Monday, November 27, 2017

"Out of the Ordinary" by Jen Turano

About this book:

  “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.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Apart From the Crowd” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are mentioned & read; Church going & discussion about God; Many Talks about God, forgiveness, churches, & sermons; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Gertrude says her relationship with God has suffered & is angry at Him *Spoiler* Near the end she realizes that God doesn’t hold her responsible for what happened *End of Spoiler*; Harrison witnesses/talks to Gertrude about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of churches, church going, reverends, sermons, & services; A few mentions of stained glass of those from the Bible; A few mentions of blessing & being blessed; A couple mentions of thanking God;
             *Note: Mentions of superstitions & luck; A few mentions of ghosts & a haunted ship.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘idiot’s; Some Sass & Eye rolling; Many mentions of criminals/thieves/con-artists, stealing/skullduggery, stolen items, & robberies/heists; Mentions of suicides & thinking someone might be suicidal (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of being injured & rescue attempts (Book #1); Mentions of fighting, brawls, & threats of physical violence; Mentions of abuse, being slapped/hit, pain, & bruises (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of arrests, jails, & prisons; Mentions of alcohol, social drinking, & drinking too much; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of murder & a murderer; A few mentions of fevers & deaths; A few mentions of threats; A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of gambling & a casino.

Sexual Content- two almost kisses, four hand kisses, two forehead kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; A bit of staring at other’s lips; Touches, Warmth, & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Mentions of scandals, a house of ill repute, & married men keeping mistresses (including Gertrude’s father); Mentions of hand kisses; Mentions of flirting & swooning; Mentions of reputations; Mentions of romance books; A couple mentions of kissing; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of chaperones; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of backsides & unmentionables; Mentions of someone being scantily dressed; Mentions of women’s (physical) charms & figures; A couple mentions of a woman accidentally flashing her legs.

-Gertrude Cadwalader
-Harrison Sinclair
                                P.O.V. switches between them {Epilogue in Mrs. Davenport’s}
                                              Set in 1883
                                                        346 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-
Okay, another cute one by Jen Turano, y’all!
If you’ve read & enjoyed any of her books before, that’s all I should need to say for you to know that I enjoyed this new one and you should pick it up.
But, since I’m trying to get better with more eloquent final thoughts (ha), let me share a bit on why I enjoyed this newest novel so much:
First things first: I will say that what the back-cover talks about doesn’t happen until about halfway through the book. That’s not to say that the first half isn’t entertaining, it so is, but I do feel like the back-cover does spoiler a bit. There’s also a tiny bit of head-jumping, but it’s not so noticeable.
Character wise!
Harrison is my favorite.
I want more Harrisons in Christian Fiction.
Harrison gets so lost and confused with different conversations. It’s great. It’s a condition he suffers frequently in this messy business called life. (pg. 272) When Harrison & Asher got to together & started talking (like, about romance novels and romantic gestures) I was literally crying from laughing so hard. I love their friendship.
The dialogue and wordings in Jen Turano’s books are absolutely hilarious and “Out of the Ordinary” is no expectation!
There also seemed to be a lot more faith content that I remember her past books having, which I also loved about this one! Gertie was a doll and I loved seeing her with her friends as well.
Ahh, okay, was that convincing enough? Needless to say, I am SO looking forward to the next book in this series! :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

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