Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)

Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)

by Jen Turano

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ISBN-13: 9781493417339
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: American Heiresses , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 31,695
File size: 9 MB

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Jen Turano is the USA Today bestselling author of 10 novels and two novellas. She is a member of ACFW and RWA and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of ten books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. 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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Flights of Fancy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
ARS8 10 hours ago
Honestly, I could go on and on about my love for Jen Turano's writing until Buttercup came home. She is my favorite historical author. I know that some people have a hard time with the ridiculousness of her stories, but honestly, they make me laugh so hard. They are always the perfect mix of comedy, romance, drama, and inspirational all wrapped into one enjoyable book sized package. This might have been her most ridiculous story yet and that is saying something since I distinctly remember a problem with peacocks in In Good Company. But I think that the chickens beat out the peacocks. Ian and Izzie were both extremely interesting characters, I loved how Turano showed a little bit more of the business aspect in this story instead of just the upper class. This isn't my favorite of her works, but I was still filled with such a nostalgia after I finished this one. I wished that I hadn't because I missed it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
swissgranny 18 hours ago
Whenever I’m in the mood for a rollicking good historical romance with lots of comedy and wit, I turn to one of my favorite authors, Jen Turano. She knows how to create delightful scenarios that are guaranteed to tickle my funny bone and keep me giggling and chuckling. Situations that should sound preposterous somehow fit Turano’s madcap heroines perfectly, and I’m not at all surprised at the crazy things they do. With a definite knack for choosing the perfect names for her characters and plopping them down in the middle of deliciously funny adventures, Turano is a brilliant story teller. Flights of Fancy was another great book—this time featuring Isadora Delafield and Ian MacKenzie, both fabulous characters who are endearing, lovable, and vividly-drawn. A charming cast of secondary characters, which include Buttercup the cow and a hen named Elmer, along with 4 adorable carrot-top children, wound their way into my heart. The witty banter and delightful escapades kept me turning pages. The underlying messages that wealth and social standing don’t guarantee happiness and success in life, and that obstacles can make us stronger and better people added a spiritual message that deepened the story for me. I loved this quote, “. . . God occasionally throws obstacles our way so that we’re forced to grow into the people He wants us to be. You are far stronger than you think. I imagine, even with must seem like insurmountable mountains placed in your path, you’ll soon discover strengths you never knew you had.” I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Kathae 19 hours ago
You'd run, too! Isadora Delafield had no choice but to flee her high-society, privileged, New York City life to escape a bleak future. In doing so, she finds purpose and love among her new small-town neighbors. Ian MacKenzie was fast-tracking to the height of Pittsburgh high society, his aim to find a wife that would upwardly propel him in that goal. Through Isadora and his family, he realizes that living and working as an honorable man is much more important. Jen Turano begins a new book series, American Heiresses, with Flights of Fancy. With the same setting and style as her previous book series, the reader will also find this new book filled with witty dialog and laugh-out-loud situations. Some mystery and suspense will also keep readers turning the pages of this fine book. If you're a Jen Turano fan, you won't be disappointed with this new book. Historical romance readers will enjoy it also. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
5643437 3 days ago
Some historical fiction books manage to capture the flavor of the time period as well as what it truly was like to live during that period, and Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano is one of those books. From the very beginning, I was able to relate to the difficulties Isadora Delafield, as an heiress had to endure. Having to escape from a marriage to an older “not-so gentelmanly” gentleman, arranged by her mother caused me to root for her to escape. Hester Delafield represents everything negative about wealthy, domineering, and controlling mothers who only want to increase their own power and prestige rather than being motherly in the slightest. When Isadora Delafield escapes to Pennsylvania, she is able to find out who she really is and what she is capable of, despite her privileged background. When she becomes the housekeeper for Ian MacKenzie’s adopted parents, neither of them expect to find the other interesting, which reminds me of when my husband and I met many years ago. But sometimes those encounters lead to the best conclusions. Mysterious incidents, four children and more add to the dynamics of this story. I found the book well-written, the characters intriguing and the storyline believable. So check this book out for yourself.
