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Playing the Part
     

Playing the Part

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by Jen Turano
 

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"One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre."—Booklist

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

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"One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre."—Booklist

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.

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Library Journal
02/01/2016
To escape her stepfather's machinations involving his debt and the attentions of Silas Ruff, actress Lucetta Plum gives up a starring role and hides out at the estate of Bram Haverstein, the grandson of a friend. Bram is delighted to have Lucetta land on his doorstep since he has followed her career and admires her work. As Lucetta and Bram become acquainted, Lucetta notices his eccentricities and strange household. Fiercely independent, she has no desire to marry or become entangled in a relationship. However, when Silas shows up to collect his debt, she fears she may never have another chance to tell Bram how she really feels. VERDICT In her third series entry (After a Fashion; In Good Company), Turano has crafted another feisty female protagonist who defies the mores of her time, in this case 1882 New York. This provocative novel brims with the author's trademark humor and subtle romantic style laced with faith. A pleasant selection for readers seeking a light historical romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764212772
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
284,396
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. 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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Playing the Part 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Turano story. In Playing the Part, Jen Turano pulls out all the stops. We still have over-the-top,interfering society matron Abigail, who is now trying to match up the last of her three wards, Lucetta Plum. Now we get to keep company with Abigail's peculiar relations. One brooding, mysterious grandson who lives in a Gothic castle full of unusual people and happenings(example:Geoffrey the goat!);one granddaughter in love with a reclusive playwright she's never met; and Abigail's estranged daughter. Throw the characters all together, mix them up with a generous helping of imagination, laughter, mystery, and danger, and you get this gem that is nothing short of fabulous!! I loved this book from beginning to end with the eccentric personalities with which Turano peoples her books. While some of the actions are outlandish, Turano writes in such a way you either don't care or actually believe somebody could possess such amazing quirks. This is one for the keeper shelf, to be enjoyed time after time, bringing laughter, love, and a deeply sated heart. I gratefully received a gift copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano never disappoints, she is one of my favorite authors. I love her quick whit, mystery, outlandish circumstances and all the personality of each and every character, you never know what is going to happen. I always look forward to her next novel. Playing the Part is part three in A Class of Their Own series, even though you can read it as a stand alone, I would not want to miss one of them so you might as well start at the beginning with After a Fashion then move to book two, In Good Company. That way you get to know each character better and fall in love with them all. Lucetta Plum is a beautiful and amazing actress. She has made quite a name for herself, yet she really is not the damsel in destress that she portrays on the stage. She is a very intelligent, opinionated, self assured woman. When she finds herself in need of protection she is not sure how to handle not being in charge and when she meets the dashing Bram Haverstein she is not sure what to think. They meet under unusual circumstances which seems to follow them everywhere. Bram Haverstein is a unique individual himself. He harbors many secrets, yet is he a true gentleman or is there more to him than meets the eye. When Lucetta stumbles into his life will it ever be the same again, and what is with all the mysteries taking place at his castle. You will find yourself laughing, shaking your head and wondering who and what are behind many things throughout this novel. I must warn you that you may stay up late reading, because you don't want to put it down. I love that Jen Turano brings the characters from the first two novels in this series back into this one, for I fell in love with them too. I was given a copy of this novel from the author for my honest opinion.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Oh, I do wish I could give this book more than the allowable 5 stars! When I first begin a new Jen Turano book, I know I am in for a rip roaring good time. And I'm never disappointed. I had a ball reading this book. Jen brings to a close her 'A Class of Their Own' series, but I sure do hate to see it close. This book is Miss Lucetta Plum's story. Lucetta is an actress of the stage and must make a getaway to escape the evil and nasty Silas Ruff. So off she goes with her dear friend Abigail Hart to her grandson Bram's castle in Tarrytown. Bram Haverstein is a bit on the eccentric side, if not actually demented, in Lucetta's mind, but she reserves her judgement until she knows more facts. His staff are downright strange, if not just as mad as he. From there the hilarity flows from nearly every page. I was laughing so hard during chapter 18 that I could barely catch my breath. It took a long time to read one page because I had to stop to bust out laughing at every sentence. I laughed so long and hard, I scared my little dog, who jumped off my lap and ran from me. Then he began to make whining noises, wondering what in the world had happened to me. I just had to go back and reread most of this chapter because it was too fun to leave and move on for a while. Jen Turano, who has an incredible wit, has done it once more. This book is an absolute masterpiece of humor. I had the BEST time reading this book! Jen's books are ones the reader will want to read again because they are just so much good fun. The only drawback is now I have to wait another year for her next book! I highly, very highly recommend every book Jen Turano has every written. The best!! The very best!! *I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. My opinions are my own.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book to read! When Lucetta Plum an actress on the rise in New York City, is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening, the danger and well, yes, the fun too begins! There were dark dangerous moments and laugh out loud episodes. So, for instance, enter a seriously mad goat and then, hmm, is it the rumored ghost or just a Knight in armor? And both in her room on the top floor of the Castle no less! Mystery, suspense, secrets, kidnapping and just the right amount of romance kept me turning the pages to see what mischief would turn up next. If you like to be entertained.. you will like this book! I was gifted a copy for review.
