Playing the Part: A Class of Their Own + Giveaway

Title:  Playing the Part
Series: A Class of Their Own, Book #3
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  March 1, 2016

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson's estate.

At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means--albeit an eccentric one--but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, she can't ignore the strange things going on in Bram's house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?



"Miss Lucetta Plum was certainly not a lady who would enjoy easy, at least not all of the time.  She was too complicated, too accomplished, and too intelligent to live a life of mundane pleasantness." 
By Susan from Jen Turano's FB page

Ahhh, and that, mundane pleasantness is what we shouldn't expect either from Jen Turano's Playing the Part, book 3 of Class of Their Own!  Playing the Part is not at all mundane. It is hilarious in many ways, from being shot at (or at least your horses), to being thrown into a moat, not once, but twice, and cannons firing at you, and not to mention illicit activities and a strange mausoleum and graveyards! Definitely did not see that coming!

Misconceptions from both our hero and heroine have their romance playing merry-go-round, giving us readers the pleasure of knowing who they really are, sometimes even before they do themselves.  Even after two denied marriage proposals, Lucetta and Bram doesn't seem to get any closer to each other, to the chagrin of Abigail, Lucetta's friend and chaperone and Bram's grandmother!

As the plot progresses, you wonder if Lucetta and Bram's generosity to those less fortunate were misplaced, leading to the danger of those they love and the cause of much headache.

"...God puts people on certain paths.  And when you cross paths with a person who is in need, and you have the solution to that need, well, God expects you to put that solution to use.  I don't know about you, but I'm not one to argue with God."

Neither are we. Yet, a secret that connects Bram and the questionable staff have you wondering if that's going to be the ultimate stinker in Bram and Lucetta's future.

"When a small voice in his head, one he had a feeling came directly from God, reminded him that unhappy people tended to lash out at others because of wounds their hearts had sustained, he released a breath, sent up a quick prayer asking for patience with his staff, and shifted Miss Plum around yet again in his arms."

And why is Miss Plum (Lucetta) in his (Bram's) arms? Well, that's another great scene for you to check out and maybe even snort!

Of course, we have our favorite logophile (lover of words) is back to add additional comedy in the mix. Yep, it's Millie from In Good Company! (You can see my review here.) She is by far my favorite character of this series, and if you haven't read In Good Company, you'll still understand after reading Playing the Part.

A story full of laughter, adventure, romance and some amazing characters with great quotes, Playing the Part have everything a world class show brings. And all you have to do is play the part - read it. 

"...our struggles in life made us incredibly resilient..." 
"Life is far too short to hold on to grievances that don't really matter," 
"...the truth of the matter is this - the woman I thought I was a touch in love with is a shell of the woman you turned out to be."

The Ladies of A Class of Their Own

As of now, this is one of my favorite series! If I need a laugh, I know Jen is the writer I'll go to. Her Ladies of Distinction and this series, A Class of Their Own, had me laughing with tears streaming out of the corner of my eyes!  I mean, just look at these covers! Vibrant and that mischievous grin on each ladies' face. Perfect! I love them so much, I went out and grab a print copy of each when I get the chance! The only one I need now is A Match of Wits and Gentleman of Her Dreams, originally only a digital novella, but it will be available in a print collection titled, With All My Heart Romance Collection this summer!  If you haven't climbed onto the Jen Turano bandwagon yet, don't wait! Do so now!

The Ladies of The Ladies of Distinction

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





Jen Turano, author of seven books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. 

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  1. Thanks for a great review of Play the Part and the quotes. Sounds like a great read.

  2. Oh I love your review! Jen is among my absolute favorites!


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