17 September 2013

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews A Talent for Trouble




A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

Bethany House Publishers

Reviewed by Teresa S Mathews

5 Stars*****

Jen Turano has again created a story that will have you gasping, giggling or guffawing. This time around we are learning more of the dear Felicia Murdock, the sweet subdued young woman that was always being thrust in the middle of things by her overly anxious mother.

We catch up with Felicia as she has just returned from watching who she thought was the love of her life get married to someone else. Felicia thought SHE was the one that was supposed to marry Rev. Michael Frasier. After thinking long and hard about it she decided maybe she misunderstood what God was saying to her so she decides to undergo a complete change in the way she has been acting the past four years. Won't everyone be shocked when she shows off the curvaceous body she has been hiding in those outlandish dresses?

Grayson Sumner aka Lord Sefton has always thought there was more to Felicia than the very demure, quiet young lady that was hiding behind those horrible outfits with the hideous bows and ribbons. He has seen a glimpse of the spirited woman that is dying to escape those confines. Will he be able to keep up with her when Felicia does finally decide to let her out?

When her mother and her friends Agatha Watson and Eliza decide Felicia needs to be cheered up, they think Grayson should be the one to do it. What this scheme starts is a delightful turn of events that will have Felicia going from one troublesome thing to another. From giving her old dresses to some odd men that were going to wear them in a theater production, to helping an old man into a tavern where she decides she wants to sing for them, even though she knows she can't sing a lick! It was a good thing Grayson showed up because there were some very naughty men that were not going to let her leave. Felicia saw a side of Grayson that certainly made her heart beat fast when he was able to get her safely away from the men in the tavern. After that escapade Felicia was left with a lot of unanswered questions about Grayson's past.

There are a lot of secrets that Grayson harbors from his time in China. Some too horrible to think about much less share with a sweet girl like Felicia. If he does share them, will she ever be able to forgive him? When trouble from his past arises will he be able to keep Felicia safe?

Every time I see that Jen Turano has another book coming out I get very excited because I know I am going to have a wonderful time living out the adventures in it. I always close one of her books with a sigh of satisfaction knowing I have read a book from a very talented author. Thank you for a job well done and I can barely wait for our next exciting caper!

You can find this exciting book and others by Ms. Turano at AmazonCBDDeeperShopping and other bookstores. 

GIVEAWAY: Like Jen's page on Facebook and let me know in your comment and you'll be entered in the drawing for one of her exciting books, winner's choice of book and format. International winner e-book only. Don't forget to leave your email address also!

128 comments:

  1. I liked her page. Sounds like another great book. Please add me to this giveaway. Thanks!
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It sounds great to me, too, Vicki!!! T. should be in advertising! r u back from ur trip?

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Vicki! Good luck with the drawing and I hope you have a fabulous week.

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    3. Carrie--yes, we got home from Argentina last Sat. & will leave again this coming Sat, but only to Chicago this time...

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  2. VICKI this is a terrific book, I know you will love it. We have you added! :)

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  3. This sounds like a great storyline. Would love to read it. Please add me to the giveaway.
    Blessings
    Katrina
    eppersonkatrina@yahoo.com

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    1. KATRINA Jen has created three of these books so far and each one has an outstanding storyline! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    2. Katrina, I was so blessed to meet Jen Turano in person at the ACFW writers conference in Indiana! She is a warm and funny person. Sounds like her books reflect her exuberant personality.

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    3. Hi Katrina,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment. Good luck with the drawing - and Teresa and Carrie - thank you so much for your support. It was wonderful getting to meet you in person, Carrie:)

      All the very best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  4. What a delightful review, TERESA, of what sounds like a very fun book! Thank you for being with us this week on OWG, JEN!

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    1. Thank you for having me, Diana. It was such a delightful surprise to learn all of you were hosting me this week - Carrie told me when I ran into her at ACFW and I was completely tickled. I love your blog!

      Have a great week. I'm trying to catch up on work, but that pesky laundry just doesn't seem to be cooperating with me - I think it's multiplying...

      All the best,

      Jen

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  5. I like Jen on facebook and I love her books.
    csaunderson123@gmail.com

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    1. MISS C I'm so glad you dropped by and I'm with you...I love her books too! They always make me smile and sometimes I might LOL!! :)

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    2. Thank you so much, Miss C for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoy my books. Good luck with the drawing.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  6. What a wonderful chance to win a wonderful book! Thanks.
    michyellowrose@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you dropped by YELLOWROSE, hope you liked Jen's page on Facebook. :)

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    2. Good luck with the drawing, Yellowrose, and thank you for stopping by today.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  7. I enjoyed reading both "Gentleman of her Dreams" and "A most Peculiar Circumstance" I am sure this one will be great too.

