Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)

Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)

by Jen Turano

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Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora's secret threaten those they love, they'll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

Product Details

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: 15,078
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

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
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

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Flights of Fancy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
RockandMinerals4Him 3 months ago
Jen Turano has done it again! With less than realistic stories and romances, this is yet another witty, hilarious, historical fiction book. Her books are fun like no other, and I always enjoy them. The basis of this beauty is the rich-pampered girl meets farm, which in itself is always a WILD RIDE, but the fun part is that the boy is not only a farm boy, but also a rich businessman! Both of the characters are likeable and exactly zany enough that the insane situations that happen to them are possible, and that's probably the best part about Turano's books. There are boiling water mishaps, wild pet stories, adorable children, ducks, and wise aunts and uncles: what more do you want? There is also a surprising amount of faith content in this book for Isadora (the female MC) not really believing in a God, which I really enjoyed. Aunt Birdie was so sweet and wise and AAA can I have one of her in my life??! There was also a bit of mystery/suspense involved with the duke Isadora was trying to escape, especially at the end, which was really fun, and also different from most historicals! Overall, this was a really fun read! I enjoyed it a lot, and it was hilarious and witty. My Rating- 4/5 Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on:
rkfall 7 months ago
Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano was an adventurous, romantic read. Jen set a great plot in this one and I found that the Duke was really creepy, as he should be. The main female character falls in love with the handsome main man and their journey to each other was fun to watch unfold. Loving each other for love and not for title or fame was really important to the lead woman and what a great choice. This story has the scary and the roguishly handsome all wrapped into one. I loved it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
HeidiMain 9 months ago
Jen Turano is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction authors. She always writes with a lighthearted and comical twist. FLIGHTS OF FANCY does not disappoint. The premise was simple, Isadora's mother will do just about anything to ensure that Isadora marries well. She goes a little too far and Isadora flees her home and assumes a new identity as a housekeeper. Except, as an heiress she has never done housework. Somehow Isadora is able to talk her way out of anything. Ian takes a liking to her and a romance ensues. As always, a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Reli 10 months ago
Isadora Delafield is running away and as the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country, that's kind of a big deal, especially when she tries to become a servant. And that is all I will say about that because I don't want to give out spoilers. Picture that and all the interesting dilemmas that could result from that, along with some rogue animals and you have a rather funny story. But for me, that's really all it was. It was rather unrealistic to me and I found myself thinking more like "seriously?" than "wow, this is great." The writing style is great, I have no complaints on Jen's style of writing and the conversation is fun and witty. Isadora's ability to deflect questions and change conversations is intriguing, etc. And there's a bit of mystery involved where you wonder how everything is going to work out. Overall, though it was a little too off the wall for me at this time. I think, possibly, I could read the book at a later date and like it a lot more. I have read a lot of books of this genre lately and I think that is reflected in my thoughts on this book. I will say this though, I did really appreciate the ending as it related to Isadora's parents. I thought that was quite remarkable. I received this book from Bethany House via NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
MissKnu 11 months ago
This first outing in Jen Turano's new series is a bit hard to describe concisely, and it is also difficult not to tell too much (or everything). But even thinking about the story of New York heiress Isadora Delafield who, disguised as "Izzy Delmont," appears at Glory Manor just outside of small town Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in answer to an ad for a housekeeper only to be greeted by a shotgun, has me smiling. And then there's the hero of the story, Ian MacKenzie, who is determined to marry into society but also devoted to the couple who took him in as an orphan. Not to mention that sweet couple, facing troubles of their own, who have taken in newly orphaned siblings Violet, Primrose, Daisy, and Henry. What ensues is a blend of heiress on the run getting into situations as only Jen Turano can write, mill politics, a dastardly duke, suspicious goings on, a bit of drama and suspense, a great deal of humor, some touching moments, and just right romance. Whether you are a fan of Jen Turano or if Flights of Fancy is your first experience of her writing, you are in for a treat. It is such a fun Historical Christian Romance! The expression on the cover model's face says it all. This review refers to an advance digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
KimPotter 11 months ago
Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano is the first book in her American Heiresses series. Miss Isadora Delafield flees her home in New York and the unwanted attentions of the Duke of Montrose. Arriving in rural Pennsylvania in answer to an advertisement for a housekeeper, Izzie is not prepared for such a demanding job. As an heiress she’s never had to work, and now she’s responsible for a household of six! This makes for some very humorous situations. I loved the determination and humor that Izzie displayed when each new trial came along. Finding out your purpose in life is hard sometimes, but Izzie came through with flying colors. It was great fun getting to know Isadora and Ian and watching their love develop. This story had it all; romance, danger and a mystery, animals and irresistible children. Add them all together and you have a great Jen Turano novel! I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania. Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner. Jen Turano has written another delightful story. Having grown up on a farm myself, I had a good chuckle at her chicken incident. It is hard for me to believe someone could be so innocent but Isadora had led a protected life. Not only was the book fun, it also had that suspenseful part that Jen is famous for including in her books. You think you know how things are going to turn out but it's all about how you get there that keeps you guessing. This book included more than one bad guy. Just when you thought all would end well, things really go wrong. While Jen does not hit you over the head with the religious aspects of the book, she does weave it in and make the point. Her books are always 'clean' romance. While I am not a true romance reader, I really do like her books. I know that I can curl up on the sofa with one of her books and I won't have to worry about what the book contains. Actually I think I would very much like to meet Ian. Well, maybe Isadora, too. They really seem like fun people to know. I received an advance reading copy of this book. The comments in this review of my very own.
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano’s latest historical novel Flights of Fancy is a delightful, humorous story that readers will not want to put down. American heiress Miss Isadora Delafield is forced to flee New York to escape from her unwanted suitor the Duke of Montrose. She ends up seeking employment as a housekeeper in rural Pennsylvania and is reluctantly hired by Mr. Ian MacKenzie for a position that she has no experience doing, considering the fact that unbeknownst to him, she is a high society young woman. In true Jen Turano fashion, there were so many moments in the story where I burst out laughing, such as when the goats were eating the clothes and when Izzy was trying to do laundry and got the clothes she was wearing caught in the wringer. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction who love a good sense of humor. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the outset I took a liking to our leading lady, Isadora, and, as with a Jen Turano novel, there is a playfulness in the writing style which I so enjoy! Her arrival on the farm is now one of my favourite scenes in a novel and the book just gets better from there. If you’re thinking this is just a historical romance, you’re selling this book short! It has mystery with strange happenings on the farm and a delusional uncle as well as a suspicious Duke and a kidnapping! It explores the meaning of family and a few savvy business moves too. God’s Love is wrapped in and lived out gently, in kindness, forgiveness and grace. I am excited to see how this series develops and look forward to the next one, it’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and highly recommended!
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Authentically quirky and occasionally zany, this heartwarming story proves that you can indeed take the city out of the city girl and with entertaining results! This book is Jen Turano storytelling at its finest, including the irresistible combination of children and animals. Isadora has a good heart, one open to new perspectives and experiences. Her journey of self-discovery and budding faith is the foundation of this adventure. Ian’s colorful background and eccentric collection of family and friends provide ample levity. His ability to excel in both the business world and the hard work of life on a farm increases his appeal. Whether readers will finish this story and long for a hobby farm or a butler is a complete toss-up. Turano skillfully crafts a uniquely entertaining and genuinely heartwarming story filled with her trademark humor and suspense. I highly recommend this story, and I’ll be sharing with both my teenage daughter and my grandmother as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, couldn't put it down.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Flights of Fancy, by Jen Turano, is the first book in the American Heiresses series. Exceedingly delightful with an abundance of wit and humor, this novel is simply a pleasure to read! Ms. Turano certainly has a talent for writing uplifting stories that abound with thoughtfulness and charm. This book is utterly creative, clever, and endearing! Flights of Fancy is a thoroughly entertaining story with a swiftly paced plot that is full of surprises. Brimming with scenes of adventure, comedy, and romance, this novel also offers a meaningful story of hope, purpose, and new beginnings. The characters in this book are refreshingly unique and compelling. As they overcome obstacles and evaluate their motivations, the characters are relatable and inspiring. They exhibit endearing qualities that make them unconventional yet believable. Flights of Fancy truly is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Its successful blend of comedy, romance, and faith, makes the story very readable and extremely enjoyable. It is a satisfying novel from the first page to the last, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the American Heiresses series, what a great place to start. Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors. Her books are full of history, humor, Drama, Romance and so much more. I can't wait for book two. The beautiful Miss Isadora Delafield learns a lot about herself, things she must change and things she must learn to embrace. Mr. Ian MacKenzie too will learn things about himself that he must embrace or change. Ian and Isadora are quite the pair. I love the sparks hat fly between them and the growth in both of them.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Another lovely and swoony historical romance from a talented storyteller. I look forward to every book this author puts out because I can count on great romance, quirky characters, and laugh-out-loud situations. This latest book fits the bill. Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.