Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: A Most Peculiar Circumstance


Jen Turano's most recently released novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, welcomes the reader into the high society of 1880's New York where ladies are expected to bear children, run the household, and entertain guests at lavish parties. But Arabella Beckett has other ideas. An outspoken suffragist known the country over, she dedicates her time to speaking at voting rallies and offering assistance to downtrodden women. What will happen when she has to be rescued by staunch traditionalist and (slightly) chauvinist Theodore Wilder? Whatever happens you can be sure that it will be highly entertaining and hopelessly romantic!
As a mostly nonfiction reader I was very surprised with how much I enjoyed A Most Peculiar Circumstance. The story moves along fairly quickly as the reader finds herself drawn into Arabella's many exploits, a number of them quite humorous. The book also has some darker scenes underlining some of the political and social turmoil of the day including women's rights, prostitution, human trafficking, and sex slavery. However, these scenes are very short, non-explicit, and do not take away from the fun of the story and the novel manages to retain an overall lighthearted feel.
For a witty, enjoyable, and clean romantic romp, I would highly recommend anyone read A Most Peculiar Circumstance.

*Note - A Most Peculiar Circumstance is the second book in the Ladies of Distinction series. The series is based in 1880's New York City with the first being A Change of Fortune. The third book, A Talent For Trouble, is being released on October 1, 2013.