Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Review - Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Book Synopsis
Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

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My Review
Playing the Part is set in the 1880's.  The protagonist is an actress who leaves town in a hurry because of a stalker.  This leads her to Bram Haverstein, a mysterious man in a Gothic setting - an American castle.  I really enjoyed the Gothic elements of the story.

This novel combines historical fiction, romance, Christian fiction, and humor in a unique way.   This is the first novel I've read by Jen Turano, and I don't know if this style is representative of her other books as well.  I enjoyed it.  It was different and fun!

Playing the Part is the third book in a series.  I have not read the other books (yet!) but still enjoyed this novel. 

The characters were well developed, with dialogue and descriptions that moved the story along at a brisk pace.  This was a lively novel and would be great as a weekend read or vacation read.

I recommend Playing the Part for fans of historical fiction.  I will certainly be looking for more books from this author in the future.

Author Bio
Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

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I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. 

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