Monday, July 1, 2013

"A Most Peculiar Circumstance," by Jen Turano
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.

This madcap battle of the sexes is the sequel to Turano's hilarious A Change of Fortune (2012), and it is perfect for any reader who enjoys stories bubbling with humor.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series "A Change of Fortune," and this one doesn't disappoint.  Although I wasn't hooked from the very first chapter, it didn't take too long after that the get involved in the story.  You do begin to wonder if Theodore and Arabella can agree on anything, as all they do is argue.  However after a while you realize those arguments glue them more and more together.

I will admit if I had to go through as many adventures as Arabella did I would have to sleep for a year to get caught up.  Trouble seems to follow her where ever she goes and she always ends up dragging poor Theodore behind her.  

Stars out of 5 : 4.5  Didn't get hooked right away, but well worth the read and I couldn't put it down in the end as I needed to know what happened next.  Plenty of ups and downs and can't wait for the next in the series, this time "starring" Felicia as the lead character.  "A Talent for Trouble," will be released in October of 2013.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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