Recently I had the opportunity to review Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano. I received the Kindle version of this book, and it was a pre-release copy. This book is set in the late 1800s in New York.
Gertrude Cadwalader is a companion to a very interesting lady... Mrs. Davenport has the horrible habit of taking things that don't belong to her. But she always has Gertrude secretly return them later! This makes for some interesting events in the book. Gertrude is such a generous person, she happily tolerates being the person that Mrs. Davenport, an aspiring clothing designer, experiments on.
Harrison Sinclair is a handsome and eligible bachelor. He truly enjoys his work in the family shipping business, but feels he has no time for anything else in life. Women flock to him, despite his strange clothing choices (is he colorblind?) He is a wonderful brother, always taking care of his sisters and watching out for them.
Gertrude and Harrison think of each other as good friends, but the more time they spend together, the more they wonder if the other person has the same strange feelings of connection. They both soon realize they are in love, but Harrison has quite a hard time communicating this and instead makes things awkward. The romance is clean and sweet. Easily something a young adult or older teen could read.
Jen Turano's writing style is different from other authors. The characters are long winded (which adds to the charm), and enjoyable to imagine. This book was humorous yet reasonably realistic for the most part. I enjoyed the entertaining writing style quite a bit. Partway through the book I recognized a couple of other character's names, and couldn't help but think I'd read another of her books in the past... though I just can't recall which one. As I read this story I got the same feeling, the story was entertaining, but I wasn't sure that I'd be able to remember having read it in 6 months. I wouldn't hesitate to read this book again!
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