There are a handful of authors that I enjoy their stories strictly because they add humor to them. Although they are generally put under historical fiction or historical romance they seem to add some comedy in the mix and I definitely would consider it more historical romance comedy. Not that category even exists but maybe it should.
Anyway, as I mentioned above there are a handful that do this and Jen Turano is one such author. She writes in a way that makes reading her stories a joy and you leave the book feeling good. This particular book is one such story. Let me tell you a bit about it:
Bethany House Publishing
“With all the charm of a Regency romance, the humor of a drawing room farce, and the swoonworthy delight of a fairy tale, Turano’s first Apart from the Crowd historical absolutely sparkles.”–Publishers Weekly on Behind the Scenes
Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader’s eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.
Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can’t help coming to his friend’s defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn.
Jen Turano is the USA Today bestselling author of nine books and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
I really did enjoy this story. Even though it is part of a series you really can read it as a stand alone story. However, I totally recommend that you go and pick out all the other books in the series because they are all just as good.
The story is fun and the situations that Gertrude seems to get into, whether by her own mishaps, or due to her eccentric companion or even her best friend, Permilia, who happens to have her own story, they are so funny. You will laugh out loud as you hear the descriptions of the trouble she gets into with her creatively designed bustle. But even better is the description of Permilia and her betrothed dancing. Oh my, I was almost in tears.
The chemistry between our dear Gertrude and her ruggedly handsome, albeit a bit unfashionable, highly sought after, Harrison, is unmistakable.
If they ever decide to make a movie based on one of Jen’s books I highly recommend this one. I seriously want to see how this would play out on the big screen.
This is a book that can be read in a weekend so if you are looking for a story to read over your holiday break I would definitely suggest this one. You will laugh with the interesting situations and cheer on Gertrude and Harrison as they work to find their happily ever afters.
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