Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2) by Jen Turano

Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2)

Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader's eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps ...

Details Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2)

TitleOut of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2)
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Historical Romance, Fiction, Christian Romance, Did Not Finish, Audiobook

Reviews Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd, #2)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“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 socia...
  • Aerykah
    Ah... Jen's books are always so very fun to read!  That's why I like them so much.  They're unusual and wholly unbelievable, but they make me laugh and I dearly love a laugh! :)This book was, as I expected, a lot of fun and quite the adventure at times!  There are some deeper, more difficult topics in this book, but as a whole I would consider it a comedy.  Sometimes, the characters and situations are completely absurd, but that's what makes ...
  • Melissa
    The second installment of Turano's Apart from the Crowd series is laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The foibles of the characters, balanced out with a light-hearted yet meaningful love story, is a true treat. Gertrude has a great head on her shoulders, and even though her sensible ways are foiled at each turn by her impetuous boss, she keeps a cool countenance (even when in some rather unimaginable situations). It's great that all of the threads are tied...
  • Jerry
    Overall, I enjoyed this one, even if I'm not the target audience.
  • Emilee
    This book is a lot of fun. This is my first book by this author and although it's not my favorite genre it was a great read. The characters are pretty far fetched but it is fiction so I use my imagination. Lots of silliness going on which led me to smiles and giggles. I compare this read to a little treat, a cupcake with fluffy buttercream frosting!
  • Beth Erin
    Full review and q&a on Faithfully BookishTurano delivers a subtle faith message in a universally appealing, inspiring, and delightfully entertaining tale of Gilded Age wallflowers and their dashing gentleman counterparts. Gertrude, Harrison, Asher, Permillia and their band of misfit friends, family, and acquaintances keep the story hopping with romance, mystery, and all-out shenanigans! The Apart from the Crowd series is one of the few which my ...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2mhNjF6Sometimes nothing else will do but a Jen Turano book. Jen excels at witty dialogue and has the ability to turn the simplest of situations into laugh-out-loud humor. I’m not sure, but suspect that Georgette Heyer is somewhere in her ancestry. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this delightful story.Out of the Ordinary can stand alone, but it’s so much fun to see characters grow throughout ...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    ***4.5 stars***I loved this book cast with eccentrics! There are so many moments that had me smiling/laughing/chuckling. This is fun book to read from start to finish!While this is a fun book to read, there are many serious issues the characters are going through. Jen Turano deals with their problems with grace and a sense of humor. The most important part is that they are not alone. Friends an a loving Father in Heaven are always there to comfor...
  • Karen Hadley
     If you havven't read any of Jen Turano's book, what are you waiting for? I'm always excited when a new book of hers is released. The title to this new release "Out of the Ordinary" really describes her writing style. Its out of the ordinary and entertaining to the max. This new story carries her signature style of writing throughout the book. The names of her heroines are amusing, heroine Gertrude Cadwalader has her job as companion keeps her ...
  • Rachel
    Another winner in the line up of books by Jen Turano! As I've come to expect from her, this book was wonderfully hilarious and warmly romantic. The second book in the Apart From the Crowd series, Out of the Ordinary will keep you entertained all the way through!One of the things I really liked about Gertrude and Harrison's relationship is that because it is built on a friendship, they have the basis for trusting each other when circumstances woul...
  • Amy
    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano was an absolutely hilarious book. In fact, this may be her funniest book yet. Which is saying a lot.Gertrude was such an original, engaging character and her relationship with Harrison was laugh out loud funny. I liked that they had a mutual respect for each other, despite the fact that they kept finding themselves and each other in embarrassing situations. I really liked Harrison, he was down to earth and humble...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I absolutely loved that this book included the original cast of characters from book one. I love it when a cast of characters are developed and then they are carried through a series, it just adds to the overall story for me. This story though was focused on the relationship between Gertrude Cadwalader and Harrison Sinclair. I definitely enjoyed how things played out be...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    I just fell in love with Jen Turano's books with her very first and right then and there determined to be a forever fan of her work. My opinion has only been further cemented with each book. She is a riot!Miss Gertrude Cadwalader works as a paid companion to a very eccentric Mrs. Davenport, a society matron fond of lifting items of value from houses she visits. Miss Cadwalader then must sneak back and return them all with no one being the wiser. ...
  • Megan
    "Out of the Ordinary" is certainly just that--a not very ordinary book! This book is the second book in the "Apart from the Crowd" series, although it can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by Jen Turano and I really enjoyed this hilarious, anything-but-ordinary story.This book certainly stands out among the Christian historical fiction I have read. Ms. Turano's sense of humor and style of writing is especially noteworthy. The way she...
  • Alice
