This is my current nightly indulgence read and I've found I've missed a few Turano books as well. Jen Turano is an author that makes me smile and I juThis is my current nightly indulgence read and I've found I've missed a few Turano books as well. Jen Turano is an author that makes me smile and I just delight in falling between the pages of her creatively witty stories set in the regal 1880s New York. These feminist creatures are intelligent and fun and I'd love to know them in person, but on the page is the second best. I cannot wait to see what happens next and then head back to catch the stories I've missed.
*This post was originally published on July 9, 2015. I am updating it now with a finished reading status and review.
Jen is such a humorous author and I love the witty characters that jump off her pages. I am soon to read After a Fashion as I some how missed getting myself a copy of that one (had a baby or some such life chaos). I delighted in every page of In Good Company. It is a different stream than her Ladies of Distinction series, but I get the feeling that the series of A Class of Their Own is going to be just as entertaining.
Millie is an awesome, yet slightly complicated character. She reminds me of a character named Sarah from another book I read, but only faintly. Millie is more of what would happen to Sarah later type of situation. Yet, there is also a slight bit of Eliza in her, yet different. I really liked getting to know her on the page. I'm eager to read more about her friends in the rest of the series.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama The first in the new 'A Class of Their Own' series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella t Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama The first in the new 'A Class of Their Own' series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella then you know how I first discovered Jen Turano was through a freebie that I stumbled upon and I knew immediately that I had found a new favorite author. Since then I have been delighted with all the stories in the Ladies of Distinction series and now I'm finding myself to have the same opinion of the A Class of Their Own series. Through a fluke I actually was able to read In Good Company (my review), the second in the Class of Their Own series before I finished After a Fashion and while they can easily stand on their own as independent reads, they do build the story with friend (and friendly!) characters. In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here.
Every page turned entertained me with witty humor and amusing characters as well as a bit of mystery. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of Turano's books title unseen and recommend them to friends. Hopefully I can express my opinions without giving too much away of the plot; however, I would love for you to know how this story is an excellent storytelling of an orphan romance. Every girl imagines if she was without parents to be a princess. Whether one falls into a pretend life of a princess, or perhaps becomes one, or perhaps discovers she is in fact a missing one... It's a magical tale of romance, mystery, and intrigue in a fun and attractive package.
If you enjoy the time frame of novels such as this, you might find another recommendation of note in my list of early 20th century romance titles in the picture lists.
I love Jen Turano's books. She has a way of keeping me turning the pages and wishing there were more when the book is done. She's a fantastic storyteller and I look forward to her next book!
It appears that my partial review written has disappeared as I've returned to finish it. Alas.
Almost without fail, when it comes to Dee’s books I knoIt appears that my partial review written has disappeared as I've returned to finish it. Alas.
Almost without fail, when it comes to Dee’s books I know it’s going to be a great story and straight to the permanent keeper shelf. She is one of those authors where you’d love to have both a physical and digital copy on hand to read it whenever and wherever. Deeanne Gist is one of those authors that I tell my husband she sells well even in the general market world of fiction as well as the Christian market, and there is no wonder why.
Fair Play is the second book in the It Happened at the Fair series if you do not include the prequel in that numbering, however it stands completely on it’s own and you can read it and enjoy the fullness of it without having read It Happened at the Fair. As for It Happened at the Fair, right off the bat I was a fan of Cullen’s and so annoyed and turned off by Wanda that I did not know what to expect. Surely this could not be! Yet off to the fair we go, unsure, uncertain and a little concerned. But wait… isn’t that exactly what he was feeling? How does she do that!? It’s another example of an author grabbing your attention and emotions and placing you firmly in the time (1893) and craftily creating a world that comes to life right off the page.
In Fair Play, I was immediately taken by both Billy and Hunter. Perhaps it is all the time I spend reading Texas Rangers and Cowboys from other Christian Historical Fiction series and authors that I love, but Hunter was just plain manly and delightful. As per usual, Dee’s heroines are part delightful and part irritating to me. Her females are always a bit more feminist than I and I want to argue with them. However, she does such a good job forming them and truly bringing them off the page!
Tangent here. I’m a genealogist and I love history. Christian Historical Fiction is my genre (hence: www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com). One of the best parts about researching history for genealogy (family history) is seeing the remnants of buildings and life once lived. Being able to see pictures is just magical, for lack of a better word. This book is the epitome of why I love to read historical fiction. Bringing the characters and place to life and all throughout this novel we have picture after picture of location and people at the Chicago World’s Fair. It’s amazing to imagine and Dee really brings it to life.
