Thursday, May 28, 2020

Book Review: Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano

About the Book

When Miss Beatrix Waterbury's Chicago-bound train ride is interrupted by a heist, Mr. Norman Nesbit, a man of science who believes his research was the target of the heist, comes to her aid. Despite the fact that they immediately butt heads, they join forces to make a quick escape.

Upon her arrival in Chicago, Beatrix is surprised to discover her supposedly querulous Aunt Gladys shares her own suffragette passions. Encouraged by Gladys to leave her sheltered world, Beatrix begins working as a salesclerk at the Marshall Field and Company department store. When she again encounters Norman on a shopping expedition, he is quickly swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract.

But when another attempt is made to part Norman from his research papers, and it becomes clear Beatrix's safety is also at risk, they soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

My Review

Kidnappings.  Train Robberies.  Assault.  Burglaries.  This book has it all!  Storing Up Trouble also includes author Jen Turano's classic wit, a strong heroine, and an uplifting romance.

I loved Beatrix.  She has always been one to stand for justice and equity, and she has plenty of opportunity to do so in this book.  She takes on a position as a sales girl, and learns first-hand the plight of the working woman at that time.  It was also really encouraging to see Norman develop as a person as the book progresses.

In her characteristic style, Turano brings situations and characters together with humor and suspense to create a very satisfying conclusion to the American Heiresses series.  The book does stand alone well, but it is also enjoyable to take in cameo appearances by characters from previous novels.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Jen Turano is the author of over eight books and two novellas. A graduate of the University of Akron, she has a degree in clothing and textiles, is a member of ACFW, and lives in Denver, Colorado. For more information, visit her at

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