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Playing the Part

(A Class of Their Own #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,716 ratings  ·  337 reviews
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. Lucinda'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 gentle
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 2016)
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Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dear Family,

I am sorry for not folding the laundry like a I should have. I washed it..... but I let it sit and become a monstrous pile of wrinkled clothes, but I couldn't help myself! Every time I had some "spare" time, I simply chose to read this delightfully engrossing story by Jen Turano. I promise, now that I finished the book, I will do a better job at keeping the laundry monster away. Thank you for letting me have "quiet" time so that I could read. The book was medicine to my soul- all tha
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Lucetta Plum's step-father is a gambler and like an idiot, puts Lucetta and the deed to her estate in a bet in which he lost. He's a really nice guy right? Lucetta is an actress and trying to live her life when she has to go into hiding because of said idiot step-father.

Lucetta's friend Abigail says she can stay at her grandson Bram's estate. Well come to find out, Abigail wants to set Lucetta up with Bram. Imagine that!

There are some weird stuff going on at the Ravenwood estate. You have cann
This is a delightfully funny, yet meaningful story.

Jen Turano quickly made her way onto my favorite authors list and this book is a prime example of why. She writes such fun, quirky characters who never fail to make me laugh... and think. And she also weaves into her stories meaningful truths and relatable moments that make her stories even better.

I have enjoyed all of Jen's books, especially this series ( A Class of Their Own ), but this book is one of my favorites, I think. There is humor, r
Haley S
REALLY good!!! I love this book! At first, when my sister recommended it to me, I wasn't so sure. But as soon as I read it!! WOW! I couldn't put it down!!! Some of the parts had me laughing my head off and some parts had me sighing and smiling and the rest had me sitting on the edge of my seat!!

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This was my first novel by Jen Turano. Why I have not reviewed it yet? I have no idea. It has been on my list to be reviewed; I just haven’t written about it until now!
Anyway, this is my f
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Playing the Part is the third book I’ve read by Jen Turano; the first two being her debut novel and the free accompanying novella that went before it. From that point in my life, I knew she’s kept writing books, but I also started getting my own book contracts and having babies at the same time! So I haven’t had nearly as much reading time!

Although Jen and I both write historical romance, hers would definitely be categorized as including almost what would be considered slapstick humor compared
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
A sweet finish to the A Class of Their Own series. While not as comical as the second in the series, it was a satisfying read. The focus of Playing the Part is Lucetta and Bram. As usual Abigail is up to her match making fun.

3.5 stars, my favourite of this series!

After my very mixed experiences with After a Fashion and In Good Company, I approached Playing the Part a little more cautiously, waiting for the right time when I was in the mood for brushing off historical inaccuracies and extreme silliness and just enjoy the comedic romance for the escapist fun it's supposed to be.

I did quite enjoy myself with this one. It's loads of fun, improbable and impossible though it all is, but at this point, that's kind of the
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This the third book in the A Class of Your Own series focuses on Lucetta Plum one of the three young women who found their way into new lives by their own fortitude and passions. Lucetta is now a famous actress in New York. But fame comes with its price which for Lucetta is an overabundance of male suitors as well as a stalker. This is my favorite of this three book series. Full of unique characters, a touch of gothic, a tad of mystery, a speck of humor and a sweet, clean romance, it's definitel ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That. Was. Awesome. Exactly the zany, laugh-so-hard-I-snorted story I needed today!
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Playing the Part by Jen Turano

What a fun book. From an amazing cast of players to their hysterical dialog and amusing interactions. It's been such a long time since I've read a Jen Turano book, but this brought back how funny her books are. I laughed out loud a number of times. My favorite scene started with a cannon going off causing Bram and Lucetta to end up in a moat (several times). The fun continued when Bram picked her up after she "swooned". Thinking her unconscious the whole time, he ca
Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint in this book. This is book 3 in the series A Class of Their Own, but it can be read as a stand-alone. However, if you read the first two you'll get a more in depth idea of who Lucetta is.

