Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1) by Jen Turano

Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)

byJen Turano

Kobo ebook | January 1, 2019

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Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora's secret threaten those they love, they'll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

Title:Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses Book #1)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2019Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1493417339

ISBN - 13:9781493417339


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light read Isadora Delafield is running away and as the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country, that's kind of a big deal, especially when she tries to become a servant. And that is all I will say about that because I don't want to give out spoilers. Picture that and all the interesting dilemmas that could result from that, along with some rogue animals and you have a rather funny story. But for me, that's really all it was. It was rather unrealistic to me and I found myself thinking more like "seriously?" than "wow, this is great." The writing style is great, I have no complaints on Jen's style of writing and the conversation is fun and witty. Isadora's ability to deflect questions and change conversations is intriguing, etc. And there's a bit of mystery involved where you wonder how everything is going to work out. Overall, though it was a little too off the wall for me at this time. I think, possibly, I could read the book at a later date and like it a lot more. I have read a lot of books of this genre lately and I think that is reflected in my thoughts on this book. I will say this though, I did really appreciate the ending as it related to Isadora's parents. I thought that was quite remarkable. I received this book from Bethany House via NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lovely Read Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano is the first book in her American Heiresses series. Miss Isadora Delafield flees her home in New York and the unwanted attentions of the Duke of Montrose. Arriving in rural Pennsylvania in answer to an advertisement for a housekeeper, Izzie is not prepared for such a demanding job. As an heiress she’s never had to work, and now she’s responsible for a household of six! This makes for some very humorous situations. I loved the determination and humor that Izzie displayed when each new trial came along. Finding out your purpose in life is hard sometimes, but Izzie came through with flying colors. It was great fun getting to know Isadora and Ian and watching their love develop. This story had it all; romance, danger and a mystery, animals and irresistible children. Add them all together and you have a great Jen Turano novel! I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imposter This book had me laughing out loud, such an entertaining and enjoyable read, I could picture this one as a movie! One minute our girl Isadora [Izzie] is waited on hand and foot, and the next she is in a quandary to dress herself, and how to boil water. How is she ever going to pass herself off as a housekeeper? Funny! There are some challenges that are met here, is the beloved Uncle suffering from dementia, or is an outside force tormenting him and many others? Got your attention, this is just a tease of what you are going to have once you turn those pages. A cow in the house? A chicken? A mansion and balls, along with the above make for a great read! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful Romance Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano is the first book in the American Heiresses series and I must say I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It is a delightfully captivating story. A young wealthy woman is being coerced into a marriage with an old and rather villainous man who just might even be a murderer. The answer to her dilemma seems to be to hide out in the countryside as a housekeeper and she can barely even manage to dress herself let alone take care of a household. A household which consists of a somewhat confused old man, his laid up wife and four young children from an orphanage, and add to that all the feisty farm animals who always seem to be on the loose--Buttercup, the cow who thinks the house is her stall and Elmer, the chicken who often finds its way under Izzy's skirts to peck at her legs. Isadora's adventure into life as an inept house manager has some lessons of faith as characters learn to trust God to care for and lead them. Lots of witty humor, relatable characters, some mystery, and of course, a lovely romance. Who could ask for more? I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Turano Whimsical Fiction to Love ust when I think Jen Turano can’t come up with any fresh ideas for her hilarious historic comedies, she proves me wrong again. I loved the spirit of adventure and positivity that Isadora (“Izzie”) possesses. The Duke of Montrose sounded like a “monstrosity” of a man and nuisance. On the other hand, how many readers will find themselves enthralled with Ian and his love for his fellow man (well, his looks COULD play into the picture.) Uncle Amos and Aunt Birdie are pure strokes of literary genius and the four children are beyond lovable. Now I can’t wait for the next books in this series. Some favorite quotes: “...God occasionally throws obstacles our way so we’re forced to grow into the people he wants us to be.” “...what with how often people forget to show kindness to those most vulnerable. I imagine it must pain God no small amount when He witnesses us ignoring those in need.” During the time I was reading this, I heard, “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin on the radio. Somehow it seemed very apropos to the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. All opinions are my own and no positive review was required.