Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Most Peculiar Circumstance



Title:  A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Author:  Jen Turano
Pages:  339
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
                Theodore Wilder is a wealthy, young man who runs his own private investigation business.  He is very good at his job.  Only a few know that this business is just a front and that he really works for the government.  He believes women should stay at home to take care of their children and their husbands.  They shouldn’t be subjected to thinking many thoughts beyond fashion, food and family.  When his best friend’s sister is late returning from a trip, he is dispatched on the simple errand of picking her up in Chicago and returning with her to New York.  Once he arrives in Chicago, he discovers she is not there and begins a month long search for her, culminating in discovering her to be in jail.  He bails her out and takes her home, all the while begin subjected to her women’s rights issues.  He finds her very attractive, but they definitely are not suited for each other.
                Arabella Beckett has always been different.  She gives no thought to her beauty, but invests in what she believes is her calling from God to better the lives of women.  She freely talks about God in her conversations without apology.  She speaks at suffrage rallies, championing the cause of women and their rights.  She also is intelligent and compassionate.  This caring heart leads her into a difficult situation where she finds herself the target of a crazy man.  Her “rescuer”, Mr. Wilder, is a caveman in his attitudes towards women even though he is very handsome.  After a particularly harrowing incident, Arabella re-evaluates her thinking about her calling.  Is she too bossy and arrogant?  Has she been wrong about God placing this venture on her heart?
                This is a refreshing story with witty and snappy dialogue.  I kept turning pages quickly to see when the two main characters would meet again and begin their back-and-forth banter and funny mutterings under their breath.  The characters were engaging, and some of the situations they found themselves in were very humorous.  I was reminded that God is no believer in social status and the manner in which several of the characters treated the “fallen” women in the story admirable; they welcomed them in to their homes, fed them and talked to them as real human beings.  All-in-all just a charming story that can be read in an afternoon as the pages will fly by and before you know it, you have reached to end of this delightful tale.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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