I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
Series: Apart from the Crowd #2
Published by Baker Publishing Group on November 7th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Source: CelebrateLit, NetGalley
Rollicking New Release from Humorous Historical Romance Author Jen Turano
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.
When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.
Before I even dig into this book I just have to lament that not having a computer for a week and a half last month has set me up for disaster. That was a long time with really no reviews to post and a fear of reading too much and then being muddleheaded trying to remember stuff to write the reviews. But here we are in crunch week where I have multiple reviews with set due dates and trying to read like the dickens. And wanting to give all the books all the attention they deserve, but being so very far behind… I’m falling asleep pure exhausted reading every night (and working 10 hour days this week isn’t helping!). I can do this! All that aside I fell asleep with this book last night and then got up this morning to read the last little bit so I can get this review scheduled, for this morning, before Ma and I take off for time with family. There are a few reasons I’d had more time to spend with this book.
Here’s the deal, I’ve read the first book in this series ‘Behind the Scenes’ earlier this year. I really enjoyed the characters and have a need to see how they play out. Gertrude doesn’t have quite the spunk that Permilia had. She’s got personality in spades but it’s different. I didn’t quite draw into her spunk as she was so busy running around playing catch up with Mrs. Davenport. The quirkiness of that relationship was misplaced some in translation between book 1 and book 2 in this series. Mrs. Davenport felt a bit contrived and her rationale for her unusual behavior left me a minute to be desired. I found myself drowning in the constant talking. And not just conversation but the inner monologues. There was a feeling of all talk and no action. Even the bits of activity in the book, which at times felt disjointed and randomly strung together, were phased out as action and wrapped up in conversation. Convoluted, overly and awkwardly (at times) wordiness. This is a huge reason I wish I’d not put myself in a position to not have days to spend with this book. All the words were drowning out the story. I found myself frequently knowing what the gist of the page was and skimming ahead to the next thing.
Despite all that I still enjoyed the story, I like the characters, and I truly would like to know who the next lead girl will be and her future. I have an idea but well… I’ll still need to read it. I’ll still WANT to read it. Jen Turano has a way of creating quirky characters that do steal your heart just a bit and make you want to like them and care for them and laugh with them and about them. It’s something I greatly appreciate. My goal is to reading something different of hers, outside the girls of this series, to decide if the wordiness is character driven.