Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Most Peculiar Circumstance is Most Refreshing!

A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Jen Turano
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764210198
May 2013/353 pages/$14.99

Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women's suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.

Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton's sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he's at his wit's end.

Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella's paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can't be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

Read an excerpt here.


Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at


I became a fan of Jen Turano's last fall when I read her debut novel, A Change of Fortune (reviewed here) so I eagerly accepted the opportunity to review A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Turano has quickly vaulted onto my must-read list with her charming stories and her winsome style. Enchanting characters and an engaging plot create a satisfying read but what truly distinguishes this book from many others in this genre is the delightful dialogue which manages to inject a bit of whimsy into even the most serious moments. And at the rate Arabella Beckett could get herself into trouble, there were several of those! A Most Peculiar Circumstance is indeed the perfect title for this novel. I smiled all the way through this one and am already eager for her next book, Talent for Trouble, coming in October!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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