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Book Review, Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano & a Giveaway!

Storing Up Trouble

by Jen Turano

 

I just finished the very delightful Storing Up Trouble, book #3 in the American Heiresses series, by the fabulous Jen Turano. Jen has been a guest on Romancing History before so if you’d like to learn a bit more about her and her books, click here to see my author interview with her from last September.

Jen has generously offered to giveaway a paper copy of her latest release Storing Up Trouble to one lucky Romancing History guest. See below for the details of the giveaway.

About the Book


Title: Storing Up Trouble
Series Info: American Heiress, Book #3
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Info: (Bethany House Publishers, May 5, 2020, 363 pages


Blurb

When Miss Beatrix Waterbury’s Chicago-bound train ride is interrupted by a heist, Mr. Norman Nesbit, a man of science who believes his research was the target of the heist, comes to her aid. Despite the fact that they immediately butt heads, they join forces to make a quick escape.

Upon her arrival in Chicago, Beatrix is surprised to discover her supposedly querulous Aunt Gladys shares her own suffragette passions. Encouraged by Gladys to leave her sheltered world, Beatrix begins working as a salesclerk at the Marshall Field and Company department store. When she again encounters Norman on a shopping expedition, he is quickly swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract.

But when another attempt is made to part Norman from his research papers, and it becomes clear Beatrix’s safety is also at risk, they soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

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My Thoughts

Beatrix. Beatrix. Beatrix. She’s been a favorite secondary character of mine throughout the entire American Heiresses series and I can’t deny she’s a simply delightful heroine! Her straight forward, yet optimistic ways endear her to the reader. And, any woman who packs a pistol purse and saves her man during a train heist is Aces in my book!

That brings us to the hero, one Mr. Norman Nesbit. I must admit, this sweet awkward man stole my heart early on. While gifted with intelligence a plenty, Norman struggles with normal every day social graces. And while Beatrix originally is a bit of a thorn in his side, their banter sparks an attraction to her his scientific formulas just can’t explain and he slowly realizes how her influence has made him aware that he’s been more concerned with his own research than people—a situation he determines to rectify.

One of my favorite aspects of Storing Up Trouble was learning about life as a sales girl in a Gilded Age department store. When Beatrix is forced to visit her Aunt Gladys, she is required to get a job at Marshall Field & Company so she can relate to the problems of the working class. Determined to keep her identity as part of the New York Four Hundred under wraps, the Chicago elite make many improper assumptions about Beatrix and she realizes for the first time just how unfair life can be for those not born to a life of privilege.

Turano delights the reader with a trifecta of well-developed characters, lush historical details, and rich, vivid settings. Those familiar with Turano’s writing know they’re in for a comedic romp through the Gilded Age and Storing Up Trouble delivers not only laugh out loud scenes but a sweet romance as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Favorite Quotes

“Just because he frequently annoys me doesn’t mean I’m not fond of the man.”

“Every time he tried to settle into a relaxing bout of mathematical equations or attempt to draw a diagram of an improved electrical motor, thoughts of Beatrix interrupted his work.”

“Men tend to react better to unexpected news when they’re not suffering from hunger pains.”

“You’ve never had trouble sleeping before, even when you’re on a train, which means . . . you’ve met a man, and one who is giving you trouble if I’m not mistaken.”

“Friends and family made life enjoyable, a notion he’d only begun considering after becoming acquainted with Beatrix.”


Spiritual Takeaway

One of my favorite aspects of Storing Up Trouble is the witty banter between Beatrix and Norman. These two get underneath each other’s skin as it were and remind me of the Biblical proverb, “As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) Isn’t that just the truth? It is often when our actions and motives are questioned by those around us that we see our own failings more clearly. Norman, a brilliant scientist, comes to the realization that he doesn’t really know his own family because he spends all of his time in the pursuit of knowledge. It is only when he meets Beatrix that his eyes are opened and he begins in earnest to make amends to those around him. When others can hardly believe the changes in him, he credits the “new Norman” to Beatrix’s influence.

