This Chick Read: Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd #2) by Jen Turano

Gertrude Cadawalder and Harrison Sinclair were introduced in Behind the Scenes, Jen Turano’s first book in the Apart from the Crowd series. Gertrude is a paid companion to Mrs. Davenport, who has a horrible habit of stealing trinkets from hostesses, leaving Gertrude to find a way to return them without that theft becoming known. A job that is way above her pay grade! Mrs. Davenport also thinks herself something of a clothing designer using Gertrude as her runway model and unfortunately making her unpopular with society’s upper crust. This lack of being dressed to society’s standards is something Harrison shares with Gertrude as he is somewhat color blind, always pairing the most unfortunate colors and patterns. However, his wealth and overall good looks more than make up for the fact that he dresses like a clown.

When Harrison throws their good friends an engagement party and invites Mrs. Davenport her nimble fingers unfortunately go to work and she steals a few of his sisters belongings. Gertrude, when returning those items gets caught and his mother throws her into jail. While defending her to his mother, Harrison finally begins to see Gertrude as more than a friendly aquaintance.

Jen Turano writes with such warmth and humor that it makes enjoying her novels very easy. As an Inspirational Romance writer she deftly ties faith into the story so that it pairs naturally with what is happening in that moment, and except for the innocent nature of the “romance” I wouldn’t know I was reading an inspirational novel. I have really enjoyed this series and if you are looking for a fun, witty novel that is light in nature but not in plot, you need to pick up one of her novels. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Out of the Ordinary Click this link to purchase! Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd) Copyright 2018 Deborah Kehoe The Reading Chick All Rights Reserved

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This Chick Read: Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd #1) by Jen Turano

Ms. Permilia Griswold is a wallflower. For those of you who don’t read historical romances a wallflower is a lady designated odd, old, or just unpopular who sits on the sidelines at societies balls, her dance card empty, always. Asher Rutherford is considered one of the most eligible bachelors despite being in trade as the owner of a very successful department store. The fact he comes from a good family lets gold digging mothers overlook his businessman title. Permilia is a very attractive young lady, but she was brought up by a single father who taught her to speak her mind, forgetting that one day she’d have to find a husband. Oh, the good old days!

Permilia uses her title of wallflower by writing a gossip column, using her position in society to give details about dress styles and behind the scenes home decorations. Pretty banal, but it subsidizes her pocket money which she uses to support a home for underprivileged women. While snooping about a ball, Permilia overhears a couple of men talk about killing Asher Rutherford. She is determined to warn him and when he ignores her warnings she follows him around town undercover in order to help save his life. There is a little slapstick comedy in these scenes which is old fashioned but fits perfectly into the mood of this novel.

I really enjoyed Permilia’s spirit! She has a good head on her shoulders, uses her place in privileged society to help women below her in rank learn a trade so they can find jobs. She is honorable in her reporting, only giving details that wouldn’t hurt anyone and not using names. She is outspoken, but not rude, well at least not to strangers. When she and Asher meet he is fascinated by her. He shouldn’t have been because she’s not the usual young miss that is thrown his way. He keeps trying to treat her as such and she just steamrolls right over his good manners and breeding with a matter of fact charm and good humor.

The two of them have great chemistry, but even more important you could see them as being great friends. Jen Turano’s dialog paints a picture of a suffrage woman and a rather old fashioned young gentleman matching wits, while being charmed by each other. I couldn’t help but be charmed as well.  If you like historicals, you’ll want to add this book to your TBR. This is a PG rated historical romance appropriate for any age reader. ❤️❤️❤️❣️

Click this link to purchase! Behind the Scenes (Apart From the Crowd) Copyright 2018 Deborah Kehoe The Reading Chick All Rights Reserved