I loved the setting of this book. A "haunted", foreboding, Gothic looking castle with a real life moat. What could be a better setting for an actress who needs to hide away for her safety and a mysterious, somewhat eccentric gentleman of means
Diane Estrella
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jen's best yet!

Yes. I have read ALL of her books. She's my go-to author. I think besides her first book, A Change of Fortune, this one is her best so far. I loved her first book so much because of the author's originality in her writing. I had not experienced this kind of slapstick, hilarity ever, so to me it was so refreshing to hear a new "voice" in the writing world. Thankfully, all of her books have the same flavor of comedy and skillfulness in writing that keeps me coming back for seconds a
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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. Lucinda'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 mor
Lucetta Plum is the darling of the New York stage. When her stepfather offers her up as payment for his outstanding gambling debts, Lucetta has no choice but to abandon her starring role and seek shelter at the estate of the grandson of her widowed friend, Abigail Hart. Since Lucetta has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking schemes, she hopes to remain politely cordial to Bram Haverstein, Abigail's grandson and owner of the estate. Bram's eccentric in his own right, and is fascinated with a cert ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
With her trademark humor firmly in place, Jen Turano crafts a novel with shades of both the gothic and the hilarious as the fitting final act to her A Class of Their Own series. A misfit band of secondary characters elicit the majority of the laughs in Playing the Part, their easy-to-envision antics stealing several scenes. Familiarly beloved friends from the previous two books in the series also take the stage, and fans of matchmaking matron Abigail Hart will delight in uncovering more of her ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hands down my absolute favourite Jen Turano novel! I snorted my way through this read, which is what happens when you gasp and snicker at the same time....kind of like a chortle on steroids.

In fact I was having way too much fun reading at the library and people kept staring at me every time I made an indelicate snort until finally one lady asked me what book I was reading and then another lady said, "I'm so glad you asked. I was wondering the same thing." So now Playing the Part has two holds on
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I could just say "Bram." but I suppose I should give an actual review.
I was beyond excited when "Playing the Part" arrived in my mailbox! Jen's novels are always brilliant, with something new in each, as well as the familiar wit and unique characters of the previous works. One-of-a-kind, and never disappointing.
The setting takes us from high society New York, to a gothic castle (complete with moat and suits of armor), all the way to sweet-tea-sipping Virginia; from stuffy, to chilly, to warm-
Amanda Tero
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Lucetta is a famous actress...but she is not on stage for almost the entire book as a sudden threat enters the scene in the first chapter. Abigail is certain that her grandson's castle is the fortress to protect Lucetta, but the day she arrives, Lucetta is almost killed several times. Is the castle truly going to keep her safe?

What I liked:
The style so had me laughing! Mrs. Turano certainly has a gift when it comes to witty scenes and just making them humorous. The story kept a steady p
Meghan DeWalt
It has been far too long since I read a historical romantic comedy such as this refreshingly light read from Jen Turano, the third book in her A Class of Their Own series.

Oh, the hijinks and lessons learned in and amongst the romance of Lucetta and Bram. Two formidably quirky characters who unwittingly met their match in one another which only set the sparks of attraction flying all the more. In and amidst the truly memorable secondary characters such as Lucetta's body guard and Bram's grandmot
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe more like 3.5? Not sure. But overall, this was fun! I liked the castle setting, and it was great what Bram's occupation turned out to be...which I had already decided on before it was revealed. ;) ...more
Funny, cute, and insightful, this book definitely had me hooked. I love this entire series, and each character holds a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed how Lucetta learned to trust others and get help when she needed it, and it was cool discovering who Mr. Brimstone was ;) Great end to the series, and now, it's time to start binge reading some other Jen Turano books.

