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Flights of Fancy

(American Heiresses #1)

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Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his
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Paperback, 365 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nicki Chapelway
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Honestly, I could go on and on about my love for Jen Turano's writing until Buttercup came home. She is my favorite historical author. I know that some people have a hard time with the ridiculousness of her stories, but honestly, they make me laugh so hard. They are always the perfect mix of comedy, romance, drama, and inspirational all wrapped into one enjoyable book sized package.

This might have been her most ridiculous story yet and that is saying something since I distinctly rememb
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Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
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May I have your attention please?

I’ve just read my first book by Jen Turano.

And, now I must collect everything she’s ever published!!

Flights of Fancy, the first book in Jen Turano’s new American Heiresses series features an heiress in disguise, a quirky elderly uncle, rogue barnyard animals, four adorable ginger-haired children, a slimy villain and one dashing hero!

I instantly loved each character in this book! Isadora Delafield is adorably long-winded and has an explanation for everything. Ia
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a n
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I really needed a laugh and this book took care of that need. There are so many wonderfully crazy things in this book that kept me turning the pages wondering how it would all turn out. Seriously, who would let a chicken or a cow in the house as pets? Would you hire a housekeeper who couldn't boil water? Crazy!

Isadora is a New York socialite who needs a place to hide from an unwanted and murderous suitor. She finds it at a farm in Pennsylvania. She struggles and wants to be successful as a house
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Cara Putman
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! I found myself laughing out loud often. The characters from hero to heroine to children and animals were wonderful.
Sarah Monzon
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Turano is the queen of slapstick CF. This books has all the familiar things you’d expect to see in a Turano book— eccentric characters and animal escapades. The plot is a familiar one for CF—a woman of means disguising herself to escape a misfortunate marriage. Julie Klassen did it in “Maid of Fairbourne Hall” and Cathy Marie Hake did it in “Fancy Pants.” But of course each authors brings her own voice to the table.
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
A high society lady goes undercover to escape marriage to a heinous man. She lands her self in a predicament (or two) that she isn't quite capable of handling. Cows who can open doors, goats who have a taste for freshly laundered clothes, and chickens...everywhere.
This all shapes up into a hilarious tale you'll want to finish!

The book boasts some adorable characters, from chubby babies to mischievous cows. Many a smile happened while I read this book.

There was instant chemistry between the two
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Anne
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS!!!

He had the sneaking suspicion her question was completely serious, which spoke volumes about her experience, or lack thereof, in the kitchen.

Delightfully engaging, Turano once again takes readers on a fanciful jaunt into the countryside with an heiress seeking anonymity from an unsuitable suitor. But fanciful isn’t the only thing going on here. What struck me most about this story is Isadora’s journey to becoming better—a better person, that is.

While many assumptions are made about
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Lydia Howe
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

I pretty much decided Jen Turano's books weren't for me a few years back because they're silly - like to the point where my personality didn't find them fun anymore because they are so unrealistic. I realize lots of people really like this style of book and that's great, I just don't. 

And then today came. And I'm fighting off the flu so I didn't feel well. I had a stack of books just waiting to be read, but instead, I wanted something that would be exceedingly lighthearted
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Brooklyne
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cover-love
4.5 stars!

When you can read a book in 3 days after a reading slump of months, you know it’s a good book!

Honestly, when I read the first three chapters, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The first chapters for me were more like a 2 star rating. But then, then there was a (quite hilarious) first impression. Ah, yes. One that was totally unrealistic but totally entertaining and I just had to see how her employment at Glory Manor panned out. And I must say, both of the main characters grew on
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“A woman who doesn’t like chickens isn’t to be trusted.”

A manor by any other name is a farm, an unfortunate truth that Izzie learns quickly after being dropped off at Glory Manor. Between Buttercup the cow wandering through the house, a hen named Elmer that likes to peck at Izzie’s ankles, goats eating the laundry, and an apparently-confused but endearing Uncle Amos who chases people with a rifle and accuses them of being chicken murderers, this heiress hiding out as a housekeeper (without a clu
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Diane Estrella
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorites by this author.

