Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part
by Jen Turano   
Historical Romance
Bethany House Publishers 

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson's estate.
At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means---albeit an eccentric one---but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.
While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, she can't ignore the strange things going on in Bram's house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Praise for Jen Turano:

"One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre."
---Booklist on Playing the Part
"Extremely fast-paced and humorous, Turano's latest will please old fans and should make some new ones. A fun romance and some great twists on what could have been a tired, recycled 'marriage of convenience' storyline keep this fresh and lively. What a delightful tale!"
---RT Book Reviews on After a Fashion



 Meet the Author

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.

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Here is my review of this completely enjoyable book:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jen Turano and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Playing the Part" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
 "Playing the Part” by Jen Turano took a couple of chapters for me to really engage the characters and the story.  The thing that kept me reading was that I grew up in upstate New York and I’ve been to Tarrytown.  I’ve frequently regretted not visiting Sleepy Hollow while I lived there, and this novel made me regret it even more after our leading lady visited the cemetery there.  But that’s what kept me reading long enough to get to the funny moments and the engaging storyline.  Thank you, Jen Turano.
Lucetta is a beautiful New York theater actress who has some undesirable admirers.  She leaves New York City with her friend and caretaker, Abigail, to escape some unwanted attention.  Abigail’s mission is to take care of Lucetta and keep her safe.  She also has a covert matchmaking plan in mind when she whisks Lucetta away to Ravenwood, her grandson’s upstate estate.  Abigail’s grandson, Bram, has never settled down and taken a wife.  In fact, he is rather enamored with a celebrity whom he never expects to meet.  Imagine his surprise when that very woman lands in his moat!
This is when all the fun begins.  Turano has created a very entertaining story with likeable and witty characters, laugh out loud funny dialogue and situations and a sweet love story peppered with a bit of mystery and a beautiful view of how relationships are built.  I’m really glad I kept reading.

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