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American Heiresses #3

Storing Up Trouble

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After Miss Beatrix Waterbury suffers multiple mishaps due to her involvement with the suffrage movement, her mother decides a change of scenery is in order for her incorrigible daughter. Banished from New York, Beatrix is sent off for an extended stay with her Aunt Gladys in Chicago.

Mr. Norman Nesbit, a gentleman and a brilliant man of science devoted to his work, doesn't have time to be distracted with members of the feminine set. When robbers descend on the train, intent on divesting him from his important research papers, Norman is thrust into Beatrix's company when she has the audacity to interfere—leaving him no choice but to try to save her from herself.

When Beatrix's life is put at stake after she takes employment as a salesgirl, she and Norman find themselves propelled into each other's company again and again. With danger and intrigue dogging their every step, they become surprisingly drawn to each other—until information comes to light that threatens this relationship that's barely had a chance to blossom.

359 pages, Paperback

First published May 1, 2020

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Jen Turano

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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 her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com - https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoaut... , https://www.instagram.com/jenturanoau... or on Twitter at JenTurano@JenTurano.

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September 15, 2022
Original review: Raved about this book for a full five minutes on my Instagram story and realized ten minutes later that I forgot to mark this book as read. So here we are. Yay! :D
4.5 stars.

(also @/Goodreads, to slightly improve 2020, can you please add half star ratings? thanks! :) )

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About this book:

“After Miss Beatrix Waterbury suffers multiple mishaps due to her involvement with the suffrage movement, her mother decides a change of scenery is in order for her incorrigible daughter. Banished from New York, Beatrix is sent off for an extended stay with her Aunt Gladys in Chicago.
Mr. Norman Nesbit, a gentleman and a brilliant man of science devoted to his work, doesn't have time to be distracted with members of the feminine set. When robbers descend on the train, intent on divesting him from his important research papers, Norman is thrust into Beatrix's company when she has the audacity to interfere--leaving him no choice but to try to save her from herself.
When Beatrix's life is put at stake after she takes employment as a salesgirl, she and Norman find themselves propelled into each other's company again and again. With danger and intrigue dogging their every step, they become surprisingly drawn to each other--until information comes to light that threatens this relationship that's barely had a chance to blossom.”

Series: Book #3 in the “American Heiress” series. Review of Book #1, Here! and Book #2, Here!

Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are mentioned, remembered, & discussed; Talks about God & faiths; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God & His path; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, sermons, & teaching children about lessons of faith; A few mentions of blessings;
*Note: A few mentions of men of science not putting stock in God or faiths (Norman is not one of them and has a faith).

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘stupid’ and four ‘idiot’s; Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Being kidnapped, Being robbed, & guns are aimed (barely-above-not-detailed); Shooting someone, Injuries & Blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Many, many mentions of a train being held up, being robbed, guns being aimed, gunshots, being shot at, being held at knife point; blood/bleeding, stealing, & thieves/criminals; Mentions of fighting, criminals, injuries, shooting guns, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of riots & bombs; Mentions of burglars & threats; Mentions of jail/prison & being arrested; Mentions of an accident & many broken bones; Mentions of the Chicago fire; Mentions of a hunger strike & forcing those people participating to eat; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of pickpockets; Mentions of throwing up; Mentions of a slaughterhouse & a woman being injured by a machine; A few mentions of madmen & murderers; A few mentions of women in abusive situations; A couple mentions of a man who drinks too much;
*Note: Comments from men about women not being emotionally able to shoot a pistol; A few mentions of a couple authors; A mention of a mule being destined for a glue factory (he does not end up going there, however).

Sexual Content- A hand kiss, a not-detailed kiss, and three border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches & Nearness (including a moment of nearness to a woman’s chest and mentions of noticing a man’s form, barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of flirts, flirting, & blowing a kiss; Mentions of kisses, kissing, married/engaged couples kissing, a public kiss, & hand kisses; Mentions of feminine wiles; Mentions of blushes; A mention of a hint of men getting their wives pregnant; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
*Note: Mentions of unmentionables & garters; A few mentions of women’s chest/bosom area; A couple mentions of a mother who died in childbirth; A mention of a man being called delicious.

