Playing the PartJen Turano
When actress Lucetta Plum becomes terrified by a fan's obsession, her widowed friend, Abigail, whisks her away to her grandson Bram Haverstein's estate. Lucetta isn't interested in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, but strange things are happening under Bram's roof. Can sh... Read More
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 2, 2016
- UPC: 9780764212772
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 076421277X
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- Will matchmaking schemes triumph again? by J. Augustine on 5/12/2016
Anyone who has checked out my reviews will quickly realize that I am very enthusiastic about Jen Turano's books. And you'll probably have guessed that she is one of my favorite authors. I truly look forward to each of her new releases. Each one is a crazy-fun and romantic romp through the Gilded Age, plus that perfect element of suspense that she adds to each story.
I have been eagerly anticipating Playing The Part since finishing Millie's story last year. And it was everything I'd hoped for and more! The book all but starts out with a literal bang and only gets better from there!
I quickly fell in love with Lucetta, Bram, and the other. And a rather hilarious character named Geoffrey really took the cake. I was also thrilled to 'run into' Buford, a good buddy from book 1.
Old friends and new, a mystery, a crazy castle with a complete with a dungeon and a moat, and Jen Turano's signature storytelling made Playing The Part a totally laugh-out-loud story.
Jen Turano kept me laughing from page one, especially with Geoffrey's antics and Bram's eccentricities, all the way until the end. Playing The Part is so much a book worth reading, I can't recommend it highly enough. I may be gushing a bit but I believe that a good book from a very talented author deserves a little effusive praise.
If you love historical fiction, romantic comedy, or historical suspense, Jen Turano has you covered with Playing The Part and the previous books in the A Class Of Their Own series. Don't miss a single one of these deliciously quirky and captivating stories!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
- Love me some Turano!!! by Anne Payne on 5/9/2016
Lucetta Plum is a popular actress in New York and when a fan’s interest turns obsessive, an elderly friend, Abigail Hart, sweeps her off to a remote estate owned by Bram Haverstein, who just happens to be Abigail’s handsome grandson. Lucetta has no intention of becoming romantically involved with anyone, let alone the mysterious and secretive Bram. Abigail is a crafty matchmaker though and is sure these two are meant for each other.
It’s hard to come up with new ways to describe a Jen Turano book. Jen is exceptional at writing comedy interlaced with suspense and faith. Talk about a great twist to the story, I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding Bram and totally surprised when it was revealed. Playing the Part had me laughing out loud many times but then that’s a given with Turano’s stories. You’re always in for a fun ride!
There’s much more to the story; especially Lucetta’s back story. I sure didn’t see any of that coming. Fascinating plot twists, action and suspense, humor and faith all equal a Top Ten Read of 2016 in my book!
Playing the Part is the third and final book in A Class of Their Own series. Now, I’m sure some will say you can read them in any order as there is enough back story to give the reader a pretty solid foundation, but… my advice is to read them in order to get the full enjoyment these stories bring.
I want to thank Bethany House for providing me a copy of the book for review purposes. No compensation has been received.
- Delightful and entertaining! by The Avid Reader on 3/30/2016
Playing the Part by Jen Turano is the third book in A Class of Their Own series. Playing the Part is set in New York in 1882. Lucetta Plum is an actress and currently doing a new play written by the reclusive and mysterious Mr. Grimstone. Her step-father Nigel Wolfe pays her a visit (which is not good). Nigel has managed to gamble away the deed to the family plantation, Plum Hill. Unfortunately for Nigel, he does not own the plantation nor does he have the deed. It belongs to Lucetta, and she left the deed with a friend (who will make sure her step-father cannot get ahold of it). The man to whom Nigel lost was Silas Ruff. He is an awful man who has been pursuing Lucetta for some time. Lucetta thought he had learned his lesson after the last incident. Mr. Skukman, Lucetta’s personal bodyguard, believes she needs to leave town and lay low for a little while (which will make Lucetta’s understudy very happy). Abigail Hart, society lady, widow, friend, and determined matchmaker/meddler, agrees with him. Abigail suggests that they go to her grandson’s estate (do we detect a little matchmaking). It certainly sounds like a good idea. They arrive at Ravenwood (which seems to be behind a cemetery) and are not warmly welcomed. They are barely in the drive when they are attacked. Bram Haverstein, Abigail’s grandson, has been having trouble with marriageable young women dropping in (plus he has a secret). After being attacked by dogs and falling into the moat, Lucetta finally gets into the house. This visit is not off to a good start. The visit is plagued by a woman hating goat in Lucetta’s room, walking suit of armor, jewels hidden in the fireplace, and a falling knife (more like a sword). What is going on at Ravenwood? Someone seems determined to get rid of the occupants of the house. Lucetta and Bram are intent on getting to the bottom of the matter (and Abigail is thrilled that they are spending time together). Will Abigail get her wish? What happens when Silas Ruff tracks down Lucetta? You will have to read Playing the Part to find out.
