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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (25 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160282987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602829879
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Before trying her hand at fiction, Jess Faraday trained as a linguist and translator. After a number of years in education, and a handful of published translations, she produced her first novel, The Affair of the Porcelain Dog. In addition to writing, she is the creator of Faraday Bags (http: //faradaybags.etsy.com), a line of data-shielding handbags and clothing. A voracious reader, avid martial artist, and outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys hiking, camping, and cycling.

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By Jeannie Zelos TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Turnbull House. Jess Faraday
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I'd not read the first book The Affair of the Porcelain Dog but read the sample, and decided this book looked promising. It was, I really enjoyed it.
Ira is Gay in a world where its routed out religiously, and anyone suspected of it jailed on the flimsiest of pretences. Tough life, and as a reformed rent boy he's now a trustee for Turnbull House, a shelter for youths seeking to escape the same life he led. He reluctantly turns to his ex lover, a local crime lord, Cain, for help when the shelter is in danger of being sold. He's not seen Cain since they parted on bad terms two years back, and is uncertain of his welcome. Seems Cain is keen to renew their acquaintance though – but he's still in the same situation that led to Ira leaving. Still, he loans the money but with some tight strings attached, which means Ira is now connected to him, and also has to work out a way for the shelter to come up with repayments. Through a series of incidents Ira is suspected of murder, gets involved with another ex - St Andrews, and gets entangled with another young man, Marcus, who's in a position to the one Ira was when Cain took him in.
Its a look at practical life of the time, where anything was OK so long as you didn't get caught, where life of those without resources was of little value. Ira, his friend Lazarus, and wife Bess are trying to help and educate a few youths rescued from that life, where prostitution is their only way of surviving. Its tough though, and the novel really shows how difficult it was to escape when you've no money, no resources. Its not doom and gloom though, the kids are in some ways old for their years, and yet touchingly innocent about other things.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It ranks above a lot of the crap in this genre 25 Sept. 2014
By xpatreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
See my review of the Porcelain Dog (same author, 1st book in this series, don't know if there will be another book). This is the second book. Well written, but not a romance. The main character got on my nerves a little. I realize that is a personal statement of taste, and maybe plot, not of the quality of the author's writing. It ranks above a lot of the crap in this genre, so I do recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 13 April 2014
By Candice E. Frook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Please, sir, may I have some more? The sequel was even better than the original. I couldn't put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual gay historical 2 Mar. 2014
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Turnbull House. Jess Faraday
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I'd not read the first book The Affair of the Porcelain Dog but read the sample, and decided this book looked promising. It was, I really enjoyed it.
Ira is Gay in a world where its routed out religiously, and anyone suspected of it jailed on the flimsiest of pretences. Tough life, and as a reformed rent boy he's now a trustee for Turnbull House, a shelter for youths seeking to escape the same life he led. He reluctantly turns to his ex lover, a local crime lord, Cain, for help when the shelter is in danger of being sold. He's not seen Cain since they parted on bad terms two years back, and is uncertain of his welcome. Seems Cain is keen to renew their acquaintance though – but he's still in the same situation that led to Ira leaving. Still, he loans the money but with some tight strings attached, which means Ira is now connected to him, and also has to work out a way for the shelter to come up with repayments. Through a series of incidents Ira is suspected of murder, gets involved with another ex - St Andrews, and gets entangled with another young man, Marcus, who's in a position to the one Ira was when Cain took him in.
Its a look at practical life of the time, where anything was OK so long as you didn't get caught, where life of those without resources was of little value. Ira, his friend Lazarus, and wife Bess are trying to help and educate a few youths rescued from that life, where prostitution is their only way of surviving. Its tough though, and the novel really shows how difficult it was to escape when you've no money, no resources. Its not doom and gloom though, the kids are in some ways old for their years, and yet touchingly innocent about other things. They're willing to do all they can too to keep the shelter running, and they provide some links between different but connected events in the novel.
I loved the characters, loved Ira – a good man trying to do his best in a world where he didn’t really fit. Cain too – I know he was ruthless, vicious crime lord and yet we saw a softer side to him, where he seemed to genuinely care for Ira even though he was manipulative and at time OTT in his need for control. I was rooting for him and Ira to find a way back together. I liked Marcus but didn't see him as suiting Ira long term, and St Andrews...well, I think he'd drive Ira demented with his Sherlock Holmes and private eye fantasies :) Fine in small does only... Then there's Lazarus – he too has a past with Ira, but that's behind him now that he's married to Bess, and about to be a father. There's an appearance too by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – that was fun- when Ira is trying to find out who did the murder he was suspected of, and if there's a link between two fires that have caused deaths and damage to businesses where he has recently visited.
Overall its a really good read, one to savour and enjoy, and one I know I’ll find more when I read second time, as its so packed with detail that its easy to miss subtle clues to what’s happening. I loved the way it felt as if I was there, back in history, living alongside the characters and seeing their problems as real. Its not thrill a minute suspense, or dramatic, angst ridden romance, but a more leisurely trawl through the streets and problems of London in the late 1800's. Its a decently long read too at 264 pages for paperback version. I like books that are longer, and let reader really get to know characters and problems. Although its a sequel to Porcelain Dog, I can't help hoping that there's more to come one day from this fascinating cast of characters, especially Ira and Cain.
Stars: four and a half.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! 7 Mar. 2014
By Ionia Froment - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a fun book! I had not read any of this author's work previous to this, but now I have another author to add to my list of authors to watch.

