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    Another hilarious historical romantic comedy!

    This story doesn’t exactly pick up where the other two books in this series left off. In that sense it isn’t a “true” series. But the main characters from each of the previous books put in an appearance and reference is made to how they met. In my mind this means that reading the books in order enhances the enjoyment of reading this final story. The characters that Jen creates for this book live up to my expectations from reading all of her previous books. The quirks that she comes up with for each of them never fail to amuse me. Lucetta Plum and Bram Haverstein are some of the funniest people that I’ve ever had the chance to meet in the pages of a book. Lucetta hates the idea of damsels in distress, but she finds herself thrust into that role. I love how she managed to express her displeasure in it and tries to get out of situations by herself. The twists in the story explaining what put her in danger and connecting all the different people by the end of the story were very entertaining. Added to all of these, light-hearted shenanigans there are some deeper looks at how strained family relationships can develop. Then steps needed to restore them are explored. This resulted in a nice challenge to take a look at our own relationships. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    •°o•:*:•. GENIUS .•:*:• o°•

    I received my influencer copy LATE in Saturday’s mail so I knew better than to attempt to start it until Sunday. It took me between 8-9 hours to read it cover to cover (ahem, as per usual with any Jen Turano book). I absolutely loved it! In a nut-shell, it is mysterious, witty, romantic, dangerous and faith filled, with several laugh-out-loud moments. Lucetta Plum is a head-strong, wonderful actress, but is being pursued by a stalkerie (I’m making that a word) type character. Her imposing (but secretly a big softie) security man, and her self-appointed guardian, Abigail, whisk her away to her grandson’s home of Ravenwood. Bram Haverstein has hired all sorts of misfits to help him maintain Ravenwood, and he’s rescued a number of mistreated or unwanted animals who make for delightful story points. P.40 “I think you’re forgetting a very important fact, sir. You’re Mr. Bram Haverstein, a gentleman in possession of a very fine fortune, your own castle, a summer house on Long Island, more carriages than I care to count, a steamboat, and you’re apparently possessed of a face that all ladies find swoon-worthy.” The castle has all sorts of unusual goings on, including many uninvited ladies showing up and trying to weasel their way into Bram’s life. There’s a mote, hidden passages, a crazy goat, and the place just might be haunted. {Side note: I wonder if Bram was named after Bram Stoker, what with all eerie references…hmmmmm.} TEA REFERENCES (because tea is my ‘thing’) P.21 “And…I just recalled that tea is very good for soothing the nerves. And because of your dastardly situation, your nerves must need soothing, so….” P.43 “Should I ring for tea?” Mrs. Macmillan asked. “I’m not sure I’ll be asking the trespassers in for refreshments, Mrs. Macmillan. While I certainly don’t want to fire cannonballs at them, offering tea might be taking the social niceties a bit too far.” I could go on and on in pure delight, but I’ll leave the rest to you. I do HIGHLY recommend this and all of Jen’s books. Each one has received a 5-star review from me! Be sure to look up Jen on FB as I have always found her to be very approachable. It is my great privilege to be included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and I received this copy, from Bethany House Publ., for no compensation. My opinion is my own. Read: 2/28/16 SERIES: A Class of Their Own After a Fashion - Book#1 – 2015 In Good Company – Book #2 – 2015 Playing the Part – Book #3 – 2016
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    Humour & Grace

    Lucetta Plum's past in the old south a decade after the end of the civil war has her determined to look after herself, even if that means she is a stage actress and a very in-demand actress at that. When her stepfather arrives to inform her that he lost her in a card game to Silas Ruff, a man Lucetta detests, she flees the city with her elderly friend and landlady, Abigail Hart. Abigail's grandson, Bram Haverstein lives in a castle in upstate New York, complete with a rag tag collection of animals and misfit staff. The humour in this novel is heartwarming. The descriptions are so funny. When Lucetta faints on the lawn, after 2 dips in the moat, being set-upon by dogs, having a canon fired at her, and then coming face to face with his mother Bram struggles to carry Miss Plum to the castle and up three flights of stairs. Instead of firing disagreeable staff, Bram prays for them. There are no preachy messages here, just life examples on being the best person you can be by allowing God to temper your responses to those he sends across your path. A good reminder, and encouraging life lessons. Secondary characters are lovable and provide more humour in their quirkiness.
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    Playing the Part

