Out of the Ordinary, by Jen Turano, is the second book in the Apart From the Crowd series. It follows Behind the Scenes. The story is set in New York in 1883 and tells the story of a young woman working as a paid companion to an elderly woman.
Gertrude Cadwalader’s employer is challenging, as she tends to steal items from others and then send Gertrude to return them unnoticed. When this occurs at a friend’s engagement party, Gertrude is furious and gives her notice. Upon attempting to return the items, she is caught and taken to the police station. Her friend, Harrison Sinclair, is caught between his sister, who caught Gertrude and called the police, and his dear friend, Gertrude herself. As the truth comes out, Gertrude and Harrison find themselves attracted to each other and working together to set things right.
This was a wonderful story. While I found the wording in the book somewhat difficult to maneuver, especially the first half, I also found myself glued to the story line. Gertrude was honest and intelligent. Harrison was unique and confident. But I found Mrs. Davenport a most interesting character, with her flaws and repentant nature.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.