A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2) by Jen Turano

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn't ...

Details A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

TitleA Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)
Release DateJun 1st, 2013
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Christian, Christian Romance

Reviews A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

  • Anne
    I thought that nothing could beat the wonderful feel of reading A Change of Fortune, but it seems I was mistaken, because A Most Peculiar Circumstance was even better. The characters were even more engaging, the banter even funnier, the adventures even more unbelievable, and the whole even more loveable. I loved every minute I spent reading that book, and reaching the end made me ache to start book 3, A Talent for Trouble because I cannot get eno...
  • Laura
    Jen Turano’s books are always such fun reads for me. One of the things I love about them is how her novels can be read as stand-alones, but the series really does read like one continuing story. I would highly recommend reading the series in order, if you can, simply because I think it would enhance each character’s depth and your own personal enjoyment. Oh, another little tid-bit of information I want to mention is that this story takes plac...
  • Amy
    3 stars for plot, rounding up a star for characters, and doing my best to ignore the "Christian" elements of this book. (God is not a matchmaker or a vending machine!)I loved Arabella. I suspected I would based on the first book in this series. But I did not realize how much I would love her. Jen Turano once again does an excellent job creating a variety of very strong, very distinct women. I love how they all carry guns. While Arabella's girline...
  • Marian Baay
    Entertaining, but . . .After reading Jen’s debut novel ‘A Change of Fortune’, I knew this woman is able to entertain her readers. I really enjoyed her writing and so I decided to pick up ‘A Most Peculiar Circumstance’ as well.Although the entertainment in the story is about the same is in ‘A Change of Fortune’, I noticed that once again it is hard to imagine that this story is taking place in the 19th century. Some things just seeme...
  • Hannah
    I couldn't really get into the story, which really disappointed me. There was so much promise to the plot, and it seemed to just exist on the surface. I would just begin to feel that I was about to get into some deeper thoughts, and a few pages later, the writing would fluff right back up again. I mainly stayed with the book because of the characters I'd come to love in book one.What I didn't like:The mothers that matchmake like crazy....literall...
  • Shash
    At the beginning of this book, I couldn’t see how the main characters were ever going to end up together! I had to keep reading and find out. Arabella and Theodore were great characters! I enjoyed watching their feelings grow as they learned more about each other. By the end, I loved the idea of them together!It was fun to see characters from the first book again, and to meet some great new characters as well. Grandpa and Grandma Wilder were my...
  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    •o•:*:•.It Has Everything!.•:*:• o•Book#2 in The Ladies of Distinction Series has everything…strength of character, amusing comedy, romance, mystery, and Christian values. I could not wait to get my hands on book #2 and Jen Turano really delivers! It was so good, I sped through it in less than a weekend. This author is new to the scene, but she lands right on top as far as I am concerned.I enjoyed getting to know Theodore better. We...
  • Lyssa
    Oy. The first half wasn't horrible. Several times I thought to myself, "Okay, compared to her first book, her writing is getting better; she really has some potential." And then the second half happened and it was so bad that it more than made up for first half being tolerable.I found nothing about the prostitutes, except maybe one or two of Dot's lines, to be believable- nothing in their characterization nor any other of the other characters' re...
  • Kat
    Just the right amount of wit, romance, and great plot to keep you more than satisfied. The two main characters both have passionate personalities that at first clash, but soon both find they are intrigued by each other. I can't wait till the third one, it will be a must read!
  • Gabrielle
    This book was so much fun. I loved it. The characters were hilarious and so likable, the romance was adorable (enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes), and I found the plot quite interesting. I'm not usually one to read romance novels, but I kind of love this series.
  • Hayleigh S.
    This book tugged my heart strings. Saving those women from their lifestyle and just the industry that was involved. Wow. I have a heart for women in that industry and this book is definitely one that I recommend reading. I recommend only if you're not scared of that stuff.
  • Alice
    This book was incredible! Brilliant! Hilarious! I laughed so hard I cried and and wound up exhausted! I could not put it down - I read all day yesterday! haha I loved that all the minor characters from the last book didn't change at all - I really can't stand when the heroine from the last book is boring in the second, just because now she's married and is no longer in the spotlight. I loved Eliza's parts in this story!The hero and heroine in thi...
  • Melanie
    Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RUZRUU2S...Review on my blog: http://www.christianbookshelfreviews....A Most Peculiar Circumstance was a fun, quick read. There were many hilarious scenes that had me laughing...I especially loved the first couple chapters! :)After finding out a little bit about Theodore in A Change of Fortune, it was great to learn even more about him and his family in this story. I also enjoyed Arabella's character...
  • Margaret Chind
