Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Posted August 30, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Some people care too much what others think about them, some care too little. Somewhere there is a fine line between the two.

I tend to err on the side about thinking too much about what others will think. I hate that about myself, but it hasn’t changed over the years. There are a few good side effects, however. I do tend to have pretty good posture and I treat people really well. There are a number of not-so-good side effects as well. I tend to defer to others – it is really okay to choose things because I want them. And trying to always please others can be exhausting.

A blatant disregard of what others think is not a good choice either. The qualifications that Paul lists in his letter to Timothy for the leaders in the church include having a good reputation (First Timothy 3:7). He says that this helps to prevent them from falling into the Devil’s trap. Interesting.

This said, it is far more important to choose our actions so they are pleasing to God. While this won’t necessarily win us brownie points with everyone we come into contact with, what could be better than bringing joy to our dear Savior?


Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Caught by Surprise

by Jen Turano

Series: Apart from the Crowd #3
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Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date July 31, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: New York Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 368


Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they're seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage--except Temperance will have none of it. She's finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won't give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Out of the Ordinary

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Temperance couldn’t care less that her reputation could end up in tatters after the compromising situation she and Gilbert were found in. (After all, it is the 1880’s and being found outside a hotel alone with a man is scandalous!) She wants much more than a marriage to avoid scandal. Even if said marriage is with her best friend since childhood. She wants love and romance and adventure! How in the world would that be possible with straight-laced, rule-following Gilbert?

I loved Gilbert and the way he was so confounded by Temperance declining his proposal. Err, suggestion. After all, what matters more than doing what is expected and avoiding stirring up gossip and scandal? The poor man was pulled out of his comfort zone so many times in this story.

Temperance was delightful. With her artistic nature and love of freedom, romance and adventure, she may have appeared a bit flighty, but she was truly resilient, having overcome quite a bit of hardship. Her zeal for life and the way she threw herself so completely into each thing she did made her very endearing. Her stubborn nature and temper not so much. Except to Gilbert, when he was honest with himself.

This story was full of whimsical adventure, ridiculous situations (I mean that in a good way), mystery, attempted murder and plenty of mayhem. The bumbling criminals and devious relatives added to the interest. Characters from the previous books of the series played large parts in this story in a very welcome way. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the story.

My only criticism was that the epilogue had too many loose ends to tie up and ended up cramming what appeared to be too many things into a short chapter. It seemed out of place with the delightful way the rest of the story was told.

While it appears this may be the last of the books in this series, I am looking forward to whatever this author writes next.


About Jen Turano

Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of ten books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

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2 responses to “Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

  1. Thank you so much, Phyllis, for the lovely review – and for posting in so many places!!! I appreciate your support more than I can say!!! Delighted you enjoyed Temperance and Gilbert – they were simply a riot to write. Thanks again and God bless!!