Playing the Part was humorous. I did enjoy reading this novel. It was a little over-the-top at times but it provided me with many laughs (which made my mother keep asking me why I was laughing). Playing the Part has great characters and an interesting setting (loved Ravenwood). Playing the Part was a great end to the series. You do need to read all the books in the series in order to understand what is going on in Playing the Part (you will want to read them). I have read all three books in the series and enjoyed each of them. I give Playing the Part 4 out of 5 stars. Playing the Part is nicely written, and I was pulled into the book right away (which I love). It was nice to catch up with the characters from the previous novels to see how they were doing. If you enjoy reading historical romance novels with a little mystery (and a lot of humor), you will love Playing the Part.
I received a complimentary copy of Playing the Part from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
- Funny, Light Hearted and a very sweet read indeed. by Leah on 3/28/2016
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucinda's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
All books that I have read by the pen of Jen Turano have been wonderfully entertaining, and have an amazing sense of comedy that she has mastered more and more in each and every book that she has written. This is no exception. At times I laughed right out loud and it was such a lighthearted book that I could not help but love it and read it with a smile. I have not read many books with actresses in it so this was defiantly a new experience and I really enjoyed it.
I did very much like Lucetta. She had a great character and was not who or what all thought she was, and the fact that she was an actress made her character all the more colorfull and full of layers. She was strong, no-nonsense and very sensible yet very funny and I appreciated that immensely.
Bram was a very entertaining. His ideas and his goals in life were laughable and I did think that he was perfect for Lucetta.
I thought that at times it moved a little slowly and required a bit of urging to pick it back up, but other than that it was excellent.
If you like historical romances and also comedy this (and really any of Jen Turano's books) is for you.
- A Role Well Played! by Jeanette on 3/27/2016
Playing The Part by Jen Turano
This third book concludes the series with Lucetta, Harriett and Millie. Their friend, Abigal, loves to be a matchmaker. She was quite successful for Harriett and Millie. Abigal was eager to try her hand for Lucetta. She knew of the perfect match!
Things don't go smoothly for Lucetta. She works hard to save her family home after promising her father (on his deathbed) that she will take care of her mother. But her mother makes it more difficult than it should be when she marries a neighbor who likes to drink and gamble. He gambled and lost Lucetta in a card game.
Abigal knows that Lucetta must hide to be saved from her stalker. Abigal has a plan. They will go to her grandson, Bram's home. To me, this is when the story picked up. Everyone is trying to figure out what he does for a living. Is his house haunted? Is he involved in illegal activities? Bram's has his secrets. Abigal wants nothing to do with Bram's and Abigal's matchmaking. Lucetta also has secrets. She usually hides under the role she plays as an actress. No one really knows who she really is.
Bram and Lucetta both keep people at a distance. They both have secrets. As their relationship grows they feel comfortable enough to share their pastake and sparks begin to fly.
Great story. Lovely to read a romance story with a little humor. Each book has had a place for an animal to play a significant part In the storyline. This book had a goat who was scared of petticoats.
I was was glad that I read book one and two as it did help me with the flow of this book. I recommend Playing The Part for an enjoyable read. Jen Turano once again delivered. Five stars!
- Light-Hearted, Full of Surprises by Kathleen E. on 3/20/2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Playing the Part by Jen Turano, © 2016
I find that I must join my friend, Mrs. Abigail Hart, leaving a wonderful Washington Square brownstone to obtain safety at her grandson's estate, away from an overly adoring fan. I am striving to be an accomplished actress and as much as I love the buzzing of city noises, it is paramount that I be wise and acquiesce to Abigail's wisdom. You see, I've always prided myself in the mystery of the stage and those following our rise to fame. There comes a time when that isn't viable, as much as one might want to continue to attain success. A sustained body is better than a cold one, unable to be warmed.
