Start of a Delightful New Series
from Historical Romance Author Jen Turano
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, s
he 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. . .
Behind the Scenes is about Permilia. . .a lovely little wallflower.
Permilia is a "peculiar" character
and by peculiar I mean she is not your "typical" wealthy young lady.
I felt her behavior bordered on a little insane or maybe irrational is a better word.
You see, Permilia's mother passed away when she was very young
so she grew up in the world of mining with just her father
which resulted in a life away from high society.
As you can imagine, when Permilia's father remarries a lady,
a lady that mingles in only the highest circles of society,
for the sole purpose of her teaching his daughter
about the rules and etiquette of being a "proper" lady
well, things get a little out of hand.
Permilia is not familiar with dancing, entertaining guests,
or even conversing with ladies and gentleman
which in the end results in disaster.
I understand the author was trying to be humorous
with such an unconventional character, but. . .
it was a bit much.
I have always enjoyed Jen Turano's humor and light-hearted fun,
and in all honesty every book I have read by her has been a favorite of mine,
but sadly, Behind the Scenes fell short.
While this book was not my favorite,
I am still looking forward to the second installment in the series
and will continue to hold Jen Turano in high regard.
She has written some phenomenal books,
but unfortunately this simply wasn't one of them.
These are my own personal thoughts
and I know we all have different tastes in literature,
but all in all, Behind the Scenes is a three-star book.
Before I end this review I want to acknowledge Jen Turano's
ability for writing a clean story with no language or graphic scenes.
This is becoming rare in Christian fiction books
and I must say that I greatly appreciate it
when authors keep their stories pure.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **
About the Author
Jen Turano, author of eight 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 Denver, Colorado.
Visit her website at www.jenturano.com