Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Full of eccentric characters and strange plot twists, Behind the Scenes will keep you guessing at what will happen next. Miss Permilia Griswold is a young woman who knows wants she wants even if actually getting what she wants tends to get her in unlikely predicaments. Mr. Asher Rutherford likes predictability and Permilia is anything but predictable.

Turano has a gift for creating memorable characters. I really liked the range and depth of characters in Behind the Scenes. The characters reminded me of a Charles Dicken’s story where all the dissimilar and sometimes strange characters find themselves connected to each other by the end of the novel. Permilia was an intriguing personality and I liked following her journey.

Well written and fun to read, Behind the Scenes is entertaining. I liked it. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano for my candid review.


A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

I don’t know what I was expecting after reading the cover of A Match of Wits by Jen Turano, but I didn’t anticipate a pet pig as part of the plot, which seemed over the top. Turano presents a variety of characters in her new book which are entertaining and strong in their own ways, but I found Agatha and Zayne, the main characters a bit exaggerated.

The storyline of A Match of Wits held my attention well enough and I really thought some of backup characters like Mr. Blackheart and Drusilla were well-developed and believable. Piper was entertaining and helpful in her own way, but her conversation was too mature and formal for an eight year old.

While Turano’s story had some delightful moments, most of the book’s humor was derived from the ridiculous antics of Agatha coupled with Zayne’s egotistical responses to her behavior rather than witty, adult conversation among the main characters. Turano is an excellent writer but I finished her novel wishing there had been a bit more depth to her main characters.

Overall, A Match of Wits was not bad, but it was not my favorite. Bethany House sent me a complimentary book of A Match of Wits by Jen Turano to review.