Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
- I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Felicia has spent four years of her life, mainly those between 20 and 24, pretending to be something she is not. The facade she presents to society is that of a demure young lady with atrocious taste in clothes who yearns to marry a minister. Turns out, that's not quite the truth. God knew what she needed in a man, and the reverend she had set her sights on was certainly not it. When the reverend marries someone else, Felicia is forced to reevaluate her life, starting with her wardrobe and than the behavior she presents to the world. She is an upstanding Christian woman, but she's playful and crazy and prone to getting herself in trouble. And when the Lord brings Grayson Sumner, an English aristocrat, into her life she's finally read to get swept along with the changes coming her way.
Jen Turano hasn't been on the writing scene for very long, but her stories promise a glittering future. Her style is active and interesting and her characters lively. Unfortunately, and it is a small thing, there were too many characters for me to follow all of them. Perhaps if I had read the first books in the series I wouldn't have been quite so lost. Plus, while I am 100% pleased with her voice, I'm afraid the characters were a little too absurd for me to appreciate them. If I knew Felicia in real life, we would not be friends. She places herself in far too much peril simply by being careless and, well, foolish. It's hard to respect a heroine as foolish as Felicia.
Still, the faith-based aspect of "A Talent for Trouble" is thoroughly sound, the writing style is engaging, and I just know readers will continue to love her work. I may not read another of her books, but I am sure that I am in the minority. Best wishes to the author.
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