she finds out?
Felicia has been trying to to catch the preacher's eye for several years, volunteering everywhere she can, pretending to be quiet and demure, even dressing outlandishly because she thinks he likes those styles. But it all comes crashing to an end with the sound of bells. So she decides to change not only her wardrobe but her entire life. The world doesn't quite know what it is in for... and Grayson is starting to find out.
Grayson's life is pretty orderly now, his adventures behind him. He suffers from a heavy load of guilt and is trying to atone for his failings. Along comes Felicia and turns everything up-side-down. He is no longer sure if he is coming or going. The only thing he does know is, that girl's driving skills terrify him!
A Talent For Trouble has everything you could possibly want, seriously, they should think about turning this book, and the others, into a movie! We have beautiful young ladies that are smart and daring, a handsome man with a mysterious past, a fistfight or two, a bodyguard that never cracks a smile, escapades that involve women dressing as men and men dressing as women, ill-gotten jewels, a wild carriage ride, balls and dress fittings, matchmaking mothers and well-meaning friends, cops and danger in the slums....
See, what are you waiting for? This is a book you will NOT want to miss!
(I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Posted November 12, 2013
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.
Posted November 6, 2013
The third book in Jen Turano's Ladies of Distinction series, A Talent for Trouble will have readers smiling a lot and even laughing out loud on occasion. Filled with humor and heart this novel has two underlying themes, forgiveness, and knowing who you really are. Fans of Turano will quickly fall in love with spunky heroine, Felicia Murdock as she tries to re-make her life after a failed attempt at becoming the perfect ministers wife. Turano's knack for intriguing dialogue and humor take this book to another level which will leave readers breathless.
Turano has a real flair for humor. Most of the time when I'm reading Christian/Inspirational romances, humor is usually an element that is focused on. Turano, however, uses it with purpose. Her stories are light and fun to read because she makes her characters able to laugh at themselves and the situations they find themselves in. I think Turano's humor is one of the strengths in this series. Readers who don't want the typical sedate and predictable Christian romance will love this one.
Felicia is a perky heroine that has kept her outgoing personality on the back burner for over four years. She has been demure and quiet. She has dressed in outfits that befitted the wife of a minister which she aspires to. But underneath she hasn't been true to her nature. When the minister in question marries another woman, it's time for a change. I loved the fact that Turano shows the huge amount of spiritual and emotional growth that Felicia goes through in this book. She learns who she really is beyond what she thinks is expected of her and it fits well into the story. She is an excellent character.
Grayson took me a little while to warm up to, but once I got a sense of where Turano was going with the character I understood why he needed to be that way. All in all I thought he was probably the best hero in the series. I liked the fact that Turano allows him to speak frankly with Felicia and not sugarcoat anything. He was honest and open with her at every turn and he turned into a good hero who left behind a past that he would rather forget. It comes back to haunt him in this one and Felicia gets caught in the crossfire. I think Turano does a great job with his character.
The first two books in this series are lighthearted, humorous and full of well developed characters. A Talent for Trouble follows that same pattern. I read these books back to back and found that they can all be read as stand alone novels and in some cases that may be the best way. When reading them all together there were so many similarities in the writing style and flow of the books, that it took away from the overall experience of each book. So, take some time in between and read a few other things before going back to each one and it will be a more a enjoyable series.
Overall this was a good book. It may have been a little predictable when read in sequence with the other two books in the series, but that doesn't take away from the story itself. It was not preachy or too overloaded with the Christian perspective. I think Turano's subtle approach to Christian principles and values is a much more successful tactic and still gets her message across extremely well. I liked this one a lot.
Posted November 3, 2013
Posted October 30, 2013
I found A Talent for Trouble to be extremely amusing. I've not met Ms. Turano in person, but she must have a hint of mischief living inside her because once again she's written a lovely heroine with a mischievous side. I loved Felicia Murdock and her penchant for life. After a disappointment, she decides to be what she's always wanted to be - herself. Doing so lands her into some unfortunate circumstances, which I found funny because I can see myself doing the same things, if I had been in the same situations.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted October 27, 2013
In New York City in 1881, Miss Felicia Murdock is apparently not on the same page as God when it comes to a choice of husband. She decides to make changes in her life, one of the most noticeable changes centering around her wardrobe. It’s like she’s a whole new person now!
