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Caught by Surprise

(Apart from the Crowd #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  153 reviews
After years of hiding her true nature, Miss Temperance Flowerdew is finally enjoying freedom outside of the shadow of her relations, so the last thing she expected on her way to work was to be grabbed off the street by a stranger and put on a train bound for Chicago.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to
Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 2018)
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely delightful book! Filled from cover to cover with humor, adventure, mystery, and romance. I loved Temperance, I think she was my favorite of the wallflowers, although I loved the others when I was reading their stories. The conclusion was a bit far-fetched, but that really didn't matter. I just enjoyed the entire ride.
Honestly, I'm not a big historical romance fan, it takes a stellar book to catch my fancy and this one did the trick. Overall a fun read--I definitely recommend r
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“After years of hiding her true nature, Miss Temperance Flowerdew is finally enjoying freedom outside of the shadow of her relations, so the last thing she expected on her way to work was to be grabbed off the street by a stranger and put on a train bound for Chicago.
When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend, Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind her abduct
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of the best and funniest books I have read this year. Caught By Surprise caught me by surprise by making my heart smile. I ADORED the characters of Temperance and Gilbert and I loved their relationship dynamic. Their witty banter was a hoot!! Add in a dose of mystery and this made for a PERFECT book. Caught By Surprise is one of my favorite reads ever!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly wonderful, fun, and laugh out loud enjoyable read. I think this might be my favorite by this author, though the pig Matilda still gives it a run for its money( quite literally, actually). :)

The main characters and secondary characters are just so fun. Due to the crazy life I lead, I so enjoyed this series. We are all a little ridiculous at times, and I, at least, love having fun. This author’s books are so unique in their humor, fun in their plots, and characters that sometimes closel
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
*** 4.5 stars***

Jen Turano is a master at creating stories with great plots, humor, eccentric characters, and romance. Oh my goodness, it was hard to put this book down!

From the moment that Temperance Flowerdew is kidnapped and awakens in a coffin, traveling by train, you know that you are in for a unique and amazing read. Temperance has a fantastic outlook on life and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. She is spontaneous, artistic, and a great friend.

Gilbert, her friend since childhood, i
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm hesitant about ever giving 5 stars, but this book kept me guessing and smiling. The intrigue, mystery and endearing moments are deserving. Caught by Surprise just might be my favorite of the three. There's so much going on in this one and so many of the characters are fantastic. I love books about camraderie, childhood friendships and community. I liked how the two sisters and Mrs. Devenport looked after the girls and the trusty Mr. (the butler). I especially enjoy how faith and things worki ...more
Beth Erin
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Caught by Surprise is a wildly appealing story of love and laughter for ladies everywhere. The longtime friendship between our hero and heroine is a solid foundation for robust banter and exasperated declarations.

Jen Turano’s delightful characters, humorous shenanigans, and sweet subtle romance entertain and inspire with sincerity and faith. I highly recommend this story for everyone from teens to the young at heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book
Lynda Edwards
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Jen Turano is a talented author that I have greatly enjoyed in the past. Despite missing two earlier books in this series, I still eagerly began turning the pages of this novel as soon as it was in my hands. Within the first ten pages, I was already laughing out loud, firmly hooked and immersed in Temperance's delightful escapades.

Part of the charm of Turano’s work is her quirky and often stubborn heroines. Temperance is no different. She has many talents and a fun-loving nature, but calling he
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Today we're saying farewell to a series that will always hold a special place in my heart!

We met the wallflowers back in 2017, though it seems like we've known them forever. They had this way of worming into your heart, and never letting go. I was so invested in these characters and now it’s come to close. I don’t know how to feel, or what to say for that matter.

Let me explain why I loved this series so much!
This series reminded me that EVERYONE has a special someone out there. Someone who will
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I have enjoyed most about Caught by Surprise is the fact that Temperance and Gilbert have been friends since childhood. Sharing a mutual respect and admiration for one another that is evident in their words and actions, their genuine love for each other was deeply felt by this reader and it stirred my emotions time and again. The quips exchanged between the two brought forth more than one audible chuckle, and perhaps an actual guffaw or two. ;-)

Turano has a natural ability when
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'You're not going to shoot your relatives. You don't have the stomach for that nasty business.'

I am absolutely a forever fan of Jen Turano's work! When I read her first book, I was just captivated. She has the most wonderful and dry sense of humor, which is evident in abundance in her books. This sense of humor will have you rolling in the floor laughing. I have honestly laughed so much reading one of her books, it scared my dog, who was sitting with me in the chair. He got up and left. Seriousl
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cute story but felt like it dragged more than the others. Then all the sudden, a bunch of stuff all happens at the end.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After running into her childhood friend Gilbert Cavendish, Temperance Flowerdew has decided to throw off the meek, quiet, wallflower persona she adopted after her parents' death and loss of their fortune forced her into the station of unwanted familial obligation in the household of her relations. She quickly finds it a good thing that she has returned to her spirited self, as she is abducted off the streets on New York, stuffed into a coffin in a Pullman car, and taken to Chicago. While she man ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With some despair, I write this is the final book in the series. I believe it is Jen Turano’s best book yet! I had so many emotions. I was completely hooked from the page one kidnapping of Miss Temperance Flowerdew (Jen does have a way with names) in 1883 – New York.
She is whisked off to Chicago by two bumbling criminals.
Ch. 2 They were sitting at a small table covered in fine linen, slurping their way through steaming cups of tea held in delicate china
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Have you ever had an author that you know you are going to love their book when it releases, and you tend to just look at the book for awhile before finally picking it up and diving in? But then you don't want to read it too fast becuase then it will be over, and you'll have a huge book hangover and will be anxiously awaiting the next release to come out. So instead you try to read it slow, so you can savor each word, each scene, and each character. Let me just say that this is my intent going i ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved this book. I am recuperating from surgery and staying with a friend. Every time I laughed out loud, which I did often. my friend would ask what I was reading. Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened. When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish follows the trail to Chicago he discovers that the woman is his good friend Temperance and soon they're seen alone togeth ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2018
I have been a huge fan of Jen Turano since I read and reviewed her first book A Change of Fortune. With each book the cast of characters are more delightful, entertaining, and will put you in a fit of stitches.