-Beatrix Waterbury
-Norman Nesbit
P.O.V. switches between them
Set in 1886
359 pages

Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- Two Stars
Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)
Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half)
My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half)
Oooh, how to start this review. That this book was absolutely delightful? That the way that Jen Turano’s characters talk is everything I aspire to be? Or maybe how much I adored Beatrix & Norman? Ahh! I’m not sure how to begin, but let me try. :)
Typically, in a Jen Turano book the main girl would be categorized as “eccentric” by society (at the time)’s standards and while Beatrix definitely fit that description, our main guy also fits that. Just in a slightly nerdy, but adorably awkward way. His friendship and experiments with Theo made me tickled pink along with all of Norman and Beatrix’s banter. It truly was class A+ banter between the two of them with how clueless Norman was at many times. Also, his name fits him perfectly, just needed to mention that.
I think I need to reread “A Change of Fortune” to confirm this, but this new book may just be my favorite by this author. A completely fantastic end to this series that I plan to fangirl about very often. :)

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*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.
May 28, 2020
Turano’s American Heiresses series has a lot of ‘faves’ for me – all 3 covers are my favorites out of all of her books (and that’s saying a lot because her covers are always fab), Flights of Fancy is *almost* my favorite of her books (In Good Company still retains top billing but just barely), and Storing Up Trouble‘s Norman Nesbit may just be my very fave of her heroes.

Norman is an endearing mix of Sheldon Cooper and The Absent-Minded Professor, and he experiences the most character growth of any of Turano’s heroes, to my recollection. The same Norman you’re fondly rolling your eyes at in the first part of the book is the same Norman you’ll be cheering for by the end (and yes, still fondly rolling your eyes at too lol). Mort, his faithful mule, is a scene-stealer – as are Aunt Gladys & her hodgepodge of unorthodox friends. Norman’s quirky friend Theodosia and her story arc were another highlight for me in Storing Up Trouble.

Honestly, though, I’m not sure I would have liked (or disliked, for that matter) Beatrix one way or the other without Norman. I had a harder time connecting with her & her story arc than I did with the characters I mentioned above. There wasn’t anything wrong with her, per se, but she simply didn’t stand out to me as much as other Turano heroines have. However, the combination of her personality & Norman’s is romantic comedy gold.

The inside peek at Marshall Field’s department store was fascinating and gave somber insight into the treatment of the non-elite class by society. No one should EVER think that another group of people (whether the differences are ethnic, religious or economic) is beneath them, and we should always remember Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbor as ourselves. Turano uses the socio-economic dynamics of the setting to gently remind us of this still-timely truth.

Bottom Line: Anyone who has ever read a book by Jen Turano knows you can expect an almost continuous comedy of errors and madcap mayhem at highly entertaining levels, along with a sweet message or two lightly faith-related. Storing Up Trouble delivers all of that against the backdrop of Gilded Age Chicago, the suffrage movement, and scientific inventions. Humor, heart, a dash of suspense, and a dose of more than one sweet romance – plus the author’s unique style – make this a delightful read.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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June 13, 2020
I think it's my favorite of the series!

I really wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Norman at the beginning of the book since he was very close minded. BUT! He turned out to be one the sweetest, most thoughtful, adorable quirky, and unusual hero. I LOVED watching him change and work really hard, but never losing HIMSELF. He just made me smile.

Beatrix was a hoot! She was quirky and fun. I loved really seeing her in this book. Her spunk and determination really made her enjoyable.

Aunt Gladys and the ladies she took under her wing were spectacular! They really added the Turano flare, SO MUCH character, and many giggles to the experience! (The cats were a wonderful touch as well)

It was really fun to see some real towns that I know of, and actually live near, mentioned at the beginning of the book. It was a cool touch!

I just loved ALL. THE. THINGS.

5/5 stars

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*
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Author 48 books1,608 followers
March 16, 2020
A romp through the suffragist movement in Chicago during the Gilded Age. Take one of the NYC 400 and send her to Chicago to stay with an eccentric aunt. Introduce her to a gentleman who is uniquely eccentric in his own right, and you have all sorts of fun. Add a light mystery, a host of wonderful secondary characters, and this is a book that will delight readers of Jen Turano's madcap American Heiresses books. I thoroughly enjoyed each page.
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1,051 reviews77 followers
May 7, 2020
There is more than trouble in store in the third book of The American Heiresses series by Jen Turano. There is comedy galore.
Beatrix Waterbury, one of the New York City elite, has been shipped off to Chicago to visit her Aunt Gladys. She seems to get into trouble at the drop of a hat on behalf of the Women Suffragettes movement. On the journey to Chicago during a train robbery, she encounters wealthy, eccentric inventor, Norman Nesbit. They spend a lot of time trying to find out who wants Norman’s research papers and doing their best to thwart the thieves.
I love the quirky characters and signature animals that are featured in Ms. Turano’s stories. This one includes a mule named Mort and a herd of cats owned by Aunt Gladys. Norman Nesbit may be eccentric but he is lovable and sometimes clueless, which gets him in trouble with his collaborator in all things scientific a girl named Theo.
The quirkiness is not to be outdone in Beatrix, who is outspoken but doesn’t want anyone to know she is an heiress. Especially since her aunt has secured her a position in Marshall Fields Department Store. Let the fun and trouble begin.
My love of all things historical extends to the hilarious books of Jen Turano. I especially loved the covers of this series. They are beautiful and evoke the time period perfectly.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Bethany House Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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61 reviews14 followers
January 3, 2021
Storing Up Trouble was a read that I had a hard time deciding the star rating.

