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Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

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Miss Permilia Griswold grew up travelling with her father on his business trips, so when her stepmother wishes her to simply attend balls and snag a worthy suitor, Permilia’s odd upbringing forces hers to be banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom. Nevertheless, Permilia uses her anonymity in society to write gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill,” filled with tidbits she hears from mingling on the fringes of parties. During one of her evenings, Permilia is shocked to hear a threat against none other than the irritatingly handsome Mr. Asher Rutherford. When she attempts to warn Asher, however, he does not believe her, and she must set out to prove her suspicions correct before it is too late.

One of my favorite aspects of Jen Turano’s writing is her ability to craft such hilarious escapades with tenacious, independent, interesting characters, and this novel delivers yet again! I particularly liked Permilia as she is practical and down to earth, content with her wallflower position in society but also determined to make the best of her situation. The witty banter between characters provides the perfect contrast to the bits of mystery and suspense sprinkled in the story. Add humorous romantic tension and more serious spiritual developments and you have another fantastic book by this well-loved author. I highly recommend this novel and cannot wait for book two in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Finding Margo by Jen Turano

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Margo Hartman is exhausted. She may greatly enjoy her job as an international pop star, but the constant fame as well as the pressure from her parents is causing her to feel overwhelmed. When Margo decides to run away for a little break, she does not expect to stop in a small Amish town in Ohio, but the unexpected events of a peculiar animal forces her to pause there for a while. She meets Sheriff Deputy Brock Moore, who is temporarily in the quiet town to support his brother-in-law and also to investigate a mysterious murder. When Margo somehow manages to attract the attention of a killer, she and Brock must work together to solve an old crime before it is too late.

I always adore Jen Turano’s books and this one is no exception. This particular story is a deviation from her normal historical fiction genre, but it still has all the elements that make her stories great – a spunky, strong female heroine; a dashing male who valiantly tries to save said female but discovers instead the heroine may end up saving a part of him; a humorous animal side-kick that adds numerous funny episodes; and a deeper development of faith and difficult topics throughout the storyline. This novel also adds a new element, that of a contemporary mystery. The villain is not predictable, adding to the suspense. And since this is the first book in a new series, I simply cannot wait to read more! Most highly recommended to lovers of any genre!

I received a copy of this book from Gilead Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Playing the Part by Jen Turano

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Lovable and famous New York City actress Lucetta Plum avoids her aggressive admirers with the help of her intimidating bodyguard. However, when a particularly overzealous fan turns threatening, she finds herself whisked away with the help of her widowed friend, Abigail Hart, to none other than Abigail’s grandson’s estate. Lucetta is less than amused with Abigail’s matchmaking schemes but Bram Haverstein may be more than simply a handsome and eligible gentleman. In fact, the strange circumstances at Bram’s possibly haunted estate has Lucetta questioning the very sanity of the characters she has trusted with her safety. With secrets and suspicious abounding, Lucetta sets out to find answers, perhaps finding herself in the process.

Whenever a Jen Turano book is announced, I anxiously await the release date. She always writes the most hilarious and creative scenes and storylines, weaving together truly delightful novels. This particular book once again delivers a humorous story, perhaps sacrificing a bit of depth to the characters in the process. However, I greatly enjoyed the adventures of Lucetta and her personal development as she confronts her past. Jen also did a fantastic job of capturing the time period in this particular book. And it was most wonderful to encounter a few characters from past novels, even though reading these stories first is not required. I truly enjoyed this charming book and most highly recommend it to all readers!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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In Good Company by Jen Turano

Millie Longfellow finds herself fired from yet another nanny position after her unconventional ways do not meet favor with her employer. The nanny agency agrees to give her one more chance and pairs her with none other than Everett Mulberry, a friend of a friend and a society gentleman who has suddenly become guardian to three rather unruly children, children who have managed to drive away every nanny thus far. Millie, annoyed by Everett’s rather snobbish ways, focuses on taking the children in hand while he pursues the favor of the social elite. But when further investigation reveals that the deaths of the children’s parents may not be what it seems, both Everett and Millie must work together to solve the mysteries and dangers surrounding the children’s past.

Yet another delightful read by Jen Turano! This author crafts such hilarious escapades that it is easy to fall in love with the characters, especially Millie’s rather unconventional methods of interacting with children. The spiritual messages are subtle and brilliantly interwoven, the scenes are creative and vividly painted, and the dialogue is hilarious and endearingly spoken, creating a novel that is truly a joy to read. The plot contains a few unsuspected twists to round out a story that is amusing and charming. I adore all of this author’s novels and this one is no exception! Most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

Harriet Peabody enjoys working in a hat shop, designing unusual creations for high society ladies.   She dreams, however, of one day opening a dress shop for the working class, providing the height of fashion to other working ladies who perhaps cannot afford the steep prices of elite gowns. One day while making a hat delivery, Harriet encounters an odd situation that soon thrusts her into the company of Oliver Addleshaw, one of the most wealthy and powerful men in the United States. Determined to have a woman on his arm as he makes new business connections, Oliver enlists Harriet’s help for the next several weeks as he dines and negotiates with a variety of high society. As Harriet struggles to fit into Oliver’s life, she begins to realize there may be more to Oliver than first meets the eye. But the sudden appearance of Harriet’s relative soon puts her new friends and life in danger, threatening to upset all those she has come to care for deeply.

As with all novels by Jen Turano, this book instantly grabbed my attention with its hilarious and interesting heroine. Harriet has spunk, courage, and just the right amount of quirkiness to make the storyline enjoyable and greatly entertaining. Each character also possess a deeper level of personality, however, allowing me to delve into his or her many layers amongst truly amusing scenarios. The scenes spring to life with vivid descriptions and cause me to laugh aloud as I read the creative episodes in which Harriet often finds herself. The plot also has a perfect amount of complexity, with surprising twists and turns that give the novel depth despite its light tone. I absolutely loved this book and will not only read it again but certainly eagerly anticipate the next one! Most highly, highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Agatha Watson is traveling throughout the Western United States in search of a good story for the New York Tribune when she runs into her old friend Zayne Beckett. Agatha is determined to take the bedraggled Zayne in hand and send him back East to his family, despite his grumpy protests. However, as Zayne and Agatha slip back into their banter from their close friendship, Zayne finds himself less upset with Agatha and more willing to help her uncover a mysterious story for the Tribune. Agatha’s spitfire methods of obtaining stories have made her a few enemies, however, and Zayne soon discovers he may have his hands full while chasing after Agatha. Agatha, meanwhile, rebuffs his attempts to help her and strives to prove that she is an independent woman, leading to a battle of wills between these two old friends.

A Match of Wits is a delight to read, the author’s ability to move the plot along while still focusing on the most amusing relationship between Agatha and Zayne a true and admirable skill. The actions and thoughts of Agatha allow readers to laugh out loud many times and the sweet nature of her personality is endearing. Zayne is also humorous in his desire to be the knight in shining armor, despite his failed attempt at rescuing Agatha over and over. The storyline is interesting with several twists near the end that do not make the plot predictable. It is true that Zayne’s eight year old niece has perhaps a bit too much insight for her age, but the family relationships are fun and entertaining. This book may stand alone, but readers of other Jen Turano’s books may discover some similar characters. This novel is fun, exciting, hilarious, and most highly recommended!

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