Wednesday, November 29, 2023

To Spark a Match by Jen Turano: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

After five unsuccessful Seasons on the marriage mart, Miss Adelaide Duveen has resigned herself to the notion that she's destined to remain a spinster forever--a rather dismal prospect, but one that will allow her to concentrate on her darling cats and books. However, when she inadvertently stumbles upon Mr. Gideon Abbott engaged in a clandestine activity during a dinner party, Adelaide finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue that resembles the plots in the spy novels she devours.

Former intelligence agent Gideon Abbott feels responsible for Adelaide after society threatens to banish her because of the distraction she caused to save his investigation. Hoping to return the favor, he turns to a good friend--and one of high society's leaders--to take Adelaide in hand and turn her fashionable. When danger surrounds them and Adelaide finds herself a target of the criminals in Gideon's case, the spark of love between them threatens to be quenched for good--along with their lives.

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by BooklistJen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from RT Book Reviews, and praise from Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. Readers can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at

To Spark a Match is the second book in The Matchmakers series. You can definitely enjoy this one just fine as a standalone if you have not read the previous book. 

When I see a book written by Jen Turano, I know that I am in for a great read! She has such a great way of creating stories that will make me laugh out loud... which is not something I can typically say for most historical reads. I love her sassy heroines who are always... well, let's just say a little unique... in the absolute best way possible. This story was absolutely no different. Adelaide was such a delightful character with a knack for finding herself in precarious situations. Gideon was her perfect match, and I couldn't help but enjoy these two together. Their story was the perfect blend of history, romance, intrigue and humor and I adored every minute. 

If you're looking for a historical romance that will have you laughing out loud, you definitely won't want to miss this one. 


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