RobbyeReviewer 3 days ago
Can I just say, I LOVE Jen Turano’s books? I have always enjoyed historical and humorous fiction. When you mix those two together...well, you get a Jen Turano book! Flights of Fancy is Turano’s newest book, the first in her American Heiresses series. True to her typical style, there are lots of laugh out loud moments garnered from the situation Isadora “Izzie” Delafield, American heiress, finds herself in. However, not everything is “hunky-dory” in her life. Fleeing from a precarious situation involving a dastardly Duke her mother wants her to marry, Izzie finds herself at the Glory Manor. Glory Manor is home to a menagerie of animals and people, including cows and chickens that prefer the indoors and four adorable orphans. Between the “normal” goings on at Glory Manor, there are undercurrents of menace, too. As the characters begin to learn more about each other, they also learn more about themselves and their purpose in life. Flights of Fancy doesn’t have as much of the Gilded Age as most of Turano’s books have; nonetheless, it is still very enjoyable. She has a way of interweaving valuable life lessons and Biblical insights into her stories that leave you thinking about your own life. I received the book from NetGalley and Celebrate Lit through Bethany House Publishers. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
PrincessGlor 4 days ago
Amazing. This book was wonderful. Ian is totally swoon-worthy, Izzie is endearing, Uncle Amos and Aunt Birdie are a hoot and the 4 kiddos are heart-stealing. Jen literally pens stories that leap off the page and this one was a fun story that had me in stitches nearly from the word go. Add in Elmer the chicken and Buttercup the cow, and you can see why the antics in this story were completely entertaining. I couldn’t put it down and was sorry to see it end. I am counting the days till her next one! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
MaureenST 6 days ago
This book had me laughing out loud, such an entertaining and enjoyable read, I could picture this one as a movie! One minute our girl Isadora [Izzie] is waited on hand and foot, and the next she is in a quandary to dress herself, and how to boil water. How is she ever going to pass herself off as a housekeeper? Funny! There are some challenges that are met here, is the beloved Uncle suffering from dementia, or is an outside force tormenting him and many others? Got your attention, this is just a tease of what you are going to have once you turn those pages. A cow in the house? A chicken? A mansion and balls, along with the above make for a great read! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
Homesteading 7 days ago
4.5 STARS!!! He had the sneaking suspicion her question was completely serious, which spoke volumes about her experience, or lack thereof, in the kitchen. Delightfully engaging, Turano once again takes readers on a fanciful jaunt into the countryside with an heiress seeking anonymity from an unsuitable suitor. But fanciful isn’t the only thing going on here. What struck me most about this story is Isadora’s journey to becoming better—a better person, that is. While many assumptions are made about Isadora’s abilities (or inabilities as the case may be), one thing she is not in want of is self-examination. And when ‘Izzie’ finds herself lacking, she owns up to it and changes. Her transformation is miraculous; like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Along the way, there is plenty of entertainment and laughter which is classic Turano style. Ian MacKenzie is a successful businessman hoping to climb even higher by marrying a society girl. His adoptive parents own the farm where Isadora is masquerading as a housekeeper and he spends a lot of time there helping them out. Shenanigans are happening in the area, some that turn rather dangerous. But amidst it all, Ian also discovers there is more to life than climbing the proverbial social ladder. Christian fiction is all the better for the added addition of Jen Turano’s books. Each one has its eccentricities, making them exceptionally entertaining while faith in the Lord is woven skillfully throughout as well. It’s never overdone, like Izzie’s attempts in the kitchen. :-) I highly recommend Flights of Fancy to historical fiction fans. It’s a sweet treat if there ever was one! I was gifted a copy from the publisher and author with no expectation of a review. No compensation has been received.
