Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary

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 yac...

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Title:Out of the Ordinary
Author:Jen Turano
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Out of the Ordinary Reviews

  • 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.

  • Aerykah

    Ah... Jen's books are always so very fun to read!  That's why I like them so much.  They're unusual and wholly unbelievable, but they make me laugh and I dearly love a laugh! :)

    This book was, as I expected, a lot of fun and quite the adventure at times!  There are some deeper, more difficult topics in this book, but as a whole I would consider it a comedy.  Sometimes, the characters and situations are completely absurd, but that's what makes it so funny!  (If you're a fan of classic films, I mig

    Ah... Jen's books are always so very fun to read!  That's why I like them so much.  They're unusual and wholly unbelievable, but they make me laugh and I dearly love a laugh! :)

    This book was, as I expected, a lot of fun and quite the adventure at times!  There are some deeper, more difficult topics in this book, but as a whole I would consider it a comedy.  Sometimes, the characters and situations are completely absurd, but that's what makes it so funny!  (If you're a fan of classic films, I might compare it to something like "The Court Jester" or some other similar movie.  If you don't understand that reference... then all I can say is that you need to go watch that movie.  You'll thank me later. ;) )

    I think I can honestly say that my favorite part of this story, and of the series in general so far, is Harrison.  He is just..... he's such a lovable sweetheart!  He's a wonderful brother and I love that about him!  A hero that's a good brother always gets to me and Harrison's got that roll nailed.  He obviously loves his sisters, even if he does find them exasperatingly baffling most of the time.  He cares about them and for them.  And all of that translates over into his relationship with Gertrude (who I also love) in a really sweet way.  He's also a good and loyal friend.  And while I'm pretty sure his clothing choices would probably drive me bonkers... I guess it does say something for him that he wasn't so extremely concerned with what people thought of his sense of fashion.

    Gertrude is frustrating at times, mostly because of all the things she lets Mrs. Davenport get away with, but the more I got to know her, the more I loved her and I was somewhat better able to understand where she was coming from.  Going into too much detail on that would be a spoiler so I won't say anything more, except that she has a very sad past and I know it would be difficult for anyone to overcome some of what she went through.  She is compassionate and loyal and the type of person I think I would enjoy calling a friend.

    I did wish for a little more in certain areas.  I was really hoping for some more information on Harrison's colorblindness, yet at the same time, I wasn't surprised when it wasn't explored further.  And Temperance's seeming about-face was kind of abrupt, but I thought that might be explained more in the next book.  I hope it is.  And I wish we knew more about Harrison's family!  Seems like there could easily be a series written about his sisters...  Would that be too much to hope for?  And I felt like Mrs. Davenport's situation could have been expounded upon further.  It just felt like there would be more behind her character and personality than what we were given in the story.

    One thing upset me.  At one point, the pastor says that he's delivered several sermons that centered around the truth that everyone is worthy of God's grace.  That is not true.  Grace is, by definition, unmerited.  It is impossible to be worthy of grace.  That is all.

    With all that being said, I still really enjoyed this book.  I'm happy to be able to add it to my ever-growing collection of Jen's books and I'm sure I'll be perusing it again in the future! :)

    Before I go... leave me a comment if you've read the book and you remember that moment when Harrison was so desperate that he used the topic of conversation he was trying to avoid as a distraction from the distraction he tried to use to avoid the original conversation. (Hope that makes sense.)  Personally, I found that situation hilarious! ;D

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emilee

    This book is a lot of fun. This is my first book by this author and although it's not my favorite genre it was a great read. The characters are pretty far fetched but it is fiction so I use my imagination. Lots of silliness going on which led me to smiles and giggles. I compare this read to a little treat, a cupcake with fluffy buttercream frosting!

  • 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.

  • Jerry

    Overall, I enjoyed this one, even if I'm not the target audience.

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