Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary

by Jen Turano

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Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Rollicking New Release from Humorous Historical Romance Author Jen Turano

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

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ISBN-13: 9780764217951
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Apart from the Crowd Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 278,602
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of nine 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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Out of the Ordinary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
LizR1990 3 months ago
Out of the Ordinary was a truly delightful read. The humor was spot on and Harrison and Gertrude were endearing. Turano’s titles always seem to have me laughing out loud and thoroughly enjoying myself. I didn’t love the first book in this series and found some of the antics to be ridiculous and eye roll inducing, but I never once felt that way this time around. The secondary characters were just a delight and I hope to see a series for Harrison’s sisters one day. Temperance Flowerdew really caught my attention as she started coming out of her shell and I am so looking forward to getting to know her better, as well as Mr. Gilbert Cavendish. I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted read.
sandralb 4 months ago
Jen is one of my favorite writers. I finish a book and look to see when the next one is coming out. This time it's not until July 2018. I can't wait that long. She is an author I will read her books two or three times. I usually have a book with me at all times. It's not safe to take her along to doctor appointments or waiting to get my hair cut. The reason, I either embarrass myself laughing out loud or crying with tears running down my face. I have absolutely loved everything I have read of hers. I won't go into the story line of this book, the introduction does a great job of that. If you want an interesting, clean and exciting read, you won't go wrong with any of her books. Caution once you start one, they are hard to put down.
sandralb 4 months ago
Jen is one of my favorite writers. I finish a book and look to see when the next one is coming out. This time it's not until July 2018. I can't wait that long. She is an author I will read her books two or three times. I usually have a book with me at all times. It's not safe to take her along to doctor appointments or waiting to get my hair cut. The reason, I either embarrass myself laughing out loud or crying with tears running down my face. I have absolutely loved everything I have read of hers. I won't go into the story line of this book, the introduction does a great job of that. If you want an interesting, clean and exciting read, you won't go wrong with any of her books. Caution once you start one, they are hard to put down.
KimPotter 4 months ago
Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is the second book in the Apart From the Crowd series. This story continues the saga of the neglected and often shunned Wallflower group of high society. Although this book started out a little slow for me I was able to get “into” the storyline fairly early and it turned out to be another great story from Jen. There were so many good laugh-out-loud scenes with Gertrude and Harrison. By the time I finished the story I felt that I was part of their inner circle of friends. We now finally understand Mrs. Davenport and her peculiar behavior. I enjoyed how Jen worked her faith into the story without coming across as overly religious. I can’t wait for the next book. I received this book from Bethany House publisher’s in exchange for my honest review.
mackenzie_carol 5 months ago
Out of the Ordinary is the second book in Jen Turano’s Apart from the Crowd series, coming after Behind the Scenes. Now that I have finished this particular story, I have read every one of Jen’s novels—so far anyway. I’m still greatly anticipating the final book in this series, which comes out in just a matter of days. I’m really looking forward to getting to read more about Temperance and find out more about her story, and I am curious to see which book of the series will be my favorite once I’ve finished them all. So far, however, my favorite is most definitely this one. While I absolutely loved Behind the Scenes, both for its hilarity and its adventure, and for Permilia and Asher, something about Out of the Ordinary proved to be even more memorable for me. First, it might be because Harrison was by far one of my favorite characters of all time. He was just so sweet, and thoughtful, and he constantly looked out for Gertrude, taking care of her as she seemed to find herself in all manners of scrapes and adventures. No matter what happened, he always just loved his dear friend Gertrude for who she was, and that was just the sweetest thing for me to behold. As someone who is personally learning what that kind of love is