Monday, July 14, 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)Overview: After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home... until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth—until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

ISBN-13: 9780764211270
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/2014
Series:Ladies of Distinction Series , #4
Pages: 352
 My Reviews of the Ladies of Distinction Series: A Change of Fortune | A Most Peculiar Circumstance | A Talent for Trouble

My Review: I absolutely love Jen Turano. Her writing style is entertaining and fun! I have been waiting for Agatha's story since I read the first book, A Change of Fortune, and I was not disappointed. The story was swift, the action and adventure was entertaining, and the dialogue was witty! My only complaint: it ended!!

Agatha is a woman ahead of her time. She is unconventional, independent, stubborn, and someone wants her dead. Her faith is strong, even when she is unsure of the future. Zayne is a compassionate, kind man who is a little bit lost and disheartened in the beginning  of the story. Their connection was immediate, but both were slow to come to terms with their feelings, which made for highly entertaining dialogue. 

The message of the book was simple: God is always there, leading the way for you, even when you can't see Him in your circumstances. Sometimes it takes the help of others to realize this. Family and friends were placed in your life to help you along in your Christian walk, so don't take them for granted!

Overall, this was a highly satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series, and I can't wait for more of Jen Turano's stories.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*


  1. Great review, Shannah! I'm really looking forward to reading Agatha's story eventually, but I still have to make the time to get to books 2 and 3! :)

  2. I can't wait to read this latest (and final) installment of this series. Thanks for the quick preview!

  3. I have only recently discovered the books by Jen Turano. I have only read A Gentleman of Distinction - the novella. I know I am going to enjoy the books and can't wait to read them.

  4. Your review of A Match of Wits makes me want to read the book. It sounds humorous, romantic, adventuresome, with Christian messages entertwined throughout that one can ponder.

  5. What a great review. I can't wait to read it myself.

  6. Knowing that this is one of her favorite characters (from her author interview) makes me want to read this one first. Great review without any spoilers

  7. Ok, I love how she writes with a Christian theme and message. I'll be honest. Those are my favorite books and they always inspire me to be a better Christian. Thanks for reviewing so many great books ~ you definitely help me keep my TBR bookshelf FULL! :)

  8. Confession: I have not read any of Jen Turano's books . . . yet. Your review might just convince me that this is totally unacceptable;-) I enjoy a book that has witty dialogue––and a great Christian message. Great review!