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A Most Peculiar Circumstance

(Ladies of Distinction #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An indepen ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Anne
I thought that nothing could beat the wonderful feel of reading A Change of Fortune, but it seems I was mistaken, because A Most Peculiar Circumstance was even better. The characters were even more engaging, the banter even funnier, the adventures even more unbelievable, and the whole even more loveable. I loved every minute I spent reading that book, and reaching the end made me ache to start book 3, A Talent for Trouble because I cannot get enough of these characters.

Theodore Wilder, the priv
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Amy
3 stars for plot, rounding up a star for characters, and doing my best to ignore the "Christian" elements of this book. (God is not a matchmaker or a vending machine!)
I loved Arabella. I suspected I would based on the first book in this series. But I did not realize how much I would love her. Jen Turano once again does an excellent job creating a variety of very strong, very distinct women. I love how they all carry guns.
While Arabella's girliness comes across a bit on the nose at times (she wa
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Marian Baay
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Entertaining, but . . .

After reading Jen’s debut novel ‘A Change of Fortune’, I knew this woman is able to entertain her readers. I really enjoyed her writing and so I decided to pick up ‘A Most Peculiar Circumstance’ as well.
Although the entertainment in the story is about the same is in ‘A Change of Fortune’, I noticed that once again it is hard to imagine that this story is taking place in the 19th century. Some things just seemed off. I’m not going to mention them, because I don’t want to sp
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Hannah
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I couldn't really get into the story, which really disappointed me. There was so much promise to the plot, and it seemed to just exist on the surface. I would just begin to feel that I was about to get into some deeper thoughts, and a few pages later, the writing would fluff right back up again. I mainly stayed with the book because of the characters I'd come to love in book one.
What I didn't like:
The mothers that matchmake like crazy....literally
The girls who wear their hearts on their sleeve,
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BlueJeansAndTeacups
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who want to laugh & enjoy Christian Historical (sufraget movement) Fiction
•°o•:*:•.It Has Everything!.•:*:• o°•

Book#2 in The Ladies of Distinction Series has everything…strength of character, amusing comedy, romance, mystery, and Christian values. I could not wait to get my hands on book #2 and Jen Turano really delivers! It was so good, I sped through it in less than a weekend. This author is new to the scene, but she lands right on top as far as I am concerned.

I enjoyed getting to know Theodore better. We were introduced to the chauvinistic private investigator in b
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Lyssa
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oy. The first half wasn't horrible. Several times I thought to myself, "Okay, compared to her first book, her writing is getting better; she really has some potential." And then the second half happened and it was so bad that it more than made up for first half being tolerable.

I found nothing about the prostitutes, except maybe one or two of Dot's lines, to be believable- nothing in their characterization nor any other of the other characters' reception of them. And then, when Arabella announces
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Shash
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-challenges
At the beginning of this book, I couldn’t see how the main characters were ever going to end up together! I had to keep reading and find out. Arabella and Theodore were great characters! I enjoyed watching their feelings grow as they learned more about each other. By the end, I loved the idea of them together!

It was fun to see characters from the first book again, and to meet some great new characters as well. Grandpa and Grandma Wilder were my favorites!

I love the ladies of this series! Oh, the
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Kat
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just the right amount of wit, romance, and great plot to keep you more than satisfied. The two main characters both have passionate personalities that at first clash, but soon both find they are intrigued by each other. I can't wait till the third one, it will be a must read!
Hayleigh S.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-historical
This book tugged my heart strings. Saving those women from their lifestyle and just the industry that was involved. Wow. I have a heart for women in that industry and this book is definitely one that I recommend reading. I recommend only if you're not scared of that stuff.
Gabrielle
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gabrielle by: Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
This book was so much fun. I loved it. The characters were hilarious and so likable, the romance was adorable (enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes), and I found the plot quite interesting. I'm not usually one to read romance novels, but I kind of love this series.
Alice
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was incredible! Brilliant! Hilarious! I laughed so hard I cried and and wound up exhausted! I could not put it down - I read all day yesterday! haha
I loved that all the minor characters from the last book didn't change at all - I really can't stand when the heroine from the last book is boring in the second, just because now she's married and is no longer in the spotlight. I loved Eliza's parts in this story!
The hero and heroine in this story were so awesome! I LOVED all the back and
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Melanie
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RUZRUU2S...
Review on my blog: http://www.christianbookshelfreviews....

