Author: Jen Turano
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House Publishers’ website description of A Match of Wits:
After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she’ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.
Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home… until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha’s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they’ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.
Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth–until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?
Jen Turano’s novels are characterized by feisty heroines, fast-paced adventure, sweet romance, and hilarious situations. She delivers yet again with A Match of Wits. It had been some time since I’d read her writing, so it took me a few pages to get into the story again as I figured out who Agatha was (oh yeah, the daring reporter woman who landed her friends in jail), who Zayne was (that guy. The one who ran off with that Helena woman.), and of course, Mr. Blackheart. Because he is not to be forgotten. 🙂
The pace of this story was good as Agatha blazed a path to help others, often leaving disasters in her wake. I did not expect what happened to Zayne. What I learned of his character in previous stories and how he acted in the first half of A Match of Wits were very different, but in a good way. He had a lot to work through. And then, of course, there is Matilda. Her appearance in the book bordered on too unbelievable, but paired with the unusual Agatha…it worked. I loved learning more about Mr. Blackheart and what, exactly, went on inside that gentleman’s head.
Part of the reason I return to Jen’s novels again and again is because of the uniqueness of her writing. Her novels stand out from others in the historical fiction genre in that she works in the rich historical details, all while writing in a light, humorous tone. This draws me when I’m looking for a good read that I can relax into.
While this is not my favorite of Jen Turano’s novels, I did enjoy A Match of Wits, and highly recommend it.
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About the Author
Biography from Bethany House Publishers’ 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. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com
I was given a review copy of A Match of Wits from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.