FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Jen Turano, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas
Whenever I’m in the mood for a rollicking good historical romance with lots of comedy and wit, I turn to one of my favorite authors, Jen Turano. She knows how to create delightful scenarios that are guaranteed to tickle my funny bone and keep me giggling and chuckling. Situations that should sound preposterous somehow fit Turano’s madcap heroines perfectly, and I’m not at all surprised at the crazy things they do. With a definite knack for choosing the perfect names for her characters and plopping them down in the middle of deliciously funny adventures, Turano is a brilliant story teller.
Flights of Fancy was another great book—this time featuring Isadora Delafield and Ian MacKenzie, both fabulous characters who are endearing, lovable, and vividly-drawn. A charming cast of secondary characters, which include Buttercup the cow and a hen named Elmer, along with 4 adorable carrot-top children, wound their way into my heart. The witty banter and delightful escapades kept me turning pages.
The underlying messages that wealth and social standing don’t guarantee happiness and success in life, and that obstacles can make us stronger and better people added a spiritual message that deepened the story for me. I loved this quote, “. . . God occasionally throws obstacles our way so that we’re forced to grow into the people He wants us to be. You are far stronger than you think. I imagine, even with must seem like insurmountable mountains placed in your path, you’ll soon discover strengths you never knew you had.”
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.
Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora's secret threaten those they love, they'll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.
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