like, and what it’s like to have someone love me that way, it really touched me to read about it in the midst of this story. I also just really loved Gertrude myself. With everything that she had been through, all the pain of her past and her determination to not go through the same thing in the future, I couldn’t help but love her and long for her to find the redemption and forgiveness she thought she needed. And even though my story is far different from her own, I couldn’t help but learning from her as she overcame her doubts and pain and fears. Through all of this story, I was constantly entertained, whether by the more hysterical moments, or by the hint of mystery weaved in, or even just by the aspects of God’s grace, love, and redemption I found all throughout this novel. I can’t imagine not giving it all five bookshelves, because there wasn’t a thing about this story that I would criticize or change. Jen knocked it out of the park again—what else would she really have done—and I am now anticipating the next release all the more. I highly recommend this novel, and all of her others, as Jen is most definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
RockandMinerals4Him 10 months ago
Out of the girls-on-the-cover type Christian fiction authors, Jen Turano is one of my favorites: her characters are always portrayed so well and their sass is just a bonus. Gertrude and Harrison, as well as all of the other characters, are very well developed and each have their own little personalities. Gertrude is the helper to Mrs. Davenport, who has rather . . . peculiar . . . ideas that are super amusing, and her slight social inadequacy makes situations rather humorous. Because the book is set in Wealthy Society New York City, thinking about marriage and dances and that kind of stuff feels a lot more natural (a slightly Pride and Prejudice feel), and because of that, the romance didn't feel very forced, which I really appreciate (because so much other Christian fiction romance feels so forced). There was a lot of good spiritual content, and a couple of the main characters got to see why and how God worked in what happened, which was really fun to read. One thing I would keep in mind is that it IS the second book in a series, and if you haven't read the first one, like me, you might not catch some subtle allusions (that I didn't get and that I assume is from the first book). Overall, it's not my *favorite* Jen Turano book, but it was still witty and fun! My Ranking- 7/10 Things liked- So!!! Witty!!! The romance didn't feel forced at all (rather surprising for Christian fiction) Harrison and his [special] fashion taste reminds me of my Fren™ which was fun Good spiritual content Gertrude and Harrison (and all the others) are such great characters! A little mystery scene THE EPILOGUE Things disliked- Went a little slowly sometimes With that being said, the time span was really short and not . . . really realistic for falling in love? A *few* mentions about . . . what happens once a bustle comes off and the entire dress has to come off and what happens when a guy walks in Thank you to Bethany House Fiction for providing me with a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/book-review-out-of-the-ordinary-by-jen-turano/
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Gertrude was absolutely one of the best characters I’ve ever “met.” Harrison compliments her completely. I smiled and then giggled at her troubles, through no fault of her own — mostly. To date, I have loved every single Jen Turano book I’ve read. Her quirky heroines and oblivious heroes (who are truly gallant gentlemen, willing to overlook the quirkiness of the women in their lives) just make my heart pitter-patter with expectation every time one shows up in my mail up in my mailbox.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Gertrude Cadawalder and Harrison Sinclair were introduced in Behind the Scenes, Jen Turano’s first book in the Apart from the Crowd series. Gertrude is a paid companion to Mrs. Davenport, who has a horrible habit of stealing trinkets from hostesses, leaving Gertrude to find a way to return them without that theft becoming known. A job that is way above her pay grade! Mrs. Davenport also thinks herself something of a clothing designer using Gertrude as her runway model and unfortunately making her unpopular with society’s upper crust. This lack of being dressed to society’s standards is something Harrison shares with Gertrude as he is somewhat color blind, always pairing the most unfortunate colors and patterns. However, his wealth and overall good looks more than make up for the fact that he dresses like a clown. When Harrison throws their good friends an engagement party and invites Mrs. Davenport her nimble fingers unfortunately go to work and she steals a few of his sisters belongings. Gertrude, when returning those items gets caught and his mother throws her into jail. While defending her to his mother, Harrison finally begins to see Gertrude as more than a friendly aquaintance. Jen Turano writes with such warmth and humor that it makes enjoying her novels very easy. As an Inspirational Romance writer she deftly ties faith into the story so that it pairs naturally with what is happening in that moment, and except for the innocent nature of the “romance” I wouldn’t know I was reading an inspirational novel. I have really enjoyed this series and if you are looking for a fun, witty novel that is light in nature but not in plot, you need to pick up one of her novels. ❤❤❤❤