LibMom More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano's newest book Playing the Part is a light, enjoyable read in the Christian historical genre. Actress, Lucetta Plum, must leave New York quickly and takes on a new identity in a hidden location, hence the name of the book. Under her new identity, she and her companions have all sorts of crazy mishaps and the identity of several characters is revealed. In addition to hidden and mistaken identities, a dash of romance and mystery is added along with several other plot twists. Readers must stay on their toes to keep up with the crazy antics. Playing the Part is the third in a series of books titled A Class of Their Own. Readers familiar with the other books in this series will already be familiar with some of the characters. However, Turano does a good job of introducing the characters to new readers sufficiently enough to move the plot along and to encourage readers to pick up the earlier novels. The two main characters are developed just enough to pull you into the plot and to be satisfied with the conclusion but not so much that you clamor for a sequel. Likewise, the plot demands the reader pay attention but is light-hearted. The characters' faith is incorporated into the story as part of their daily life but doesn't move the plot along significantly. Overall, this book is a quick, fun read for individuals who like Christian inspirational literature. Appropriate for teens and older. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. 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 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part is book three in A Class of Their Own series by Jen Turano. Jen has done it yet again written a story that is so wonderful that you don’t want to put it down until the very end. There are characters that you will absolutely love and others that you would love to slap. This most unusual cast of characters and the unexpected happens will surely have you laughing at some of the things that take place through this most delightful story. This wonderful cast of characters will surely grab hold of you and not let go until the very end. Be sure to order your copy of Playing the Part by Jen Turano today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part has got it all; romance, mystery, and above all, humor. Last in the series called “A Class of Their Own’, this book stands out as the best and funniest of all. Lucetta Plum, actress and friend of Millie and Harriet, is forced to leave the stage temporarily following unwelcome attention from unsavory, untrustworthy admirers with their own agendas. Lucetta’s friend and patroness to all three ladies, Abigail Hart decides to take Lucetta to the country for safety. She chooses to take refuge in the castle of her grandson, Bram Haverstein and no sooner have the ladies arrived when a cannon is fired at them, setting in motion a succession of shocking actions that will have readers laughing out loud. The household staff at Ravenwood castle is a motley crew and there is no shortage of wacky episodes and never a dull moment. While some events may be predictable, other hilarious occurrences happen that are beyond readers’ wildest imagination. The zany cast, “haunted” castle and madcap plot make for a thoroughly entertaining read. Bram and Lucetta both have secrets of very different kinds. When the truths are revealed, will their growing relationship blossom or burn? Jen Turano fans will love this book! Those new to Turano will become fans. I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I highly recommend it to all adult and teenage readers.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Another hilarious historical romantic comedy! This story doesn’t exactly pick up where the other two books in this series left off. In that sense it isn’t a “true” series. But the main characters from each of the previous books put in an appearance and reference is made to how they met. In my mind this means that reading the books in order enhances the enjoyment of reading this final story. The characters that Jen creates for this book live up to my expectations from reading all of her previous books. The quirks that she comes up with for each of them never fail to amuse me. Lucetta Plum and Bram Haverstein are some of the funniest people that I’ve ever had the chance to meet in the pages of a book. Lucetta hates the idea of damsels in distress, but she finds herself thrust into that role. I love how she managed to express her displeasure in it and tries to get out of situations by herself. The twists in the story explaining what put her in danger and connecting all the different people by the end of the story were very entertaining. Added to all of these, light-hearted shenanigans there are some deeper looks at how strained family relationships can develop. Then steps needed to restore them are explored. This resulted in a nice challenge to take a look at our own relationships. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I am an unabashed fan of Jen Turano and so I have greatly anticipated the release of Playing the Part. Let me just tell you: it did not disappoint. I have to say that In Good Company and A Talent for Trouble are my favorites of Turano’s works but Playing the Part certainly gave them a run for their money. The story starts off with Lucetta Plum, a plucky independent actress, receiving news from her stepfather that he owes a powerful man gambling debts- debts that the man is willing to drop if her stepfather gives him Lucetta. Lucetta’s bodyguard naturally has some qualms with that arrangement and so he packs her up and sends her to Ravenwood, an estate owned by Lucetta’s well-meaning but devious friend Abigail Hart’s grandson Bram Haverstein. Bram is a mysterious, strange young man happens to be rich, handsome, and very, very single. Let us also not forget the fact that Lucetta is single - she wouldn’t be in this mess if she weren’t- and that Abigail is a notorious matchmaker. Can somebody say uh-oh? Add into the mix the mysterious happenings of Ravenwood- bloodthirsty goats don’t just magically appear in towers that the only way to get up to is to climb several flights of narrow stairs, and suits of armor do not move on their own- and you are sure to have a thrilling story filled with more hilarious situations than you could possibly dream of. Lucetta is determined not to let Abigail marry her off to Bram. Bram is determined that no one learns the secrets of his mysterious way of life. Abigail is determined to match her grandson up with her young friend. And Silas Ruff is determined to have Lucetta once and for all. But with all these conflicting wishes who will come out on top? I received a copy for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
When you see Lucetta Plum on the opening pages of Paying the Part by Jen Turano, you are instantly reminded what a feisty character she is. As Lucetta is coming off the stage after her latest performance, she is confronted by her self-absorbed stepfather. Nigel Wolfe wants Lucetta to help him get out of a bad situation in which he has placed himself. Nigel has gambled away Lucetta's family home! Now Lucetta finds herself running from the man who won this bet and now wants her in exchange for the house! Lucetta had promised her father before his death that she would always take care of her mother; however, she does not want to fulfill this in exchange for her own self! Lucetta is traveling through the darkness of night with her dear friend, Abigail Hart, to her grandson's castle just outside of the city. Bram Haverstein is a man that Lucetta has never met. When Bram dunks Lucetta in the moat surrounding his property, the introduction between Bram and Lucetta cannot be avoided! You will not believe the situations that Bram and Lucetta find themselves in before the end of this tale. You will definitely enjoy this crazy adventure! I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/2016/03/playing-part.html
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part by Jen Turano A Class of Their Own Series Book Three Lucetta Plum is a very successful actress. Unfortunately, she has gathered the attention of the unwanted kind. She had thought she was rid of one man in particular...but worms like him always crawl back out of their holes. And thanks to her no-good stepfather, she is back in the man's sites. She has no choice but to go into hiding. Bram Haverstein has many secrets. Secrets that have his own parents wondering what type of criminal activities he might be involved in. And he has a secret crush as well. He's trying to bide his time to approach the young woman but in the meantime, his castle gates have been stormed by women hoping to end his bachelorhood. Three friends had lived together in a boardinghouse on the bad side of town until the widowed Abigail Hart took them in. Abigail prides herself on being a matchmaker and has successfully married off two of the girls. Lucetta's troubles help Abigail's plans along when they go to her grandson's home. I love Jen Turano's books. They are so full of humor. A goat who hates women...and swords, ghosts, a dungeon, and more had me turning the pages until the end. **Received through Bethany House for an honest review
CassWesselCW More than 1 year ago
Actress Lucetta Plum, of New York City, must forsake her starring role when villanous Silas Ruff’s attentions take a deadly turn. Abigail Hart, known for her matchmaking interests, takes this opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life whisking her away for her safety to her grandson's castle, Ravenwood on the Hudson River, but little does Abigail truly know her grandson. Mysterious Bram Haverstein, said grandson, merely gives the appearance of being a gentleman, but his stunning physique masks a secret fascination with the macabre and, horror of horrors, he’s smitten with Lucetta. Did I mention that his castle sports a tower and a dungeon and this is the place where Abigail believes Lucetta will be safe? Shudder. Lucetta, has zero romantic interest in men, period. Yet she vows to remain friends with Bram . . . nothing more. However, strange events, things going bump in the night, animals that run amok during the day, and an apparently