Out of Ordinary

  • Author: Jen Turano
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Release Date: November 7, 2017
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

Rollicking New Release from Humorous Historical Romance Author Jen Turano

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.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at JenTurano.com.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

What makes a book go from good to great? Could it be the characters? The setting? Theme? Moments that make you laugh out loud? All of these can be answered with a yes! This is the best book yet from this author, I really loved this story. No doubt in my mind that this book will be talked about for months and the next year to come.


Permilia is back and enjoying her engagement to Asher but this story is about Harrison (and his delightful sisters), and Gertie (along with Mrs. Davenport). Harrison and Gertrude are “just friend” okay when does that phrase ever mean that in a romance novel? They are the unique definition to upper class, both having strong personalities and a don’t give a darn thinking when it comes to what others may see them as. I felt that was refreshing to read, especially for the era it is set in.

These characters will become instantly the reader’s friends. Trust me, there isn’t even a nasty character that you won’t hope to see again. Clementine that means you!

Enjoyable Moments

We start off with poor Gertrude being called a wallflower. And back then that wasn’t a compliment.Well, Gertrude may have been a “wallflower” but she has spunk and so does her boos, Mrs. Davenport. Mrs. Davenport-you totally rock. I loved your happy ending, and all the soul opening moments in between.

“Has anyone ever told you that you’re far too cheeky to fit the expectations of a wallflower?”

Gertrude and Harrison are getting close, which if you know this series you are thrilled. If you don’t know the series, you are still thrilled. It is a win-win. Harrison was this charming, awkward man that didn’t know his love was speaking through. Gertrude was hearing the words but well she was very busy with other tasks at hand. Anyways, with help from family and friends we see love in the end (that is so not a spoiler, we all know romances end happy).


Sailing near New York City is where you will find my heart after reading this book. I truly wish to be back to the city with all of its charm even in 2017. The historical points of our setting were perfectly captured for what was used, great job to the author on this.


I don’t see how this book could possibly ever obtain less than a 4.5 star rating. And that is pushing low for my opinion. It was brilliant- pure lovable and laughable brilliance that not only gets a reader to snuggle down to read, but also believe in love for those that are a bit unique. Romance readers gather together and read this book, it will make you feel good!
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Okay, if you HAVE read the series let’s talk next book, who will our main gal be? If you haven’t tell me why you would love to read this series?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

To celebrate the tour, Bethany House is giving away a grand prize of Two Jen Turano Novels and a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!!

To enter CLICK HERE and Comment on this review!

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  1. Kathy Nyman

    I love Jen Turanos books. They are so funny & take me away to all kinds of places. I’m bed bound & in quite a bit of pain, & helps keep my mind off this.
    Have not read this book but sure would love to be considered. Don’t have an ebook reader nor can download them.
    If you ever give away paper back books, I would love to read & review.
    I am so excited to be considered.

  2. Janice Moore

    This sounds like a fun and charming book, with a book cover that begs to you find out what that young lady has “up her sleeve”!


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