Review: A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

October 3, 2013

Title: A Talent for Trouble
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 346
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1126-3
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013

For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change—and soon—before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?

Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.

Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?
What a funny story A Talent for Trouble ended up being! I haven't laughed this much reading a story in a long while. All the laughter is curtsey to our heroin, Miss Felecia Murdock. She is quite honest, to the point of being blunt and she has the best whit. Felicia is also very giving. She has a heart for those in need. She reminds me of a friend I have and that made the story pop off the page for me, since I could picture my friend as Felicia.

The Felicia we read about isn't who she was for the last four years. For the past four years, Felicia has believed she was called to be a minister's wife, because she had prayed before going to a party about finding a husband (she was on the verge of spinsterhood), at the party. From the moment she met Reverend Fraser, she believed she was meant to marry him. Four years later, he was marrying someone else and Felicia is left sulking and hoping a lightening bolt would come from the sky to stop the wedding.

In those four years of pursuit of Reverend Fraser, Felecia threw aside who she was. She changed her whole wardrobe in hopes to gain attention for the Reverend. She even changed her personality. She wasn't as out going, she had toned herself down which included her wardrobe, all to gain attention of a man, who really was just being polite to her.

After the wedding, Felecia's mother and friends were worried about her and wanted to distract her. So, one of her friends, Eliza, gets a hold her single brother, Grayson Sumner, or as he is known in England, Lord Sefton. Grayson has been in America for just a little while after having traveled through England and Europe and finally staying in China for a little time. It was in China he was married and then lost his family and came to America with a little toddler girl named Ming, who Grayson says is his daughter. Grayson has seen Felicia around, but hasn't had the opportunity to get to know her. He's just known her from her eccentric style of clothing from before. As their friends push them together, it also pushes Felicia to uncover Grayson's past and to also become involved in it, despite Grayson wanting her to.

Jen Turano was able to turn a couple of important topics into something light and fun. Felicia was hilarious and very real. Grayson was a fantastic balance to Felicia. He was calm and cool to her sassy ways.

A Talent for Trouble features characters from Jen's previous two books, A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance,  but it can stand alone just fine.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, 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

Thank you to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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