Ourpugs 7 days ago
Flights of Fancy Isadora applies for an housekeeping job to hide out. A elderly Duke wants to marry her. The first couple chapters were a little slow but after we get to the part where she applies for the housekeeping job it get very interesting. Ian needs an housekeeper to help his Aunt with cooking, cleaning and with the children. From the time she gets there the story becomes very comical. This was such a fun book to read. The book is my favorite genre which is an historical. Has different types of animals in it. Children are always fun to read about. Isadora is definitely is a very memorable character. She tried so hard to do the housekeeping. There is so many funny scenes. It is hard not to share them in my review. Read the book and enjoy. I received an complementary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Fala19 8 days ago
Flights of Fancy was such a delightful story! I was so excited to start this new series from Jen Turano. Her books never fail to leave me in a good mood and always put a smile on my face. This book was no different. I was literally laughing out loud the entire book. It was so funny and so full of heart. Plus it had a great spiritual message too. The whole cast of characters were awesome. From the instantly likable main characters of Isadora and Ian to eccentric Uncle Amos and ornery Aunt Birdie to the four precocious orphans living at Glory Manor - Henry, Primrose, Violet, and Daisy. But my absolute favorite characters of all were the farm animals. The laundry-eating goats, the constantly-escaping chickens, and especially Buttercup the cow who's favorite place to be was inside the house and found every opportunity to let herself in. Goodness, they made me laugh so much! I'll be remembering their antics for a long time! If you're looking for a great romantic comedy, look no further than Flights of Fancy. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the sequel! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
DKStevens119 9 days ago
What a fun read! Although I haven't read a Jen Turano book yet that didn't make me smile and look forward to her next! This one has Miss Isadora Delafield running off to avoid marriage to a not so wonderful Duke of Marlborough. She takes a job as a housekeeper when she has never washed a dish, cooked a meal or made her own bed. She learns fast that she has certainly taken her servants and the perks of her society life for granted. The antics start in her first 5 minutes on the farm and continue on to the end.  Another for my favorites list! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary.
TheBeccaFiles 9 days ago
Although I have several of her other books on my TBR pile, this happens to be the first one I’ve actually read. I must say, it has me wanting to go jump into the others to read more! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see where the author goes with this series. First of all, I have to say how much I despised the Duke of Montrose’s character. Oh boy did he make my blood boil! It’s all as intended though, for an author certainly wouldn’t write-in a character who says books are “only suitable for the simpleminded” (Loc 208), if they wanted the readers to like them now would they? I think not! Jen did an amazing job of creating a villain that would be unquestionably disliked. Now, Ian MacKenzie’s character? Whew! I appreciated that while he was easily likable, he was also complicated. There was depth to his character. He had faults that he was aware of and admitted to struggling with, but he also clearly had a big heart. He was grateful to the people in his life who had shown him love when he was abandoned as a child. He gave credit where credit was due. Without a doubt his character was masterfully written. I also thought it was interesting that while Izzie is a victim of her circumstances, she doesn’t exactly play that role. While finding employment was deemed the best plan to insure her safety, she appeared to embrace it rather than complain. It was as if she wanted to make the best of her circumstances she was in. Even though her time was intended to be temporary all along, she still felt a desire to succeed and seek the approval of those around her. She was another easily-liked character. There was so much that I loved about this story, and I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans. I can’t wait for the series to continue! I received this book through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 10 days ago
Mix together a runaway heiress who tries not so successfully to fill the role of a housekeeper, a young lawyer bent on making his fortune and mark on society while still caring for family, a forgetful old farmer and his injured wife, a family of lovable but abandoned children, a pet cow named Buttercup who enjoys spending time indoors, a moody hen named Elmer, and . . . well, you get the picture! Jen Turano's latest book, Flights of Fancy, is a fun story filled with a hodge-podge of characters. As is always true of a Jen Turano book, you can't read the story without laughing, or at least smiling, as you see all the crazy scenarios she puts her characters through. But there is also much more to the story than just the humor. Some pretty unnerving things happen on and round Glory Manor. And Miss Isadora Delafield and Mr. Ian Mackenzie both learn some pretty important lessons about what is real and what is important in life and find themselves involved in things that hugely impact many of their friends and family. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction in a fun setting. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of Flights of Fancy. I was glad to share my own thoughts in this review.
