Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
I enjoyed Playing the Part by Jen Turano. The story started a little slow for me. It took about sixty pages for me to really feel drawn into the story, and for me to start to see Jen Turano's trademark humor. Once I did, I enjoyed the story much more. I liked the goat. Yes, I said goat. Trust me.
Lucetta was a strong-willed, independent heroine, and while I like a strong heroine, it does become a mite bit frustrating when they constantly refuse help because they don't want to be seen as a damsel in distress. I was happy to see Lucetta learn that it's ok to be strong and accepting of someone's help. Bram indeed was dishy. ;) I enjoyed his character very much, finding him very amusing and fun - but that's all I can say about him! I thought both of their characters had good development throughout the story.
Playing the Part is the third book in the A Class of Their Own Series, however, it can be read as a stand alone novel without feeling lost, confused, and hurt. ;) But if you've read the previous series, you will see characters you love without feeling like they steal from Lucetta's story.
I received a copy of Playing the Part by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
God bless you guys! :)
V. Joy Palmer