Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany Press, October, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paper and eReader copies
Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours
My Rating: B
I love a good old-fashioned historical romance. This one was very good. In it I found all the things that make up a good romance:
- lots of witty banter,
- immediate attraction and sizzle whenever the two main characters are near each other,
- tension as they fight that attraction,
- supporting characters that are funny in how they plot to bring the two together, and,
- in Historical Romances, a good feel for the culture of the era in which the story is set.
In A Talent for Trouble we travel back to the 1800s and a small town in New York. We first meet Felicia. She’s just had her “life plan” torn apart. She thought the local minister was the man for her. She’s spent four years rearranging her life, her actions, and even her wardrobe, to suit him. But now he’s married someone else.
As her family and friends try to console her, she realizes that she hasn’t been true to herself. She sets out to go back to being who she really is. Her friends and family also ask Grayson Sumner, who happens to be Lord Sefton, to pay attention to her in an effort to cheer her up. That lit the match, the sparks fly, and the story takes off.
The story is not overly complicated, but it was enough to keep my interest. Grayson has a past that he thinks should keep him from a serious relationship and Felicia doesn’t trust herself when it comes to falling for another man. As you can see, A Talent for Trouble was a lighthearted story that kept me reading. I had to see what might happen next. There were enough shenanigans and other language thrown in to remind me I was mentally in another era.
I had a couple of minor complaints. I thought Felicia, at times, behaved more like an eighteen-year-old than a twenty-four-year-old. Although I loved the character of Ruth, Felicia’s mother, she tended to also act like Felicia was much younger. A few other things seemed to be a bit un-believable.
The publisher, Bethany House, is known for publishing good Christian fiction. There was no overt religious message in the book. Just people of faith living their lives. Overall, a good story.
I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour. One of my fellow tour hosts, A Chick Who Reads, pointed out how much the woman on the cover of the novel looks like the author, Jen Turano. I completely agree. Here are the two pictures. What do you think?
About the author:
Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: TLC Book Tours