    In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here. I have been long awaiting to read Arabella's story with her own P.I. ;) This particular book had the issue of being published at the same time as I had a small tragedy in my own life and thus I was d...
  • Katelyn
    Another entertaining read from Jen Turano. It's the second book in the Ladies of Distinction series, as if you didn't already know that. I found it to be pleasant and light. A very warm read. Romance, with a dash of suspense. Not much, though. Just a little sprinkle around the edges. It was interesting. This is Arabella's story, Hamilton's sister. She's intelligent, witty, and out to save everyone, all while battling for women's rights. In other ...
  • Faye
    A warm entertaining read, with snappy dialogue! I don't always like characters who infuriate each other, but with Arabella and Theodore I simply couldn't refuse! Their pairing was fun and definitely entertaining, I loved watching them match wits in their witty discussions. While this is the second book in a series, reading the first book isn't a requirement, though I would strongly suggest reading it simply because of how amazing it is! I loved ...
  • Rebecca
    A Most Peculiar Circumstance takes us back to a place in history during the Women's Suffrage movement, in which we find Arabella Beckett working on behalf of women everywhere. Our heroine is a woman full of spunk and whit not willing to sit and watch life pass her by, but instead she sets out to leave her mark in this world.From the very beginning Arabella's antics will amuse you, as we find her in jail matching whits with the investigator Theodo...
  • Hannah
    A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano was a great, entertaining and heart-warming read from start to finish. Arabella had me laughing from the start with her witty comments and exciting adventures. Her relationship with Theodore was certainly evident but not in an overwhelming way. Each character shined with distinct personalities making you feel as if you actually know them. The plot was fantastic as well. It had the mystery and excitement ...
  • Nicole
    Excellent sequel! This was such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoy Jen Turano's marvelous characters and exceptional larks! The wit and banter in this book was so funny, and I loved the mental picture of Harold "trudging" through the snow as well as Zayne & Theodore's take on the mistletoe-shrouded ballroom. Looking forward to more from Jen!
  • Bess
    Super cute. I always tend to search for the title amongst the text of Ms. Turano's books. This one did not disappoint! It's almost like a scavenger hunt. And the story was cute, even if a bit predictable. I turn to Ms. Turano for all my historical comedies--she never disappoints! Great read!!
  • Shannah Mauney
    I absolutely loved this book! Jen Turano has such a way with words. This fast-paced book is packed with humor, witty dialogue, and intriguing characters. Read my full review here.
  • Abbi
    SO GOOD!!!! I absolutely loved this book!
  • Mady White
    This book was pretty much like a Hallmark rom-com. Right at the beginning you could tell that Arabella and Theodore were going to marry. Just like most Hallmark movies, at first they argue... a lot, but then they slowly start to fall and love with each other. Overall, it's a good book, it's a Christian historical fiction and a romantic comedy, with even a little mystery. Let's just say, it's a lot of things. Very predictable, but I ship it, Arado...
  • kelsey
    “Miss Arabella Beckett had always been proud of the fact she'd never ended up in jail” 3.5 stars. Caution: minor and marked spoilers ahead.This is super disappointing to write but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I've been enjoying this series since A Match of Wits and was really looking forward to reading about Theodore and Arabella but it was more meh. It's actually worse because I could get behind almost everything BUT the...
  • Brandi
    4.5 starsThis book was wonderful! It contained a great deal of romance, action, and humor, which kept me enthralled throughout the novel.The romance was sweet, though I wish they'd realized sooner that they didn't hate each other so there would've been more romance. The action was heart-pounding and I must admit that I was quite surprised by that stint toward the ending. The humor was indeed amusing, though I must say that I didn't laugh as much ...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book: “Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help an...
  • Iola
    A Most Peculiar Circumstance has an excellent beginning, as Miss Arabella Beckett finds herself in jail for the first time in Gilman, Illinois, in November 1880 (I particularly liked the ‘first time’ line—it implied that jail was a surprise, not perhaps not an unexpected one, given her involvement in the women’s suffrage movement and her beliefs around the rights of women (not to mention her habit of travelling without a companion or chap...
  • Sarah
    3.5 stars rounded down to threeAs seen on The Everyday ReaderThe second in Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series, A Most Peculiar Circumstance features Arabella Beckett, a suffragette with a knack for getting into trouble. Arabella’s knack has just landed her up in jail in a strange town. She’s sending up a prayer for help when help arrives, in the form of the very traditionally minded private investigator Theodore Wilder, who’s been sent...
  • Sarah Bacher
    A light, hilarious read with hints of danger. Loved everything about it, the banter was spot-on!!
  • Johanna
    Jen Turano definitely has a sense of humour and it is SO cleverly weaved throughout this story, making it refreshing, entertaining and enchanting!!!! The opening chapter had me in fits of laughter, as Arabella talked to her-self as a means of comfort. Then of course, it all became even more exciting when Theodore entered the picture, causing Arabella to have met her match! Sparks went flying, but of course two stubborn souls only realise this as ...