Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Out of the Ordinary

When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair's mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?...

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Out of the Ordinary Reviews

  • Melissa

    The second installment of Turano's Apart from the Crowd series is laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The foibles of the characters, balanced out with a light-hearted yet meaningful love story, is a true treat. Gertrude has a great head on her shoulders, and even though her sensible ways are foiled at each turn by her impetuous boss, she keeps a cool countenance (even when in some rather unimaginable situations). It's great that all of the threads are tied together in the end, even the small mysteries and

    The second installment of Turano's Apart from the Crowd series is laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The foibles of the characters, balanced out with a light-hearted yet meaningful love story, is a true treat. Gertrude has a great head on her shoulders, and even though her sensible ways are foiled at each turn by her impetuous boss, she keeps a cool countenance (even when in some rather unimaginable situations). It's great that all of the threads are tied together in the end, even the small mysteries and side stories. It makes for a very satisfying read when the last page is turned.

    Miss Gertrude Cadwalader is mostly happy with her job as the paid companion to the wealthy Mrs. Davenport. What isn't so great is that her employer tends to take other people's things without permission, forcing Gertrude to keep a sharp eye on Mrs. Davenport and try to unobtrusively return the pilfered items. Gertrude has caught the eye of the handsome, well-to-do Harrison Sinclair, but when Mrs. Davenport takes something belonging to Harrison's mother and Gertrude is caught returning it, things turn in an unfortunate way quite quickly. It is up to Harrison and Gertrude to shine the light on the truth, while trying to avoid making mistakes with their blossoming relationship.

  • Karen Hadley

     If you havven't read any of Jen Turano's book, what are you waiting for? I'm always excited when a new book of hers is released. The title to this new release "Out of the Ordinary" really describes her writing style. Its out of the ordinary and entertaining to the max. This new story carries her signature style of writing throughout the book. The names of her heroines are amusing, heroine Gertrude Cadwalader has her job as companion keeps her busy keeping up with her employer and tolerating the

     If you havven't read any of Jen Turano's book, what are you waiting for? I'm always excited when a new book of hers is released. The title to this new release "Out of the Ordinary" really describes her writing style. Its out of the ordinary and entertaining to the max. This new story carries her signature style of writing throughout the book. The names of her heroines are amusing, heroine Gertrude Cadwalader has her job as companion keeps her busy keeping up with her employer and tolerating the wild wardrobe the lil ole lady insists on making for Gertrude.

    I love how in Jen's story the heroine is just a everyday girl

    and the hero, a bachelor in the social elite seem to meet up and click. Reminds me that no one is better than anyone else and love finds its way in any circumstance and any social class. When you read this beware you will be looking for the others to read.

    Blessings,

    Karen

    Rating: 5*

    I received this as a gift and all opinions are my own.

  • Beth Erin

    Full review and q&a on Faithfully Bookish

    Turano delivers a subtle faith message in a universally appealing, inspiring, and delightfully entertaining tale of Gilded Age wallflowers and their dashing gentleman counterparts. 

    Gertrude, Harrison, Asher, Permillia and their band of misfit friends, family, and acquaintances keep the story hopping with romance, mystery, and all-out shenanigans! The Apart from the Crowd series is one of the few which my tween daughter (who prefers fantasy and adventu

    Full review and q&a on Faithfully Bookish

    Turano delivers a subtle faith message in a universally appealing, inspiring, and delightfully entertaining tale of Gilded Age wallflowers and their dashing gentleman counterparts. 

    Gertrude, Harrison, Asher, Permillia and their band of misfit friends, family, and acquaintances keep the story hopping with romance, mystery, and all-out shenanigans! The Apart from the Crowd series is one of the few which my tween daughter (who prefers fantasy and adventure) and I both adore! We highly recommend this story!

    I requested the opportunity to read this book through Celebrate Lit.

