May 10, 2013 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: A Most Peculiar Circumstance

A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Author - Jen Turano
350 pages
Time It Took for to Read - 1 Days
Rating - 4.25 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend to My Students: Sure

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. (Taken from

What I Loved...

This book is hilarious! I absolutely love Arabella. She is too much. She is funny and stubborn and just lovable.

The scenes...I can just imagine New York City so clearly. Jen Turano does a great job at giving just enough details to get your own imagination jump started.

What I Liked...

While Mr. Wilder is not my favorite male heroine, I liked him well enough. I liked him much more towards the end of the book and now that I think about it, Jen made me feel the way Arabella felt. I warmed up to him.


I don't know why I have an incessant  need to comment on a book cover but this book couldn't prevent me from doing so. I just don't think it does Arabella justice. I just don't see her looking like that at all. While the cover does fit the description of blonde curly hair, again, it just doesn't do it for me. Of course this is my opinion of the cover AFTER I have read the book.

I am kind of touchy when it comes to a woman's roll in life according to the bible and I was afraid that this would cross the line. I am an old fashion gal and was hoping that chivalry would come off as old fashioned and rebellious women as modern and heroic.

I believe Jen did a good job expressing that women are just as valuable as men and God loves us just as much without  having to burn a bra, so to

Really liked it and I am looking forward to her next book!

DISCLAIMER: This book was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review posted is my own opinion and I have not been compensated for my opinion.


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