Maybe I had my hopes set too high. It was a slight disappointment. Somehow I was expecting it to be funnier. More interesting and exciting because of the snapshot of Beatrix’s character from the other book.

It was pretty slow... something that is not entirely bad. But it didn’t grab for my attention like book one. I felt like the many side characters kinda took away from the main characters. And once again, I liked the side characters better (Theo!).

Norman was a odd man. Lol, this added to the story. I’d say his character changed the most. He started out very scientific and self-centered, and towards the end changed drastically. Caring for his niece and showing random acts of kindness.

Beatrix was spunky. She cut to the chase and knew what she wanted. She had a kind heart and didn’t let what others thought of her effect who she knew she was.

Their romance was just ok for me. I didn’t feel they had a strong connection. Always being “annoyed” with each other.

The cast of characters seemed overwhelming. And I found it hard to remember who was who because many were just mentioning a few times but never really expounded upon.

The plot, again, was just “meh” for me. And the “bad guys” were what you’d find in a Mandie movie. Irritated with each other and confessing it all right at the very end. Not a serious threat...

Despite being disappointed with some of the major things in this book, I enjoyed the overall story. I like how it talked about some of the other characters from the other two books. I liked how she worked as a salesgirl to really understand the cause she supported. I also liked the heart for helping the women who were at a disadvantage just because they were women.

It was interesting to see a book placed in that timeframe. I got a small taste of what things could have been like.

Overall, this series was a fun adventure! The covers on all these books are AMAZING!

I’m definitely looking forward to reading more books by this new-to-me author!
2,734 reviews1,724 followers
June 4, 2020
Bwahahahahaha! There's nothing like a Jen Turano novel to lift a reader out of the doldrums and she's back with another wickedly funny, slap-stick rom/com. Witty dialogue, outrageous characters and absurd situations are this author's trademarks and she blends them all into the kind of hilarious escape read that still has me giggling.

Beatrix is a march-to-a-different-drummer kind of heroine. Earnest but floundering and prone to charging headlong into all kinds of escapades. Norman is an eccentric scientist who is just a little out of step with society. Their lives collide in a spectacular fashion and it's a maelstrom of mayhem from that point on!

Throw in a mystery and adventure and the result is outrageous pandemonium of the very best kind!
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1,115 reviews18 followers
May 11, 2020
It is hard for me to write a review for this author without gushing. Jen is one author I always count on lightening my day when I read one of her books. She usually contains love, faith, family and often lots of humor. Storing Up Trouble was no exception. Beatrix Waterbury and Norman Nesbit are the last couple you would think could get along. The story starts out with a bang, when the train they are both riding on gets robbed. A few pages later they are trying to escape before the bandits notice they are gone.. Beatrix takes two of the three horses the robbers have waiting for them. But when she tries to get Norman to get on the horse, he throws himself over the saddle, head and feet hanging down on each side. Come to find out he was in a bad accident with a horse when he was young and had never gotten over it. Jen Turano has a special way of taking you on an adventure back to charm romance. You can't help but fall in love with her characters.
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477 reviews64 followers
June 3, 2020
I can always count on Jen Turano for fun and quirky stories with hilarious and memorable characters. This book was a delight to read. It's the third in the American Heiresses series but it can easily be read as a standalone. This story follows Beatrix Waterbury and Norman Nesbit (how cute are those names???) in their Chicago adventures. 

Beatrix was such a strong and independent character. Norman was not the typical male love interest...he was socially awkward and nerdy but so sweet and well-meaning. 

I found the scenes in the department story very interesting, particularly the way the workers were treated by the "upper class". 

The subject of the women's suffrage movement was touched upon in this book but I wish it would have had more.

There were many plot points in the story, I found it to run a bit too long towards the end (but I often feel this way with books over 300 pages). 

