Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Bethany House Publishers
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When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?
I haven’t read a historical romance in a while, and Out of the Ordinary made me realize how much I enjoy reading them! I’m a sucker for romance novels (even though sometimes I hate to admit that) but add historical elements and I’m hooked. This book was a fun, fairly quick read. There were so many parts where I laughed out loud because of the ridiculous situations that the characters were in. Humor was a great part of this novel, and I think without it, it would have been rather dull.
I did feel that Out of the Ordinary was very dialogue heavy. I read so many books, but this really stuck out to me for some reason, and I found myself getting annoyed. Yes, I think that all novels need dialogue, but this seemed to be a huge part. And some of the conversations that the characters would have just didn’t seem all that realistic. But, when the dialogue was a lot, I skimmed until I got to the next scene of the story. There could have been a lot more things ‘shown’ to me as the reader, instead of ‘told’.
The pacing also seemed a little weird in the book, since it took nearly 100 pages to actually get into what the synopsis said the book was about (again, there was a lot of dialogue that seemed to prolong this.) But, all in all, I did enjoy reading this one. I wanted to finish it and see what would happen. This book works as a stand-alone even though it is book 2 in a series. Overall I gave this book 3/5 stars.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.
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