LJShuck 10 days ago
Kudos go to author Jen Turano! What a better way could this reader ring in the new year than to read her latest release, Flights of Fancy? Truly, I am pleased that Flights of Fancy is my first read for 2019! Isadora Delafield, according to her mother, fast approaching the age considered marriageable in their high society circles. Isadora, or Izzy, as she’s called by her best friend feels no rush to marry despite the societal rules; she will marry for love or she does not want to marry at all. Despite her resistance, Izzy’s mother attempts to set her up with an old British duke, a man Isadora finds to be quite, well distasteful. Learning that life may not go well for her should she accept his advances, Isadora resists, only to realize that resisting puts her life in danger. She runs away and finds herself hired as a housekeeper on a Pennsylvania farm. Gentleman farmer Ian MacKenzie is in need of a housekeeper to manage his adopted parents farm while he attends to business matters in the city. When Izzy applies, Ian is rather stunned by her disguise and manner. Despite his misgivings, he hires Izzy and soon finds out she doesn’t even know how to boil water! Isadora was expecting a position managing a household; Ian was expecting a housekeeper, neither was expecting what happened. Hilarity, mystery and love ensues as the two learn more about each other and about themselves. Add four young children, three girls and a boy, miscellaneous farm animals...wait until you meet Buttercup, the cow...all kinds of hilarious and some not so hilarious things ensue. I so much enjoyed reading Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano, and since it’s the first in a new series, I’m even more excited that there are additional quirky stories to come! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, BethanyHouse, and am not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own.
Pamelamo 11 days ago
Oh my! Jen Turano has done it again. Somehow she always manages to combine a truly memorable romance with one hilarious, witty scene after another, as well as inject just the right amount of mystery. I love her characters with the delightfully quaint names given the heroine and other females. Heroes are always swoon-worthy and readers will usually find at least one thoroughly detestable person in the mix. The addition of charming children and rambunctious pets sends the story over the top. I loved everything about Flights of Fancy. It was such fun observing pampered heiress Isadora pretend to be a housekeeper. As readers can imagine, her chores were filled with mostly humorous mishaps that were often witnessed by the handsome hero Ian. Witnessing Isadora’s transformation from a spoiled, self-absorbed lady to one who cared about others and learned to depend on the Lord was very gratifying. Flights of Fancy is a fun, romantic tale devoid of objectionable scenes or language. I would not hesitate to allow a teen daughter to read it. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
annelr 11 days ago
Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano is the first book in the American Heiresses series and I must say I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It is a delightfully captivating story. A young wealthy woman is being coerced into a marriage with an old and rather villainous man who just might even be a murderer. The answer to her dilemma seems to be to hide out in the countryside as a housekeeper and she can barely even manage to dress herself let alone take care of a household. A household which consists of a somewhat confused old man, his laid up wife and four young children from an orphanage, and add to that all the feisty farm animals who always seem to be on the loose--Buttercup, the cow who thinks the house is her stall and Elmer, the chicken who often finds its way under Izzy's skirts to peck at her legs. Isadora's adventure into life as an inept house manager has some lessons of faith as characters learn to trust God to care for and lead them. Lots of witty humor, relatable characters, some mystery, and of course, a lovely romance. Who could ask for more? I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
KLF 11 days ago
Jen starts her newest series, American Heiresses, off with a bang! Miss Isadora Delafield is a truly complex, truly delightful, truly personable heroine that I wish I was friends with in real life. Constrained by high society, and her mother's determination to see her climb the social ladder even further through marriage, Isadora comes to the possibility of marrying a truly villainous duke (and when I say villainous, I mean villainous!) Our hero, Mr. Ian McKenzie has his own family struggles, and through Isadora's and Ian's meeting we find truly endearing, quirky family members to enjoy. I don't think I can praise this book enough, rather than to say it is simply stunning! The plot is one that keeps you glued to the page until you finish the entire book in one sitting. The romance blossoms beautifully and innocently, and the characters each develop beautifully in their own way. The history, the plot, the romance, the characters - I can not wait until the next installment in this series! Don't miss Jen Turano and her one of a kind, simply stunning novels! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and all opinions given are my own.
