A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

By Jen Turano
Published on June 1st 2013
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Source: Publisher
Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn't need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.

Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton's sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit's end.

When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can't be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York 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.

Jen Turano is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors in Christian fiction.  Her books are hilarious and exciting!  I love that the author doesn't let the characters take themselves too seriously.  I again found myself laughing out loud at certain scenes, just as I did the first book in the series.

This is one of those books that feels almost like an ensemble- there are a TON of characters!  I genuinely thought each character felt important to the overall story and I loved reading about all of them- I can't even think of one character I felt lukewarm about.  (Which pretty much never happens.)

Like the first book in this series, the characters are thrown into situation after situation and are given no break. It is amazing how much the author puts her characters through.  I would need a major vacation (or time away from all the people in my life) if that was what I had to go through!   I found the romance to be interested, but not overblown.

I am really enjoying this series and have the third book to read soon.  I love that these are light historical reads with a healthy dose of humor.

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