This is a smartly written and sassy novel with some truly stellar and unexpected quotes. The main character is full of wry observations and hilarious quotes. I won't go so far as to say that I think this book would be a good fit for everyone. If you are offended by homosexual characters or ones who just tell it like it is, this might not be for you. For those of you who like dry wit and characters that don't hold back, this will please you.

I liked the story very much. The author weaved together many different lives and occurrences to create an entertaining book with a lot going on in it. I really liked the dialogue and the interaction between the characters.

The author's personality really shined in this book with plenty of LOL moments and good amount of unexpected events.

This was a great book and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Josie Goodreads 13 April 2015
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Format: Kindle Edition
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For original review see The Prism Book Alliance® Blog online

In anticipation of the release of Fools Gold, Ira Adler book 3, I thought it would be appropriate to post my review of Turnbull House, Ira Adler book 2. It was originally posted on the website Mrsconditsreads.com which is now offline.

Turnbull House by Jess Faraday is a true masterpiece. From the first page I was immersed in the story and filled with wonder and delight as I travelled the streets of Victorian London alongside Ira.

Ira Adler ply’s his trade as a private secretary. Currently between jobs and owed wages Ira is living in squalid rooms with barely enough to sustain himself. Life doesn’t seem like it can get much more difficult but the arrival of ex-felon Marcus, newly released from prison, and a financial crisis affecting the shelter he runs with old friend Tim Lazarus sends his life into a tailspin from which he will be lucky to escape with his life and liberty intact.

Turbull House, the youth shelter started by Ira and Tim, is almost insolvent. It’s suffering from a lack of donations, so in an effort to stop its inhabitants being turned out onto the streets Ira turns to ex-lover Cain Goddard, the infamous Duke of Dorset, for help. Goddard offers Turnbull House a loan, but he also wants Ira’s help on the side as an occasional deliverer of messages. As the children of Turnbull House, led by irrepressible new arrival Jack Flip, work out how generate the income required to fulfil the loan repayments Marcus proves unexpectedly useful in deciphering the meaning of Ira’s strange deliveries for Goddard.

As Ira gets dragged more into Goddard’s web he turns to the man’s bitter enemy Andrew St. Andrews for help. Can Ira, along with St. Andrews work out what’s going on? And is Ira in danger of getting in too deep to extract himself?

Ira is a well-developed character; he’s proud, independent and determined to do the right thing. The story is told from his POV, and this is a plot based story, it isn’t MM romance by any means; it’s a gritty dark mystery. Ira has a love hate relationship with Cain, he hates what he is, what he represents, but is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He still has feelings for the man, and as much as he hates to admit it he’s attracted to the danger the man represents

The secondary characters are as well developed as Ira, particularly Tim Lazarus, Marcus and the mysterious Jack Flip. The historical setting is realistic and accurate, the author’s research showing itself here, and I loved the sprinkling of real people we get thought out the book, people such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stocker and Arthur Conan Doyle, it made the story so much more dynamic and vivid. I savored every page.

Jess Faraday’s writing style is rich and eloquent, distinctive and dramatic. It draws you in, making you feel a part of the story. Turnbull House is the sequel to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading that book but I didn’t feel its loss as the author provides enough backstory to enable Turnbull House to be read as a standalone.

For lovers of plot based dramatic historical fiction Turnbull House cannot be bettered and Jess Faraday is certainly an author I will be following closely in the future. Highly Recommended.
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