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Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Saturday, April 9, 2016
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.

Goodreads Summary

Lucetta is an up and coming actress whose career is cut short when she has to hide from an avid fan. he may just Bram is an unusual man and the reader will likely think, like me, that he would not want to court an actress, but we just might be wrong!  Bram lives in a spooky house where odd things occur and Lucetta, unable to work, decides to get to the bottom of it.  

Lucetta's character is spunky and fun.  She has a bad, abusive stepfather who "lost" her in a bet.  She is rambunctious and clever and makes a career for herself.  I liked how she enjoyed the mystery and had a few run-ins with an obnoxious goat (those scenes were a riot!).  Bram was handsome and mysterious.  He has some kind of a past and secret that the reader will enjoy discovering.  The author has a nice, neat writing style that draws the reader in and allows him/her to imagine the scenes and picture them in his/her head.  Overall, this would be a fun read for adults.

4 Stars

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