A Most Peculiar Circumstance

January 8, 2014

Title: A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 344
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1019-8
Publication Date: June 1st, 2013

Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women's suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.

Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton's sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he's at his wit's end.

Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella's paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can't be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home 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.
I will admit, I've read this series all out of order...but thankfully, that hasn't been a problem. Each book can work well as a standalone, but when read together, you are able to dive in each characters background a little bit more.

Jen Turano offers up another romantic comedy with A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Like with the two previous books that I have read, the humor flows effortlessly, the characters are well developed, there is a hint of mystery to the story as well, and the pace keeps you reading.

In this installment of the series we follow Arabella Beckett, who is a staunch supporter of women's suffrage. She has traveled the country speaking at rally's and trying her best to help women who appear to need it in her eyes. We also follow Theodore Wilder, who believes that the only place for a woman is in the home, taking care of the family. Because these two offered such a polar opposite views, I was concerned to how the book would play out, because both views drive me nuts and I could argue against both. Thankfully, they both mellowed and it wasn't a constant battle of opinions, and in doing so made this such an enjoyable story to sit down with.

I can't wait to read the fourth installment!
Too Read
4 out of 5


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I have only read two of Jen Turano's books so far, and can't wait to read the rest! I really enjoyed the other two!! This one is on my to-read list!

  2. I love her books! She seriously cracks me up!!


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