    So, embarrassing story. I marked this book as read and stated that a review was coming soon, and then set about scribbling all my review notes down so I wouldn't forget anything, and what did I forget? To actually post it. *eye-roll* I remember well, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I still think of scenes and lines from it since I finished it at the beginning of this year, and I'm expectantly awaiting the release of the next!As a...
  • Sarah Ruut
    Adventures, misunderstandings, and crazy attire combine to create a delightful story that will keep you chuckling throughout!Mishaps seem to follow Gertrude wherever she goes, but her sweet spirit makes her a character you wish you could meet in real life. And while Harrison's style might raise eyebrows, he has the heart of a hero indeed.I loved the quirky characters and humor in Out of the Ordinary. I can't imagine experiencing many of the escap...
  • Micaiah
    Unfortunately, this book didn't pan out for me. I've read a few of Jen Turano's novels in the past and liked them - but Out of the Ordinary really didn't have the same type of story structure, romance, or excitement. Which is a bit of a bummer...First off, let's talk romance. Don't get me wrong - I love a good romance novel. They're adorable and sweet and often funny and have good messages. But the interaction between the two main characters in t...
  • Amy
    I've read many Jen Turano books now, and she continues with 'Out of the Ordinary' in a similar fashion that's very unique to her. The characters are always quirky and fun. The dialogue differs from other books in this genre in that there's always a lot of sparring, with humor. I have not enjoyed this series however, and I'm putting it down to the oddness of the character name choices. I stated this last time but when reading a name and it's somet...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    I love Jen, and had SO many expectations for this book! I heard it was her funniest book to date, though I did laugh out loud a few times it wasn’t as hilarious as I had heard.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Gertie (😉) and Harrison’s story!!! I loved the Sinclair sisters and seeing more of Temperance all throughout the book. I cannot wait for book 3 to come out!! I want to be best friends with Gertrude, I totally feel like we would h...
  • Tia
    This was one of the sweetest most sentimental stories. I think I too fell in love with Harrison Sinclair. Gertrude is a true friend and very loyal to her employer Mrs. Davenport. Finally, we find out why she’s a wackadoo. It’s a sad and devastating tale. Most upsetting is how the wealthy treat their poor relations. If your wealthy and your cousins fall in hard times they can become your servants.... That’s harsh and uncaring. GeezI can’t ...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    I adore Jen Turano's writing. She creates such realistic historical characters that jump off the page. Her heroines are never the typical women of the time period. They enjoy acting out of the societal norms, which I love. Her writing is crisp and clean with abundant descriptions to keep me in the setting. There isn't too much or too less description. Just enough to keep my imagination flowing as the characters move around in the setting. I was r...
  • Christy
    DNF twice! I tried two times to get into this book, but I just couldn't. I made it over 100 pages and didn't care at all about how it might end. Jen has written some great books, but this series just hasn't been as great in my opinion.
  • Cara Putman
    I thoroughly enjoyed this fun story and can't wait to read the next installment. I love these quirky, Gilded Age romances.
  • Sarah
    This story is a delight! As always, Turano’s writing is full of humor and historical detail, and the romance between these two unusual members of society is both funny and swoon-worthy. I loved when Harrison matter-of-factly begins calling Gertrude “Gertie.” Her compassion toward quirky Mrs. Davenport and her willingness to be turned orange or wear a birdcage-bustle (read the book) is captivating. I laughed out loud when Harrison picks up G...
  • Anne
    I have long been a fan of Turano’s books and Out of the Ordinary is definitely one of the best yet! Gertrude and Harrison settled down deep in my heart. They are dear friends and have this quiet yet obvious attraction between them. Watching their ambrosial friendship develop into something more was pure delight.Out of the Ordinary has an astonishing cast of supporting characters. Agent McParland and Edwina are two of my favorites. Surely they n...
  • Chautona Havig
    I will say that for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. There are several things about this book that I much prefer over the first.The opening: So about the first half of the book (almost) takes place in one day. Much like the last one, actually. But unlike Behind the Scenes, I wasn’t bored. Not at all. This one did everything that one tried to do and it did it well. I was captivated from page one. BRAVO!And the characters?They were just as...
  • Iola
    Out of the Ordinary felt as though it took a long time to get going. It wasn’t that nothing was happening—there was a lot happening. But it all took place in a very short period of time. It starts with Miss Gertrude Cadwalder attending a party on a yacht with her employer, Mrs Davenport. That evening takes almost half the novel, which may be why it felt as though it wasn’t moving forward. Nor could it, as Gertrude spends rather too long tra...
  • JaneReads
    This review and others can be found at C Jane Read.This is book two of the series and many characters carry over from the previous book. Book one featured Permilia and Asher with this one featuring their best friends Gertrude and Harrison. Gertrude is the paid companion of Mrs. Davenport and ends up in sticky situations because of Mrs. Davenport’s antics. She has put up with a lot from Mrs. Davenport and just when she finally speaks up she ends...
  • Kristina
    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is the second book in Apart from the Crowd series. Miss Gertrude Cadwalader is companion to Mrs. Davenport which is not an easy task. Mrs. Davenport is known for helping herself to other people’s belongings while they are at parties and events (which Gertrude returns). Gertrude and Mrs. Davenport are attending the engagement party of Permilia Griswold and Asher Rutherford on the yacht of Harrison Sinclair. The ...