BMace 11 days ago
Don't miss this marvelous story! Starting with a scoundrel, a job she knew nothing about, animals with names and eventually an abuduction this book was impossible to put down until I was finished. This was one of the times I was so glad I was alone when reading, as I laughed out loud a number of times. Izzie just had a way of getting herself into 'hot water'. The children were precious and reminded me of some of the horrors children experienced in the late 1880's. This fabulous book is my introduction to this author. Needless to say, I have all her books marked as want to read. I received an ARC from Bethany House Publishers and CelebrateLit. This review gives my impressions and opinions.
SBMC 11 days ago
So delightful! Jen Turano really knows how to write fun historical romance filled with humor, clever and witty dialogue, unforgettable characters, and interesting and unexpected plot twists. If you enjoy historical romance that is well-written and entertaining, you will adore this book. The premise is not necessarily original for the time period of 1885 but the cast of characters is unique and charming. Isadora is a beautiful society lady who is on the run and she finds her true self in a small town in Pennsylvania. Her courage, ability to self-evaluate, her tender heart and her tenacity all lead her to discovering a closer relationship with God and her purpose in life. Ian is totally sigh-worthy: strong, intelligent, wealthy, loyal, loving, kind, and handsome. Yet he, too, needs to travel this journey of maturation as he realizes his long-term life goals are selfish and feels led to re-evaluate what he holds dear. There are some truly hysterical moments in the book that will have you laughing out loud. It’s definitely a book that will leave you with a happy, satisfied smile on your face when you’re finished. I can’t wait for the second book in the series! I received a copy of the book from Bethany House via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Phyllis_H 12 days ago
Having come from a childhood of poverty, abuse, and neglect, Ian was determined to make something of himself. To become so well off and have security. He is well on the way as a respected, and even feared, attorney to the industrialists. Next, he feels that he just needs to marry a society woman to accomplish all that he set out to. Isadora’s mother, Hester, had her heart set on Isadora marrying well. So when a duke showed interest in her, Hester was ecstatic and would brook no argument against the match. So Izzy did what any smart young society woman would do (not!) and ran away to (as she and her friend called it) the wilds of Pennsylvania. Combining the ridiculous with the very real and serious plight of the steelworkers in the Gilded Age, Flights of Fancy explored the world of orphans and attorneys. Heiresses and hired hands. Selfishness and a servant’s heart. The author clearly showed the issues that made the unions necessary at that time - the deplorable working conditions and attitudes of the owners towards their workers. The image of Pittsburg’s smog being so thick it affected the visibility in an extreme way was fascinating - having grown up in Southern California at the time when smog alerts were not entirely uncommon, I still never experienced smog as terrible as that. Flights of Fancy begins with a theme from The Taming of the Shrew, and while this was by no means a retelling of that story, the message of a selfish heart needing transformation was woven cleverly throughout the narrative. Thankfully, both Ian and Isadora, when confronted with their attitudes, were quick to seek to change. It was fun picturing a society lady trying to make herself useful as a housekeeper, knowing she had no practical skills. The situations Izzy got herself into were comical as were the incidents with the orphans, the chickens (especially Elmer), and Buttercup the cow who thought herself to be a house guest. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Becky_B 14 days ago
Flight of Fancy is the first book in Jen Turano’s new series American Heiresses. It is a fantastic book with an American heiress, a self-made hero, fun loving secondary characters, sweet children, dastardly villains, mystery, and a chicken named Elmer. But in addition to all this it is a story that helps you to evaluate your life, your goals, and your faith. Our story centers around American Heiress, Isadora Delafield, who has lived a very sheltered life where she has not seen much of the world outside of her social circle. It was such fun to see a historical general store, a working farm, and a small town community through Izzie’s eyes. I found her perspective charming, informative, and very fun to read. It was how I imagine any of us who were not a part of the time period would have seen the world around us. Our hero is Mr. Ian MacKenzie, a self made man of fortune. He came from humble beginnings and his past has a way of creeping up and trying to influence his future. He was easy to root for and is enchanted with our heroine. I am a huge Jen Turano fan and have read all of her books. But, I am going to say this is my new favorite. Flight of Fancy is everything a historical romance should be and more. You really do not want to miss out on reading it. I highly recommend it. I was given the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.
