Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Most Peculiar Circumstance



Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn't need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.

Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton's sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit's end.

When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can't be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

My Review:

Madcap mayhem! You'll be chuckling your way through A Most Peculiar Circumstance even as you swoon over the testosterone laden heroes.  And I say heroes because while Theodore is front and centre he is flanked by a marvellous contingency of comrades including Hamilton Beckett whom we met in Turano's debut novel, A Change of Fortune. The author excels at writing befuddled men who can't quite seem to grasp the finer nuances of the strong-willed ladies in their lives.

Honestly, there are so many laugh-out-loud scenes in this book, I don't even know where to begin. Witty dialogue, fast-paced action and zinging romance catapult this story into the lead for romantic comedy in my books. Definitely a joy to read and one you won't want to miss.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Most Peculiar Circumstance, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 7 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Sounds like fun. Include me, please! :)

  2. I enjoyed reading A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, and would like to read A Most Peculiar Circumstance.

    Please enter my name into the drawing.


    Tammi in Maine


  3. Good luck Cheryl and Tammi! It's a great book!!!

  4. Would to be laughing my way through this book!


  5. What a deliciously captivating plot and review. This one is going to the top of my read list. I may not even wait to see if I'm the lucky winner before purchasing. Thanks Kav!


    frwdgranny AT gmail DOT com

  6. Your name is in the hat, Melissa! Good luck!

    You too, Carol. It's such a fun read! The dynamics between the characters add a definite spark. I just loved it. Good luck!

    Captivating is an excellent word for it, Lynn. You know what -- the give and take between the ladies and the gents reminded me very much of a certain tv show we both love so I definitely think you'll adore this book too. Good luck!

  7. I loved the first book in this series. Looking forward to reading this one. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  8. I liked this even better then the first one, Michelle! And that's saying something! Good luck!

  9. I don't usually laugh out loud when reading, but I did while reading this book! I also read the novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams, and hope to read more of Jen's books. These are wonderful characters. It would be fun to win this book to share with my daughter since the one I read had to be returned to the library.


  10. Not really into comedy but this sounds interesting, count me in.

  11. I loved A Change of Fortune, and really want to read this one!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. This looks like a fun interesting read!

  13. I haven't read any of Jen's books yet, but I've heard good things about them! Thanks for the opportunity. gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

  14. I love books with humor laced in! Thanks!!!


  15. A Most Peculiar Circumstance sounds like quite a fun book to read. I'm sure I'd enjoy reading it. I haven't read a comedy for a while. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. I've heard this is wonderful! I love humorous stories. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Would love to win this book! Looks great!


  18. Good luck Veronica and Marissa!

  19. I just finished the book early this morning (I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished it!) and loved it! Arabella and Theodore were a riot and the secondary characters were all fantastic too! I didn't have a chance to read the A Change of Fortune first but I think it will heave to be my next read now. Great review!

  20. I've heard many good things about Jen Turano --this one sounds wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  21. Hi Everyone - just wanted to stop by and thank all of you for your wonderful comments! Delighted so many of you enjoy my books - believe me, we authors need all the encouragement we can get!

    Hope everyone has a fabulous summer.

    Happy Reading!

    All the best,

    ~ Jen Turano ~