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    1. MARILYN if you enjoyed those two you will love this one. I thought A Change of Fortune was my favorite because Eliza and I seemed to have the same "bad" luck but after reading each new book I have loved them all so I can't choose a favorite. :) . Thanks for coming by!

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    2. It's so nice to hear from you, Marilyn, and I'm delighted to learn you've enjoyed two of my books. Good luck with the drawing!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  8. This would be a new author for me to read and enjoy. Please enter me in the giveaway. thewiggys8@msn.com Thanks!

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    1. ANONYMOUS I am so excited you came by, I know you will love Jen's books once you have a chance to read them. Good luck in the drawing. :)

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    2. I love to hear I'm a new author to a reader and do hope you'll enjoy my stories. Thank you for leaving a comment and good luck with the drawing!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  9. This sounds like a fun book. I think I would really enjoy reading it.
    susanmsj@msn.com

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    1. SUSAN this book is a lot of fun! When you read one of Jen's books it's like being on a wild ride at an amusement park...so exciting!

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    2. Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by, and I know I'm a little partial but I do think the book is fun:) Good luck with the drawing!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  10. Sounds fun!
    mandn@wisper-wireless.com

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    1. MANDN it is really amazing! Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Good luck with the drawing, Mandn, and thank you so much for stopping by today!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  11. I have liked Jen's facebook page. Thanks so much for this giveaway. (I think [hopefully] my email address should be connected with my post, but only able to be viewed by you. Thanks.)

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    1. JOELLE I don't see you email on my end, if you would like you can email us at overcomingwithgod@aol.com. Thanks for coming by today! :)

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    2. Thank you for liking my Facebook page, Joelle, and I promise, I don't post all that often so you won't get bombarded:) Good luck with the drawing.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  12. This sounds like such a great book. I would love to win it.

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    1. I failed to mention that I am a fan of jen Turano on her facebook page and my email address is wwchildren at gmail dot com.

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    2. WILANI I promise you will love it! Good luck in the contest. Even if you don't win, please grab a copy it will be well worth the price or check you local library, mine has the first two in this series. Pretty Cool!

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    3. Hi Wilani! Thank you for stopping by and for liking my page. Good luck with the drawing!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  13. I would love to read this book!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Anonymous please come back and leave your email, can't contact you without it if you win! Thank you for taking time to come by though.

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    2. Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by - do be sure to get Teresa your email though in order that she can enter you:)

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  14. Looking forward to book three and having my hubby ask what I'm laughing at now! Love Jen's style! Her books are great to pass around to let non-christian fiends see how great faith filled books can be :) Please enter me in your give away! Sherry willsey777@hotmail.com

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    1. SHERRY I know what you mean about the laughing, I am a person that LOVES to laugh and cut up and be silly so Jen's books are very dear to me! Thank you for sharing them with your friends that's a wonderful idea. :)

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    2. It's great to hear from you, Sherry! Completely tickled my stories make you laugh which is music to my ears:) Good luck with the drawing.

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  15. I have liked Jen's Facebook page, and I LOVE her writing style. I can't wait to read more from her and giggle my way through the pages!

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    1. NICOLE isn't it great fun to open up one of Jen's books? I was so excited when I found out she had this one coming out. Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to come back on Thursday too!

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    2. I adore the word "giggle" Nicole:) Thank you so much for your encouraging words and good luck with the drawing!

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  16. Oops! I forgot my email!

    pocoauthor[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. NICOLE so glad you caught that, I was so excited to "talk" about Jen's books I missed you didn't leave your email. lol

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  17. I would love to win this book, reading A Change of Fortune now and love her style. My email is mrsjaysonj@aol.com, thanks!

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    1. And I have liked her page already :)

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    2. So nice to hear from you, Regina, and wonderful to learn you like my writing style! Good luck with the drawing - and if you have an e-reader, do be sure to download my Free pre-quell novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams. It's short, but a complete story and a few of the characters (Eliza, Hamilton and Agatha) make an appearance.

      Have a great week!

      ~ Jen ~

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  18. I can't wait to read this!!!

    flutterbug95@gmail.com

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    1. ALICE I know you will enjoy it. Thanks for coming by...don't forget to "like" Jen's FB page! :)

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    2. ALICE I know you will enjoy it. Thanks for coming by...don't forget to "like" Jen's FB page! :)

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    3. ALICE I so hope you can get to read it very soon! Thanks from coming by today. Don't forget to "like" Jen's FB page. :)

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    4. And I can't wait for you to read it, Alice:) Thank you for dropping by today and good luck with the drawing!

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  19. Can not wait to read Felicia's story!

    cassierollman@hotmail.com

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    1. CASSIE you are going to love it! Felicia is a hoot! If you read the previous books you will remember the poor child that dressed in the dreadful outfits...well be prepared for the new and improved Felicia!! lol

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    2. I have to admit, Cassie, that Felicia was just a riot to write. I knew when she first showed up in A Change of Fortune that she'd have to have her own story - I mean, how could she not? She's just so quirky...