    The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    I just fell in love with Jen Turano's books with her very first and right then and there determined to be a forever fan of her work. My opinion has only been further cemented with each book. She is a riot!

    Miss Gertrude Cadwalader works as a paid companion to a very eccentric Mrs. Davenport, a society matron fond of lifting items of value from houses she visits. Miss Cadwalader then must sneak back and return them all with no one being the wiser. Mrs. Davenport also gives Gertrude some really unu

    I just fell in love with Jen Turano's books with her very first and right then and there determined to be a forever fan of her work. My opinion has only been further cemented with each book. She is a riot!

    Miss Gertrude Cadwalader works as a paid companion to a very eccentric Mrs. Davenport, a society matron fond of lifting items of value from houses she visits. Miss Cadwalader then must sneak back and return them all with no one being the wiser. Mrs. Davenport also gives Gertrude some really unusual duties, including being her guinea pig for wearing peculiar outfits Mrs. D. has designed, including an incredibly uncomfortable and large bustle, which was made from an actual bird cage.

    Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, whom we met in the last book and fell in love with, is a most peculiar character himself. Fond of wearing the most outlandish clothes imaginable, Harrison is also a wonderful gentleman who has a particular concern for Gertrude. Their friendship seems to be turning into something more, which both desire secretly, when things take a turn that neither expected and the most outlandish escapades ensue that follow will delight Turner's readers immensely.

    Jen Turano has the most incredible dry sense of humor I've ever seen. There are times I laugh out loud at the predicaments her characters find themselves in and the way their minds seem to work. Or should I say, Turano's mind works? Seriously, if you have not read any of her books, what in the world are you waiting for? She herself is totally extraordinary. Gertrude also discovers that God did not intend for her to be ordinary, but extraordinary herself. As He does all His children.

    Don't miss this one, folks! It's a laugh riot!

    *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  • Rachel

    Another winner in the line up of books by Jen Turano! As I've come to expect from her, this book was wonderfully hilarious and warmly romantic. The second book in the Apart From the Crowd series, Out of the Ordinary will keep you entertained all the way through!

    One of the things I really liked about Gertrude and Harrison's relationship is that because it is built on a friendship, they have the basis for trusting each other when circumstances would normally have drove them apart. I loved how Harr

    Another winner in the line up of books by Jen Turano! As I've come to expect from her, this book was wonderfully hilarious and warmly romantic. The second book in the Apart From the Crowd series, Out of the Ordinary will keep you entertained all the way through!

    One of the things I really liked about Gertrude and Harrison's relationship is that because it is built on a friendship, they have the basis for trusting each other when circumstances would normally have drove them apart. I loved how Harrison stands by Gertrude when things get a little sticky. And how Gertrude accepts him as he is - color blind quirky dress and all. :D Harrison's color blind style and Gertrude's employer forced style were both so wacky that I shuddered and laughed at the same time.

    I enjoyed the inclusion of the characters from the first book. It was great to see their story continuing to unfold. I found Harrison's family to be a bit odd and I didn't really care for his mom at first. I wouldn't mind seeing his sisters stories more fleshed out though. They need their own happily ever after...lol.

    With her usual style of laugh-out-loud situations (my favorites - the bustle scene and Harrison on a horse scene...LOL), a background mystery, and heartwarming romance, you'll be glad you chose this book!

    *Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid nor required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #2 in the

    series. Review of Book #1 Here!

    Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are mentioned & read; Church going & discussion about God; Many Talks about God, forgiveness, churches, & sermons; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Gertrude says her relationship with God has suffered & is angry at Him *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Harrison witnesses/talks to Gertrude about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of churches, church going, reverends, sermons, & services; A few mentions of stained glass of those from the Bible; A few mentions of blessing & being blessed; A couple mentions of thanking God;

    *Note: Mentions of superstitions & luck; A few mentions of ghosts & a haunted ship.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘idiot’s; Some Sass & Eye rolling; Many mentions of criminals/thieves/con-artists, stealing/skullduggery, stolen items, & robberies/heists; Mentions of suicides & thinking someone might be suicidal (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of being injured & rescue attempts (Book #1); Mentions of fighting, brawls, & threats of physical violence; Mentions of abuse, being slapped/hit, pain, & bruises (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of arrests, jails, & prisons; Mentions of alcohol, social drinking, & drinking too much; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of murder & a murderer; A few mentions of fevers & deaths; A few mentions of threats; A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of gambling & a casino.