Overall, this was a wonderful book and my favorite thus far by Jen Turano. Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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1,966 reviews
May 12, 2020
This book gets ALL the stars! I think this is definitely Jen's funniest book to date, and believe me that is saying something. I loved Beatrix and Norman and their banter. There was a level of wit that I quite simply adored. The story was fantastic and the back and forth was the perfect icing on the cake. Even my 4 year old kept asking me why I couldn't stop laughing. This was my funniest read this year and definitely the most fun. I LOVED this book! I purchased the audio version in conjunction with receiving a hard copy for review purposes. It was a hoot to listen to!

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own
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4,481 reviews1,594 followers
April 14, 2020
Another absolutely delightful gem from Jen Turano! I thoroughly enjoyed my journey to Chicago with Beatrix and Norman. Their adventures are filled with action, humor, and developing romance. The pacing is rapid and the characters are well-defined and entertaining. There are interesting historical details balanced with a bit of mystery and a great deal of hilarious antics (Mort and the cats are my particular favorites in this novel!) You don't need to have read the previous books in this series before this, but you will want to because the books are so wonderful.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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985 reviews40 followers
May 27, 2020
"That Norman wasn't dumbstruck by the sight of a man scrambling over the fortress-like fence that surrounded Gladys's house with a pack of cats leaping over that fence after him spoke volumes about the state of his life of late."

Jen Turano is known for her amusing, cleverly written, laugh-out-loud historical rom-coms and this book had me in stitches from the opening chapter. Beatrix, one of the New York Four Hundred, is impulsive, stubborn, and prone to trouble even when she's not looking for it. Norman is a wealthy Chicago gentleman scientist who is socially unaware and indeed peculiar due to having been holed up in his scientific world. Their worlds literally collide over and over again as Beatrix travels to Chicago as a consequence of her most recent mishap and Norman suddenly finds himself intrigued by the woman. Though they are complete opposites, their shared compassion and kindness for the underdog draw them together as more trouble than either bargained for doggedly follow their steps. By spending time together, Norman starts to understand the beauty of friendship and family relationships while Beatrix learns to empathize with the working class as she struggles as an employee of a department store. Throw in a good dose of suspense as to who could be targeting Norman for his work on electricity and plenty of chase scenes to the hilarious encounters and dialogues, and you have a perfectly delightful rom-com set in 1886, complete with suffrage movement, rapidly expanding railroad and steel industry, and solid assurance of God's presence and guiding hand.

And the secondary characters! Such an eclectic yet lovable group of friends and family members that Norman and Beatrix have that makes the story so satisfying.

Though this is book 3 in American Heiresses series, it can be read as a stand alone. Fans of the series will be delighted to encounter Izzy and Poppy again from the previous books in their cameo appearances. If you love historical rom-com, you have to read this book!

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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Author 3 books159 followers
April 22, 2020
Miss Beatrix Waterbury has been sent to Chicago on a train to stay with her aunt Gladys and before she gets there, the shenanigans start when she meets Mr. Norman Nesbit.

I loved seeing Nesbit's reaction to Beatrix and how at first they are at odds with each other. What a satisfying journey for these two characters and also such a wonderful conclusion to the series. The last chapters perfectly tied everything up and I turned the last page with a sigh of happiness. I do have to say that Nesbit's mule, Mort, almost stole the show. Loved him.

Aunt Gladys provides a wonderful and quirky character and you never know what she'll be up to next. This book is full of adventure, skullduggery, and romance. Everything I love in a book, with laugh out loud moments that are the cherry on the top. The cover is an absolutely perfect representation of this wonderful story. You just can't go wrong with a Jen Turano novel.

I received an ARC copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher. My opinions are my own.
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1,652 reviews
May 2, 2020
Beatrix Waterbury is ready to expand her horizons, in this entertaining read with Ms. Turano's signature delightfully colorful, but lovable characters.

This book starts with a bang, then settles for a while until picking up speed. An enjoyable read of misunderstandings as sparks fly between the main characters, as they work together to solve a heist.

I loved how Norman, Beatrix, Theodosia and Aunt Gladys all defy the social norms, finding their own way forward, using their unique gifts and talents. There was also great humorous moments and exchanges throughout. Theodosia is a beautiful young woman with a bright mind, and I loved her story arc over the course of the book.

Norman is a man of science, close to his family, yet socially awkward for a man of his standing, he a passion for find answers. I loved his enthusiasm to find answers and be a fixer, even if it didn't always turn out.

This was a fun read, with moments that made me laugh out loud, and characters that I could cheer for; I really liked Aunt Gladys and her wisdom, there was a lot of good moments of faith too. I did wish that there had been more times that brought Beatrix and Norman together, as they weren't together as much as I would liked. Great for fans of humorous, historical reads, works great as a standalone as well as the third in a series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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215 reviews57 followers
December 27, 2022
Storing Up Trouble was a charming historical novel with quirky characters, impeccable wit and non-stop hilarity.

