Book Review: Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano (Apart from the Crowd #3)

About the Book-

After years of hiding her true nature, Miss Temperance Flowerdew is finally enjoying freedom outside of the shadow of her relations, so the last thing she expected on her way to work was to be grabbed off the street by a stranger and put on a train bound for Chicago.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend, Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind her abduction, they’re spotted alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Even though Gilbert is willing to propose marriage, Temperance is determined not to lose her newfound independence. But when the misunderstanding in Chicago escalates into a threat on her life, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to mroe than she ever could have dreamed.

My Review-

Man, I love Jen Turano’s books!! They’re somehow period-accurate, while also being witty and sassy and funny!

This book is book 3 in the Apart From the Crowd series, and I think it might be my favorite! Temperance and Gilbert are bantery, and there’s suspense, and fancy dresses, and EEEE it’s all just so fun! I also enjoyed the guest appearances that the characters from previous books in the series made. One of my favorite thing about this series is how each of the characters is so distinct, even in the time frame they’re in. Most books/people in that time period emphasize on being conventional, and fitting in, and whatever, but all of the characters in this book have their own personalities, and are memorable in their own way!

The story itself was also really fun: from kidnappings to shootings to really really bad “villains,” there were just twists and turns all around that made the book so fun! The ending was also SO FUN!

This book is the last book in the trilogy, and I definitely recommend reading the trilogy in order, so that you can catch all of the inside jokes/references! If you want to read my review of the second book in this series, you can find it here.

My Rating-


Thank you to the publisher, Bethany House, for providing me with a free e-copy of this book via NetGalley in excahnge for an honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

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