Playing the Part
by Jen Turano
Trade Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: March 1, 2016
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description from Goodreads:
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. Lucinda'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.
Playing the Part is a romantic comedy set in 1882 in New York and Virgina. It's the third in a series, but this book can be read as a stand alone since each book has different main characters.
The characters were nice people with distinct personalities. The hero and heroine end up in a series of silly situations during which they get to know each other. They get to know the real person, which is different from what they thought they knew about each other. Several characters had broken relationships with family members which were healed throughout the course of the story. The serious stuff gave the characters some depth, development, and realism, but mostly the story was a fun bundle of laughs.
Several of the characters were Christians, and this was shown in how they treated people. There was no sex and no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun, humorous novel.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.