Friday, June 3, 2016

My Review: Playing the Part

First off, I have to apologize profusely to Ms. Turano for taking so very long to share my review!  I am so sorry!  Jen very graciously sent me a copy of this fantastic book, and it took me almost three months to write a review!  I've actually read it twice now, since I didn't want to attempt to write a review from my obviously very faulty memory!  Again, I've very sorry! 

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. 

About the Author:
Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

My Review: 5 stars!
As I’ve stated previously, I always hate when a series I adore comes to an end and the final book is always difficult for me because I know I’ll have to say “farewell” to the characters by the time I turn the last page. That being said, I still adored this book and I was so excited to get to read Lucetta’s book! Ms. Turano is one of my go-to authors, particularly when I need a laugh, and I’ve yet to find a book of hers that I could say wasn’t a favorite. I’ve heard several people say that this is their favorite story of hers to date, but I don’t know that I can choose just one of her books to hold that distinction. The choice is just too difficult! So I’ll just say that my favorite is whichever one I’m currently reading or have just finished.

One of the things I enjoy most about Jen’s books is always the dialogue - I love the play on words and the quirky things her characters fix on that becomes a running joke throughout the story. I also always love the descriptions and the details that color each setting so vividly! She brings such life to her characters and the situations they find themselves caught in! As in her other books, Lucetta, Bram, and all of the other characters, find themselves in quirky situations that appear to be through no fault of their own, but they are so amusing! And I love how she includes animals in most of her books and gives them quirks of their own (Geoffrey the goat, for example).
I’ve been eagerly anticipating Lucetta’s book since meeting her in After a Fashion and getting just a few glimpses of this obviously eccentric lady with a heart of gold. Her story is definitely unique, as are all of the others, and I loved getting to know Lucetta much better! She is quirky, but she is also bold, and a bit stubborn, and kind, and independent, and does her best to look after her adopted family. Bram ended up being a great hero for her, despite their somewhat rough start. He is very old-fashioned, and chivalrous, and kind, and his collection of misfits are wonderful! I loved following them as he learned to love the real Lucetta, eccentricities and all, and she fell in love with him, despite the oddities that seemed to surround him. Speaking of those oddities, I really enjoyed the bit of mystery that surrounds Ravenwood! The unusual things that happened kept me laughing and trying to guess what might be going on - I was wrong, in case you were wondering. But the mystery was still fun! And I appreciated how it was wrapped up.

Oh, and I have to mention that I was so happy that the characters from the previous books came back! I loved having Abigail, Archibald, Millie, and Harriet back, as well as meeting several new people, my favorite of which probably being Mr. Skukman or maybe Ruby Haverstein . . . . Both of them are equally delightful, so I don’t know that I’m qualified to make that decision without bias. If you decide to read the book (which I’m hoping you will), you’ll have to come to that conclusion on your own.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys humorous historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you so much for reading my review!  I hope you enjoyed it!  After I finished rereading this book, I went back and had to read After a Fashion and In Good Company again!  ( to see my review for each book click on the respective title)  I may have enjoyed them even more the second time!  *sigh*  Such great books!  Anyway, I'll stop blathering now. 
Have a delightful day!


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