I first met Bram Haverstein thinking him sheltering to his grandmother. I am quite used to taking care of myself. The countryside was beautiful, the full stars, as we traveled by night arriving unexpectedly at Ravenwood. We received an immediate greeting. They were ready for us. I came disguised in trousers and a heavy overcoat. Bram had seen me when I am my character, but not on my natural stage. He was quite taken with who he perceived me to be. He doesn't know the real Lucetta Plum. I am more than memorized lines in a script.
Jen Turano has again brought to life a cast of characters unlikely to be found together. An assortment of animals given a new spark in life, rescued from their dismal surroundings and people given a second chance, taken out of their demise to rise to substance all working together to become a lively whole.
***Thank you to author Jen Turano and Bethany House for sending me a copy of Playing the Part. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- When the Masks are Removed by Suzie on 3/19/2016
Jen Turano has become a must-read author for me. Her ability to set up humorous situations and fun side characters draw me into her stories, but the poignant messages her characters comprehend on their journey are what bring me back every time.
After a memorable (and hilarious) meet-cute, Lucetta and Bram form an odd friendship. The actress isn’t the genteel, wilting flower Bram imagined her to be, and Lucetta’s intrigued by Bram but unwilling to depend on a man for anything.
Not only are the interactions between Lucetta and Bram delightfully enchanting but Bram’s staff with all of their past baggage and different backgrounds a breath of fresh air. Their actions and attitudes kept me guessing as to which employees were loyal and which may have something to hide. Add in Abigail and her matchmaking schemes and Bram’s mother (Abigail’s estranged daughter) and sister along with Lucetta’s bodyguard, and memorable characters abound.
Several scenes in Playing the Part are lighthearted and fun while the conversations between Lucetta and Bram are revealing and meaningful. The chemistry between these two is almost immediate and readers will cheer these two (and maybe some other couples in the book) on to their happily ever after.
While we wait to see what Turano has up her sleeve for readers next, Playing the Part is available now.
***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- Playing the Part by kp on 3/11/2016
When you see Lucetta Plum on the opening pages of Paying the Part by Jen Turano, you are instantly reminded what a feisty character she is. As Lucetta is coming off the stage after her latest performance, she is confronted by her self-absorbed stepfather. Nigel Wolfe wants Lucetta to help him get out of a bad situation in which he has placed himself. Nigel has gambled away Lucetta's family home!
Now Lucetta finds herself running from the man who won this bet and now wants her in exchange for the house! Lucetta had promised her father before his death that she would always take care of her mother; however, she does not want to fulfill this in exchange for her own self! Lucetta is traveling through the darkness of night with her dear friend, Abigail Hart, to her grandson's castle just outside of the city. Bram Haverstein is a man that Lucetta has never met. When Bram dunks Lucetta in the moat surrounding his property, the introduction between Bram and Lucetta cannot be avoided!
You will not believe the situations that Bram and Lucetta find themselves in before the end of this tale. You will definitely enjoy this crazy adventure!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.
- Turano's Funniest Story Yet!! by Babbling Becky L on 3/3/2016
This is my favorite Turano story. In Playing the Part, Jen Turano pulls out all the stops. We still have over-the-top,interfering society matron Abigail, who is now trying to match up the last of her three wards, Lucetta Plum. Now we get to keep company with Abigail's peculiar relations. One brooding, mysterious grandson who lives in a Gothic castle full of unusual people and happenings(example:Geoffrey the goat!);one granddaughter in love with a reclusive playwright she's never met; and Abigail's estranged daughter. Throw the characters all together, mix them up with a generous helping of imagination, laughter, mystery, and danger, and you get this gem that is nothing short of fabulous!!
I loved this book from beginning to end with the eccentric personalities with which Turano peoples her books. While some of the actions are outlandish, Turano writes in such a way you either don't care or actually believe somebody could possess such amazing quirks. This is one for the keeper shelf, to be enjoyed time after time, bringing laughter, love, and a deeply sated heart.
I gratefully received a gift copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
- Playing the Part was Well Played! by Robin on 2/23/2016
Playing the Part
Book Summary: Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out. Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows. Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
Review: Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors!!! I loved this series thoroughly!!! I can not wait for more books from her. I read this book so quickly that I was sad when it was over. The characters are well developed and I think her characters are fantastic. There is a great balance between mystery and humor. Every single character is richly written and each story I have read is fun filled and fast paced. The only consolation I have is Jen Turano will write more books!!! My only wish is that I was just picking up my first book By Jen Turano. Unfortunately the only thing I can do is wait for the next book.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.