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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.
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Delightful and entertaining!
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.
Another hilarious historical romantic comedy!
This story doesn’t exactly pick up where the other two books in this series left off. In that sense it isn’t a “true” series. But the main characters from each of the previous books put in an appearance and reference is made to how they met. In my mind this means that reading the books in order enhances the enjoyment of reading this final story.
The characters that Jen creates for this book live up to my expectations from reading all of her previous books. The quirks that she comes up with for each of them never fail to amuse me. Lucetta Plum and Bram Haverstein are some of the funniest people that I’ve ever had the chance to meet in the pages of a book.
Lucetta hates the idea of damsels in distress, but she finds herself thrust into that role. I love how she managed to express her displeasure in it and tries to get out of situations by herself. The twists in the story explaining what put her in danger and connecting all the different people by the end of the story were very entertaining.
Added to all of these, light-hearted shenanigans there are some deeper looks at how strained family relationships can develop. Then steps needed to restore them are explored. This resulted in a nice challenge to take a look at our own relationships.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Playing the Part was Well Played!
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.