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
In this story we follow a young woman named Gertrude, whose parents died when she little, and she is now working as a paid companion for a Mrs. Davenport. This Mrs. Davenport has a nasty habit of stealing things and then having Gertrude discreetly return the items. It seems as though this has happened several times successfully, but one day Gertrude is caught. While returning some of the items' to her friend, Harrison's boat, Harrison's mother mistakes her for stealing and has her arrested. With quite an explanation as to why Mrs. Davenport does this in the first place, we slowly watch Gertrude and Harrison fall deeper in love with each other, although neither is admitting this. It gets drawn out by one of Harrison's friends, Asher, claiming Harrison needs to provide romance, to woo her. Sweeping her off her feet onto a horse, which goes all wrong, putting his jacket over a puddle, only to go wrong as well. But, Harrison finally talks about it to Gertrude, and he provides the most romantic marriage proposal I've ever heard of! This novel did start a little slow, but quickly picks up! A laugh out loud historical romance I couldn't help but fall in love with! Disclosure: This book was the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a hysterical historical romance! This story stands alone within the series. The main characters from the first book are present in supporting roles. It was fun to check in and see how their lives had progressed. Many times throughout the book I was laughing out loud at the conversations and antics of these wonderful characters. At times I was concerned that I was disturbing others in the house with my laughter. I love the main characters! The variety of quirks that come out is amazing. One of the things that truly captured my attention was seeing how childhood emotional wounds shaped the way Gertrude behaved with others as an adult. We had hints of those wounds throughout the book. Then over halfway into the book there was a major, heartbreaking, truth revealing session. So many of the odd behaviors were explained and my heart truly ached for all the pain and suffering that Gertrude and others had gone through. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. 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.*
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano was a great romantic read! Besides having an amazing cover, the book is full of adventure and suspense that is exciting to read about. The extreme devotion this girl has for her employer was astonishing. Her employer would have “sticky” fingers and she found herself having to return all the things she had taken. This put her in some major predicaments for sure. And the man she falls in love with has the reader sailing along with her. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
"Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd Book #2)" by Jen Turano Gertrude Cadwalader is employed by Mrs. Davenport as a companion, but she is so much more: model of Mrs. Davenport’s strange hair and clothing designs and returner of stolen goods. Mrs. Davenport is not a thief, not really, as she doesn’t keep the things she steals, but tasks Gertrude with returning them. This setup works pretty well until Mrs. Davenport swipes some things during a party on board the Sinclair yacht. Later, Gertrude is caught by the Sinclair matriarch while trying to return those items. Things become a bit tricky as Gertrude is friends with the Sinclair heir, Harrison, who happens to be quite handsome. I loved the setting of the yacht and the part of the story that takes place on it. I also loved the theme of “God doesn’t expect His children to live ordinary lives, but extraordinary ones.” Such a great reminder to hand your “life over to God, trusting Him to lead the way to the path of extraordinary.” I won’t lie, I would have loved a bit more of Mrs. Davenport and her mystery. It played such a small part in the story and unfolded rather quickly. Also, I was surprised to find this is the second book in the series as the print copy had no number on the cover, spine or cover page (it did say “Apart From the Crowd”). This is my first Jen Turano book, but it won’t be my last. She is an excellent Christian Fiction writer and the book was first-rate. Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Genre: Religious, Christian Fiction, Historical, Romance Cover: Lovely (would have enjoyed seeing Gertrude in one of Mrs. Davenport’s outlandish outfits… perhaps on the back.) Rating: 4 stars Source: I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book!
