Author: Jen Turano
Review by Grace Olson
Do you like comedic romance? Snappy dialogue? How about situations that you can only shake your head at and chuckle? If your answer is yes to the above, then you NEED to check out A Talent for Trouble, or really any of Jen Turano’s novels. This book definitely falls into the comedic romance department, and, dare I say it, it’s a rip-roaring romance that will have you guessing until the end. (I know, I know, it’s kind of cliché, but it fits the book so perfectly!). You have the opportunity right now to try a sampling of Turano’s writing at no cost to you. She is currently offering her ebook novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams, for free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com.
Taken from Bethany House Publisher’s website synopsis of A Talent for Trouble:
For years, Miss Felicia Murdock’s every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister’s wife. When the minister she’d set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change–and soon–before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she’s not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who’s to say nay?
Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
Just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia’s life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?
I had read Turano’s novel, A Change of Fortune, and her novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams, so as soon as I saw A Talent for Trouble up for grabs via Bethany House’s book review program, I requested it. I practically squealed when I found it in my mail box, and I don’t often squeal about books, mind you. Needless to say, I again found Turano’s delightful way of writing hilarious romance with a Christian message refreshing. Turano is definitely my favorite writer when it comes to this combination of historical fiction, romance, and hilarity.
The story begins with Miss Felicia Murdock’s apparent heartbreak when the pastor she has been subtly pursuing for the last few years marries. And the woman he marries isn’t her. Interestingly enough, however, as soon as the good pastor is married, Felicia finds out from her mother that her taste in style is atrocious. Felicia agrees with this, but she was under the mistaken impression that the man in question liked those particular dresses. This is only the first of many things that she discovers have been affected by her infatuation with the pastor. In fact, she has gone so far as to even try to alter her personality in order to impress him. When she realizes this, she decides to show who she really is—for the first time in over four years—to the world, and a shocking display it is. Her awful fashions disappear, and a lovely young woman is found beneath all that silk and tulle. The demure demeanor disappears, and out pops a lady with enough mischief to land her in all the trouble she could ever want. And that’s just the beginning.
Grayson Sumner is the unfortunate man selected to cheer Felicia up after her obviously disappointing let-down, but he is surprised to find that she is not at all what he thought she was. As their friendship progresses, Felicia finds herself in more and more trouble, and Grayson comes to her rescue time after time. Grayson is attracted to Felicia’s mischievous and sweet spirit, and Felicia finds the fact that he is honest with her utterly refreshing. Obstacles litter this potential couple’s way, however, not the least Grayson’s shadowy past, and it is only by forgiveness that these two can find the love they’re both looking for.
As the reader—and Felicia—learn more about Grayson’s past, we realize the extent of his wrong-doings and the guilt he lives under because of his past. Grayson sees himself as unworthy of both Felicia and God’s forgiveness. Felicia comes to grip with the fact that perhaps it wasn’t God’s plan for her to marry a preacher and that gentlemen of strong faith aren’t always found behind the pulpits in churches.
One part of the book that I didn’t like, however, was how often Felicia’s figure was brought up. I realize that men are very visual, but I felt that the numerous mentions were a bit excessive.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House Publisher’s website: 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. ~ To learn more about her and the other books she has written, visit her web page: http://jenturano.com/
I loved A Talent for Trouble. It was funny, it had just the right amount of romance, and the characters were flawed, yet lovable. Definitely a book I will read again in the future, and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read any of Turano’s novels, she has written two previous books in this, the Ladies of Distinction series. The previous books are entitled A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Also, if you want to take a look at Turano’s writing for free, don’t forget to download her novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams, onto your e-reader.
I was given a review copy of A Talent for Trouble from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
A Talent for Trouble is available for download, or paper copy.