    Sexual Content- two almost kisses, four hand kisses, two forehead kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; A bit of staring at other’s lips; Touches, Warmth, & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Mentions of scandals, a house of ill repute, & married men keeping mistresses (including Gertrude’s father); Mentions of hand kisses; Mentions of flirting & swooning; Mentions of reputations; Mentions of romance books; A couple mentions of kissing; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of chaperones; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of backsides & unmentionables; Mentions of someone being scantily dressed; Mentions of women’s (physical) charms & figures; A couple mentions of a woman accidentally flashing her legs.

    -Gertrude Cadwalader

    -Harrison Sinclair

    P.O.V. switches between them {Epilogue in Mrs. Davenport’s}

    Set in 1883

    346 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- Two Stars

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half)

    Okay, another cute one by Jen Turano, y’all!

    If you’ve read & enjoyed any of her books before, that’s all I should need to say for you to know that I enjoyed this new one and you should pick it up.

    But, since I’m trying to get better with more eloquent final thoughts (ha), let me share a bit on why I enjoyed this newest novel so much:

    ~

    First things first: I will say that what the back-cover talks about doesn’t happen until about halfway through the book. That’s not to say that the first half isn’t entertaining, it so is, but I do feel like the back-cover does spoiler a bit. There’s also a tiny bit of head-jumping, but it’s not so noticeable.

    Character wise!

    Harrison.

    Harrison is my favorite.

    I want more Harrisons in Christian Fiction.

    Harrison gets so lost and confused with different conversations. It’s great. It’s a condition he suffers frequently in this messy business called life. (pg. 272) When Harrison & Asher got to together & started talking (like, about romance novels and romantic gestures) I was literally crying from laughing so hard. I

    their friendship.

    The dialogue and wordings in Jen Turano’s books are absolutely hilarious and

    is no expectation!

    There also seemed to be a lot more faith content that I remember her past books having, which I also loved about this one! Gertie was a doll and I loved seeing her with her friends as well.

    ~

    Ahh, okay, was that convincing enough? Needless to say, I am SO looking forward to the next book in this series! :)

    Link to review:

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

    Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I absolutely loved that this book included the original cast of characters from book one. I love it when a cast of characters are developed and then they are carried through a series, it just adds to the overall story for me. This story though was focused on the relationship between Gertrude Cadwalader and Harrison Sinclair. I definitely enjoyed how things played out between Gertrude and Harrison. It was also lovely th

    Out of the Ordinary is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I absolutely loved that this book included the original cast of characters from book one. I love it when a cast of characters are developed and then they are carried through a series, it just adds to the overall story for me. This story though was focused on the relationship between Gertrude Cadwalader and Harrison Sinclair. I definitely enjoyed how things played out between Gertrude and Harrison. It was also lovely that there was plenty of humor and a sweet romance in this story.

    Gertrude was introduced in book one, Behind the Scenes, as the personal companion to Mrs. Davenport, a rather eccentric woman who had issues with kleptomania. In the previous story, Gertrude and Harrison had met each other under rather curious circumstances but remained friends due to their relationship with newly financed couple Asher and Permilia. Now that Asher and Permilia were on their road to happily ever after they felt that others should find their one true love as well and had their sights set on Harrison and Gertrude.