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
As the holidays wound down, I was glad to find that I had my complimentary copy of Out of the Ordinary, part of the Apart from the Crowd series by Jen Turano to read. I have read the earlier books in the series, but certainly you don't need to have read them. I loved catching up a bit and learning more about some of the characters that I had met in the earlier stories. This Regency romance did not disappoint. It was full of quirky characters and mysterious situations. There were those that held the standards of society as the norm and those that eschewed it (or perhaps were oblivious to it) at every turn. There was the development of a friendship that evolved to be more, almost without recognition by those involved. There was revelation of secrets and healing through sharing and conversation. I think that hanging out with Harrison, Asher, Permilia, and Gertrude would be fun. If you enjoy period fiction, or just a good story, I recommend this book (and the others in this series too). I received a complimentary review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently had the opportunity to read Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano. Unfortunately, for me, this book was ordinary to the extent that I could not finish it. If you recall my review of the first book in this series, Behind the Scenes, I had quite a few objections to the style of the narrative (a.k.a. stream of consciousness and endless rambling). Such was the case with this next installment in the series. Perhaps, the me from ten years ago would have stuck through it to see how things turned out, but I seem to have lost my patience for such things. As a result, I would recommend any potential readers pass this novel (and if I’m completely honest, this series) by. Maybe in her next series, Jen Turano will have found her voice once more. I received this novel from the publisher, but was in no way required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ordinary is a Gilded Age romance unlike any other! Humor and wit abound as the charming cast of characters, with their eccentricities and their antics, dance across the page. Delightfully entertaining from beginning to end, I relished the charming blend of mystery and romance in Gertrude’s and Harrison’s story. While Out of the Ordinary is lighthearted fare, it also delivers a heartfelt message. I love Turano’s tales and can’t wait for more! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail. This book was laugh out loud funny. It is so rare that I find myself do amused by the antics by the characters in a book that I find myself laughing in spite of myself. But this book had some really funny twists. It also had a little suspense which for me to read a book is a requirement. It was also interesting to me that I have a friend whose last name is Cadwallader—the only difference being the addition of an ‘l’. Ms. Turano did a very good job with character development. The characters in the book were likable for the most part—from the elderly Mrs. Davenport to the quirky Harrison and his friend Asher. The only exception was Clementine but that was to be expected. For me the characters and the descriptions appeared to be true to the time period depicted in the book. While I am not generally a reader of books that are primarily centered around romance, Ms. Turano’s books are the exception because they are written with such flare that they immediately draw the reader in from the beginning and have enough action and not just romantic thoughts throughout. I was provided this book in exchange for a review which is my own.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano has outdone herself in presenting a hilarious look at high society in the late nineteenth century. Out of the Ordinary is a tale that is just that: out of the ordinary. "Wallflower" young women attracting the most eligible bachelors in society; a wealthy kleptomaniac; the Pinkertons; and clueless men who think the path to chivalry is portrayed in dime store novels. Ooh, la, la! This book was a laugh a minute as the mystery was untangled. All the characters are so much fun to get to know, I couldn't help wishing they were real people that were truly my friends. What a riotous adventure Out of the Ordinary is. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. This in no way influenced my opinions of the book, nor was a positive review required.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Out of the Ordinary. There were a number of larger-than-life characters who added quite a humorous element to the story. Harrison was great. He was considered “most eligible bachelor” despite his interesting fashion choices. He was obviously color-blind, but also had a penchant for mixing stripes and plaids and was known to wear trousers that had clovers all over them. He read his sisters’ romance novels in secret, hoping to better understand women through them, and with humorous results. Gertrude was mostly just kind-hearted and generous. She cheerfully endured her employer’s fashion experiments despite the fact they often resulted in disaster, such as the time she was forced to endure a partial bird cage converted into a bustle. Really. I loved the scene where Gertrude and Harrison were running away from his sister and “sneaking” off the yacht. Harrison’s actions and motivations for them had me laughing. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just leave it at that. Some quotes I liked enough to note here: God doesn’t expect His children to live ordinary lives, but extraordinary ones I think you may have just insulted me What good is having long lashes if I never get to bat them? I also loved the use of some fun words and phrases that you don’t get to hear every day. For example: skullduggery, thwarting, wallflowers, and last prayers. There were a few things that bothered me about the book. Not enough that I don’t recommend it, but I did want to point them out. The intention here is not to be critical, but constructive. Remember, I gave the book 4 stars despite these things. Overall the book was humorous, but there were some serious topics that were brought up. The circumstances surrounding Gertrude becoming an orphan were extreme as was her employer, Mrs. Davenport’s, past. The contrast between the humorous and the serious parts was almost enough that it felt like the author couldn’t make up her mind what kind of tone the story was supposed to have. The combination of madcap and maudlin was awkward. I appreciated the message about forgiveness and how it extends to everyone, and the way that it was brought home was well done. However, mentions of God and other Christian themes were very lightly scattered throughout the story, so where they appeared, it felt a little contrived and almost like they were placed there as a second thought. Like the tone of the book, I felt that more consistent mentions of God and Gertrude’s struggles would have made the story stronger. This is a very minor thing, but there was a scene where the ladies were at a hotel and had changed into their bathing costumes in their room and then donned capes and headed through the hotel to go to the beach. I haven’t researched this, so I could be wrong, but wasn’t that why they had those bathing huts – so the changing of clothes could be done in modesty and then the ladies could go right outside the hut into the water mostly unseen by anyone else? It seemed like it would have been very inappropriate for them to walk through the hotel in such a state of “undress” as that. This review was originally published on amongTheReads.net I am grateful to Bethany House Publishers for giving me a copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read with an incredible romantic and exciting story that will keeping you read and follow up the lovely story of young woman begin her story with the wrong conclusion in the Sinclair Yacht that she had going to for her job and met someone that catches her heart too. Following the story it also giving us to see and learning all the history along in every yacht trips. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Benthany House for this review”
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Working as a paid companion is nothing out of the ordinary, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader’s employer tends to exhibit peculiar tendencies, often making Gertrude’s job unpredictable. She does all manner of things from wearing a birdcage on her behind to returning pilfered items. Upon returning pilfered items to wealthy shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s yacht, she is caught by Harrison’s mother, the indomitable Mrs. Sinclair, who immediately thinks the worst of her. Harrison cannot stand for his mother to think ill of Gertrude. Not only does he consider Gertrude to be a good friend, she also has a ‘delightful figure,’ which is alarming only in that he doesn’t tend to notice such things about women. But with other thefts, including at the swanky Manhattan Beach Hotel, things aren’t looking so positive for Gertrude or Mrs. Davenport. There’s a mystery to be solved. Is Harrison ready for the adventures? Like Turano’s other stories, I found this one to be a delightful, fizzy, light-hearted tale. Gertrude is an independent woman who does questionable things (like return pilfered items) out of a dependence on her only source of income. Harrison is confident in his shipping work, but is something of a bumble despite all of his sisters’ romance novels that he secretly reads. Both of them are imperfect, yet are just right for this story. It is bright with humor and liveliness, but there are moments, too, where you shake your head with empathy. I highly recommend this and Turano’s other novels. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is the third book in the Apart From The Crowd series. Book Summary: This book follows the adventures of Miss Gertrude Cadwalader. Gertrude is a paid assistant to the very quirky and unpredictable Mrs. Davenport. Many times, Gertrude is forced to return items that her employer has “borrowed” in order to keep the peace. She is also made to wear whatever creations Mrs. Davenport decides to create-including dresses with bustles made from birdcages. Gertrude does her best to take everything in stride, but will her future be destroyed when things go too far? My Take: I didn’t care for this book. I wanted to like it. I have liked all of the books I have read by Jen Turano-including the first book in this series. Sadly though, this book just wasn’t as good. There were too many times Gertrude did things that were contrary to the character that was built for her in the book. For instance, she was a loyal, honest, kind, and upstanding citizen, yet she also returned stolen items without notifying the authorities, kept secrets, and did dishonest things to protect her employer. You wanted to like her, but you wondered why she was doing so many things against her own character. The case was the same with the main male character-he was dashing, rich, humorous, etc. But he also did some pretty silly stuff-reading romance novels to find out what type of romantic gestures women wanted, pulling crazy stunts, etc. Even one of the main characters from the first book in the series turned from dashing to just plain silly in this one. In the end, I wanted to like the characters and the book, but I just didn’t care for the juxtaposition between how the characters were described in the book, and what actions they took. I wouldn’t recommend this book, but