Jul 29, 2013

Book Review: A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

Back Cover: Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women's suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.

Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton's sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he's at his wit's end.

Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella's paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can't be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

My Review: Arabella Beckett is a strong willed woman who causes no end of trouble for those who know her. She is an ardent supporter of the women's suffrage movement, and is always busy trying to make the world a better place for all women. This story would not be complete without the opinionated Theodore Wilder playing the main male lead. When these two find themselves attracted to each other, sparks fly. Neither is willing to admit the feelings they have for each other, but as danger continues to trail Arabella the attraction grows until it can no longer be ignored. However, wrong words mess everything up, and it takes almost losing each other forever to make things right.

At times in this novel I wanted to throttle both characters, but I enjoyed the read. The plot is interesting, and I love the way the story starts. A perfect hook.

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My Recommendation: I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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