    Although Harrison and Gertrude found each other attractive neither one had ever considered marriage. Gertrude had accepted that the most she could hope for out of life was to be someone’s companion and Harrison was just too busy expanding his shipping business to be bothered with matrimony. When Gertrude landed herself in a spot of trouble due to Mrs. Davenports shenanigans, Harrison was quick to come to Gertrude’s aide and he also started to realize that he may be feeling more for her than he had first thought.

    Gertrude was in quite a pickle and she was fed up with Mrs. Davenport’s skullduggery. Fearing the worst, she was very grateful that Harrison had come to her aide. He was a true friend who believed in her and that made her realize that maybe she felt something more than friendship for him. Discovering their true feelings would not be an easy task for either of these characters though with Pinkerton agents breathing down Gertrude’s neck, a meddling mother, and Harrison taking bad romance advice from his best friend.

    Personally, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mrs. Davenport’s character once her role was expanded, I found her rather annoying honestly. I much preferred her when she was just an eccentric older lady acting up in the background. The Author wrote a backstory to explain why she was the way she was but I just didn’t enjoy her part. I did enjoy every other aspect of this story though. There is a Christian element to this story but as always it is complimentary to the story itself. Overall, Out of the Ordinary delivers a humorous story filled with likable characters, a quirky romance, and is a great addition to this series.

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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  • Amy

    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano was an absolutely hilarious book. In fact, this may be her funniest book yet. Which is saying a lot.

    Gertrude was such an original, engaging character and her relationship with Harrison was laugh out loud funny. I liked that they had a mutual respect for each other, despite the fact that they kept finding themselves and each other in embarrassing situations. I really liked Harrison, he was down to earth and humble, and he had no idea how to react to any of these

    Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano was an absolutely hilarious book. In fact, this may be her funniest book yet. Which is saying a lot.

    Gertrude was such an original, engaging character and her relationship with Harrison was laugh out loud funny. I liked that they had a mutual respect for each other, despite the fact that they kept finding themselves and each other in embarrassing situations. I really liked Harrison, he was down to earth and humble, and he had no idea how to react to any of these situations. He was just trying to find a way to survive in a world filled with women. I also liked that he was color blind, my brother is color blind so I understood what he was going through. Poor guy just wanted to wear an orange coat…

    These two made such an excellent couple, and I was rooting to see them get together, laughing and groaning along the way.

    And then there’s Mrs. Davenport…

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next in the series, or any other book that Turano might write.

    I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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  • Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    Sometimes nothing else will do but a Jen Turano book. Jen excels at witty dialogue and has the ability to turn the simplest of situations into laugh-out-loud humor. I’m not sure, but suspect that Georgette Heyer is somewhere in her ancestry. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this delightful story.

    Out of the Ordinary can stand alone, but it’s so much fun to see characters grow throughout the series. This story begins with the engagement part

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    Sometimes nothing else will do but a Jen Turano book. Jen excels at witty dialogue and has the ability to turn the simplest of situations into laugh-out-loud humor. I’m not sure, but suspect that Georgette Heyer is somewhere in her ancestry. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this delightful story.

    Out of the Ordinary can stand alone, but it’s so much fun to see characters grow throughout the series. This story begins with the engagement party of Permilia Griswald and Asher Rutherford from the previous book, Behind the Scenes. I loved Gertrude and Harrison so much! Gertrude is kind and tender hearted – almost too kind when it came to putting up with her employer’s antics. Despite his clothing debacles, Harrison was a much-sought-after bachelor who enjoyed a great friendship with Gertrude – such a wonderful way for a loving relationship to grow. The opening scene – hilarious and quite memorable – revolves around Gertrude’s bustle and draws in several people.

    There were some serious elements amongst all the humor, such as the background of Mrs. Davenport, Gertrude’s employer. The theme of feeling unworthy of God’s love was gently woven throughout the story and contrasted with forgiveness and grace. Gertrude was truly “out of the ordinary,” as is anything Jen Turano writes.

    Recommended.

    I was provided a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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