The one other thing about this book is that there is some pretty heavy petting, for lack of a better way to put it. Both Billy and Hunter are very sensual and really “want” each other. However, if you remember back to Courting Trouble, things do not go that far and are truly avoiding until the wedding railcar… but I have read some other reviews where some people felt the affection was a bit much. However, sometimes you just need a Julie Lessman or Deeanne Gist romance (safe in the bounds of Christian Historical Fiction – knowing things are set to work out for the greater good).
Years ago when I was first getting into Christian Historical Fiction, I discovered Carol Cox and her Fair to Remember series based on the World’s Fair. Reading this one and seeing what I can see makes me want to go back and read it again. Then of course there is also another new one in the Avenue of Dreams Series by Olivia Newport. Reading them altogether and bringing a world alive! Oh and if you want to involve a younger child in the reading, you can pick up American Rebirth, a 4-in-1 collection that contains the story Emily Makes a Difference:A Time of Progress and Problems based also during, you guessed it, the Chicago World’s Fair. What a fascinating setting and what’s amazing with the amount of people that attended it’s entirely possible that stories such as these occurred and more!
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Several years ago I got a little collector’s happy and bought dozens of Barbours 4-in-1 collections when they were on sale from ChristianBook.com. ButSeveral years ago I got a little collector’s happy and bought dozens of Barbours 4-in-1 collections when they were on sale from ChristianBook.com. But even with those there are so many more stories out there written years before I really was into reading Christian Historical Fiction. So now when Barbour has come upon the task of revitalizing such stories with amazing packaging in a slightly taller than standard trade paperback with nifty flaps that work well as bookmarks and absolutely gorgeous covers — I’m in love — these are a beautiful shelf beauty and with the 6 or 9 stories within make a perfect vacation book.
The Immigrant Brides Collection is wonderfully enjoyable and has introduced me to some authors I had not read yet and I’m delighted with the experience. This book is a wonderful purchase, and if you’re curious about the original covers from the small collections where these stories were once found, please enjoy this below. It took forever to organize in a post, but it’s beautiful to look at and interesting to see!
I just finished this one, and I really didn't expect to like it. Let me rephrase that. I love the writing of Olivia Newport. This series, she is a newI just finished this one, and I really didn't expect to like it. Let me rephrase that. I love the writing of Olivia Newport. This series, she is a new-to-me author but keeps me up all night reading with interest to her characters and the plot. The situations right on the brink of change are so fascinating that I just-have-to-know what will come next. Lucy Banning, the main character of the first novel was delightful from paragraph one. Charlotte Farrow was mysterious, but friendly and elegant for a maid from the first chapter. When I met Sarah in earlier novels I despised her. She was just one of those characters that you wish would get what they deserved. Just move on to another house and leave the pleasant novel to better other characters. So knowing that this was her novel in the series I was seriously concerned. I did not expect to like it at all.
Oh but I did. Sarah is so frustrating. But Lillie makes it palatable. Simon was a fabulous character and this novel truly made me wonder if things would work out in a typical fashion or if she would ride off in the sunset in a way she wanted, and something else would be the happy point of the novel. I truly didn't know and many things surprised me.
Olivia is a excellent storyteller and without a doubt I'll be delighted to read her further novels. Sarah was an interesting character and those that made you come around to route for them and maybe even like them, now that is complex and interesting and makes for a page turner.
---- Reply: "The time frame moves forward 3 years to 1896. Sarah Cummings is now 19 and determined to leave her past as a maid behind and break into high society. Charlotte and Lucy are back of course. Sarah is going to have to make some choices about who she understands herself to be and what she really wants from her life."
On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM, wrote: I heard a rumor that Prairie Avenue #3 will be The Invention of Sarah Cummings. Can you give me any more info? ...more
In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen TuraIn November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here. I have been long awaiting to read Arabella's story with her own P.I. ;) This particular book had the issue of being published at the same time as I had a small tragedy in my own life and thus I was delayed in being able to read the story. However, once I finally delved in I was pleased and amusing as always with the wit and humor of Jen Turano's pen.
In early-July I got my digital fingers on a copy of Jen's latest In Good Company and dived right in and loved it from the first page. After reading that one, I recalled this one from my queue and went back to it and I was delighted to do so. Arabella is a great character as is Theodore, they amuse me so much! As do all the other characters alongside. Jen is a great author that keeps my imagination flowing and my laughter rumbling. This on is more of a murder-mystery type than the others, but it still entertained and intrigued me throughout. I will absolutely keep reaching for Jen's other books. This review was originally posted on www.CreativeMadnessMama.com...more