Playing the Part by Jen Turano
Age range: adult (appropriate for teens, too) | Paperback: 352 pages | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2016)
About Playing the Part:
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
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Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying life as an empty-nester because her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.
My Thoughts on Playing the Part:
Actress Lucetta Plum has a great many admirers, some more ardent than others. When a particular admirer becomes threatening, Abigail Hart whisks Lucetta away to her grandson’s castle outside the city. Both the castle and the grandson are fascinating, mysterious, and rather eccentric. Before Lucetta knows what’s hit her, she’s surrounded by reformed criminals, enraged goats, and walking suits of armor.
This is Jen Turano’s seventh novel, and I have loved each and every one of them. I think they just keep getting better. Of course, we still have the madcap shenanigans that all her novels do — disguises, cross dressing, ill-fated proposals, and witty banter. The difference is this time we get to enjoy all those things in a haunted castle. Playing the Part also has some serious moments that give depth to the characters and more meaning to the story. There is also a bit more kissing than in Jen’s previous novels, which I was quite happy to find.
Anytime I’m in the mood for something light, funny, and free spirited, something that will give me a pleasant and happy escape from reality, I pick up one of Jen’s books. I know what to expect from them and I’ve never been disappointed. Playing the Part is a breezy, fun book to read that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Source: I received this book through the Baker Publishing Blogger Review Program for the purpose of this review.
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