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A Talent for Trouble

(Ladies of Distinction #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,874 ratings  ·  247 reviews
For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, w ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Anne
New York, 1881

Another wonderful and hilarious book by Jen Turano, which I would have rated 5 stars as well if I hadn't read A Match of Wits directly after, making this one slightly pale in comparison. I loved it too and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, but it was just slightly less awesome than Match of Wits, and a bit more over-the-top on some occasions.

Pretty much everything I wrote in my review of A Match of Wits applies to A Talent for Trouble as well, except for the list of crazy things
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Laura
A nice addition to the series, however this story, the story about Grayson and Felicia, just didn’t grab me and entertain me the way the previous two books did. I think I found the characters harder to connect with and at times the pacing was slow and actions were repetitive.

There were many things that I thoroughly enjoyed about the novel too. Turano did a nice job penning a story that felt unique in details because of the dealings with opium dens, racial discrimination with Chinese, and being
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Tweety
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who needs a good laugh
Recommended to Tweety by: Patti
Hmmm… I have to think about this one.

Lets start with the good
To begin, it's incredibly funny. Felicia is clumsy, has a talent for trouble and a beautiful personality. I couldn't tell her apart from Eliza, Arabella and Agatha, all remarkably alike in clumsy norm breaking, but I still enjoyed her. I liked the Hero, he was interesting yet, somehow I just couldn't bring myself to love him. In Fact, my favorite character was a grubby street urchin, he felt the most unaffected.

That's the good over w
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Alice
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*sigh* The only thing that makes finishing this book bearable is being able to look forward to the Match of Wits to be released in the upcoming year. :D

A Talent for Trouble was a delightful romp through New York's finest social gatherings, to it's most dismal slums- all of which were full of laughs, banter, endearing characters, and many strange-yet-hilarious situations. (Felicia's singing performance on Mott street nearly had me fainting from lack of oxygen! xD)

My favorite scene: Zayne and Gray
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Shannah Mauney
Jen Turano has written another fantastic story! With lovable characters, witty dialogue, and an interesting plot, this story has it all. View my full review here.
Carissa
- I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Felicia has spent four years of her life, mainly those between 20 and 24, pretending to be something she is not. The facade she presents to society is that of a demure young lady with atrocious taste in clothes who yearns to marry a minister. Turns out, that's not quite the truth. God knew what she needed in a man, and the reverend she had set her sights on was certainly not it. When the reverend marries someone
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)


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“For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?

Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had his fill of spreading his wings and only hopes to set
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Brittany
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another fun book from Jen Turano! In A Talent for Trouble, Miss Felicia Murdock wakes up to the fact that for the past four years, she has pretended to be someone she is not. What ensues is pure fun, as Felicia bursts from the bow bedecked shell that has held her for these past years. The woman underneath, who emerges from the strange fashion she has been known for, is fun loving, adventurous and definitely has a talent for finding herself in trouble.

Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, can't help but n
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Caitlyn Santi
Another absolutely delightful read from Jen Turano!
I loved this book so much, though I think book two is still my favorite of the series so far (Though I haven't read Agatha's story yet so that may change!) I was quite surprised by who the villain ended up being, and it takes a lot to surprise me! I loved Felicia and Grayson, and I was ecstatic that all the characters from the previous books played large roles in this one! It never ceases to amaze me how Jen Turano can take an ordinary statemen
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Chrissy
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
These books are fun. There was one scene that was a little weird (it involved some cross dressing) but after reading the other books I realize it is just the author's style. These books are Christian but not overly preachy at all. I am excited for the next book to come out!!
Aerykah
Loved this book! I don't know, but this might be my favorite book in this series so far! (wink @Alice)
Amy
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars (and I'm seriously being generous with that .5)
I actually really enjoyed the first two books in this series which makes me so frustrated with this one. Ginnie warned me that you need to be in the right mood for Jen Turano, and maybe that is it. Maybe I'm just no longer in the right mood.
But, y'all, this book was ridiculous.
1. The main character is crazy. Now, I overlooked the historical inaccuracy and enjoyed the ride with the other books because I enjoyed the strong, varied female ch
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Martha
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is light, fun, sweet romance. My rating 4.25.

Felicia had convinced herself that she was to marry the local preacher. She conducted herself as 'piously' as she could for four years trying to gain his affections. When the preacher married someone else, Felicia had to rediscover who she truly was. According to her family and friends Felicia is a good person with an impulsive nature… and a talent for trouble.

Felicia’s friends coerce Grayson, Lord Sefton, to begin to escort her so that other men
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Kayla Finley
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

I love Jen Turano's writing. It's clever and unexpected, and her characters are brimming with personality. I think that Felicia, the heroine in A Talent for Trouble, is probably my favorite so far. The story was executed well, and the themes were strong but not overbearing.
I loved the theme of Felicia changing herself for a man. I've seen that happen so many times to girls and women in real life, so it feels like
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Iola
Miss Felicia Murdock is distinctly put out with God, because it seems they’ve had a slight misunderstanding. She was of the impression that she could best live out her Christian faith as the wife of Reverend Fraser—who is about to marry someone else. Despite her expectations, God doesn’t stop the wedding with a bolt of lightning, forcing Felicia to reconsider God’s plan for her life. As she is now twenty-four, that future obviously doesn’t include a husband.

Her manipulative mother has other idea
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Melanie
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R4W6VEPN...
Review on my blog: http://www.christianbookshelfreviews....

