A Talent for Trouble is the third book in a trilogy known as “Ladies of Distinction” by Jen Turano. However, I have not read the first book. I previously read and did a review of book two A Most Peculiar Circumstance here. Therefore, I can attest to the fact that, though they are part of a trilogy, you can certainly read any of them as stand alones and not feel lost.
A Talent for Trouble is a light-hearted, fun historical romance about Felicia Murdock who is concerned about being single and in her mid twenties. She sets her sights on becoming a minister’s wife and pretends to be something she’s not in hopes of impressing the minister.
When things do not go according to her plan, she decides she’s wasted too much time pretending and is determined to be her true self and embrace a more lively way of life, and in so doing, finds herself in one troubling circumstance after another.
Grayson Sumner, otherwise known as Lord Sefton, soon finds himself attracted to Felicia, but becomes frustrated with her knack for stumbling into trouble. Then his past comes back to complicate his life and places Felicia in danger as well. Grayson is determined to keep Felicia safe as they struggle to extricate themselves from the latest trouble.
Felicia is a fun character and as her relationship with Grayson developed, they made me laugh out loud. Their troubling situations go from mild to quite scary and I found myself cheering for them while sitting on the edge of my seat. This was a very enjoyable read.
I have heard others speak of Jen Turano several times, so when I saw this book in a gift shop, I just had to buy it.
A Most Peculiar Circumstance was a delightful read. Arabella Becket is a young lady who has a knack for getting into trouble, but all she wants is to support the women’s suffrage movement. When Mr. Theodore Wilder, a private investigator hired by his friend Hamilton Beckett to locate Hamilton’s sister, finds Miss Beckett in jail, she exhibits a fiercely independent streak, bringing him to his wit’s end. However, as their paths continue to cross when they return to New York, Theodore finds himself intrigued by Arabella.
Ms. Turano does a wonderful job of creating well-developed characters that sometimes made me laugh out loud. Ms. Turano is also very adept at drawing her readers into the story with clear descriptions and clearly showing the thoughts and feelings of her characters through their actions and reactions as well as their dialogue. She had me cheering for Miss Beckett and Mr. Wilder as Miss Beckett went from one spot of trouble to the next. Miss Beckett became quite endearing as she realized some things about herself and determined to help those less fortunate than herself.
As a writer, I appreciate quality writing, and I found myself noting the way Ms. Turano worded things in a way that drew me into the story and the character’s minds–something I hope to accomplish with my own writing because it not only makes reading a story an adventure, but an experience.
This may have been my first Jen Turano book, but it will not be my last. I look forward to reading more of her books very soon.