Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Review: A Talent For Trouble

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction #3)Author: Jen Turano
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Ladies of Distinction # 3

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change--and soon--Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she's always wanted.

Grayson Sumner--or Lord Sefton, as he's officially known--has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson's help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?

None of society’s eligible gentlemen would want to court a lady so long in the tooth, which meant she was destined to remain a spinster forever.

“When you were ten, you declared to me you wished to become a princess.”

She drew in a steadying breath and turned. The sight of Grayson lounging oh so casually against the doorframe, looking every inch the aristocrat, caused the unusual reaction of her breath catching in her throat.

“We’re simply going to have Grayson escort you to the Beckett ball, and since he’s currently considered one of the most eligible gentlemen in New York City, no one will think to pity you again.”

I have followed this series from the very first book, and I just recently found out that the next book will be released next July! I am so ecstatic over this news. Jen Turano is an amazing author whose characters are vibrant and colorful in each and every story she writes! Felicia Murdock is rising to the list of my favorite characters written by Turano yet. Felicia has spent most of her life preparing herself for marriage to her pastor, Michael Fraser. Only as this book opens we learn that Felicia has just returned from the Reverend’s wedding, in which he married someone else! Felicia takes this opportunity to turn her life and stops living for a man who barely ever noticed her, and definitely did not see her as a wife. Felicia’s mother begins to try a little matchmaking. She invites the noble Grayson Sumner to attend tea with Felicia. Is Felicia ready to move on from her heartbreak?

This story is very light-hearted and is sure to provide laughter and an easy, relaxing feeling as you read. Felicia felt like a real person throughout this entire book. She was sassy, sure of herself, and had some of the best friends a girl could have surrounding her. Felicia thought for the longest time that she was destined to marry a minister, and I find myself thinking that these are always the best books. The main character feels that their life is destined for a certain pathway, and then ends up going down one that is completely opposite. It was a blast to follow Felicia as she gets a complete makeover and stops living for others, but finds the beauty that is already in her!

This series continues to surprise me, and I cannot wait for the fourth book to be released next summer. I highly recommend this series to any reader who loves to buckle down for a light romantic read. I would suggest starting with the first book, but if one of them sounds better than the rest there is no reason why they cannot stand alone. Jen Turano is truly a talented writer!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Bethany House in exchange for my honest review***

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