As a loyal friend and likeable secondary character throughout the series, I was so excited to finally read Beatrix's story. Beatrix was a wonderful heroine - independent, outspoken and compassionate. I loved her humility and willingness to understand the trials of the working class as a grand heiress by taking on a position as a salesgirl for a department store.

I also loved Norman and really enjoyed his character arc as he learns that relationships with friends and family make life meaningful. Although I regarded his early remarks to Beatrix as abrasive, he quickly won me over with his efforts to see Beatrix again and woo her; as an unusual hero, his quirkiness and intelligence gave him an offbeat charm that I found endearing and oh-so sweet.

The banter between Norman and Beatrix was fantastically witty and made me smile; I loved how the author made these two opposites attract. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Theodosia, and their characters arcs as well as romances.

All in all, Storing Up Trouble was a lighthearted read that I would definitely say was more than "merely pleasant" and more along the lines of an absolute delight! I highly recommend this book!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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1,651 reviews69 followers
April 21, 2020
Hats off to Jen Turano again! She never disappoints me with one of her books. I try to never miss one so I was a happy camper when I came across this book.
I'd say this lady would be a fun person to be around if her books are anything like she is. I believe that her personality does come out in her books so think I have a pretty good idea. More please!
If you want some giggles come along for the ride in this exciting story and fall in love with Beatrix and Norman.
I especially liked Gladys because everyone thought she was odd. I think she was just misunderstood like I am sometimes! For this reason she was my most favorite character.
I especially liked how she gives us a look at the sufferagate movement. Hats off to those ladies! I admire your courage and determination to let us women have a say so!
Along the way I truly enjoyed how these characters grew into the wonderful people I knew they could be.
Life does have a way of opening our eyes doesn't it? Sometimes including the changes that we don't want.
Well, I actually let time get away from me because this story was so exciting I just couldn't put it down!
There wasn't anything that I didn't like from this book. It was all so good! I think I'm going to purchase a print copy when it comes out! Woo hoo!
In my opinion this book deserves five stars or more!
My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!
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1,105 reviews54 followers
May 18, 2020
Dare I say this is the funniest book I've ever read by Turano? I probably feel that way with every book, but this one had me giggling on almost every page. First of all, how in the world could I fall for a character named Norman? Norman!? But in true Turano fashion, Norman Nesbit quickly become a favorite of mine. I found his cluelessness about women to be endearing at times. His inability to understand his interest in Beatrix was amusing. And I just found him to be kind of charming, in his own way of course.

With a comedic cast of characters, I highly recommend refraining from eating or drinking while reading this book. Beatrix is so spunky, and the things that come out of her mouth just make me smile. But the characters I found the most fascinating with Aunt Gladys. Gladys and her eccentric friends added a fun element to the story. As did Gladys's scheming (wink wink). And let's not forget Norman's "friend" Theo. Although she played a smaller part in the grand scheme of things, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes she was involved in, and wouldn't mind seeing her character again in the future.

I've never met a Jen Turano book I didn't thoroughly enjoy, and this one is no exception. With characters I be honored to call my friends, laughs, some mystery, and an overall good storyline, you can't go wrong with Storing Up Trouble! I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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578 reviews46 followers
April 30, 2020
I just love Jen Turano and her light, witty humor. This was just what I needed as I'm currently abiding week 7 of "staying in" during the Covid-19 pandemic. While this is not by any means a "fluffy" book, there is a lot of wit and banter throughout and had me literally laughing out loud in several parts (and even though I finished this one last night, I was apparently still thinking about it as my husband told me this morning that I'd woken him up in the middle of the night laughing in my sleep!). This is the 3rd book in the American Heiresses series, you could definitely read this one as a stand-alone. Both Izzie and Poppy (main characters from the earlier books) make appearances towards the end of the book and it's nice to know who they are, but there is not any history divulged that would make it an issue to read these out of order. Fans of the series will be happy to see them settled in to their "happily ever afters" though.

This book follows Beatrix Waterbury (who made appearances in the first 2 books as well, which made me excited to see her story!). Though she is among the New York 400, she has determined to support women's suffrage and has found herself bailed out jail twice - so her parents send her to an extended visit with her aunt in Chicago. The train that she's on is robbed at gunpoint and she and a Mr. Norman Nesbit make a getaway. These two opposites have a doozy of a time getting back to catch a new train to Chicago. Upon their arrival, they continue to get into each other's way until they no longer want to. While this story felt in places like a comedy of errors, there were also serious notes about women's rights in that time period and relying on God, even when He doesn't fit what's scientific. I also enjoyed the "opposites attract" trope, as well as noting the ways that Beatrix and Norman made each other "better" along the way. This was a great ending to this trilogy!

