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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Playing the Part by Jen Turano +Giveaway

Playing the Part by Jen Turano is a 352 page book in the Christian historical fiction genre.  It is published by Bethany House Publishers and was released on March 1, 2016.  To purchase your own copy, click here,

About the Book

final ptp cover.jpgLucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out. Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows. Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

About the Author

jen turanoJen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author ofThe Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers.  Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist.  It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award.  Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklistin 2013.  Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers.  When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life.  She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work.


The author has written another laugh out loud story  that has meddlesome family members, household staff who seem to need an attitude adjustment , a castle that is more than what it seems, a dashing young man named Bram and of course our heroine the talented actress Lucetta.

Being a well known actress has its perks but being stalked by a crazed fan is not top on Lucetta's list. She needs to get away for awhile to shake this creepy person out of her life. Her friend Abigail has the perfect solution for Lucetta's dilemma . Abigail decides that they  will go visit her grandson and hopefully find some peace and quiet there.  I started laughing the minute I knew they would be visiting Abigail's grandson. Did Abigail forget to mention that she didn't really tell Bram they were coming ? There is the little part about Abigail and her daughter not getting along that might be important to tell Lucetta. All these things together bring an adventure the reader will never forget.

The arrival at the castle is not your typical glamorous day for a highly respected actress. She will make a big splash on her host and the high jinks begin. I can't forget to mention the goat that plays chase with Lucetta. What an amazing book that has so much laughter, extremely well written characters and a story that has you glued to the book. The castle is huge with stairs that take forever to get to Lucetta's room. The household staff is not so thrilled with their new guest and her room which they must use every muscle they have to get to her. The poor things must be exhausted after a day of looking after the special guest. I wonder if they really like Lucetta? Would they do something to scare her into leaving? Well something is not quite right in the castle as strange things keep happening. Will Lucetta and Bram become friends? Is their a matchmaker among the group trying to unite these two very different people? The book is sure to please everyone who enjoys a great laugh , non stop action and a story that will have you turning pages quickly to see what happens next .

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author for an honest review.


Jen is graciously giving away an entire set of this series! Click on the link to enter!

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Blog Stops

Visit all the blogs on the tour!

March 16: cherylbbookblog
March 18: Bookworm Mama
March 21: A Greater Yes
March 21: Southern Chelle
March 22: Splashes of Joy
March 23: Bigreadersite
March 23: Texas Book-aholic
March 24: 100 pages per hour
March 25: simpleharvestreads
March 25: Karen Krayons
March 26: Buwurmzzz
March 27: The Power of Words

Monday, March 21, 2016


What would you do if you were an innocent 10 year old Amish girl and you witnessed a horrible crime? Would anyone believe you? Amelia finds out in this mystery that has all the elements of a great story that keeps you guessing. After 8 years, Amelia returns to her home where a chill runs down her spine as the ghosts from the past haunt her. Will anyone welcome her home? Can she overcome the pain and heartache she felt all those years ago.

The characters are well developed and I loved how Amelia was a determined young lady who would stop at nothing to find out the truth from that night which changed her life. The author does  an amazing job of bringing twists and turns into the story just as the reader gets comfortable.  I was very much pleased with the ending and I will say it will be a shock for readers. The question is, can  you really come home again?  Be sure to absorb every word as the story draws to a unbelievable ending. I can't wait to read the next book from this gifted author.

I was given a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review.