deranged staff, more than give her pause. She gets downright rebellious . . . something Bram cannot fathom. Will this unlikely pair end up with their happily ever after? Or will someone else? This reviewer will never tell. You’ll have to buy this delightfully funny novel, filled with more twists than a pretzel, and more turns than a country road, to find out. This reviewer must say Jen Turano has written a book to elicite out loud guffawing several times throughout its pages. As with all her novels, this one is a hoot. For sure, Jen Turano is the mistress of mirth who deliciously harks back to George Bernard Shaw’s plays. Playing the Part is now on sale at your favorite bookseller. Disclaimer: This reviewer received a copy of this work from the author as a gift and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from the author for an honest review. I have read the other 2 novels in this series and found them wonderful stories. With this one being about 3 young women in NYC before the turn of the century trying to find their way coming from very different backgrounds. Lucetta is the last of the young women who is not married and still working in her career choice as a Actress who doesn't want to do the married thing yet but her benefactor is matchmaker in her own right without actually letting people know. A bad man who has caused problems before and is obsessed with her is causing problems for her at the the theatre and is using her step-dad against her. Mrs. Hart helps by wishing her out of the city up to her grandsons castle because she wants to get them together. With a lot of twist and turns and a lot of intrique you do not want to put this book down. I loved this novel very much.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part by Jen Turano is another release that follows her crazy, zany, fun characters. One reason I love Turano's books so much is that hers are nothing like other books in the Christian Fiction genre. When a reader needs a great, fun , light read this book will definitely fit the bill. Luccetta is just plain fun! She plays out characters on stage that are nothing like what she really is in her real life. Lots of fun with some mystery thrown in. Bram is a totally enjoyable character...with a bit of mystery surrounding his strange actions and home. All in all just a plain fun enjoyable read once again from Turano. It's a laugh out loud great read...go get any Turano book if you need some laughter and fun in your life!
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part – A Class of Their Own Book#3 •°o•:*:•. GENIUS .•:*:• o°• I received my influencer copy LATE in Saturday’s mail so I knew better than to attempt to start it until Sunday. It took me between 8-9 hours to read it cover to cover (ahem, as per usual with any Jen Turano book). I absolutely loved it! In a nut-shell, it is mysterious, witty, romantic, dangerous and faith filled, with several laugh-out-loud moments. Lucetta Plum is a head-strong, wonderful actress, but is being pursued by a stalkerie (I’m making that a word) type character. Her imposing (but secretly a big softie) security man, and her self-appointed guardian, Abigail, whisk her away to her grandson’s home of Ravenwood. Bram Haverstein has hired all sorts of misfits to help him maintain Ravenwood, and he’s rescued a number of mistreated or unwanted animals who make for delightful story points. P.40 “I think you’re forgetting a very important fact, sir. You’re Mr. Bram Haverstein, a gentleman in possession of a very fine fortune, your own castle, a summer house on Long Island, more carriages than I care to count, a steamboat, and you’re apparently possessed of a face that all ladies find swoon-worthy.” The castle has all sorts of unusual goings on, including many uninvited ladies showing up and trying to weasel their way into Bram’s life. There’s a mote, hidden passages, a crazy goat, and the place just might be haunted. {Side note: I wonder if Bram was named after Bram Stoker, what with all eerie references…hmmmmm.} TEA REFERENCES (because tea is my ‘thing’) P.21 “And…I just recalled that tea is very good for soothing the nerves. And because of your dastardly situation, your nerves must need soothing, so….” P.43 “Should I ring for tea?” Mrs. Macmillan asked. “I’m not sure I’ll be asking the trespassers in for refreshments, Mrs. Macmillan. While I certainly don’t want to fire cannonballs at them, offering tea might be taking the social niceties a bit too far.” I could go on and on in pure delight, but I’ll leave the rest to you. I do HIGHLY recommend this and all of Jen’s books. Each one has received a 5-star review from me! Be sure to look up Jen on FB as I have always found her to be very approachable. It is my great privilege to be included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation. My opinion is my own. Read: 2/28/16 SERIES: A Class of Their Own After a Fashion - Book#1 – 2015 In Good Company – Book #2 – 2015 Playing the Part – Book #3 – 2016
