Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.
When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they're seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.
Gilbert is willing to propose marriage--except Temperance will have none of it. She's finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won't give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.
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True to form, the third installation of Apart from the Crowd begins with an outlandish surprise, yet managed well by an intelligent, level-headed Temperance Flowerdew. She is rescued from her dilemma by her childhood friend Gilbert Cavendish. The book continues as the situation returns to rights, but their relationship consumes much of the rest of the story, along with several mysteries that evolve.
This novel is set in New York City in the 1880s, in a high-society background. As such, the characters' speech patterns are very particular, and much of the book is dialog. It seemed that it took me longer to read this book because of that style, but when the hilarity ensues, the plot twists, and the mysteries are solved, it is worth it.
Fans of Jen Turano's writing will want to read this book, as well as historical romance readers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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