Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano

When Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband, she decides He must want her to pursue Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the catch of the season. The only problem? She's never actually met him. Fortunately, one of her oldest and dearest friends, Mr. Henry St. James, is acquainted with Hamilton. Much to Henry's chagrin, Charlotte immediately ropes him into helping her meet her intended. However, none of her plans to catch Hamilton's eye go quite as she expected. In the midst of the mayhem Charlotte always seems to cause, she can't help but wonder if she might have misheard God after all.

This novella is a companion to A Change of Fortune, Jen Turano's full-length debut novel.

A Gentleman of Her Dreams was an engaging and witty novella with truly enjoyable characters. Charlotte was a spunky and precocious character who had me laughing on every page. Her brash and insane plans were hilarious, and I felt sorry for "poor Henry" as he was pulled along with her bizarre schemes. Henry was a patient and adorable character that was incredibly fed up with Charlotte's seemingly oblivious notice of his regard. Overall, I highly enjoyed the repartee and funny situations that this couple found themselves in, and I loved Charlotte's pursuit of the familiar but more aloof character named Hamilton Beckett (later seen in A Change of Fortune).

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