Jen Turano. Out of the Ordinary. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
Sometimes, I find myself needing a fun read. These books are light and enjoyable, in spite of the craziness of my everyday life. Jen Turano consistently provides this type of escape in her novels.
Out of the Ordinary continues Ms. Turano’s Apart from the Crowd series. Gertrude Cadwalader has long established herself as one of the wallflowers (featured in earlier parts of the series), becoming good friends with the other characters of the series. Along the way, her name has become tied to Harrison Sinclair, a particularly eccentric shipping magnate. During her friends’ engagement party, Gertrude loses track of her long-time companion, the wealthy Mrs. Davenport. With a proclivity toward stealing trinkets, Mrs. Davenport’s light-fingered ways soon land Gertrude in particular trouble with Harrison’s mother and sisters. Gertrude and Harrison’s attempts to right the situation soon sets them on a trajectory that impacts more lives than their own.
Fans of Ms. Turano’s Apart from the Crowd will be delighted with this newest novel. Gertrude and Harrison are particularly lighthearted and quirky characters that will leave readers tickled pink with their adventures.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Out of the Ordinary. The book never tries to be too serious, which makes for an excellent, light-hearted escape. Added to that, Ms. Turano always makes sure to include Christian elements in her works. With a quick pace and very accessible writing style, this novel would be appropriate for anyone, including relatively young readers of Christian historical fiction. Ms. Turano focuses a surprising portion of the storyline on the engagement party that Gertrude and Harrison attend. However, these events spur on the rest of the novel, which makes her decision to focus so much of the novel on the initial setting quite understandable. Personally, I find myself wanting to know more about the characters and eagerly anticipate the next novel in the series.
Fans of Ms. Turano’s works, especially the Apart from the Crowd series, will definitely want to read Out of the Ordinary! Additionally, readers who appreciate light-hearted and relatively humorous Christian historical fiction will also be thrilled with this particular book.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for the advanced copy of Out of the Ordinary!
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