Book Review of Playing the Part by Jen Turano

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.

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Thoughts

Secrets, scandals, and surprises play out in this humorous tale with a dramatic cast of characters, highly improper lack of teeth, a hastily blurted proposal, and a kiss in the closet with the matchmaking grandmother looking on. With highlights of danger this is a need to read historical comedy romance. And a sweet, silly, and somewhat adventurous last act that was a wonderful ending to A Class Of Their Own.

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