Storing Up Trouble also spoke to the old maxim, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Because Beatrix kept her identity as an American heiress and member of the elite New York Four Hundred a secret, incorrect assumptions were made about her by most everyone she encountered that she was either struggling financially or an ill-bred member of the working class or both. Despite her ill-treatment at times, Beatrix makes a stand for justice and reminds those around her that the true value of a person doesn’t lie in their wealth or social statues but in the unique person God made them to be despite their circumstances.


Other Books in the American Heiresses Series


Flights of Fancy, American Heiresses Book #1

Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1) by [Jen Turano]Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

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Diamond in the Rough, American Heiresses Book #2

Diamond in the Rough (American Heiresses Book #2) by [Jen Turano]To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy’s grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

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About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist.  When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com or on Facebook and Twitter.


Giveaway**

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER — CATHY!

Jen has graciously agreed to give away one paper copy of Storing Up Trouble to one lucky Romancing History guest. To enter, please leave a comment below and tell us which of Jen’s delightfully quirky heroines is your favorite and why?

 

 **Giveaway open to US Residents only and ends at midnight on Sunday, 5/24/20.

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49 Comments

  1. Theresa Kitchen

    I love Isadora Delafield. The situation she found herself in was way beyond her experience, but she persevered. Kinda like I did when I joined The Women’s Army Corps in 75 and went from the lowest rank to Staff Sergeant before I got out in 84.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Theresa, Wow, what an accomplishment! That’s fantastic! Thank you for your service. I hope you get the chance to read Beatrix’s story, too! Good luck in the drawing!

  2. Lucy Reynolds

    I really enjoy the humor and characters in Jen’s books especially Gertrude in Out of the Ordinary. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Lucy, Gertrude is a hoot and is definitely in my top 3! Good luck in the drawing!

  3. debra Lindquist

    I have not read any of Jen’s books, so am eagerly waiting on this one. Thank you for a chance to win!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Debra, Oh you are in for a real treat no matter which one you choose to read first! Good luck in the drawing!

  4. Brenda Murphree

    I haven’t ever read one of Jen’s book but I would love to win one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Brenda, You definitely won’t be disappointed. Good luck in the drawing!

  5. Betsy

    I loved Beatrix , Henry carrying the chicken all around. Beatrix was so funny with standing up in the boat in Central Park pond. Beatrix was very vocal!!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Betsy, Yes, Beatrix is outspoken and I love her all the more for it! Good luck in the drawing!

  6. Alicia Haney

    I have not read any of Jens books but Diamond on the Rough is on my TBR list. Her book covers are Beautiful and her books sound like very good reads. Thank you for the chance.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Alicia, Oh Poppy is one of my favorite characters of all time. Isn’t she a delight? I hope you get a chance to read more of her books. Good luck in the drawing!

  7. Hi Kelly! The only book I’ve read of Jen’s was Caught by Surprise and it was a hoot! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Cynthia, Ah, yes, Miss Temperance Flowerdew — she is so fun. The more I think about it the more I realize its just too hard to pick a favorite among her heroines. Good luck in the drawing!

  8. Perrianne Askew

    My fave so far is Gertrude Cadwalader simply because she gracefully puts up with her “sticky fingered” employer Mrs. Davenport. Then of course she has to put to rights those things “borrowed.” Is it any coincidence that Gertrude’s las name is similar to caterwauling? I thought that throughout the book, which is really funny!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Perianne, Hahahaha! I love the names Jen gives her characters. They’re always perfect. Good luck in the drawing!

  9. Thanks for commenting and visiting Romancing History!!

  10. Joan Arning

    I’ve not read any of this series but Isadora sounds interesting to me!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Joan, Oh, yes, Isadora is fabulous…very spunky! Hope you get a chance to the read this series! Good luck in the drawing!

  11. Angela Anderson

    I have loved every book I’ve read!! I only recently discovered Jen Turano and haven’t read all of her books but from what I’ve read, I love all the characters and I laugh out loud regularly throughout each book! The crazy scrapes the characters find themselves in reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. Agatha is my favorite character so far but the dinner dress scene with Eliza in A Change of Fortune practically had me howling with laughter. My Mom has read only cozy mysteries for thirty years and I got her to start reading Jen Turano after I read that scene to her!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Angela, Yes that scene had me in tears! I’m so glad you’re mom is enjoying the books, too! Good luck in the drawing!

