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    *Christmas Came Early when this book arrived*

    Out of the Ordinary – Apart from the Crowd #2 June 1883 – New York Harrison Sinclair and Miss Gertrude Cadwalader were delightful supporting characters in book 1 of this series. Now, we see them front and center, beginning on a yacht party for their dear friends. Gertrude is a paid companion for Mrs. Davenport, an eccentric older lady, who has gone missing…again. Harrison is a self-made man and has no time for romance, and an unusual fashion sense that drives his best friend mad. However, Gertrude is an intriguing and different sort altogether, as well as his friend. Mystery abounds as items go missing, and Gertrude seems to land in hot water. Harrison is so kind, and determined to help clear his friend’s name. Their “friendship” catches the attention of other women hoping to snag Harrison, and trouble quickly follows. In the meantime, Mrs. Davenport has secrets of her own that keep us guessing. And she has odd ideas of fashion design she insists on testing out on poor Gertrude; including a reconstructed birdcage! TEA MOMENT: Mrs. Davenport gulped down her tea, even though doing so had her eyes watering, probably because the tea was still rather hot. Setting her cup down on the small table beside her, she picked up a shortbread cookie and stuffed the entire cookie into her mouth. That made it all but impossible for her to respond, although she made a great show of turning to look out the drawing room window as she spit some of the cookie into a napkin. –Ch. 15 Once again, I highly recommend Jen Turano’s book. She is my all-time favorite author. With a style completely unique, and the laugh-out-loud moments you cannot go wrong! I have read every book including the free novella prequels. Never disappointing. © Nov. 2017 Bethany House / 346 pages / In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy from Bethany House Publ. which I am privileged to provide with no other compensation. SERIES: Apart from the Crowd 0. At Your Request – Free eNovella Prequel 1. Behind the Scenes April 2017 2. Out of the Ordinary Nov. 2017 3. Caught by Surprise July 2018
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    Second book in Apart from the Crowd series!

    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is the second book in Apart from the Crowd series. Miss Gertrude Cadwalader is companion to Mrs. Davenport which is not an easy task. Mrs. Davenport is known for helping herself to other people’s belongings while they are at parties and events (which Gertrude returns). Gertrude and Mrs. Davenport are attending the engagement party of Permilia Griswold and Asher Rutherford on the yacht of Harrison Sinclair. The next day Mrs. Davenport confesses that she left her reticule on board the yacht with stolen contraband inside. Gertrude tries rescue it, but is caught by Harrison’s mother before she can depart. Gertrude is arrested and accused of stealing from the Manhattan Beach Hotel as well. Harrison works with Gertrude to clear her name (and Mrs. Davenport’s) and find the true culprit (and true love along the way). Out of the Ordinary is easy to read and nicely written. Out of the Ordinary can be read alone. If you enjoy humorous historical novels, then I suggest picking up a copy of Behind the Scenes (first book in Apart from the Crowd series). There is one laugh out loud moment after another in Out of the Ordinary. I was happy to see growth in Mrs. Davenport and Gertrude by the end of the novel. At times I wanted to shake Gertrude and tell her to develop a backbone (especially after she wore the birdcage for a bustle). I felt that Ms. Turano captured the era with the fashions, dialogue and mannerisms. There is some predictability to the romance portion of the story (that seems inevitable in romance novels) and I felt the first night (night of engagement party) went on too long. That night alone took up 48% of the book. The mystery was interesting and I enjoyed figuring out the culprit. Out of the Ordinary is a quirky novel that will appeal to readers of historical romance novels and fans of Jen Turano.
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    fun and quirky

    Gertrude Cadwalader is a companion to Mrs. Davenport, a society woman with a tendency to take things that don't belong to her--and then send Gertrude to return them. When Harrison Sinclair, a wealthy and handsome shipping tycoon, hosts an engagement party for his and Gertrude's mutual friends, Permilia Griswold and Asher Rutherford, Mrs. Davenport is up to her old tricks. When Gertrude has to return to Harrison's ship to set things to rights, his mother catches her and thinks that Gertrude is a thief. While Harrison is all too willing to believe in and even defend Gertrude, it soon becomes apparent that someone besides Mrs. Davenport is stealing things and that Mrs. Davenport's issues go deeper than Gertrude thought. As Gertrude and Harrison work together, Gertrude can't help falling for him, even though she knows that he's out of her league. Jen Turano's books are always a hoot, guaranteed to make the reader laugh out loud, and this book was no exception. There were a few times when some of the behaviors of the characters seemed almost unbelievable, but the first book in the series helped set the tone for the absurdities of a colorful collection of eccentric characters. Harrison was a great romantic lead--handsome and kind and good--and willing to sneak a peak at his sisters' romance novels to try to understand women better. Gertrude's back story and how she ended a poor paid companion was so sad, and her determination to stand by her rather trying employer was admirable. The book is quirky and fun and another great read from Turano. I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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