So I never got the chance to use Overdrive until I got here to the UK and luckily, both the base library and the local town library both use the service. I decided to try out Overdrive by first building a wish list, and from there picked up this book. I had heard of, but never read, this author's works before. This book is #2 in the Ladies of Distinction series. Note: this series is categorized as Christian/inspirational historical romance.
Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women's suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn't need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.
Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton's sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit's end.
When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can't be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.
Wonderful read with really low grade Christian praying in a few spots. There is a lot of action of the kidnapping kind, but better was the romance trope used. It was not quite friends-to-lovers, but there was a lot of back and forth sniping in the first half of the book which showed both Theodore and Arabella had quite the witty banter. That quick wit came through a number of kidnapping scenes (Arabella got taken three times) but the conversations were what I was smiling at. The secondary characters were great and the witty banter continued among conversations with and without the main couple.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Turano's works, I have a few of them already on my NOOK. I would recommend this book.