A Most Peculiar Circumstance was a fun, quick read. There were many hilarious scenes that had me laughing...I especially loved the first couple chapters! :)

After finding out a little bit about Theodore in A Change of Fortune, it was great to learn even more about him and his family in this story. I also enjoyed Arabella's character. I admit, though, I am most anxious to read Agath
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Margaret Chind
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: reading the free eBook Gentleman of Her Dreams
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. 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, o ...more
Katelyn
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining read from Jen Turano. It's the second book in the Ladies of Distinction series, as if you didn't already know that.

I found it to be pleasant and light. A very warm read. Romance, with a dash of suspense. Not much, though. Just a little sprinkle around the edges.

It was interesting. This is Arabella's story, Hamilton's sister. She's intelligent, witty, and out to save everyone, all while battling for women's rights. In other words, she's all Theodore, the private investigato
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Faye
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A warm entertaining read, with snappy dialogue!

I don't always like characters who infuriate each other, but with Arabella and Theodore I simply couldn't refuse! Their pairing was fun and definitely entertaining, I loved watching them match wits in their witty discussions.

While this is the second book in a series, reading the first book isn't a requirement, though I would strongly suggest reading it simply because of how amazing it is!

I loved the chemistry between the characters and how they
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Rebecca
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Most Peculiar Circumstance takes us back to a place in history during the Women's Suffrage movement, in which we find Arabella Beckett working on behalf of women everywhere. Our heroine is a woman full of spunk and whit not willing to sit and watch life pass her by, but instead she sets out to leave her mark in this world.

From the very beginning Arabella's antics will amuse you, as we find her in jail matching whits with the investigator Theodore Wilder, who her family has sent to find her. Sp
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Hannah
A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano was a great, entertaining and heart-warming read from start to finish. Arabella had me laughing from the start with her witty comments and exciting adventures. Her relationship with Theodore was certainly evident but not in an overwhelming way. Each character shined with distinct personalities making you feel as if you actually know them. The plot was fantastic as well. It had the mystery and excitement without overshadowing the delightful personalities ...more
Cassandra
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arabella zieht Ärger förmlich an. Die mutige Streiterin für die Rechte der Frauen, sitzt in der Klemme oder besser gesagt im Gefängnis. Zu ihrer Rettung erscheint der Privatdetektiv Theodor, der sie auf Wunsch ihrer Familie schon eine ganze Weile verfolgt, sollte er sie doch zur Hochzeit ihres Bruders bringen. Nun hat er die eigenwillige Schönheit am Hals und mit ihr jede Menge Aufregung.
Ich habe mich beim Lesen oftmals amüsiert, allerdings störte mich die betont christliche Botschaft, die sich
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Nicole
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent sequel! This was such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoy Jen Turano's marvelous characters and exceptional larks! The wit and banter in this book was so funny, and I loved the mental picture of Harold "trudging" through the snow as well as Zayne & Theodore's take on the mistletoe-shrouded ballroom. Looking forward to more from Jen!
Bess
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Super cute. I always tend to search for the title amongst the text of Ms. Turano's books. This one did not disappoint! It's almost like a scavenger hunt. And the story was cute, even if a bit predictable. I turn to Ms. Turano for all my historical comedies--she never disappoints! Great read!!
Shannah Mauney
I absolutely loved this book! Jen Turano has such a way with words. This fast-paced book is packed with humor, witty dialogue, and intriguing characters. Read my full review here.
Abbi
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD!!!! I absolutely loved this book!
Brandi
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This book was wonderful! It contained a great deal of romance, action, and humor, which kept me enthralled throughout the novel.
The romance was sweet, though I wish they'd realized sooner that they didn't hate each other so there would've been more romance. The action was heart-pounding and I must admit that I was quite surprised by that stint toward the ending. The humor was indeed amusing, though I must say that I didn't laugh as much as I did in A Change of Fortune, the novel that pr
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn't need help from an arrogant, narr
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Iola
A Most Peculiar Circumstance has an excellent beginning, as Miss Arabella Beckett finds herself in jail for the first time in Gilman, Illinois, in November 1880 (I particularly liked the ‘first time’ line—it implied that jail was a surprise, not perhaps not an unexpected one, given her involvement in the women’s suffrage movement and her beliefs around the rights of women (not to mention her habit of travelling without a companion or chaperone).

