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Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Today I have a delightful story to share that will have you in stitches! Jen Turano is the well known author of many novels set in the Gilded Age and her newest one is titled Playing the Part. It is an entertaining tale full of the quirky characters Turano has come to be recognized for. Give me a minute to explain a few of them to you, and then we can talk about the story itself!
In this book we will meet a few new characters but also get to catch up with a few old friends. Well, they will be old friends if you have read the first two stories in the trilogy. Abigail Hart is a woman many of you will remember. She is a widow who has opened her home to the three young ladies the books tell us about, and a meddling matchmaker to boot! In the previous novels she helps Millie and Harriet find real love and in this installment we see her trying to aid Lucietta to her list of successful matches. These three young ladies were in trouble once upon a time and Abigail took them in, giving them shelter and friendship in the process. These are the characters fans of Turano will remember but there are plenty of new ones to get to know in Playing the Part–including Abigail’s grandson, Bram Haverstein.
The plot is an engaging one as Lucietta Plum is an actress and quite a good one. But when she has a conniving fan who takes things to the next level, Abigail takes her to the estate of her grandson, Bram. Only problem is, her and her grandson have never been close, and he has been having issues of his own to contend with which include young ladies chasing after him. Will they be able to stop the crazed fan before things turn deadly? And will the story change for this heroine who doesn’t want to be saved?
Turano really gives us a charming story with characters that pop and situations you will just have to laugh at. I had my family looking at me wondering what in the world was going on while I was reading this novel. It is full of humor but also the reminder that we don’t have to do everything on our own and it is okay to ask for help. A wonderful book as always with a definite 5 star rating!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.