I think I actually liked our hero, Ian MacDREAMY, even more then Izzie herself.

I've looked at the one star reviews for this book, and they just don't get or appreciate this kind of writing. It's supposed to be silly and far-fetched at times. If you're looking for a serious, historically dramatic story, then this author is not for you. She is infamous for characters getting dirty (like muddy, mud), multi-generational characters included, and animal ant
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Lori
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightfully fun read! Jen Turano has such a gift for writing stories that will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. This one is simply adorable and full of silly antics! It also includes plenty of heartwarming moments and a sweet romance.
Paula Shreckhise
Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses, #1) by Jen Turano

Flights of Fancy is another wonderful, witty tale by Jen Turano.

It is 1885. Join American Heiress, Isadora Delafield, as she takes her Flight of Fancy to escape the clutches of a most unsuitable suitor. She flees from New York Society to a remote farm in Pennsylvania. There she encounters a successful man of business, Ian MacKenzie, his Aunt Birdie and eccentric Uncle Amos and four endearing orphans. She tries to pass herself off as a housekeeper with hilarious results. While learning a comp
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Kav
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bwahahahaha! Snort! Guffaw! My wits have been scrambled by mirth after listening to another Jen Turano rom/com masterpiece. Quirkiness that's almost scary. Slapstick that's burst-out-loud laughable. Not to mention the critters who don't act like they should. Buttercup, the expert tracker cow who also thinks she should live inside the house with her human herd. Elmer, the maniacal hen who just wants to be loved. Chortle. I was in reader heaven.

Izzy is a riot -- the proverbial pampered miss who fi
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Kristi
What a fun start to a new series! Flights of Fancy was a cute romantic read with relatable characters and witty dialogue. This book was an entertaining, easy read.

It was impossible for me to not like the two main characters of the book. The author creates a wonderful scene at the beginning of the book to draw readers to Isadora, or Izzie, and make them instantly sympathize with and like her. Ian is equally as instantly likable and the two together are so much fun. It was nice seeing them form a
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Susan Snodgrass
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'And you thought it wise to provide a woman who'd gotten herself stuck in the wringer of a washing machine with a rifle and bullets?'

Jen Turano is a particular favorite of mine and she will have you laughing out loud all the way through her books, while learning a wonderful spiritual lesson.

Miss Isadora Delafield is a New York high society American heiress who has everything she could ever want. When her mother begins to pressure her greatly to marry a British duke, she begins to think somethin
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sydney elaine
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
really pleasantly surprised with this!

quite honestly, though I have previously read two books by Jen before, it would be more accurate to say that I just skimmed them because I do not remember them at all. I've had this sitting on my kindle for almost 2 years now and every time I picked it up I put it down because I couldn't get through the first couple chapters. however I decided to give it one final try and see if I couldn't make it a little bit further, and I'm so glad I did.

I thoroughly enj
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Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
It’s no secret that Jen Turano is an extraordinary author. Each and every one of her books brings joy and a smile to my face. There’s not a lot of authors that bring humor to their historic novels, which is too bad, because I happen to think they go together quite nicely. Turano thinks that as well.

I have been excited about Flights of Fancy since I first heard about it. A high society socialite disguising herself as a housekeeper? Sign me up! And while you know what the final outcome of the book
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Rachael
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was fun...just so much fun...lots of animals...goats, chickens, a cow that loves a lovely home...clumsy socialite woman...adorable man attorney...four ornery and totally lovable children...and an Aunt and Uncle that started it all on a farm. Who couldn’t enjoy a read with all of that ( besides we actually do bring our goat in the house from time to time- FUN!)

It’s a charming story as only Jen Turano can deliver!

Really don’t miss out on this author. She is her very own genre!

