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About the Book
Book: Behind the Scenes
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Release Date: April, 2017
Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”
Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country. When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .
Ever since I read Jen Turano's novella Gentleman of Her Dreams, I have been a fan of her work. I had no idea what to expect from her latest novel and it proved to be an entertaining read just like the rest of her novels. I love the time period and the discussion of being in society and what is required - it's just something I have always found fascinating.
I enjoyed the plot, although I will admit I did expect there to be more intrigue and not just a couple of chapters. But it was still interesting to see how the cast of characters interact with each other and I loved reading about a time that is over a hundred years in the past.
I loved Permilia! She was witty and lovely, but also trying to be as respectful in society although a lot of the situations that she was in caused her to commit several social faux pas. I enjoyed the interaction between her and Asher, especially after reading about their first interaction in the prequel novella to this series, At Your Request. I liked how their relationship blossomed and how he grew to respect her as he got to know her. Asher was also interesting, although I do wish we found out more details about his upbringing that was actually given. Finally, the side characters were great! The Huxley sisters added an interesting dynamic to the story as well as their nephew, Mr. Tooker. I also enjoyed getting to know Gertrude Cadwalader and Harrison Sinclair, who are the main characters in the next novel in this series!
Overall, I really enjoyed the novel but I would have liked more intrigue as to who was plotting to get rid of Asher - I felt like this was in some ways glossed over until the final 50 pages of the novel. But again, it was delightful plot and I did enjoy the twist near the end. I loved the historical setting and the characters and I can't wait to read the rest of the Apart From the Crowd series! I am giving this book 4/5 Stars.
About the Author
Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
Interview With Jen Turano
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