4 stars
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucetta Plum is a popular actress in New York and when a fan’s interest turns obsessive, an elderly friend, Abigail Hart, sweeps her off to a remote estate owned by Bram Haverstein, who just happens to be Abigail’s handsome grandson. Lucetta has no intention of becoming romantically involved with anyone, let alone the mysterious and secretive Bram. Abigail is a crafty matchmaker though and is sure these two are meant for each other.

It’s hard to come up with new ways to describe a Jen Turano boo
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve been looking forward to reading Lucetta’s story. Playing the Part is the third book in a series, but it does stand alone just fine if you haven’t read the previous novels. As with the other books in this series, I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading this novel. It was refreshing and fun to watch the escapades of the men and women who worked at the castle for Bram Haverstein. I also really liked the personalities of Lucetta and Bram. I so enjoyed the scenes they were in together ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Jen Turano has made a name for herself as creating stories full of humor and history. I’ve had a chance to read them all and I’ve always found them light and quick reads. While this series has shared the same style and threads, her final of the series, Turano has added a little bit of a kick!

While fans of Jen will continue to find her staple humor and independent heroines in the final installment in A Class of Their Own series, they’ll also find a different collection of secondary characters th
Cara Putman
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Jen Turano's books for those times I want a fun, light historical romance. There is often a mystery interwoven in them, and this one is no different. Lucetta Plum is an actress who has no use for men. She's been taking care of herself since she was 13 and plans to do that until she dies. The fact that she's famous and wealthy doesn't hurt, until it leads a man to take an unnatural attraction to her. Bram Haverstein is a man of means who is nothing less than eccentric and a collector of th ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jen Turano makes historical fiction light and laugh-out-loud funny.
Although I didn't connect with the characters in this book as much as I did the first two in the series, it's a great read.
Lucetta and Bram are both quirky, unique characters, especially given the genre of historical fiction.
The plot is fast and full of unpredictable and hilarious situations. Just when I thought the plot was wrapping up, the author put the characters in one more awkward twist.
Fans of Turano will enjoy the end
AlegnaB †
I enjoyed reading this screwball comedy. This was a fun, laugh-out-loud book with a gothic castle setting. I adored Bram. The name choice was perfect for two reasons, one of which was that it made me think of spooky castles and horror. I loved the (view spoiler); it was funny and certainly unique. The book had a satisfying series ending. I do believe this was my favorite book by J Turano. Now I'm sad because I've read all of her books and have to wait until next ye ...more
Shannah Mauney
As always, Jen Turano lures me in with her witty characters, humorous schemes, and hilarious plots. Playing the Part is probably my favorite book in the A Class of Their Own series, and I'm glad Jen waited until the end to tell Lucetta's story. Read my full review: ...more
A fun novel from start to finish in typical Jen Turano style. Really enjoyed it!!
M.K. Aneal
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2019
A very unique, well-written, fiction story with fun at every twist and turn!
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Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of he