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully entertaining! Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano takes us back to July of 1885. Isadora Delafield has a mother determined to marry her off to a gentleman with a title. The older Duke of Montrose has set his sights on Isadora and her mother, Hester is thrilled with the match. Isadora is repulsed by the Duke and his reputation sends her running with the aid of those who care for her. Isadora or Izzie finds herself in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania applying for the position as housekeeper at Glory Manor. With a name like Glory Manor, Izzie imagines a large residence where she can direct and organize servants which happens to be her expertise. Mr. Ian MacKenzie was raised by Amos and Birdie Alderson on their farm, Glory Manor. Birdie was injured in a plow incident and Amos has been forgetful lately. Ian needs someone to take care of them while he is managing his business interests in the city. He was unprepared for the four Duffy children that a social worker has put into Birdie’s care. Ian has his doubts about Izzie’s qualifications especially after he must show her how to use the washing machine, but he is in a pinch plus he finds Izzie intriguing. Izzie finds herself adapting to her new situation, but she is concerned by malicious activities happening at Glory Manor and other surrounding farms. Izzie and Ian will need to work together to overcome unexpected challenges. What happens when someone threatens those they love and a promising future? Flights of Fancy is a delightfully entertaining historical novel. I found the book to be well-written with steady pacing. Isadore Delafield is a great character. She has a controlling mother who wants her daughter to marry a man with a title. The Duke of Montrose fits the bill, but he is twice Isadora’s age. When her best friend’s butler, Mr. Hatfield learns of the Duke’s intentions, he informs Mr. Godkin, the Delafield butler, of the man’s character and what happened to the Duke’s other three wives. The two men come up with a plan to keep Izzie safe. Ian MacKenzie is grateful to Amos and Birdie Alderson for taking him in as a child and making sure he got an education. Ian is now a successful businessman who is determined to marry a society lady. I enjoyed the witty repartee between Izzie and Ian. Izzie has no clue how to perform the most basic of tasks, but she is a whiz at organization and hiring others to accomplish her plans. Add in four rambunctious children, a cow who prefers a house to a barn and a chicken (who really should have been named Nigel). Also, Izzie tends to be long-winded with her unusual explanations (which make Ian forget what he asked in the first place). I found myself laughing from beginning to end while reading Flights of Fancy (I am talking about laugh-out-loud laughing). Jen Turano captured the historical period with her descriptions of the homes (mansions), the beautiful clothing, the attitudes of men and women (especially society mother’s like Harriet Delafield), the transportation utilized, the historical figures mentioned, and the types of businesses run. The Christian element is light but well thought out. Birdie is the character with the strongest faith which she shares with those in her life. My finger was kept busy flipping the virtual pages of my Kindle as I devoured this book. Flights of Fancy is a captivating story with romance, action, rich historical details, suspense, and whimsy.
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Side splitting humor, heart melting love Oh to see this on the silver screen! Movies today aren't what they used to be, so this would be an excellent comeback. A full, rich story about poised Isadora, a society girl who ran away to be a housekeeper when her life was put in danger. Since it was the most unexpected thing for her to do, she should have been safe. But then she was expecting a Manor to run, not a farm, and of course she didn't really seem at first to fit in. I love the tomboy skills she has that are allowed to shine. Ian is a social climber looking to increase his fortune after being raised at Glory Manor. He was not expecting quite the disruptions that kept him in the country running the farm and out of the city where his best connections would be. In typical Jen Turano style, it's filled to the top with hilarious, rolling misevents and tender loving moments. Deeply satisfying to the end, which you won't want to happen. Don't you just love the cover? I've said it before: Cheer up! Read a Jen Turano book! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Date published: 2019-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lighthearted, fun-filled Like the other Jen Turano books that I have read, Flights of Fancy is a lighthearted, fun-filled story with a dash of intrigue. While there were a few details that seemed a bit unrealistic, it may be because it was difficult to imagine the extent of the fortune that a young man could amass in the late 1800s. The story was enjoyable and the theme of satisfaction found through purpose rather than self indulgence was well-illustrated. Turano's quirky characters are easy to love, and her villains easy to want brought down. Flights of Fancy is a great book to sandwich between meatier reads. I appreciate receiving this copy from Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Date published: 2019-01-01