Playing the Part

25695484Book Review: Playing the Part

Author: Jen Turano

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Amazon’s description of Playing the Part:

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.


            Playing the Part is the final book in Jen Turano’s latest trilogy, and it focuses on the spunky and unpredicatable Lucetta Plum. I’ve always enjoyed Jen’s books, they’re chock full of romance, humor, and historicity. I really enjoyed reading about Lucetta and Bram, as both of them have misconceptions about life and each other that seem to block them at every turn.

Abigail is probably one of my favorite characters in these books. She loves to meddle and set up her friends, and is a lot of fun to read about. Bram is a great character, with a lot of eccentricities. As a writer myself, I can understand some of those. 😉 I loved the idea of an old castle with hidden passageways and mystery added in this story, it was such fun to read about! Lucetta’s own dilemma seemed to be more of a side story, but eventually it caught up with her. I liked how despite she was in a dangerous situation, she kept up her spunky attitude. Her back story with her parents was so sad, though! All the pressure she put on herself, and her mother put on her. The poor thing.

This story is full of hilarious mishaps, such as run-ins with goats and moats, and a great end to this series. Any long-standing fan of Jen Turano’s novels will enjoy this book about Lucetta. I can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

About the Author

Biography from Bethany House’s website: Jen Turano, author of seven books, 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

I was given a review copy of Playing the Part from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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