      Have a fabulous week!

      ~ Jen ~

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  20. Intriguing and I can't wait to read it.
    koalasue45@yahoo.com

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    1. KOALASUE45 I do hope you get to read it very soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Oh...I do love the word "intriguing." Thank you for stopping by today and good luck with the drawing.

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  21. I received the copy of Talent for Trouble two days ago and I greatly enjoying it! As soon as I finish I will be posting a review on goodreads. Thanks to Jen for the free copy!

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    1. LORRIE I received a copy also on Saturday..it was a wonderful surprise! I will confess it read the galley first but there is nothing like holding the finished product in your hands, especially one with a cover as beautiful as this one!

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    2. Whew, that's always a relief to learn someone who is reading my book is "greatly enjoying" it:) Thanks so much, Lorrie!

      Have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  22. I would like to enter the drawing for A Talent for Trouble. I have read A Most Peculiar Circumstance and it was one of the best books! So much fun and entertaining throughout. Thanks for the chance, Jen!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sorry, forgot to say that I have liked Jen's Facebook page for quite a while!

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    2. BRITTANY So glad you got to read A Most Peculiar Circumstance, I agree with ya it was quite entertaining. Gotta love Ms. Arabella. Glad you have already liked Jen's FB page!

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    3. Hi Brittany! Thanks for liking my page and I'm thrilled you liked A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Mr. Theodore Wilder is one of my all-time favorite characters and I really enjoyed writing his story - especially after I decided to pair him with Miss Arabella Beckett - too fun! Thank you for dropping by today and good luck with the drawing.

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  23. I'm a fan of Jen Turano on FB, so please enter me for a paper copy of A Most Peculiar Circumstance (it's the only one I don't have yet!). Thanks for the review and the giveaway! danandlyndaedwards[at]msn[dot]com.

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    1. LYNDA we have ya down! Good luck in the drawing! :)

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    2. Hi Lynda! Good luck with the drawing and if you win, I hope you enjoy A Most Peculiar Circumstance:)

      Have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  24. I am a fan of Jen's on FB. I loved A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.

    your1chef at aol dot com

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    1. CHRISTINE you are in for a treat with the rest of the books, I can't say enough good things about them! Thanks for liking Jen's FB page!

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    2. Hi Christine! Thank you so much for loving A Most Peculiar Circumstance. An author can't hope for more than that:) Good luck with the drawing!

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  25. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    pj4824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PAULA I would LOVE for you to read it! Don't forget to "like" Jen's page. :)

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    2. Thank you so much for leaving a comment, Paula! Good luck with the drawing and I hope you have a wonderful week:)

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  26. Thank you for sharing another great review, Teresa. I can't wait to read this delightful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    I am a fan of Jen's FB page!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. BRITTNEY so glad you enjoyed my review! You are very welcome, so glad you dropped by. Good luck in the drawing! Thanks for liking Jen's page.

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    2. So glad you enjoyed Teresa's review, Britney - I know I certainly did:) Good luck with the drawing and have a great week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  27. I liked Jen's facebook page. Book sounds fantastic. Great review, Teresa. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BARBARA thanks for liking Jen page and I'm so glad you like the review. It's hard to find enough words to properly sing the praises of Jen's books, they are top of the line for me!

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    2. Hi Barbara! Thanks for stopping by and for liking my page - and for the whole "Book sounds fantastic" bit:) Good luck with the drawing.

      Have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  28. I have never read your book but this one got my attention. Please add me to the giveaway.

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    1. SONNETTA glad you dropped by so you could get to know Jen's work. You won't be disappointed! :)

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    2. Hi Sonnetta! Glad to learn Teresa's review captured your attention. Teresa's just delightful, isn't she? Good luck with the drawing.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  29. Sonnetta_jones@ hotmail.com

    Like your FB page.

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  30. I have already liked her page. I do not have any of her books yet so I would need to read the first one before this one. It sure sounds interesting! Donna d.brookmyer@yahoo.com

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    1. DONNA if you win we'll make sure you receive A Change of Fortune! It's a wonderful book!! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hi Donna! Lovely to hear from you and even though the books can be read as stand alones, you probably should read A Change of Fortune first - that will allow you to really bond with the characters:) But, if you have an reader, you can download my free prequel novella, Gentleman of Her Dreams - some of the characters from the series are in it and it'll give you a taste of my writing style.

      Have a great week!

      ~ Jen ~

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  31. REGINA for some reason I couldn't comment underneath yours but I'm so glad you are enjoying A Change of Fortune. Thanks to coming by!

