Book Review: Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano, Book 2 of Apart From the Crowd

"As curious as this is going to sound. . . I'm afraid that it's impossible for me to join you since I've gotten myself into a tricky situation. . ." (15)

Title: Out of the Ordinary
Series: Apart From the Crowd, Book 2
Author:  Jen Turano
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  November 7, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader's eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can't help coming to his friend's defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn.

Goodness. I just LOVE Jen Turano and her humor. I mean how could you not? Her latest release, Out of the Ordinary, the second book in the Apart From the Crowd series continues to get snort-worthy laughter. At this rate, I might have to worry about how ladylike it'll be to bring one of her books out in public with me!

In all honesty, I love that Gertrude is not a typical off the cover of a magazine type of woman. She's a little curvy and well endowed, and I appreciate that. She still have a sense of humor mixed in with her practicality that makes for a great friend, companion and definitely romance material for our hero. Our hero, Harrison cracks me up as well. He is such an eccentric yet loveable character.  Their friendship is quite different than the friendly banters we've seen from the author's past couples, but it's refreshing to see how sparks continued to fly,  especially when family's involved. By the way, speaking of family, I really would love to see what comes of the Sinclair ladies! They each have such distinct personalities, that I would love to see another series based on them, of course starting with the fun and forthright, Edwina!

A message that brings to light not only of inner beauty, but trusting God's plan as each step unfolds made for quite a lovely theme to Out of the Ordinary. It's actually quite extraodinary how it ties so well into the fine line of ordinary and extraordinary, where one doesn't necessarily mean the complete opposite of the other, nor one is exclusive from the other. In all, I find myself relaxing, yet still feeling complete when I read Out of the Ordinary, as I can relate to Gertrude on a personal level. I love a good read that gives me all I want in a story, and this is it!

"God doesn't expect His children to live ordinary lives, but extraordinary ones." (121)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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USA Today best-selling author Jen Turano writes contemporary and historical romances with quirky characters and unusual storylines. Just outside Denver, Colorado, Jen and her husband live as empty-nesters, and they do so fabulously.

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