Felicia’s wardrobe transformation – like an 1881 version of What Not to Wear – doesn’t go unnoticed by Grayson Sumner, formerly Lord Sefton and still Lord Sefton when he feels the situation warrants it. Grayson has a past that he is not proud of; therefore, it wouldn’t be in Felicia’s best interests to be pursued by him. After all, she is all kindness and modesty and proper etiquette. Right? Besides, Grayson has his hands full trying to exude fatherliness to three-year-old Ming. Lately she’s resorted to tantrums and biting, and he has no idea how to handle it.
As if figuring out parenting isn’t enough, Grayson’s past has caught up to his present. Anyone associated with him could be in grave danger. He doesn’t want any harm to come to Felicia. It’s already said that Felicia has a talent for trouble, but Grayson’s past is dangerously troublesome.
Turano creates a landscape that is cleverly written and well-balanced. There is high society and the slums, love and anger, happiness and sadness, faithfulness and a lack of, and an element of danger. I highly recommend Turano’s books if you enjoy Christian historical fiction and strong female characters!
-- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Posted October 27, 2013
This was a delightful book.
Felicia had me busting out laughing in the middle of campus far too often, and Grayson's reactions to her mishaps were downright hilarious, too. Early on, he lets her have the reins to his carriage, and after a wild ride, when he gets out, he actually kissed the ground.
I almost dropped my book into my cereal.
Jen Turano's writing style flows prettily without being flowery, and, as I mentioned, it's really funny.
But what I liked best about this book was that it wasn't just funny. It spoke to depth, too. Felicia is charitable at heart (which actually lands her in half her hilarious bouts of trouble), and Grayson can't seem to stop saving her. But he has a past and a secret and he's sure there's no future for them--it was sweet seeing that chivalrous side of his, too.
What I Didn't Like As Much
The only thing I could have done without was the overabundance of the author's favorite words. Characters become disgruntled often, when they are not finding something delighful or dangerous.
Why I Recommend This Book
On top of the laughter and the depth, there was a danger. Have I mentioned lately that I love books with intrigue and daring dangerous adventures? Well, I do.
And this is one of them. Which is why I loved it and why Jen Turano is on my list of favorite authors and I'm on the hunt for more of her books.
Posted October 23, 2013
As usual, Jen Turano's writing is delightfully humorous as well as romantically suspenseful. What's not to love about a rebelliously honest (well, sometimes) woman in danger of becoming a maiden aunt? That is, if she lives that long.
Felicia Murdock's plans to become a minister's wife, a role for which she had auditioned for the past years, come to naught when the minister she had in mind marries another. However, he's gracious enough to send another marriage-minded minister her way. A rather persistent one, in fact, determined to set Felicia back on the right track.
Grayson Sumner, aka Lord Sefton, is far from being a minister and not at all what Felicia is looking for. Even if he is handsome and makes her heart trip a lively jig.
When his past comes back to haunt him and endanger both of them, they are forced to join forces. And then....
Posted October 19, 2013
In A Talent for Trouble, Jen Turano is back with another story set in 1881 New York City among the wealthy. Many of the same characters fill this story as appeared in her earlier two novels, but this time Felicia Murdock and Grayson Sumner take center-stage. Grayson's past is catching up with him, and Felicia is ready to break free from years of chasing something that wasn't her after all. Her heart for others is huge, and his closed off by lies he believes about his past. The romance is sweet and rocky and the mystery threads fun if a tad predictable. But I don't read Jen's books for the mystery, I read them for the delightful way her characters interact. You never know what her heroines will do next or how the heroes will get the girl in spite of their best intentions. A very fun, light read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.