Review: Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd Book #2) by Jen Turano

About this Book

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.

About the Author

Jen Turano is a USA Today Bestselling author, known for her quirky characters and amusing story lines. Her novel, After a Fashion, was a Reviewer’s Choice finalist with RT, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013, and Booklist has called her “One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.” When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

This book was so enjoyable. Not the high intensity of suspense and not over the top romance. Just a well-written story with interesting and sometimes peculiar characters with an engaging story.

This story offers a little bit of everything. There is a sweet romance between Gertrude and Harrison that include some funny moments. There are adventure and mystery surrounding the events at the engagement party. All in all a fun and relaxing story to read.

If you enjoy lighthearted historical fiction I think you’d enjoy this book. The author creates characters that are easy to like along with a few that you won’t like.

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

Review: Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

About this Book

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .


My Review

I love the characters that this author creates. Permilia had such depth and a great personality. I enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to life. I also appreciated how she was happy and secure in herself. She was indeed a great role model. Asher was such fun. He also was a great character with his integrity and his work ethic. Together they were so much fun to watch. They had a give and take relationship that, although I knew where they would end up, it was quite fun to watch it develop.

The story itself was good. At times it was a little slow paced, for me, however, it was fun trying to figure out who was truly behind the threats on Asher’s life. The author does give you some hints, but you don’t find out the true story and the reasons why until the end.

I recommend this book for those of you who enjoy historical romance with a hint of mystery and humor. Many of the interactions between Permilia and Asher were hysterical!

Rate this book at 4 stars!

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through I was not required to leave a review.

New Book Watch: At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd) by Jen Turano

After her father lost the family fortune, Wilhelmina was cast out of the fashionable set and banished to the wallflower section. She is mortified when her friend Edgar returns to society for the first time since she rejected his proposal. Ashamed of her fall from grace, she tries to avoid him, but is there still hope for their friendship–or something more?


The first Jen Turano with her book, Playing the PartI loved her writing style and the humor. So I definitely want to read more by her.  Right now you can pre-order this novella for free!!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4046 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2017