I would highly recommend to fans of inspirational romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy humor woven in to the story. Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to post a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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581 reviews40 followers
May 28, 2020
First of all, this book was HILARIOUS!! The two main characters, Beatrix Waterbury and Norman Nesbit, bantered SO MUCH, and it was hilarious! I enjoyed that so much. Jen Turano’s books are always witty and fun, but this one is definitely on top of the pile in regards to humor.

Beatrix was absolutely the BEST character, as was her family, especially her aunt and her parents! She was thoughtful, straightforward, and spontaneous, and didn’t pause to stand up for what she stood for. She also wasn’t entitled or snobby, despite being rich. Norman is an inventor who is primarily concerned about his work, until he meets Beatrix, who doesn’t hesitate to tell him his character flaws, whereupon he begins to learn how to become a functioning member of society. The two of them together are hilarious! There is a touch of light romance (a couple mentions of kisses), but nothing very detailed. There are several wonderful mentions of married couples still liking each other and enjoying each others presence after many years of marriage, which I really liked seeing!

The secondary characters are also really great: from, as aforementioned, Beatrix’s family, to Norman’s family (especially Gemma and Oscar! they were adorable) to Aunt Gladys’ band of women, to the animals. It was all a fun time. I also enjoyed seeing the characters from previous books in the series pop up again (if you���ve read any of my reviews, continuity between books in a series is my favorite thing).

The time period was also super interesting: Beatrix was a suffragette, although since she was wealthy, she didn’t have the same experience as other suffragettes had (at least, according to the books I’ve read).. The whole time period was super interesting, as well as the fact that she was an heiress.

Aside from the romance part and the historical part, the suspense aspect to the book was also really interesting! A train heist occurs at the beginning of the book, and throughout, the question of what the heist was about propagates, especially as other attacks occur.

There wasn’t a ton of Christian content in the book, which I actually enjoyed. Although faith could have been more explicit, such as praying, the times where bible verses were included in the book felt genuine and not forced, which I really like in a Christian fiction book (sometimes there are just . . . pieces of ‘Christian content’ inserted into Christian fiction books that just don’t belong and are super awkward to read. This book wasn’t like that at all!).

Overall, if you couldn’t tell by my effusive praise, I loved this book! It was clean and witty and was overall a delight. I definitely recommend this book, even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series: it’s a great time!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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445 reviews14 followers
April 22, 2020
Wrapping up this delightfully funny series are Beatrix Waterbury and Norman Nesbit. For all their crazy antics, deep down these two need each other but will they discover that in time?

As always, Turano provides a few hours of lighthearted fun, wild shenanigans, and clean romance. I want to pick this authors brain and find out how she comes up with unique story ideas and develops such zany characters.

If you’re looking for an escape during these crazy days, grab a copy of Storing Up Trouble. You’re sure to be entertained!

I received an electronic copy from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
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1,981 reviews180 followers
April 6, 2020
'Ladies, I'll have you know, don't care for men who embrace criminal activity.'

Where do I begin to tell you just how much of a forever fan I am of Jen Turano? With each book of hers that I read, I grow even more fond of her work. It's not long after beginning one of her enchanting novels that I am roaring with laughter! Seriously, she has a wit that will not quit. I can't imagine anyone being able to write such hilarious work! I am completely captivated when I read he3r books. Totally.

'You're acting beyond peculiar, which is peculiar in and of itself since peculiar seems to be a common state for you.'

Turano gives us Miss Beatrix Waterbury and Mr. Norman Nesbit in her third book in the American Heiresses series. Beatrix and Norman just happen to be on the same train when train robbers come on board. Norman comes to her aid, which she does not need nor welcome. They make an escape, and after that, just put down anything you're holding because you will drop it when you start laughing to beat the band. Truly. I can most highly recommend this author.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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307 reviews83 followers
June 5, 2020
When you have a winning recipe, just keep following it!!!

I truly love all of Jen Turano's books and each is worthy of the 4 or 5 stars I always give them. I do feel I have to differentiate split hairs at times as to which way the stars will fall though.

This book was the "normal" breakneck speed that we have all come to love from this author, so much so, that you forget there was even a mystery to solve. Actually, until the last 2 chapters, the minimal is disclosed regarding the mystery, as it is a sidecar. The main ride is always the hero and heroine and all the hi-jinks that occur to get them to the, I love you's...