2.5 stars

I didn't enjoy A Talent for Trouble as much as I thought I would, and I think one of the reasons for that is because I read this one right after finishing books one and two - there were just too many similarities in the stories and that just annoyed/frustrated me. I think if I would have only read this book (or read it months after the others), I would have enjoyed it mo
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Carrie Pagels
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the other reviewers on my blog were gaga over Jen Turano's writing. Felicia and Grayson are adorable together. Quirky lovable characters, quick-paced storyline, wonderful love story--you'll be thumbing through this story as fast as you can read it just to find out what happens next! You'l be holding your breath as you wonder if the characters will be able to get in and out of the opium dens, they are investigating, okay. Highly recommend! My only complaint is that in paperback the print is r ...more
Melissa
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Felicia is friends with the girl gang aka heroines from the first 2 novels and 1 prequel (Charlotte, Agatha, Arabella, Eliza). At 24, she is upset and confused as the supposed "love of her life" marries someone else - someone he actually has a relationship with. Felicia was under the impression that since she prayed to God four years ago to bring "The One" and the new minister showed up the next day, so that must be the man God wanted her to marry. Even though she had to change everything about ...more
Kara
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing


My Comments
Oh wow, from the MOMENT I saw Jen’s newest book I knew I had to get a copy! The title and cover alone are worth having on the bookshelf, that mischievous look on the model’s face as she looks into the camera….you just know there are some fun and crazy things going on in her head and you can’t wait to join in from the first page.

Miss Felicia Murdock is terribly disappointed. The man she wanted to marry, Reverend Michael Fraser, married someone else. Felicia genuinely believed that God
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Dawn ♥ romance
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, humor
I liked this historical christian humorous romance. Just as the funny plot started to lag a bit, the hero's shady past started to surface and the story's action picked up and turned rather interesting dealing with a serious issue and forgiveness. Felicia is distraught when her minister marries someone else so her friends convince Grayson to escort and cheer her up.
Lyssa
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was definitely an improvement over the last two. The first 5 chapters or so were really engaging- interesting, fairly well written and funny. But things quickly went downhill after that. It was so hard to slog through that it took me 3 months to get through 75% of it, before deciding that it had dragged on long enough and life is too short to waste time reading books that hold zero interest for me. I'm sure I could predict every major plot wrap-up anyway.

The writing style was almost c
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Brandi
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Good book. If you like humor, romance, or adventure, you will likely enjoy this novel.
I didn't laugh or cry, though I almost did both.
The characters were lifelike and endearing, as was the interesting setting and somewhat traditional plot.
There was something that kind of irritated me though. I've caught this several times in this novel and in the previous two as well. There were a few times where the character would say something like “I did say that, didn't I.” But there would be a per
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Madilyn
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Felicia Murdock has had a bit of an infatuation over her minister for four long years, so when he marries someone else she feels entitled to a bit of a pity party. No sooner had she dramatically thrown herself onto her bed then her mother walked into her room and announced that she had arranged for a very eligible bachelor to escort her to dinner. Felicia was tired of her mother's matchmaking, and decided to make everything as difficult as possible for Mr. Grayson Sumner. She wore ridiculous clo ...more
Jasmine
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better! The comedy, the romance, the historical settings! I have read quite a few historical fiction books over the last few years and I have to say that Jen Turano's style of writing is like a breath of air. It's fresh, it's funny, and yet it stays true to the best in Christian historical fiction. I started reading this series with book 2, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and each lively story is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.

What could possib
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Jessica
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This definitely wasn't one of my top favorites of Turano's work.

Felicia's character was interesting from the beginning. I was captivated from the start when I read she was in the process of trying to get over a one-sided romance and the lessons that came out of that experience. It was fun to see the process of her trying to recapture her own identity and strive to live in a way that was pleasing to herself rather than to try and impress a guy. I loved seeing all the scrapes she got into and enjo
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Maria
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano is the third book in the Ladies of Distinction series. To be honest, I really didn't like this story because it is the same basic plot as the first two books in the series. I thought the first book was a really fun read because it was the first time I read that plot idea. In the second book, I loved the main characters and what Arabella learned so much that the similar plot wasn't that bad. But the third book... It had me frustrated from the get-go. Not only is ...more
Rachelle Cobb
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book.

Felicia had me busting out laughing in the middle of campus far too often, and Grayson's reactions to her mishaps were downright hilarious, too. Early on, he lets her have the reins to his carriage, and after a wild ride, when he gets out, he actually kissed the ground.

I almost dropped my book into my cereal.

Jen Turano's writing style flows prettily without being flowery, and, as I mentioned, it's really funny.

But what I liked best about this book was that it wasn't
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Cheryl
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Felicia had no other dreams or plans than the fact that she thought she would become a minister's wife. So when the minster marries someone else, Felicia's world comes crashing down. What is she to do next?

Lord Sefton Grayson Sumner is ready to settle down. His friends had the perfect woman for Grayson. It is Felicia. When Grayson and Felicia meet, it is not love at first sight. However the more time they spend with each other's company, feelings start to change. Grayson's past comes back to hau
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Anne
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
After a summary like that, there's not a lot left to say about the book! I can tell you that Felicia and Grayson take us on a wild adventure in A Talent for Trouble. It’s amazing how much mischief one woman can get into but she certainly has a gallant hero watching over her.

One thing is for sure, Jen Turano knows how to write some fast and feisty dialogue, which is actually much like Felicia’s character. She’s not fast in a bad way. She doesn't seem to slow down and think long before she acts a
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Ann Keller
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I chuckled my way through this novel. What a delightful story!

Miss Felicia Murdock has spent years attempting to bend herself into a suitable bride for a minister, but when the reverend turns his sights elsewhere, Felicia decides to be herself. The only trouble is that Miss Murdock seems to have a talent for becoming embroiled in one disaster after another! She certainly needs someone to watch over her.

Lord Sefton, Grayson Sumner, has seen a little too much of the seedy side of life. Fleeing Ch
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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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