Review: To Disguise a Truth by Jen Turano

May 20, 2022

Title: To Disguise the Truth
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House 
Pages: 347
ISBN: 9780764235337
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022

About the Book:
When a man arrives at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire them to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her . . . and that she may no longer be able to hide under the disguise that has kept her safe for so long.

Arthur Livingston's goal in life is to make his mark on the world as a mining industrialist, but after the man who could help him achieve his goal is murdered, Arthur feels compelled to seek justice for the family--but he's left with more questions than answers after the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency refuses to take on his case.

Desperate to conceal her real identity and avoid the irritatingly handsome Arthur, Eunice takes on a different case that requires her to go deep undercover and entangles her in one troublesome situation after another. When other secrets come to light, Eunice has no choice but to confront her past, hopeful that it will set her free but knowing it could very well place her life--and the lives of those she loves--in jeopardy.

My Thoughts:
I'm going to admit, I read this series completely out of order, but that is ok. This story works as a standalone as well. I've been wanting to read this one for a while and finally was able to. My eldest is a huge fan of Jen Turano, so it is a lot of fun to read her books together. We got the audio and dove right on in on our commute. 

Eunice Holbrooke is a unique character. She has to have one of the strongest personalities to date of Jen Turano's books. She is one who is determined to keep her people safe. However, Ivan her bodyguard/ pretend brother is determined to keep her safe, which is a feat unto itself with Enice's determination to be more hands on and on the ground with her Inquiry Agency. 

Author Livingstone is a man who you want to be weary at when first introduced to, but as you read more into who he is, the more you hope things work out. He is a gentleman determined to protect a woman he hasn't seen in years despite their history. 

This story went all over and it was a thrill a minute. I love how this story featured Nellie Bly's research and offer a glimpse into this time. My daughter was horrified how women could have been treated during this time. Laws for women have come a long way for sure and opened up a good talking point. 

Eunice was a delight to read about. Her story arc to me has been the most redeeming. She had to work through previous demons and fears and rely on faith. Her family situation was a very unique one and one that was completely out of her control. But when introduced her family it offered a whole new level into Eunice's character. 

Safe to say, once this title was complete, me and my daughter dove into the first book of the series. 

The narrator for this story did another wonderful job. It has been the same narrator for her other series as well, so it's a welcoming voice that reads to you. 

Can't recommend this book enough. 

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. Readers can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at

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

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