Publication Date: 10/01/2013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Imprint: Bethany House
Genre: Christian/Inspirational Historical Romance
(Received for an honest review from Bethany House)
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Books in the series:
A Change of Fortune (2012), A Most Peculiar Circumstance (2013), A Talent for Trouble (2013)
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Excerpt from A Talent for Trouble, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group (lower left hand side)
Charming Wit and Romance from an Author Sure to Delight Readers
Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change--and soon--Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she's always wanted.
Grayson Sumner--or Lord Sefton, as he's officially known--has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.
Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson's help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?
The third book in Jen Turano's Ladies of Distinction series, A Talent for Trouble will have readers smiling a lot and even laughing out loud on occasion. Filled with humor and heart this novel has two underlying themes, forgiveness, and knowing who you really are. Fans of Turano will quickly fall in love with spunky heroine, Felicia Murdock as she tries to re-make her life after a failed attempt at becoming the perfect ministers wife. Turano's knack for intriguing dialogue and humor take this book to another level which will leave readers breathless.
Turano has a real flair for humor. Most of the time when I'm reading Christian/Inspirational romances, humor is usually an element that is focused on. Turano, however, uses it with purpose. Her stories are light and fun to read because she makes her characters able to laugh at themselves and the situations they find themselves in. I think Turano's humor is one of the strengths in this series. Readers who don't want the typical sedate and predictable Christian romance will love this one.
Another strength in this series is the great characters that Turano has created. All three books focus on a group of characters that readers are able to revisit as each new book comes out. I liked that aspect of the series a lot. I often finish a book in a series and wonder what happened after the book ended and Turano indulges readers by having reappearing characters who help move each story along.
Felicia is a perky heroine that has kept her outgoing personality on the back burner for over four years. She has been demure and quiet. She has dressed in outfits that befitted the wife of a minister which she aspires to. But underneath she hasn't been true to her nature. When the minister in question marries another woman, it's time for a change. I loved the fact that Turano shows the huge amount of spiritual and emotional growth that Felicia goes through in this book. She learns who she really is beyond what she thinks is expected of her and it fits well into the story. She is an excellent character.
Grayson took me a little while to warm up to, but once I got a sense of where Turano was going with the character I understood why he needed to be that way. All in all I thought he was probably the best hero in the series. I liked the fact that Turano allows him to speak frankly with Felicia and not sugarcoat anything. He was honest and open with her at every turn and he turned into a good hero who left behind a past that he would rather forget. It comes back to haunt him in this one and Felicia gets caught in the crossfire. I think Turano does a great job with his character.
The first two books in this series are lighthearted, humorous and full of well developed characters. A Talent for Trouble follows that same pattern. I read these books back to back and found that they can all be read as stand alone novels and in some cases that may be the best way. When reading them all together there were so many similarities in the writing style and flow of the books, that it took away from the overall experience of each book. So, take some time in between and read a few other things before going back to each one and it will be a more a enjoyable series.
Overall this was a good book. It may have been a little predictable when read in sequence with the other two books in the series, but that doesn't take away from the story itself. It was not preachy or too overloaded with the Christian perspective. I think Turano's subtle approach to Christian principles and values is a much more successful tactic and still gets her message across extremely well. I liked this one a lot.
A Talent for Trouble is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, 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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