Thursday, October 4, 2018

Review ~ Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

  •       368 pages
  •              Bethany House / 2018 / Paperback

About the Book
Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

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My Review
5 STARS!!!

One of the things I have enjoyed most about Caught by Surprise is the fact that Temperance and Gilbert have been friends since childhood. Sharing a mutual respect and admiration for one another that is evident in their words and actions, their genuine love for each other was deeply felt by this reader and it stirred my emotions time and again. The quips exchanged between the two brought forth more than one audible chuckle, and perhaps an actual guffaw or two. ;-)
Turano has a natural ability when it comes to pacing a story. It is always expeditiously done with plenty of humor, thoughtfulness, laughter, quirky scenes, and much grace. I highly recommend Caught by Surprise, the final book in the Apart from the Crowd series. It is lighthearted entertainment yet inspirational, full of sound truths delivered in a gentle and whimsical manner. I do recommend reading the series from the beginning so you get the full flavor of the characters. You will fall in love with ALL of them and be asking for more.
I received a paperback copy from the publisher. No review required. No compensation received. 


  1. Thanks for the delightful review, my friend. Jen Turano is a wonderful author and I must put this one on my "to read" list.

    Have a blessed Sunday! Love and hugs to you

    1. Yes, you must! It was great fun to read. {{hugs}}


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