I received
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Lisa M.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a lovely book! I enjoyed especially Buttercup and Elmer. LOL. My question is simply, are the next books about Beatrix and Poppy? ❤️
Rachael
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jen Turano consistently lives up to my expectations. If ever I want a romantic comedy to brighten my day, her books are always at the top of my list.

Though it may seem far-fetched to have an heiress who's never done a day's work in her life manage a household, this is largely negated by the utter chaos--and unusualness--of the household she is theoretically running. Izzie might be incompetent at basic household tasks like washing clothes and boiling water, but they're desperate, she's there, an
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Joan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of historical fiction but I never miss a chance to read a novel from Turano. I love the wit and humor and the snappy dialogue. I think I have read most of her novels and this may be the best one yet.

What might happen when Isadora, a young heiress to her family's wealth, flees New York society to escape the the advances of a truly lecherous duke from England? Helped by a butler, she manages to travel to rural Pennsylvania to secure a job as a … housekeeper.

Turano has the amazing a
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Abigail Harris
Aug 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I wanted to enjoy this book but the old guy putting his hands on the main character and looking at her like he did, sick!
I stopped reading after like five pages because I am done with books that are filled with sick "men" who only think about a woman and her looks. Okay, okay, this guy's sick but he's likely the only guy in the book but why on earth can I not find a book that doesn't have a guy who can treat a girl like he's suppose to? Hmm?

If I finished the book I'm sure I'd love it but I don't
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Abbi
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Get ready for some trademark Turano humor and hijinks!

Sadly this wasn’t my favorite of Jen Turano’s novels but it still had all of the things that make her writing so unique! From the creative cast of characters with all their varying eccentricities, to animals that seem to have their own personalities, to a mystery needing to be solved, and a cute love story!

I enjoyed seeing Isadora and Ian come to realize that money and social standing really don’t matter. That it’s the people we have in our l
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Maureen Timerman
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book had me laughing out loud, such an entertaining and enjoyable read, I could picture this one as a movie!
One minute our girl Isadora [Izzie] is waited on hand and foot, and the next she is in a quandary to dress herself, and how to boil water. How is she ever going to pass herself off as a housekeeper? Funny!
There are some challenges that are met here, is the beloved Uncle suffering from dementia, or is an outside force tormenting him and many others? Got your attention, this is just a t
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Jasmine
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They want different things...or do they?

All I have to see is the name Jen Turano on the cover and I know that I am in for a charming, madcap, and perfectly delicious story. There will be plenty of romance, laugh-out-loud moments, and some of the most weirdly wonderful characters on the written page. There will also be the most delightful elements of suspense that really keep the story hopping. Without fail Jen Turano delivers a story that makes me laugh, think a little, and definitely happy that
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Hanne T
Jen Turano has done it again! With less than realistic stories and romances, this is yet another witty, hilarious, historical fiction book. Her books are fun like no other, and I always enjoy them.

The basis of this beauty is the rich-pampered girl meets farm, which in itself is always a WILD RIDE, but the fun part is that the boy is not only a farm boy, but also a rich businessman! Both of the characters are likeable and exactly zany enough that the insane situations that happen to them are poss
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Elle Kay
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book immensely.

The reason for docking it a star is because I am a goat farmer. As a goat farmer, I get offended for goats when they are inaccurately portrayed. They do not have iron stomachs. They actually have a very delicate ruminant system. They don't eat tin cans, laundry or any other random thing, and they are rather picky in what plants and hay they will eat (though they will nibble on your hair if you don't put it up... it must look like hay to them. :D) Goats develop some
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Kristine Morgan
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pure enjoyment! I had never read anything by Jen Turano before, but Flights Of Fancy will not be the only one. What a fun book! I really loved Buttercup and Elmer, they were delightful! Izzy and Ian are a fantastic couple! The story was fast-moving and very enjoyable. So grab a hot tea and settle into your favorite chair for a delightful read!
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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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