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  32. This sounds like another great book by Jen. I've read a couple of her previous books and really enjoyed them. I like the rather zany characters, the action, and romance.
    I've liked Jen's Facebook page. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of one of her books.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. PAM....ZANY that's the word I was looking for to describe these new friends I have!! lol Thanks for liking Jen's page. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Hi Pam - great to hear from you and I think "zany" just about sums up my books:) Good luck with the drawing and hope you have a great week.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  33. I cant wait to read this, sounds like a lot of intrigue!! I have read your other books & loved them. mcnuttjem0@gmail.com Also liked your facebook page. thanks

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    1. JACKIE yes this one was very intriguing, Miss Felicia gets into quite a situation being a angel of mercy in the wrong side of town. I cannot imagine one of Jen's characters doing that! ~wink wink~ lol Also Mr. Grayson Sumner is hiding a very shocking past! This book had it all!

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    2. Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your very gracious words. So glad you enjoy my books! Good luck with the drawing!

      Wishing you all the very best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  34. This sounds like such an entertaining read! I would love to read it - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    I was already a Facebook follower of Jen.


    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BONNIE I am hoping you can read this really soon, it is too good to miss! Good luck!!

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, BONNIE, and for already being a Facebook follower:) Good luck with the drawing!

      Have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  35. A TALENT FOR TROUBLE does sound fantastic.

    FB: Mary Preston

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi MARY! Thanks for dropping in, this IS a fantastic book, in fact ALL of Jen's are out of this world good!! :)

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    2. "Fantastic" is another one of those words I simply adore, MARY! Thank you so much for stopping by today and good luck with the drawing:)

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  36. I liked Jen's page on facebook previously. I would love to win one of these books. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. SAM I would love for you to win too Don't forget to like Jen's FB Page! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hi SAM! Good luck with the drawing and thank you for stopping by tonight!

      Wishing you all the very best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  37. Hello--I have liked Jen's page. (actually awhile ago.) I can't wait to read her new book. I have loved her other ones.
    Becky
    ohiohomeschool (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. BECKY thanks for coming by and thanks for liking Jen's FB page. Good luck in the drawing! :)

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    2. Hi Becky! Absolutely adored hearing you loved my other books:) What a great way to wrap up this day. Good luck with the drawing!

      Wishing you all the very best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  38. What a fabulous review TERESA - thanks for that! I absolutely loved JEN'S other books and NEED to get this one asap... Which will be going on the top of my TBR pile to read at the first opportunity I have!! Wonderful to have you here on OWG, Jen!

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    1. NOELA, I think it's so great that Jen has so many fans! I think you should just go ahead and read this one so your TBR pile doesn't overflow! lol

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    2. Thank you so much, Noela! Love that you're going to put me at the top of your TBR pile - I have a huge stack waiting to be read, but I'm in the midst of an edit - so they'll have to wait. I can't read historical romances when I edit - messes up my writing style - and I really can't read suspense - my light-hearted romps tend to go a little dark...:)

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    1. ONORMAN So glad you dropped by but can you please come back and leave your email?

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    2. Thank you for stopping by, ONORMAN. Good luck with the drawing - and don't forget to give Teresa your email:)

      All the best,

      Jen

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  40. Looks like a good book. I would love to win.

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    1. Brenda it is a marvelous book! I need you to come back and please leave your email address.

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    2. Hi BRENDA! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the drawing:)

      Have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  41. Hello my OWG friends. Sounds like this is a highly thought of book. Thanks for having Jen here. Liked her page and please put my name in. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. HI dear sweet MAXIE! It is always so good to see you on here! Thanks for liking Jen's FB page!! I'm crossing my fingers that you win this one! lol

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    2. Hi MAXIE! Thank you for dropping by and for liking my page. Good luck with the drawing.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  42. oooh! How exciting! Thank you for sharing your review, Teresa. Jen, your books sound absolutely unforgettable! I have not read any of your books before, but I want to now..:) I have already liked your Facebook page.
    Blessings,
    Juli
    emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. That's exactly what an author loves to hear, JULIANNA! Hope you have a great week and happy reading!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  43. Love Jen's style of writing and the era is one of my faves.
    Please add me to the growing list of those who are in the drawing if it's not too late.

    Joy Avery Melville
    joyjournaling(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much, JOY, for your kind words. I adore the Gilded Age as well, which you probably already knew since that is what I write:) Good luck with the drawing and I hope you have a great weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  44. I have just discovered Jen's books and I'm now a fan for life! : ) I live in Ecuador and have to satisfy my need to read with ebooks. Jen's books are funny, exciting and suspenseful! I can't wait to find out what happens with Felicia and hopefully Agatha as well!

    Jamie Taylor
    jtaylorjp06@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi JAMIE! Great to see you here and thank you again for your delightful letter. And you will find out about Agatha in book four - A Match of Wits - but it doesn't come out until 2014:)

      Good luck with the drawing and I hope you have a great weekend in Ecuador!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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