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“Taking hold of the ladder, she began to climb, stopping when she got to eye level with him. That, however, turned out to be a mistake, because the moment her eyes met his, she forgot everything—even the lines she’d just committed to memory—because nothing else mattered to her except . . . him. “You wrote a scene with a strong heroine in it, and one where the hero gets dangled by his feet.” “I did.” “Why?” “Because I couldn’t figure out a better way to let you know I love you, the real you, without dangling from my feet and letting you cut me down.” Lucetta’s eyes immediately took to turning a little misty. “You . . . love me?” “I do, but before we continue this, I have to admit that hanging upside down is far less pleasant than I imagined, so if you’d be so kind, I really do need you to get me down from here.” Realizing he was completely serious, but also realizing if she cut him down he’d go plummeting to the hard floor and most likely suffer a horrible injury—which certainly wouldn’t have the night turning out well at all—Lucetta looked to the side of the stage and caught Mr. Skukman’s eye. As he, along with a good number of backstage hands, walked across the boards, whispers began circulating around the theater, growing louder after Bram got released and rose to his feet. Smiling ever so charmingly at the audience, he presented them with a small bow right before he took center stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, I must beg your indulgence for just a few more minutes because you see . . . I am . . . Mr. Grimstone.” The whispers ceased immediately. Bram smiled. “I’m Mr. Grimstone, alias Mr. Bram Haverstein, and I’ve come here tonight, with all of you as my witnesses, to proclaim my love for Miss Lucetta Plum, and . . .” He dropped to one knee. “Ask her to do me the very great honor of becoming my wife.” He reached out and took hold of Lucetta’s hand. “Miss Lucetta Plum, I am completely and irrevocably in love with you, and just so we’re clear, I’m in love with the real you, not the person you turn into when you take to the stage. I love the idea that you’re completely oblivious to your unusual beauty, can outrun a goat, and . . . you fascinate me as no one ever has. I’m asking you, in front of all of these people who will probably never buy another one of my books again if you turn me down . . .” He stopped talking and turned his head to the audience. “And just to remind everyone, I will have another novel releasing soon, although I haven’t decided on a title just yet, something about a strong-willed lady, no doubt, or . . .” “You’re getting distracted,” Lucetta interrupted. Bram immediately returned his gaze to hers. “Quite right, but . . . I’ve lost my train of thought.” “You were just about to the part where you were going to ask her to marry you,” a voice called out, a voice that sounded remarkably like Abigail’s. “Thank you, Grandmother,” he called back. “You’re welcome, darling. And just to remind you, I’m not getting any younger, so you might want to hurry this proposal business along.” Grinning, Bram shook his head, brought Lucetta’s fingers to his lips, and then sobered as he held her gaze. “I love you, Lucetta, more than I ever imagined I could, and I would be so incredibly honored if you’d agree to be my wife.” For a second, Lucetta was unable to answer him because her heart had taken to rising in her throat, but after drawing in a deep breath, she managed to nod, ignoring the tears that had filled her eyes and were blurring her vision. “I would be honored to become your wife, especially since—I’m not sure when this happened, but—I’m in love with you as well.” Bram’s hold on her hand tightened for just a second, and then he was sliding a ring on her finger she hadn’t even realized he’d been holding. Before she could take even a second to admire what felt like an enormous rock on her hand, he was standing instead of kneeling, looking intently into her eyes, before he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. The” 1 likes
“Leave . . . town? Really, Mr. Skukman, that might be taking matters a bit far. Why, the social season has just begun, and ticket sales have been quite brisk. Besides that, everyone knows that Mr. Grimstone, that oh-so-mysterious playwright of The Lady in the Tower, specifically requested that I play the part of the lead heroine. He’s certainly not going to be pleased if I abandon the role before the season gets into full swing. Why, he, as well as the theater, could suffer extensive losses.” “Losses or not, Mr. Grimstone will have no say in this, Miss Plum. Quite honestly, given his obvious esteem for you and your acting abilities, I have to imagine he’d prefer to find out you’ve gone missing over finding out you’ve stopped breathing.” “Silas doesn’t want to kill me, Mr. Skukman. He wants to acquire me.” “You and I both know you’d never allow him to acquire you, and from what I just saw down in the lobby, the man seems to be on the verge of losing his sanity. There’s a look in his eyes I don’t care for at all, which is why we’re going to get you into a hansom cab and on your way to Mrs. Hart’s brownstone. Once you’re there, I need you to pack as quickly as possible. I’ll be around to fetch you just as soon as I’m able.” “You want me to hire a cab instead of traveling to Abigail’s in my own carriage?” “Indeed. It’s not a complete secret that you now live with Mrs. Hart, which means it won’t be too difficult for Silas to discover your direction after he learns you no longer reside in the Lower East Side. I’m going to try and feed him a false trail that will hopefully allow us precious time to get away.” Before Lucetta had an opportunity to voice another protest, she found herself sitting in a musty smelling hansom cab, barreling down Broadway at a high rate of speed, the speed brought about from the extra money she’d seen Mr. Skukman hand the driver. Feeling” 1 likes
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