I do still like Jen Turano’s books, and will read more in the future. As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Pure pleasure! Jen Turano’s books will DEFINITELY cheer you up. In some places you will positively be rolling on the floor with laughter. This is no different. Although the story is full of madcap comic scenes, there’s a great deal of depth to the characters – so it’s not all fluff. It’s nice if you read the previous books in the series, but not necessary to the story. Christian Historical Romance that you will love, love, love. Be careful who you invite to your party! Gertrude is a personal companion to Mrs. Davenport who has a little problem with “lifting” pretty things from other society guests when she attends gatherings. And she’s very crafty at hiding it. And herself. Part of Gertrude’s job is to return said items afterwards, but this is the last time she’ll do it – and the first time she is caught. Luckily Harrison has sisters who have taught him how to act . . . and they had some romance novels that he read. But they may not have had the best advice – especially to just literally follow and try to apply. One thing you can guarantee, never a dull moment! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read the first book in this Apart from the Crowd series and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an easy read full of mystery and comedy. Out of the Ordinary is the second book in this series and it did not disappoint. Once again, there was mystery and of course, comedy - lots of comical situations the characters find themselves in - almost to the point of not being believable. However, the author stays true to those characteristics through the entire book and it is entertaining. There isn't nearly as much mystery, which was disappointing. However, there is a bit that plays into the story quite nicely. This series is full of details. There are so many details that the first half of the book takes place at an engagement party. Her first book in the series did the same thing. I'm not sure what to think about this. It helps build characters and a bit of the setting, but I often wonder if the entire book will take place in one location. She does move on, but I find that an interesting way to approach the story. This book was a fun, easy read. If you need something light and entertaining, this book is for you. I received a complimentary copy of Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
I do believe, without a shadow of a doubt on a dreadfully cloudy day, that this particular novel by one Jen Turano is my favorite thus far. It's hard not to talk with a little extra flair after reading one of Jen Turano's novels. ;-) My friends, this novel was so much fun! Hilarious misunderstandings that had me laughing out loud, witty dialogue, poignant faith, and tender romance - what's not to love?! You will adore Mr. Harrison Sinclair's bumbling efforts at wooing Miss. Gertrude Cadwalader. You will relate to Miss. Gertrude Cadwalader's struggle with forgiving not only others, but herself. The mystery surround the "respectable" Mrs. Davenport will be revealed. Unexpected tears may fall as you also realize that God has not called you to muddle through life, but to live an extraordinary life with Him, especially by giving and receiving love. Indubitably, your heart will soar much like a delightful yacht cuts through the ocean blue on a windy day, which it so happens to be as I write this review. Windy, that is. Although, I suppose there is some soaring. Hehe. See! I told you it was hard. ;-) Four and a Half Stars ~ So. Much. Fun! Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd Series by Jen Turano. While you could read Out of the Ordinary as a standalone story, I believe you'll find a more fulfilling story experience if you first read book one, Behind the Scenes. Last time. ;-) I received a copy of Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader finds herself in peculiar situations on a regular basis as the paid companion to an eccentric and odd woman of society, Mrs. Davenport. But because of Gertrude’s kindness she tolerates her employer’s antics and even goes so far as to protect and make amends for Mrs. Davenport’s clandestine activities. Eventually, Gertrude finds herself in the middle of a misunderstanding with her friend’s mother, Mrs. Sinclair. Harrison Sinclair takes Gertrude’s side but there are still many unanswered questions about some missing items. This is a delightful story; I adored both Harrison and Gertrude, the main characters. There are many funny and whimsical scenes between them that made me laugh out loud. The author engages the reader in her imaginative and outlandish tale of two very unordinary people. Both Gertrude and Harrison have such cute and appealing character qualities. For example, Harrison’s sense of style and the way he oddly pairs colors of his wardrobe. I also really loved Harrison’s relationship with his sisters and their family dynamics. On more than one occasion, Gertrude got stitches in her side from running and had to be carried by Harrison. I really liked the quirkiness of all the characters, they were so endearing. The only character I wasn’t a big fan of was Mrs. Davenport. I didn’t care for the way she treated Gertrude and her attitude of what appeared to be indifference. The plot was well crafted with some mysterious and unpredictable twists. Some of the characters from Behind the Scenes are also in this book and it helped me appreciate the story more knowing the background information on them. However, I also think this book could be read without having read the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series. I would highly recommend reading this historical fiction if you like humorous and unusual but lovable characters.