Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano




Miss Gertrude Cadwalader finds herself in peculiar situations on a regular basis as the paid companion to an eccentric and odd woman of society, Mrs. Davenport. But because of Gertrude’s kindness she tolerates her employer’s antics and even goes so far as to protect and make amends for Mrs. Davenport’s clandestine activities. Eventually, Gertrude finds herself in the middle of a misunderstanding with her friend’s mother, Mrs. Sinclair.   Harrison Sinclair takes Gertrude’s side but there are still many unanswered questions about some missing items.

This is a delightful story; I adored both Harrison and Gertrude, the main characters. There are many funny and whimsical scenes between them that made me laugh out loud. The author engages the reader in her imaginative and outlandish tale of two very unordinary people. Both Gertrude and Harrison have such cute and appealing character qualities. For example, Harrison’s sense of style and the way he oddly pairs colors of his wardrobe. I also really loved Harrison’s relationship with his sisters and their family dynamics. On more than one occasion, Gertrude got stitches in her side from running and had to be carried by Harrison. I really liked the quirkiness of all the characters, they were so endearing. The only character I wasn’t a big fan of was Mrs. Davenport. I didn’t care for the way she treated Gertrude and her attitude of what appeared to be indifference. The plot was well crafted with some mysterious and unpredictable twists. Some of the characters from Behind the Scenes are also in this book and it helped me appreciate the story more knowing the background information on them. However, I also think this book could be read without having read the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series.

I would highly recommend reading this historical fiction if you like humorous and unusual but lovable characters.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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