Arabella prays that God will help her out of this
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Sarah
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, arc-copy
3.5 stars rounded down to three

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The second in Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series, A Most Peculiar Circumstance features Arabella Beckett, a suffragette with a knack for getting into trouble. Arabella’s knack has just landed her up in jail in a strange town. She’s sending up a prayer for help when help arrives, in the form of the very traditionally minded private investigator Theodore Wilder, who’s been sent to track Arabella down so she can attend her brother’s sh
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Johanna
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jen Turano definitely has a sense of humour and it is SO cleverly weaved throughout this story, making it refreshing, entertaining and enchanting!!!! The opening chapter had me in fits of laughter, as Arabella talked to her-self as a means of comfort. Then of course, it all became even more exciting when Theodore entered the picture, causing Arabella to have met her match! Sparks went flying, but of course two stubborn souls only realise this as Arabella’s troubles catch up with her. It would be ...more
Pat Dyer
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The catchy title and cover enticed me to read this book, which promised something different, maybe even peculiar.

As an active, outspoken suffragette, Arabella Beckett has traveled all over the country for her cause, and on occasion she's gotten herself into a bit of trouble. Particularly with gentlemen who believed that women belong in the home, having children, taking care of their husbands, and keeping their opinions to themselves.

Fiercely independent, Arabella does not readily accept help fro
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Elizabeth
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, hard-copy
Arabella Beckett is a pistol toting suffragette who has a hard time staying out of trouble. Theodore Wilder is a no nonsense private investigator who is as chauvinistic as they come. When one of Arabella’s misguided attempts to help others land her in jail, covered in mud and accused of shooting a man, she sends up a prayer for a little help. The form that help arrives in, the infuriating Mr. Wilder, is less than appreciated. However, it seems trouble isn’t done with the two of them just yet. Ca ...more
Mikal Dawn
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is funny. Don’t get me wrong; the plot is serious, and towards the end of the book, it gets pretty suspenseful, but Ms. Turano writes with wit, humor, and loads of charm.

Both main characters, Arabella and Theodore, are, in my mind, very well developed throughout the story, and are quite likeable, even when they’re being stubborn. The chemistry between the two is really sweet and honest. They’re relatable, fun, and really, just loveable. I’d give anything to know them in real life rath
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Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a ...more

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Ladies of Distinction (4 books)
  • A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)
  • A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction, #3)
  • A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)
“Arabella- Why you felt it was imperative for me to leave my house in a traveling trunk is still beyond me. You did see Zayne and Hamilton drop it, didn't you?
Theodore- They told me to tell you they were very sorry about that.
Arabella- Yes, I could tell they were dreadfully sorry, especially with all the laughter I heard through the one air hole someone considerately remembered to provide. I think gentlemen in general are deranged.”
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“One would think that since Hamilton and Eliza only just got married, our mothers would be satisfied for a while, but instead they seem to have come to the conclusion that everyone needs to enter into the state of wedded bliss. Quite frankly, they've turned scary.” 13 likes
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