My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
So, I'm reading this series way out of order, but that doesn't take away from the books. While I didn't enjoy A Most Peculiar Circumstance (book 2) as much as A Match of Wits (book 4), I did enjoy it.
Once again I loved the witty banter and strong stubborn attitude of the heroine. I didn't laugh as much as in book 4, but it had its funny moments. It was hilarious how Arabella was always attracting trouble and Theodore was always there! Their dislike for each other at the beginning was very ironic as well.
I also loved getting to know the other characters a little better and seeing how they act and change throughout the books. I can't wait to read Eliza's story in A Change of Fortune and Felicia's in A Talent for Trouble! It was nice to see how all of the girls work together, support each other, and share a love for adventure.
I don't know about you, but I love seeing a girl teach a guy a thing or two, especially before womens rights and all of that! It's quit fantastic and more often then not humorous. And that is exactly what happens in this book. Also the message Arabella learned about not judging people and everyone being equal was a great part of the book.
This book dealt with more serious issues than the fourth one, and I don't recommend it to teens younger than 15 or 16. Towards the end of the book, it took a dark and slightly scary/creepy turn but I loved the ending!
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