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Playing the Part Jen Turano Book Summary: 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. Review: Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors!!! I loved this series thoroughly!!! I can not wait for more books from her. I read this book so quickly that I was sad when it was over. The characters are well developed and I think her characters are fantastic. There is a great balance between mystery and humor. Every single character is richly written and each story I have read is fun filled and fast paced. The only consolation I have is Jen Turano will write more books!!! My only wish is that I was just picking up my first book By Jen Turano. Unfortunately the only thing I can do is wait for the next book. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
If you have read any books by Jen Turano, then you know you are in for an adventure. Playing the Part is the third book in the A Class of Their Own series. I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, After A Fashion, but I did read the second, In Good Company. I don’t feel that you need to read either of the first two to enjoy this one. But I would recommend that you do because you’ll get to know and understand the characters more. Plus, why would you want to miss out on amazingly funny books? Playing the Part follows Lucetta as she takes a break from the stage to avoid a creepy fan. Being whisked away at a moments notice doesn’t give her much time to plan. When her good friend Abigail suggests they go to her grandson’s house Lucetta agrees. Little does she know she is in for an adventure like no other. Bram isn’t your normal man, and his grandma hasn’t got to spend any real time with him in forever. When strange things begin happening at the castle, Lucetta wants to get to the bottom of it. Bram’s staff are one of a kind, and aren’t much help in discovering what’s going on. They won’t tell her anything about him, and act as if the castle is haunted. Having the famous actress in his house causes Bram no little amount of excitement. Who wouldn’t love having a beautiful woman around? But he quickly learns there is more to Lucetta than meets the eye. Can the two of them form a friendship and maybe more? Or will they both be too stuck in their ways to see what’s right in front of them? Turano is great at making me relate to the characters. She had me laughing to myself and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is one of those books that will be going on the keep shelf. I can’t wait to read more by this awesome author. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little bit of danger mixed with a little bit of romance. This book has the perfect blend, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
I 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 becomes 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.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
As I’ve 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 I’ll 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 Lucetta’s book! Ms. Turano is one of my go-to authors, particularly when I need a laugh, and I’ve yet to find a book of hers that I could say wasn’t a favorite. I’ve heard several people say that this is their favorite story of hers to date, but I don’t know that I can choose just one of her books to hold that distinction. The choice is just too difficult! So I’ll just say that my favorite is whichever one I’m currently reading or have just finished. One of the things I enjoy most about Jen’s 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). I’ve been eagerly anticipating Lucetta’s 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 don’t know that I’m qualified to make that decision without bias. If you decide to read the book (which I’m hoping you will), you’ll 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.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
A haunted castle, a handsome loner bachelor, and a skirt-chasing goat all come together to form such an interesting story that will keep you turning the pages. It was delightful to get to know actress Lucetta Plum in the third installment the A Class of Their Own series by Jen Turano. After having spent many enjoyable hours reading Harriet's and Millie's stories, learning about the mysterious Lucetta was a treat. This novel gave insight into the wonderfully talented Lucetta's personality. And while she was gifted in many ways, she was humble enough to recognize areas in her life where she needed to forgive, let go of anger, and be more vulnerable. Bram Haverstein, the handsome grandson of Abigail Hart, has many secrets, but his admiration of Lucetta Plum is not one of them. Once again, Jen Turano offers a story filled with laugh-out-loud scenarios, along with mystery and romance, that will delight readers of historical fiction. Playing the Part stands alone, but characters from the first two books return, and the surprise ending skillfully wraps up the series. I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Will matchmaking schemes triumph again? Anyone who has checked out my reviews will quickly realize that I am very enthusiastic about Jen Turano's books. And you'll probably have guessed that she is one of my favorite