Book Review: Playing the Part by Jen Turano


Playing the Part
Written by: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Month, Year: March, 2016

A brief summary from Bethany House Publishers:

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson’s estate. 

At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means–albeit an eccentric one–but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows. 

While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, she can’t ignore the strange things going on in Bram’s house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

My Thoughts:
I don’t know how Jen Turano did it, but Playing the Part reads like you’re watching a play. Absolutely fantastic!!

On a whirlwind journey through the mean streets of New York City, Lucetta Plum, our vivacious actress and endearing heroine, finds herself on the run and in need of going incognito for a brief period of time.  What better way to hide than to visit a “haunted” castle that just so happens to be owned by her dear friend’s handsome grandson, Bram Haverstein?

This book has everything: witty characters, suits of armor that magically walk on their own, goats chasing after anything in a skirt, canon fire, angry townspeople with pitchforks, and drama upon drama upon drama. Playing the Part had me crying from laughter in every chapter. And the ending – oh my word – the ending was perfection!

I have loved reading the A Class of Their Own series, but Playing the Part is a sweet, absolute side-splitting hilarious finale, the icing on the cake.  I will recommend this for anyone in need of some comedic relief. Playing the Part will definitely be a re-read on my bookshelf for many years to come.

I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers and an e-book of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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