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Publisher's Note:

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened. When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they're seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk. Gilbert is willing to propose marriage--except Temperance will have none of it. She's finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won't give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.…

Caught by Surprise

by Jen Turano

Overall Book Review:

Caught by Surprise is the third book in the Apart From the Crowd series.  Jen Turano is a very funny author who dares to imagine what it would be like to have unconventional individuals thrust into the midst of very conventional society.  This post-Civil War novel keeps one reading just to find out what Temperance Flowerdew will do next.

The opening scenes of the story immediately draw one’s attention and then curiosity keeps things going right up until the end.  The situations are so ludicrous that one can’t help but think how amusing they would actually be, if they did happen. 

Sprinkled in amongst this light-hearted fun is a healthy dose of emotional vulnerability.  The story of Miss Flowerdew and her ill-wishing relatives is amazing and sad.  It reminds readers that it is a blessing to be surrounded by those we love.

Gilbert Cavendish has no idea how his life will be changed.  Watching him unwittingly fall for Temperance Flowerdew and not realize he is falling is rather amusing.  This story will keep you laughing and smiling and leave you feeling satisfied.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Woman is kidnapped and a sleeping “potion” is used; multiple scenes in which shots are fired and in some cases blood is mentioned; report of a person throwing a lamp at someone; a knife is thrown and hits its target, blood flows; a vase is smashed on a man’s head; several scenes in which pistols are drawn, but not used. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters embrace, kiss and hold hands.

Mature Subject Matter:

Corruption, death of parents, abduction.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Report of a character drinking at a saloon; a character mentions the desire to consume brandy.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.