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. Lucetta'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.
When I requested Playing the Part, I was wondering if I would get the same satisfaction I would get from reading a novel such as Julie Klassen's. Jen Turano's Playing the Part did not disappoint, even though her writing style took me a bit to get used to.
Right away I fell in love with all the characters, though I did become a little annoyed at Abigail for trying to hook Lucetta up with someone. I speak from experience when I say that I understand why she wanted to run from Abigail's matchmaking attempts, since my mom and grandmother used to tease me about any cute boy I came across when I was younger.
Bram Haverstein was such a realistic character that I could almost see him standing on the pages. I enjoyed his character, his personality, and found that if I knew him in real life I would assuredly have considered him a good friend of mine.
It's so refreshing to come across a historical fiction novel by an author who isn't one that you're used to. It's also refreshing to find an interesting story that takes place post-Civil War that doesn't take place in the Wild West (no offense, those can be good too if they pique my interest).
Playing the Part was sprinkled with just the right amount of humor, mystery, and suspense that was where it was supposed to be. I would be extremely interested in looking into more of Jen Turano's books once I've worked through my To Be Read pile.
Congratulations, Jen Turano, I think you just gained a new fan!