This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
Series: Apart from the Crowd #2
Also in this series:Behind the Scenes
Also by this author: After a Fashion, Behind the Scenes
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Format: ARC, E-book
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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.
Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I absolutely loved that this book included the original cast of characters from book one. I love it when a cast of characters are developed and then they are carried through a series, it just adds to the overall story for me. This story though was focused on the relationship between Gertrude Cadwalader and Harrison Sinclair. I definitely enjoyed how things played out between Gertrude and Harrison. It was also lovely that there was plenty of humor and a sweet romance in this story.
Gertrude was introduced in book one, Behind the Scenes, as the personal companion to Mrs. Davenport, a rather eccentric woman who had issues with kleptomania. In the previous story, Gertrude and Harrison had met each other under rather curious circumstances but remained friends due to their relationship with newly financed couple Asher and Permilia. Now that Asher and Permilia were on their road to happily ever after they felt that others should find their one true love as well and had their sights set on Harrison and Gertrude.
Although Harrison and Gertrude found each other attractive neither one had ever considered marriage. Gertrude had accepted that the most she could hope for out of life was to be someone’s companion and Harrison was just too busy expanding his shipping business to be bothered with matrimony. When Gertrude landed herself in a spot of trouble due to Mrs. Davenports shenanigans, Harrison was quick to come to Gertrude’s aide and he also started to realize that he may be feeling more for her than he had first thought.
Gertrude was in quite a pickle and she was fed up with Mrs. Davenport’s skullduggery. Fearing the worst, she was very grateful that Harrison had come to her aide. He was a true friend who believed in her and that made her realize that maybe she felt something more than friendship for him. Discovering their true feelings would not be an easy task for either of these characters though with Pinkerton agents breathing down Gertrude’s neck, a meddling mother, and Harrison taking bad romance advice from his best friend.
Personally, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mrs. Davenport’s character once her role was expanded, I found her rather annoying honestly. I much preferred her when she was just an eccentric older lady acting up in the background. The Author wrote a backstory to explain why she was the way she was but I just didn’t enjoy her part. I did enjoy every other aspect of this story though. There is a Christian element to this story but as always it is complimentary to the story itself. Overall, Out of the Ordinary delivers a humorous story filled with likable characters, a quirky romance, and is a great addition to this series.
*Thank you to Netgalley & Bethany House Publishers for this eARC of Out of the Ordinary*