authors. I truly look forward to each of her new releases. Each one is a crazy-fun and romantic romp through the Gilded Age, plus that perfect element of suspense that she adds to each story. I have been eagerly anticipating Playing The Part since finishing Millie's story last year. And it was everything I'd hoped for and more! The book all but starts out with a literal bang and only gets better from there! I quickly fell in love with Lucetta, Bram, and the other. And a rather hilarious character named Geoffrey really took the cake. I was also thrilled to 'run into' Buford, a good buddy from book 1. Old friends and new, a mystery, a crazy castle with a complete with a dungeon and a moat, and Jen Turano's signature storytelling made Playing The Part a totally laugh-out-loud story. Jen Turano kept me laughing from page one, especially with Geoffrey's antics and Bram's eccentricities, all the way until the end. Playing The Part is so much a book worth reading, I can't recommend it highly enough. I may be gushing a bit but I believe that a good book from a very talented author deserves a little effusive praise. If you love historical fiction, romantic comedy, or historical suspense, Jen Turano has you covered with Playing The Part and the previous books in the A Class Of Their Own series. Don't miss a single one of these deliciously quirky and captivating stories! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano has a way with words! Once again, through humorous and sometimes dangerous situations, she pulls us into the lives of Lucetta and Bram. Jen's books are ones that you put on your bookshelf so that in the not too distant future you can pull them down and read them again. And I just don't do that, but I want to with her books. I love to laugh at the antics she puts her poor characters through, and she did it again in Playing the Part. From page one, I was pulled into Lucetta's turmoil--a confrontation with a man she thought she'd left in her past. I can't wait for her next book! I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Actress Lucetta Plum has a great many admirers, some more ardent than others. When a particular admirer becomes threatening, Abigail Hart whisks Lucetta away to her grandson's castle outside the city. Both the castle and the grandson are fascinating, mysterious, and rather eccentric. Before Lucetta knows what's hit her, she's surrounded by reformed criminals, enraged goats, and walking suits of armor. This is Jen Turano's seventh novel, and I have loved each and every one of them. I think they just keep getting better. Of course, we still have the madcap shenanigans that all her novels do -- disguises, cross dressing, ill-fated proposals, and witty banter. The difference is this time we get to enjoy all those things in a haunted castle. Playing the Part also has some serious moments that give depth to the characters and more meaning to the story. There is also a bit more kissing than in Jen's previous novels, which I was quite happy to find. Anytime I'm in the mood for something light, funny, and free spirited, something that will give me a pleasant and happy escape from reality, I pick up one of Jen's books. I know what to expect from them and I've never been disappointed. Playing the Part is a breezy, fun book to read that will leave you with a smile on your face. Content: clean Source: I received this book through the Baker Publishing Blogger Review Program for the purpose of this review
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Escape with a light-hearted book.... Playing the Part By Jen Turano Lucetta Plum is the object of many admirers, all of whom have mistaken her for the parts she plays. No one outside of her dearest friends knows the real Lucetta and even from them she has kept secrets. But when an obsessive admirer turns dangerous Lucetta's secrets just may come out. Abigail Hart has a plan to keep Lucetta safe But there is just one problem Abigail's plan involves her grandson Bram Haverstein. Lucetta is fairly certain Abigail is up to her matchmaking ways yet again and she's the unwilling victim of the scheming. Bram is not who his grandmother thinks he is. In fact his estate is a tad disconcerting between its appearance, less than friendly staff, and his animals. But Lucetta is determined to hide away from her current threat even if it means staying at Ravenwood. Playing the Part is filled with all the light-hearted fun one has experienced in previous books by Jen Turano. It is interesting getting to know Lucetta after having a passing acquaintance with her in After a Fashion and In Good Company. Fans of Harriet and Millie will be delighted to know that they too make an appearance in this book. If you are looking for a light-hearted escape from your day-to-day stresses this is just what you are looking for. This was an easy book to get into and it was able to hold my attention throughout. Be on the look-out for Gregory - he is the best surprise of all. I had a Gregory of my own at one time though his name was Christopher. I thoroughly got Gregory and his antics. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.