  12. Patti Bond

    I love reading Jen’s booksLooking foward to reading Storing Up Troube Enjoyed reading your bo0knreview Thanks for the chance to wi n

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Patti, Thanks for the kind words about my review. Beatirx and Norman’s story is so cute! I know you’ll love it! Good luck in the drawing!

  13. Tamara

    Can’t wait to read this!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Tamara, It really is a fun read. I especially enjoyed Norman Nesbit. He’s endearing! Good luck in the drawing!

  14. Cathy

    I have read several of Jen’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I think my favorite so far is Poppy Garrison, although it is a difficult choice!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Cathy, Poppy is garnering a lot of support in this informal poll of ours! Good luck in the drawing!

  15. Elizabeth Litton

    I’ve always liked Millie Longfellow from In Good Company. She’s so funny with using the wrong words and phrases, plus she is an awesome nanny!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Elizabeth, Oh that’s good to know! The Class of their Own series are the only books I haven’t read yet. She sounds like a real hoot and a half! Good luck in the drawing!

  16. Chanel Monroe

    I’ve only read the American Heiresses series so far, but I absolutely adored Poppy Garrison. She’s a remarkable heroine!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Chanel, I loved Poppy too! I think you’ll love Beatrix as well!

  17. Charla

    I love all Jen Turano’s book if I were to pick a character it would be poppy from diamond in the rough she is such a fun character to read about and her character keeps you guessing even to the end of the book

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Charla, Oh Poppy is definitely in my top 3! I fell in love with her as soon as her tiara got stuck on Murray’s sleeve! Good luck in the drawing!

  18. Johnette

    I have never read one of Jen’s books, but I think that I need to! This sounds like it would be right up my alley!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Johnette, Oh they will put a smile on your face. When I’m reading Jen’s books, I laugh out loud and hubby’s like “what’s so funny?” Then I proceed to read the snippet to him and he’s usually laughing and shaking his head, too! Good luck in the drawing!

  19. Kellie

    I haven’t had the chance yet but I totally want too!!!!!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Kellie, You will love her books. Any of them! Good luck in the drawing!

  20. Linda

    I hope Jen knows just how important her writing is during times like these. I have had trouble concentrating on much of anything serious…but I know I can pick up ANY of Jen’s books and retreat for awhile from the reality of what is going on around me. I’m reading Flights of Fancy again while I wait for Storing Up Trouble. Thank you!!!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Linda, that is a lovely comment and I’ll make sure Jen sees it. Sometimes authors who write on the witty side feel their books aren’t as substantive as ones that are more probing. I think there is a season for both, if a book can bring a smile, a laugh, and a few moments of respite from our troubles, I think that is a very good thing!

  21. Debby

    I have enjoyed all of her heroines. I love that they are strong women who are not afraid to try new things.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Debby, I think that is definitely a constant theme within her books. Good luck in the drawing!

  22. Kathy Johnson

    I recently finished Diamond In The Rough. Poppy is such a delightful character! Love all Jen’s books!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Kathy, Oh Poppy is a hoot and definitely in my top 3 Turano heroines! Good luck in the drawing!

  23. Tabitha

    I’ve only read Gentlemen of Her Dreams so far, but I loved it! This book sounds amazing 🙂

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Tabitha, I really love all Jen’s books! You can’t do wrong with any of them! Good luck in the drawing!

  24. April

    My favorites character is Temperance Flowerdew from Caught By Surprise. The situations she encounters are hilarious, especially when she was kidnapped but the kidnappers were supposed to kidnap someone else, not her!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi April, Temperance is definitely a worthy choice. Even her name just evokes a grin, doesn’t it? Thanks for visiting Romancing History today!

  25. Lilah Mast

    I absolutely love her writing!!!! All of it! 😍😍😍😍

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Lilah, It is hard to pick just one, isn’t it! Good luck in the drawing!

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