My favorite relationship, that budded, blossomed, and overflowed to others, was between Norman and Theo. My eyes misted over seeing those mutually stunted misfits finally coming out of their shells and opening their eyes in true fondness for each other. Great ensemble cast as always, seeing all my old and new friends I've made along the American Heiresses way!

I won this book in a blog giveaway but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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755 reviews111 followers
June 11, 2020
Are you ready for some trouble? If it's the kind of trouble that includes reading Jen Turano's latest American Heiress title, Storing Up Trouble, then yes - a million yeses. Let me tell you the reasons why.

1. The hero. - Norman Nesbit is definitely the first. He is quirky, eccentric, imperfectly perfect for readers to adore, smile at and root for. He entertains me to no end with his brilliant mind, his unconventionally awkwardness and peculiar train of thought. He may actually be my favorite hero to date. Yes, that says a lot.

2. The heroine. - Beatrix Waterbury is what you call tumultuous in many ways, but she's full of life and love a good adventure. She's smart, compassionate and opinionated. She's just born in the wrong era for others to take her seriously, and that's what makes her fabulous! Plus she gets my (ahem) I mean the hero, Norman like no other.

3. The dialogue. - It's been some time since I read the words of a book that jumps to life like it does with the characters' dialogues with each other. It's like I'm right there with them, listening to them bicker, discuss or just plain conversing, and can't help but laugh. (I may or may not have responded to them at times too as if they really could respond to me.) Honestly, this might need to move to reason number 1 and scoot the other two down, because the dialogue makes these characters.

4. Theodosia. - This character deserves some recognition. She's the female version of Norman, so are you surprised that she makes this list? She is smart but doesn't have any clue to the etiquette of society which makes her uniquely awesome and indefinably someone that makes a great heroine herself. Honorable mention includes Aunt Gladys and Edgar. Those two have some great highlights in the story that are such a great complement.

5. The pets. - Mort, the mule steals every scene he's in. Then there's Phantom who honestly is a ninja cat that scares me if she's real, but totally got mind-reading skills that rival any psychologist.

6. The unexpected. - Granted, I knew the "villain" from the start, but there were some hiccups along the way for even this season reader to be pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised.

7. The message. - Jen Turano does not include a message blatantly, but how her stories played out reveals a message that either soothes the soul or enlighten the mind. In Storing Up Trouble, it's one that perfectly timed that makes it even more special.

8. The cover. - How could one not love the detail in that cover? Add in the perfect representation of Beatrix by the cover model and that expression, I'd say it's flawless. (On a side note, every one of the American Heiress covers is exemplary for its representation. All her covers are, but this series really ties in well with each of the story.)

In all, Storing Up Trouble warrants not only a read, but to be counted as one of my favorites. With comedic mayhem and insightful truths, it touches the hearts and minds of its readers.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Author 19 books641 followers
August 11, 2022
I loved these wonderful characters. Jen Turano mixes romance, humor, and action throughout her story.
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619 reviews
May 5, 2020
Another fun and wonderful book from Jen Turano! The characters are so incredibly fun, funny, and have faults like all of us.

The storyline is funny, but there is also the suspense side that really keeps the reader engaged. The plot and storyline are well done. The reader will laugh out loud at the tremendous fun in the book, be totally swept away with the fun of the story, and eagerly follow the suspense side to find out what is going on that the reader can’t see!

The faith theme in this book is slight, but the story itself is all about becoming a better person...and growing up, so to speak.
Once again, Jen Turano has produced a tremendously fun read which is definitely needed during this time. She really does write a genre all her own.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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367 reviews79 followers
Shelved as 'did-not-finish'
December 16, 2022
DNFing for now... I would love to like it but the feminist bits at the beginning turned me off, and I already struggle a bit with Turano's stories. I'm definitely willing to try this again, put I'm putting it down for now!
1,289 reviews27 followers
May 25, 2020
A humorous historical

Norman was adorably naive and nerdy! He had a propensity to do math in his head - not only when necessary to calculate something but to calm himself. He didn't understand social niceties and couldn't ride a horse - he was indeed terrified of them. This poor man still believed the tales his older sisters had told him to scare him when they were children.

In addition to this, Norman was a bit oblivious to his family and friends. He was so caught up in his "work" and attempting to do something marvelous with the tremendous intellect God had given him the rest of the world just didn't matter that much. As Beatrix's influence and rebukes had him acutely aware of this and as he began to change, the reactions of his family were hysterical!

