Playing the Part by Jen Turano
While enjoying her life as an actress on the rise in New York City, Lucetta Plum's life is quickly turned upside down from a fan's visit, whose interest becomes threatening. Having to quickly rely on the help from Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, and her bodyguard, Mr. Skuckman, Lucetta is quickly whisked away to safety. Lucetta's temporary safe harbor just happens to be Lucetta's friend Abigail's grandson, Bram Haverstein's, estate.
Bram Haverstein appears to be the mysterious type, whose career is a mystery, and whose eccentric ways leave others wondering who he really is. Although, deep down Bram is quiet the gentleman who seems to be very aware of the needs around him, both human and animals.
The plot twists and thickens as strange things begin to happen at Bram's estate, leaving everyone to wonder who can be trusted, and what will happen next. Playing the Part combines a little bit of history, mystery, romance, humor, and adventure.
I always love discovering new authors. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Playing the Part, by Jen Turano. Booklist said this about Playing the Part: "Playing the Part: One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre." Besides hearing great things about Turano's new book, I was drawn to its beautiful cover. I couldn't wait to receive the book in the mail, and to dive right into reading it.
As you can see from my pictures, Playing the Part, was the perfect book to pick up and enjoy reading outdoors. I have been enjoying the beautiful Spring weather and it was nice to get outdoors and read a book that was a quick, easy read.
I have to be honest that I have mixed feelings about this book. Playing the Part, is the last installment in Turano's A Class of Their Own Series. Although I feel you could definitely read this book as a stand alone book, I think I would have liked to have read the first two books in A Class of Their Own series before reading this book.
I have a Smash Book (see picture above) where I like to write quotes I want to remember from books I have read. I am a quote girl, words speak to me. You can see some of the quotes I love on my Pinterest page HERE.
There were several quotes that I really liked from Playing the Part. Jen Turano has such a fun, playful writing voice about her. Not often do you come across an author that is able to write Historical Fiction (which I am a big fan of) and can add humor into the story-line as well.
Here are a few of quotes I enjoyed while reading Playing the Part:
- Bram Shrugged, ... "It's become known that I'm always willing to take in strays, so... people drop off all sorts of animals at Ravenwood, or people send me letters, letting me know of animals that might need my help. My staff and I spend a lot of time tracking down neglected animals, and once we find them, we bring them here to live out the rest of their lives (pg. 96)."
I am such an animal lover. I have always found so much comfort in being around animals, especially dogs. I would love to be like Turano's character, Bram, and have a place where I could rescue animals and help them find permanent, loving, safe homes. You can read about my journey of adopting rescue dogs HERE.
- Mr. Skukman (Lucetta Plum's body guard) is talking to Lucetta. "I think what you need to understand, Miss Plum, is that Mr. Haverstein is one of those rare gentlemen, a throwback, if you will, to the days of knights in shining armor. One only has to look at that staff of his, or take a trip to one of his many barns filled to the brim with the oddest assortment of animals I've ever seen, to know he possesses a strong sense of chivalry and honor (pg. 104)"....
I appreciate the fact that Jen Turano made her main male character someone who was chivalrous and whom treated women with respect and kindness. Such a nice change from the way a lot of male characters are portrayed in books these days.
I felt that the main and supporting characters in, Playing the Part, were believable and that you were quickly drawn to them. Jen Turano did a great job of helping you paint a detailed picture of the characters in your mind.
The part that I had a difficult time with while reading this book, was that I felt like there was too much going on in the story. The plot seemed to jump allover the place, while often times leaving you confused. I think that if the story-line would have been simplified a little bit, the plot would have moved a long at a smoother pace. Now, this does not dissuade me from picking up a different book written by the author. In fact, I appreciated Turano's laugh out loud writing style and her characters enough that I am excited to try more of her books. I have a feeling I will really like them.
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FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the Baker Publishing Group Bethany House Blogger Program for this review. The opinions expressed in my review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment and opinion of the book.