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To Steal A Heart Book Review


BOOK BY: Jen Turano

The first book in the new Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series is an interesting read. Gabriella Goodhue used to be a street thief and has put her rusty skills to good use with the women of her boarding house. A friend has been falsely accused of a crime committed against one of the New York 400’s most eligible bachelors and the women set out to prove her innocence – and to capture the real culprit.

Nicholas Quinn was Gabriella’s best friend, until he was taken in by a wealthy professor and given a new identity. Now he’s another bachelor of the New York 400 and tasked with the same mission as Gabriella, though unbeknownst to either party.

In classic Jen Turano style, humour is the thread that binds the characters together is strong. Characters are likeable and the story moves along. There are twists and secrets revealed that may surprise readers.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but due to my ARC missing several pages the story skipped lots of parts. I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve read by the same author, but again it’s likely because I missed chunks of the story in my copy.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses #3)


BOOK BY: Jen Turano

This third book in Jen Turano’s American Heiresses series is just as fun and a delightful read like the books preceding it. Readers don’t have to worry about having read the first two books, Storing Up Trouble reads well as a stand-alone (though our heroines from the others make cameos).

The opening scene throws our hero and heroine into a dangerous situation in which the true colours of both characters are exposed. We find our hero to be socially awkward and our heroine is a complete extrovert and has an uncanny ability to attract disaster wherever she goes.

It’s an interesting expose on the treatment of working class women during the suffragette movement. Our heroine comes from a New York 400 family, but is sent to Chicago to live with another wealthy relative. Her aunt secures her a position and our heroine learns what it really is like to be considered one of the working class. We see her eyes opened to the treatment of those who are considered in the lower class by the upper class where she’s from.

I love the final chapter where those of the Chicago elite receive their comeuppance when they realize who our heroine really is.

A fun, light read with a light spiritual thread and a cast of colourful characters readers can’t help but to fall in love with.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Diamond in the Rough

Poppy Garrison is the oddest character I’ve ever come across in fiction. She’s a magnet for trouble, but of a sweet and innocent disposition. The unfortunate events that seem to come her way are downright funny. Every chapter had me laughing out loud.

Reginald Blackburn, a duke who’d rather keep anonymity, travels to New York to help his cousin, a newly minted earl, find an American heiress to help maintain his estates back in England. The cousins have a Mr. Darcy and Charles Bingley subtle feel to them, which I quite enjoyed (being the Austen fan I am). When Reginald’s path crosses with Poppy, it’s one that takes unexpected twists and turns until we reach the end of the novel.

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I loved the characters, even Poppy as quirky as she is. The author does a great job with the vivid descriptions of New York City in its early years, and seamlessly binds fact and fiction together with the mention of some members of the New York Four Hundred.

I quite enjoyed the second installation of American Heiresses, Diamond in the Rough.

This novel reads well as a stand-alone title.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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