I don't usually find others predicaments funny, like getting snatched off the street, but since these were characters and not real it was perfectly appropriate to laugh, and I mean laugh out loud. Which I did a lot of.

One of the fun things about series is that we get to catch up with chara
Sarah Ruut
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best light-hearted fun!

Earlier in the Apart From the Crowd series, we met a very quiet Miss Temperance. However, circumstances have changed and she has found her true self again, much to the delight of her childhood friend, Gilbert. Trouble seems to cling to Temperance, and the crazy situations she finds herself in will keep you laughing throughout the story.

The cast of characters in this series contributes to the humor with their sometimes outlandish ideas and behaviors. You won't f
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano
Apart from the Crowd Series Book Three
Miss Temperance Flowerdew had forgotten how she used to love life and live it to the fullest. As a child, she would get into all kinds of trouble with her best friend, Gilbert. Then, her parents died, their fortune was gone, and she became a poor relative to distant cousins who treated her as their servant. But once she reunited with Gilbert at a party...the old Temperance came back. So did trouble.

Mr. Gilbert Cavendish was a
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read a book that will make you giggle, laugh, chuckle, and snort, then grab this one. I know I’m in for a good time when I read one of Jen Turano’s stories, but I was “caught by surprise” by how much I loved Temperance Flowerdew and all her cohorts. Temperance tickled my funny bone with her sassy, dry wit and her endearing mannerisms, while Gilbert stole my heart with his lists and his loyalty and devotion to Temperance. Fellow “wallflowers”, Gertrude Cadwalader and Permilia Grisw ...more
Suzie Waltner
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the great things about a Jen Turano book is the smiles and laughs it elicits while reading. In Caught by Surprise, the third and final installment of the Apart from the Crowd series, Turano’s trademark humor is alive and well from the first pages to the last.

Temperance Flowerdew is a free spirit, independent woman with the heart on an artist. Gilbert Cavendish is a man who always has a plan…and a list..and sometimes a graph. Despite their childhood friendship, these two characters are com
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was sweet to see Temperance and Gilbert go from friends to falling in love, even if Temperance is a bit stubborn about it (though it must be said, Gilbert's proposals--if such they could be called--rival Mr Darcy's first proposal for romanticism and endearment. Which is to say, exhibits neither at all.). They really do feel like good friends, with their ability to read each other and anticipate each others' moods, and the definite feeling of history between their two families. Though the Gran ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I really did love this book. I read it slowly and throughly enjoyed revisiting characters from the first two books in the series, and the clever and hilarious banter between Gilbert and Temperance left me smiling every time. Their romance was real and I love that the author showed that you can be squeaky clean and still have an amazing love story! The little mystery was a nice side plot.

The plot was pretty slow the first half of the book however, and the characters were hard to keep
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I enjoyed the humor in this book. The dialogue was filled with wittiness! The characters would be in dangerous situations and randomly begin talking about something making the scene quite humorous in my opinion. The book has the mystery and danger component to it and will until the end. Honestly, I was a little surprised! But shh! Read it and see if you can figure out the mystery and have a few laughs along the way! I so enjoyed how Gertrude found her voice with Gilbert. Watching their jo ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It may sound trite, but this book was so difficult to put down! Mystery, intrigue, shady individuals, and lots of laughter make for a great read.

Wacky characters, loveable characters, characters that make you wonder “what were they thinking?!” They were all great. And author Jen Turano is a master at putting the reader in each scene of the book.

Set in the Gilded Age (late 19th Century), if you enjoy historical fiction with light romance and enjoy laughing out loud then you have to read this book
Loraine Nunley
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I can always count on this author supplying me a fun story with quirky characters, laugh out loud situations, and sweet romance. This story was all of that. It was also a roller coaster ride the entire way. Just when I thought Temperance and Gilbert would find their way out of trouble, more would find them. In the end love conquers all and we get to enjoy a happy ever after for a beloved couple. Full review is at my website.

I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caught by Surprise is book three from Apart From the Crowd series. I believe this one is my favorite of the series. Temperance and Gilbert were great together. The book made me laugh so hard at times. What a delightful story.
I give Caught by Surprise a well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to find out where else Jen Turano's imagination takes her readers to next.
I highly recommend Caught by Surprise.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Full review to follow.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love! Love! Love! I am obsessed with Jen Turano's characters in this series!
I can't choose a favorite but I absolutely love Temperance Flowerdew! "While she'd embraced the idea of living a less-than-adventurous life, she'd sacrificed her true sense of self, becoming a woman she didn't even recognize." Seeing her reclaim her true self was so much fun to read. The way she spoke to her captors as if they were not truly of the "criminal persuasion" was a hoot. The story is well balanced with comedy
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Synopsis in Spanish // Sinopsis en Español 1 1 Nov 11, 2017 03:19AM  
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

Other books in the series

Apart from the Crowd (3 books)
  • Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1)
  • Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2)
“Is this where you tell me God moves in mysterious ways, or something to that effect?" Gilbert asked?

Reverend Perry's eyes twinkled. "I have no idea what God was thinking with this one, Gilbert. But it's not my place to question. I simply accept the results, and what we're witnessing now, my dear friend, are wonderful results.”
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