I was laughing when Beatrix and he were trying to escape after what happened on the train and their only option was on horseback so he just flopped himself over the saddle! Can you even imagine that?!

Beatrix was a spinster and determined to remain one. Her focus in life was on rights for women and she ended up banished from New York because of it. Well, because of being thrown in jail twice because of it! She was not afraid to speak her mind! Her eccentric Aunt Gladys came up with the notion that Beatrix should experience firsthand the plight of the working woman and thus required her to take a job at Marshall & Fields department store, the results of which were often humorous.

Once Norman realized his infatuation with Beatrix, his attempts to woo her were such great fun!

I was glad for the insights into the conditions and plight of the women in the Gilded Age that led to the Suffrage movement. I have a much better appreciation for the concerns that led those brave women to work to change the world for the better.

Combining mystery with humor and romance, Storing Up Trouble is a fun historical romantic romp with an element of faith.

Read my full review at Among the Reads

I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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560 reviews38 followers
July 8, 2020
Storing Up Trouble was a fun read, like all of Jen Turano’s books. It is a Christian historical romance set in the late 1800s in the United States, with a strong theme of feminism and women’s rights.

After landing in jail twice for her involvement in women’s suffrage, a young heiress, Beatrix, from New York gets sent to live with her aunt in Chicago. On the way, she meets a brilliant, if socially inept, scientist named Norman whose competition is repeatedly trying to steal his research. The heiress and the scientist annoy each other immensely.

Filled with memorably exaggerated characters and absurd situations, this book had me laughing all the way through. It’s what I love about Jen Turano’s books, and why I’ve read almost every book she’s written. The romance was sweet, the time period was interesting, and the characters, especially Norman and his friend Theodosia, show marked character development.

And as I mentioned, a huge topic in this book was feminism. Beatrix was already involved in women’s suffrage, and then her aunt sends her to work in a shop to see what it’s REALLY like being a working women with lesser pay and fewer opportunities than men, versus being her independent, privileged wealthy self. That perspective was quite interesting. On the flip side, Norman initially acts like the average guy of his time who thinks women are supposed to stay home and not have a career, not defend themselves, not vote. He has a change of heart during the story.

A had a few negative comments, though. Yes, I love Jen Turano’s books and have read many; but they are starting to seem a little repetitive. The characters are similar, the situations they get into are similarly absurd, and the writing style, the words, are similar. While I’m unlikely to stop reading her books, it would be good if they were a little more varied.

Also, the romance went along very quickly, taking only from September to November for them to meet and then marry. And Beatrix didn’t have as much character development while Norman seemed like he was constantly figuring out something he needed to change about himself. Finally, I didn’t see too much Christian influence in the book; I mean, God was mentioned a few times, but He seemed like a topic discussed sometimes instead of an involved character.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It’s clean (a tiny bit of violence and kissing), funny, and engaging. I hope you enjoy it too!
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Author 24 books521 followers
May 12, 2020
The first time I read Jen Turano, I loved her humor and hilarious situations. It’s been several years, so I thought I would try again.

I found the era and setting intriguing and enjoyed when she described the store and how the women employees were so quickly dismissed or demoted. It gave an interesting perspective on the era, considering that Beatrix was rich as she took the position of a working woman.

The romance was existent, but was not done in a way that made me as a reader uncomfortable. There were a few kisses (which were humorous) and blushes about those kisses or mentions of the “special other person,” but nothing that would prevent me handing it to a YA reader.

The spiritual message wasn’t very strong. It was more inserted in three areas than woven through the entire story, and even then, felt more forced than actually fitting in with the story.

I found the guys to be portrayed as stupid and I didn’t appreciate that. I understand that there are some people out there who are so brilliant in the scientific world that they are clueless when it comes to common, everyday matters. And I feel that was probably Turano’s goal, but instead, it came across as women being smart and men stupid and clueless (which, if this wasn’t a book about the feminist movement, I might not have been as sensitive on the matter).

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*
May 26, 2020
"The truth of the matter was this—she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she’d had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail...twice." -Storing Up Trouble

I stayed up way too late reading this book. But it was totally worth it! I couldn't put it down, the story was so much fun! Beatrix was a fun character to get to know. She had a lot of sparkle and found herself in all sorts of unique situations. I loved all the different characters. Aunt Gladys, Norman and Theo were very fun to become acquainted with. I especially liked the interactions between Beatrix and Norman. I had to laugh at all the funny situations they got into. Jen Turano blends romance, laughter and fun and creates a story you won't want to put down.

I highly recommend this story to my family and friends.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I also purchased a copy for myself. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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