eLynda 14 days ago
Turano’s books are always entertaining and I eagerly await new characters and plotlines from her. This is the first in her brand new American Heiresses series. As is often the case, the story begins in a very humorous way: livestock, mud, rashes, and misunderstandings abound. Interestingly, however, this one took a bit more of a serious bent soon after that. While the laughter keeps coming, there are also moments of reflection and introspection, both within the characters and even in myself, that made this book a little deeper than previous reads by this author. Maybe it was just my own perception or the way this novel hit me at this time in my life, but I loved how I could laugh and be moved within the same few pages. Through circumstances, both of the main characters encounter challenges to the ways they have lived in the past. Recognition of different stations, always acknowledged but not often examined, becomes something both Ian and Isadora must grapple with for different reasons, and this spurs growth that was both realistic and encouraging to read play out on the page: change is possible! The secondary characters help propel the action and provide intermittent comedy, especially the animals who somehow believe they are house-pets. The children and Ian’s adoptive parents provide plenty of sweet moments, as well as some needed advice for our hero and heroine as they find their way to their happily ever after. Without sacrificing Turano’s trademark humor, this particular book is a standout for me because of the added depth, too. I loved her work before, but I find it even more enjoyable to see how the characters, placed in situations they never could have imagined encountering before, struggle, grow, and even excel as they step outside of the comfortable. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy humorous or historical fiction, and fans of Jen Turano certainly won’t want to miss this latest novel! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
vics49548 15 days ago
Jen’s books are always a great read and this one was no different. Seriously, I laughed through the entire thing. Yes, there were some somber moments but all in all this was a light hearted book. The characters are very well developed and lovable. Well, except for the “bad guys”. Every good books needs some intrigue and bad guys. With lots of adventure and a bit of romance this book is great for any readers of Christian fiction. Taking place during the gilded era, we read about dukes, gowns, balls, and all manner of upper crust society “needs”. We also read about labor unions, a farm with the funniest cow, and orphans who need help. Really, Flights of Fancy has something for everyone. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
KMorgan73 17 days ago
What a fun start to a new series! Flights of Fancy was a cute romantic read with relatable characters and witty dialogue. This book was an entertaining, easy read. It was impossible for me to not like the two main characters of the book. The author creates a wonderful scene at the beginning of the book to draw readers to Isadora, or Izzie, and make them instantly sympathize with and like her. Ian is equally as instantly likable and the two together are so much fun. It was nice seeing them form a friendship and then seeing a sweet romance blossom. Besides the two main characters, there are several secondary characters that add to the mayhem that takes place within the pages of the book. This was a well-written story and moves along at a pace that kept the story interesting. There is plenty of humor and light-hearted banter keeping the story a light read. After reading this book I'm wondering why the author isn't higher on my must-read list. I like her writing style and the way she creates down-to-earth, real characters that are easy to relate to. I definitely recommend this book for fans of historical fiction. It's an easy read and one that will have you looking for more from this author. I'm anxious to see what happens in the next book in the series. I can't wait for more from these characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not obligated to write a review. All opinions are mine.
Bookworm_Debbie 17 days ago
This is an absolutely hilarious historical romantic comedy! This wonderful book is filled with laugh-out-loud moments. There were times I laughed so hard I was crying. Anytime you take a character that lives at one end of the social scale and drop them in a position near the other end there are plenty of opportunities to laugh. Then throw in an eccentric elderly person and a group of children under 10 years old and the possibilities are multiplied. I love all of the characters, obviously except for the villains, they are so incredibly well developed. I just plain loved to hate the villains. The plot was fantastic. I was thrilled with the journeys that both Isadora and Ian took to figure out what purpose God had for them and what was truly important to them. This is the type of journey that we all need to take so it was easy to relate to. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*