Finding Margo by Jen Turano (review by Kristi)


About the book:  Off the charts and on the run.

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It’s time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small Dutch town in Ohio?

Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn’t who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions…the kind that make her a target for a killer.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. Is finding Margo the solution to Brock’s problems or just the beginning…?

Kindle Edition, 320 pages                        Published November 15, 2016, by Gilead Publishing


My review:  This book is certainly no great mystery or suspense. The first page pretty much gives away that aspect of the book. It’s not really Amish fiction either. The main character, Margo, is a pop star and does land herself right in the middle of Amish country but the book just didn’t feel Amish-y enough for an Amish fiction read. However, the book is a fairly entertaining read.

Margo Hartman was a likable enough character. She reminded me a bit of George Strait’s character in the movie Pure Country. She’s had enough of being told what to do and decides to have a little “me time” and, without telling anyone where she’s going, takes off on a little vacation. This is where the similarities to the movie end as I don’t recall George Strait driving a Mini Cooper and having a strange encounter with a duck. Hmmmm……

Brock Moore was also a likable enough character. FBI agent working undercover to find out the real circumstances surrounding his sister’s death. It seems like he gets more than he bargained for in Margo. She has enough going on to keep a dozen FBI agents pretending to be small town deputies busy. Brock and Margo have a chemistry that keeps the story interesting and fun.

My favorite characters in the book hands down are Mrs. Herschberger and Gabby, the duck. Mrs. Herschberger is the sensible grandmother type this book needed. She is kind-hearted and has the best of intentions and just added some realness to the story for me. Oh, and Gabby the duck! She was adorable and quite the character. She made the book fun to read.

As to the actual story itself, it was ok. I wasn’t upset that right off the bat I knew the “What” of the mystery because there was still the fun part of discovering the “Who”, “How”, and “Why”. I actually liked this because it’s not the type of story I normally read and I was glad I had a chance to focus on the other aspects of the story instead. There were parts that I found to be a bit too outlandish for my taste but they fit in the story so all is good with that. As we are told in the beginning of the book three Amish kids went missing so I am assuming there are two more books in the series and I will probably read those just to see what happened to the other two.

Finding Margo isn’t really a mystery or suspense book so if you are looking for that then pass up this book. It isn’t really Amish fiction either so again if you are looking for that type of book, skip this one. This book is an entertaining read that will give you hours of enjoyment and an escape from everyday life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are entirely mine.


About the author: Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.

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