Monday, August 6, 2018

"Caught by Surprise" by Jen Turano

About this book:

  “After years of hiding her true nature, Miss Temperance Flowerdew is finally enjoying freedom outside of the shadow of her relations, so the last thing she expected on her way to work was to be grabbed off the street by a stranger and put on a train bound for Chicago.
  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 her abduction, they're spotted alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.
  Even though Gilbert is willing to propose marriage, Temperance is determined not to lose her newfound independence. But when the misunderstanding in Chicago escalates into a threat on her life, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.”

Series: Book #3 in the “Apart From the Crowd” series. Review of Book #1 Here and Book #2 Here!

Spiritual Content- Church going; Talks about God, prayers, & sermons; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, sermons, hymns, & ministers; Mentions of witnessing, missionaries, & martyrs; A few mentions of thanking God; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of faiths.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘oh my gosh’ and four ‘idiot’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Eye rolling & sarcasm; Being kidnapped, threatened, & passing out (up to semi-detailed); Being shot at, shooting back, & gunshots/gunfire (up to semi-detailed); Knives & throwing them (up to semi-detailed); Pain & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Watching someone nearly commit suicide (he is stopped, barely-above-not-detailed); Social drinking; Many mentions of murders, murderers, attempted murders, killing, & hiring assassins; Many mentions of attackers, ambushed, being shot, being shot at, shooting back, gunshots/gunfire, blood/bleeding, injuries/bruises, passing out, knives and throwing them (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of the possibility of being killed; Mentions of a missing person who is assumed dead; Mentions of a dead body that was stolen; Mentions of the kidnapping/abductions & kidnappers (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of criminals, thieves, stealing, burglars, crimes, & illegal actions; Mentions of being swindled & debts; Mentions of jails, arrests, & threats; Mentions of being drugged with a sleeping potion; Mentions of alcohol & drinking; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip, rumors, & eavesdropping; Mentions of throwing up; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of screams; A couple mentions of divorce; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of finding yourself dead in bed; A mention of hunting.

Sexual Content- Finger/Hand kisses, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss & Staring (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Quite a bit of Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of & talks about kisses, kissing, & wanting to kiss; Mentions of hand, cheek, & forehead kisses; Mentions of chaperones, reputations, compromising situations, & scandals; A few mentions of a maid becoming pregnant by her employer & the illegitimate daughter; A few mentions of thinking a man is alone with a mistress; A few mentions of flirting; A couple mentions of a man hiding more than one wife; A couple mentions of a married couple not being alone together in a close nature for over a year; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of a man’s hairy body (not attractive); A few mentions of unmentionables; A mention of a woman’s “impressive childbearing hips”.  

-Temperance Flowerdew, age 24
-Gilbert Cavendish, age 27
                                P.O.V. switches between them {Epilogue in Mrs. Davenport’s}
                                            Set in 1883 (Epilogue in 1884)
                                                        359 pages

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My personal Rating-
The last book in the “Apart from the Crowd” series, this was so bittersweet! I feel like I always say that when finishing a good trilogy, but it’s definitely true!
While there felt to be a lot of characters to have to keep up with in “Caught by Surprise”, I did better than expected and enjoyed the book. I liked Temperance & Gilbert, but I still think Harrison took the icing on the cake with his scenes. I would say that the last book was definitely my favorite in the trilogy and it was overall a great read! Sad to say goodbye to this group of fictional friends, but excited to read the author’s next series next year! :)

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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