    Playing the Part is the third book in Jen Turano’s A Class of Their Own series, coming behind After a Fashion and In Good Company. I am a HUGE fan of Jen’s, and absolutely loved both of the previous novels in this series, so I was extremely excited when I got the opportunity to read and review this book. Especially since Jen’s stories always keep me in stitches. I have to say, I’m not entirely sure which of the three is my favorite—either this one or In Good Company—though I’m leaning a bit more towards this one. Lucetta and Bram are just too perfect to resist. Lucetta has always been one of my favorite of the three girls this series focuses on, though I do love all of them, simply because she is so smart, so talented, and when she knows what she wants, she goes after it. I would have to say she’s definitely confident. I also love how she never lets the fame and attention that goes along with being an actress make her into a snobby woman who constantly abuses the feelings of all of her admirers. In fact, the way that she abhors being admired is one of my favorite things about her. Not only that, but she keeps a cool head throughout all of the trials that she faces throughout the course of this book, and that goes a long way to show just how perfect she is. Bram Haverstein is by far one of my favorite heroes. I know, I know, I say that way too often, but he really is one amazing character. Always swooping in and saving the day, giving so many people—and animals—another chance at life, Bram is the definition of hero. He is also incredibly sweet, extremely protective, and more creative than you would ever imagine. I immediately fell in love with him, despite his somewhat questionable actions, and I knew he would be absolutely perfect for Lucetta. I was right, of course, and the truth is, he’s definitely my favorite hero of this series. All in all, I absolutely loved this book. I laughed, I melted, I hated when it ended, and I find myself unable to stop thinking about this story. The last chapter, and the epilogue, were absolutely perfect, as was the rest of the book of course, and I cannot help but want to read it again and again. I am happy to give this novel all five bookshelves, and a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. I highly recommend this, as it is wonderful reading, but I would suggest reading the other two books first. Jen is an extremely talented writer, who will keep you laughing even while melting you into a little puddle, and I can promise you you’ll enjoy this story! I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review.
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    Delightful!

    Playing the Part by Jen Turano is the third book in A Class of Their Own series. Playing the Part is set in New York in 1882. Lucetta Plum is an actress and currently doing a new play written by the reclusive and mysterious Mr. Grimstone. Her step-father Nigel Wolfe pays her a visit (which is not good). Nigel has managed to gamble away the deed to the family plantation, Plum Hill. Unfortunately for Nigel, he does not own the plantation nor does he have the deed. It belongs to Lucetta, and she left the deed with a friend (who will make sure her step-father cannot get ahold of it). The man to whom Nigel lost was Silas Ruff. He is an awful man who has been pursuing Lucetta for some time. Lucetta thought he had learned his lesson after the last incident. Mr. Skukman, Lucetta’s personal bodyguard, believes she needs to leave town and lay low for a little while (which will make Lucetta’s understudy very happy). Abigail Hart, society lady, widow, friend, and determined matchmaker/meddler, agrees with him. Abigail suggests that they go to her grandson’s estate (do we detect a little matchmaking). It certainly sounds like a good idea. They arrive at Ravenwood (which seems to be behind a cemetery) and are not warmly welcomed. They are barely in the drive when they are attacked. Bram Haverstein, Abigail’s grandson, has been having trouble with marriageable young women dropping in (plus he has a secret). After being attacked by dogs and falling into the moat, Lucetta finally gets into the house. This visit is not off to a good start. The visit is plagued by a woman hating goat in Lucetta’s room, walking suit of armor, jewels hidden in the fireplace, and a falling knife (more like a sword). What is going on at Ravenwood? Someone seems determined to get rid of the occupants of the house. Lucetta and Bram are intent on getting to the bottom of the matter (and Abigail is thrilled that they are spending time together). Will Abigail get her wish? What happens when Silas Ruff tracks down Lucetta? You will have to read Playing the Part to find out. Playing the Part was humorous. I did enjoy reading this novel. It was a little over-the-top at times but it provided me with many laughs (which made my mother keep asking me why I was laughing). Playing the Part has great characters and an interesting setting (loved Ravenwood). Playing the Part was a great end to the series. You do need to read all the books in the series in order to understand what is going on in Playing the Part (you will want to read them). I have read all three books in the series and enjoyed each of them. I give Playing the Part 4 out of 5 stars. Playing the Part is nicely written, and I was pulled into the book right away (which I love). It was nice to catch up with the characters from the previous novels to see how they were doing. If you enjoy reading historical romance novels with a little mystery (and a lot of humor), you will love Playing the Part. I received a complimentary copy of Playing the Part from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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