Book Review: Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano


About the Book-

Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader’s eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can’t help coming to his friend’s defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn.

My Review-

Out of the girls-on-the-cover type Christian fiction authors, Jen Turano is one of my favorites: her characters are always portrayed so well and their sass is just a bonus.

Gertrude and Harrison, as well as all of the other characters, are very well developed and each have their own little personalities. Gertrude is the helper to Mrs. Davenport, who has rather . . . peculiar . . . ideas that are super amusing, and her slight social inadequacy makes situations rather humorous.

Because the book is set in Wealthy Society New York City, thinking about marriage and dances and that kind of stuff feels a lot more natural (a slightly Pride and Prejudice feel), and because of that, the romance didn’t feel very forced, which I really appreciate (because so much other Christian fiction romance feels so forced).

There was a lot of good spiritual content, and a couple of the main characters got to see why and how God worked in what happened, which was really fun to read.

One thing I would keep in mind is that it IS the second book in a series, and if you haven’t read the first one, like me, you might not catch some subtle allusions (that I didn’t get and that I assume is from the first book).

Overall, it’s not my *favorite* Jen Turano book, but it was still witty and fun!

My Ranking-


Things liked-

  • So!!! Witty!!!
  • The romance didn’t feel forced at all (rather surprising for Christian fiction)
  • Harrison and his [special] fashion taste reminds me of my Fren™ which was fun
  • Good spiritual content
  • Gertrude and Harrison (and all the others) are such great characters!
  • A little mystery scene

Things disliked-

  • Went a little slowly sometimes
  • With that being said, the time span was really short and not . . . really realistic for falling in love?
  • A *few* mentions about . . . what happens once a bustle comes off and the entire dress has to come off and what happens when a guy walks in

Thank you to Bethany House Fiction for providing me with a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.


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