Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women’s suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.
Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in less than a pleasant mood, and when Hamilton’s sister turns out of have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he’s at his wit’s end.
Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella’s paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can’t be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.
A Most Peculiar Circumstance is the second book in Jen Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series, coming after A Change of Fortune. I have already read this novel once I while back, but since I never finished the series, I decided to read it (and the first book) again before finally reading the third and fourth installments. Since I’m a really, really, REALLY big fan of Jen’s, it didn’t bother me a bit to read this book again. And, as was the case with the first book, I think I loved this even more the second time around! I knew that I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t remember it being so funny! I’m definitely super glad I’m reading these again, and I can’t wait to read books three and four!
Arabella Beckett is by far one of my favorite characters in the whole series. She is so sweet, and energetic, and just a little bit troublesome, and I couldn’t help loving her from the first moment I met her. She got into so many scrapes throughout the course of this story, and I couldn’t help but also love her adventurous spirit. Outside of that though, she is also full of compassion for those in need, and I loved watching her attempt to help them better their lives. But by far, my most favorite thing is her relationship with Theodore. Their arguments throughout the beginning of this novel are completely hysterical, and I just loved watching their feelings develop.
Theodore Wilder was NOT a character I loved from the very beginning. But, to be fair, I think that was the point. I did like him as a person, I just couldn’t stand his views on women and their place in society and in the home. Plus, when you think about it, Arabella—and Eliza and Agatha--didn’t like this about him either, so it’s not like I’m the only one. However, Theodore quickly grew on me, and it wasn’t long before I realized he most definitely was the perfect man for Arabella, so I was eventually able to overlook his misguided beginnings.
All in all, I really loved this book, and while it already had a place on my all-time favorites list, I am even more sure after reading it again that it definitely belongs there. I can’t imagine not giving it all five bookshelves, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I’ve already started A Talent for Trouble, and since I already absolutely love Grayson, I know this is another one I will enjoy. I can’t say enough about how fantastic of a writer Jen is, and I’m so glad I discovered her novels a couple of years ago, as I can’t get enough of them! This one is highly recommended!
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Jen Turano and Bethany House Publishers.