A Most Peculiar Circumstance
By Jen Turano
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From Back of the book:
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.
I put off reviewing this book as I wanted to like it more than I did! The author has a lot of talent for creating a fun story that grabs at you, but this one did not grab me. It may have just been the mood I was in, but I struggled through.
She finds herself thrown together with someone she dislikes after being chased across the country by him, which he only did for a favor. It just seemed a little too far fetched to me and contrived.
I did like the historical aspect of the time period, the show of how women’s rights activist would have likely behaved in the time period.
I was given this book for review from Bethany House and the opinions contained therein are my own.