After a FashionJen Turano
After years of working in a millinery shop, Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day when she'll open up her own shop and sell re-fashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. When a delivery errand goes sadly awry, her job--and her chance at saving enough for her... Read More
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 3, 2015
- UPC: 9780764212758
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Mar 3, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764212753
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- After a Review by kp on 8/10/2015
After a Fashion, by Jen Turano, is a high action tale that tells the story of Miss Harriot Peabody, a poor hat maker, making an agreement with Mr. Oliver Addleshaw, one of the wealthiest men in 1882 New York City!
Harriet's first meets Oliver when she is in the midst of a highly charged conflict with two wealthy women. These women are acquaintances of Oliver's. Harriet has been sent to fit one of these women with some newly purchased hats; however, the situation ends up with Harriet losing her job! Oliver soon suggests that he hire Harriet to assist him in securing a highly sought-after financial deal with a duke. When he next suggests that Harriet present herself as his fiance, she knows that she is in a situation that is way over her head!
Harriet gets herself in some very awkward situations while trying to fit into Oliver's world, like setting a high-end restaurant on fire! When Harriet's aunt shows up on the scene wanting to try to blackmail some of the wealthy people that Oliver knows, you know that she will need someone to come to her rescue!
Hang on for this fun ride as you watch Harriet navigate in this world that is completely opposite to what she has known all her life! Will Oliver protect Harriet from her aunt's vicious motives?
Hang on for a wonderful surprise at the end of this tale!
- Perfectly delightful! by J. Augustine on 7/15/2015
It's a Jen Turano book, do I need to say more? I LOVE her stories! I picked one up on a whim probably three years ago and have been totally hooked since. She writes such hysterically funny historical fiction and I always enjoy the blend of romance, humor, and the dash of suspense.
When I cracked the pages of After A Fashion I knew I would be in for a real treat. It was just as delightful as I expected, even more really.
After A Fashion is full of quirky and totally zany situations. Think about it, Jen Turano has a hat shop girl, who has a few secrets, masquerading as a society lady in order for the hero to make a business deal. What kind of trouble could she possibly get into? A restaurant fire, a hysterical woman dressed only in her unmentionables, blackmail, some crazy hat designs, an eviction, a shocking revelation, two very stubborn people, and Buford. Sounds like the perfect Jen Turano book, doesn't it?
I really can't say enough about Jen Turano in general and After A Fashion in particular. I absolutely loved After A Fashion. It was a great start to a new series and I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.
It's historical. It's romantic. It's comedy. It's a total winner and you won't want to miss After A Fashion by talented author Jen Turano.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
- Happy Birthday? by tickmenot on 5/28/2015
Harriet Peabody has made it a practice to say a special prayer to God on her birthday. This year, instead of asking for something specific, she left the choice completely up to the Almighty. She just asks Him to give her something she would find wonderful.
At first, it seems God has done the opposite, because her life starts to fall apart--and it all begins on her birthday. She is assaulted by a bratty member of high society, and then loses her job because of it. Even though it wasn't a very good job, it provided enough money to pay her portion of the rent for the shabby apartment she shares with her two friends, Lucetta and Millie .
An offer you can't refuse.
Next, she becomes acquainted with the rich, handsome and completely frustrating Oliver Addleshaw. He wants to hire her to pretend, for a short time, to be his fiancée. Her job would be to help him host business dinners along with society functions. He offers her more money than she could make in years. She thinks he must be quite mad.
Of course, an offer like this opens up all types of ways for things to go wrong--along with a lot of ways for things to go right, too. We are introduced to Oliver's charming grandfather, Archibald; her gentle and caring Pastor, Reverend Gilmore; along with the snobby high society of New York City in 1882. Also revealed is Harriet's dream of designing a new type of dress bustle, as well as, opening a dress shop where she creates fashionable, affordable gowns for women of modest means.
After the "engagement" takes place, strong-willed Mrs. Abigail Hart, a rich widow, declares herself Harriet's chaperone. She demands that Harriet, along with her friends Lucetta and Millie, move in with her immediately. Harriet's estranged Aunt Jane, who is constantly running confidence schemes, also makes an appearance. She attempts to blackmail Harriet into introducing her into high society so she can pull off a really big caper.
Now for something you'll really like....
What can be the result when all these diverse characters and their stories are mixed together? An absolutely great tale! I haven't read a book I liked this much in a long time, and give this story six stars instead of the normal limit of five.
This is a well written work with lots of interesting characters and a great story-line. Actually, it is a screwball comedy in book form, with a completely satisfying and happy ending. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like an escape, at least for a while, to a world made up of fascinating people living out a great story--with some laughs thrown in along the way.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.
- Highly entertaining! by Anne (Homesteading) on 4/29/2015
With a trademark style all her own, Jen Turano has written a witty and fast-paced story set between opulence and despair in 1880’s New York City.
One of the best things about a Turano book is the dialogue. Honestly, I’m not sure where she comes up with this stuff but it is never flagging. It’s always pushing along at breakneck speed, capturing the excitement and rush of the big city in conversation. I like that because it means I am never bored or mentally exhausted with minute details.
Miss Harriet Peabody and Mr Oliver Addleshaw can’t be more incompatible, or so it seems. I chuckled often when reading about their antics, and actually felt as if I was right there on the pages of the story with them. Now that makes a great book!
I hope that with the introduction of some of the supporting characters that I am seeing the next two books that will be coming along. There are certainly a few characters that need could use their own stories. That’s another plus about Jen’s books. They aren’t overwhelming with people and places. They have just the right mix and that causes me to anticipate and envisage what is to come.
I highly recommend After a Fashion to anyone who enjoys fun, clean historical fiction with an underlying faith theme. Jen Turano delivers every time!
I was gifted a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation has been received.
- Another delightful, nonstop, madcap and mayhem story by Jen Turano! by Robin on 4/19/2015
Kind of a cross between the Thin Man and Cinderella, only without the murder, it's a Christian Historical Romance set in 1882 New York City.
Harriet, who is actually very talented, is currently working in a hat shop. She also redesigns cast-off clothes from the wealthy for herself, and has quite a flair. And she's beautiful. She's asked to make a delivery of hats to the home of one of the wealthiest men in America, and thus starts the story. There is never a dull moment as turn by turn of events has her agreeing to accompany Oliver to a dinner with the Duke of Westmoore. Of course none of this goes smoothly, and it's hilarious all the way through. There's also the influence of a Reverend Gilmore on both Oliver and Harriet, keeping it grounded in faith. This is such a satisfying read. If you want to lift someone's spirits, give them this book! It looks like it's the first in a series - I'm really looking forward to the next one. Isn't that a great cover?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group, Bethany and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
- After a Fashion was a Great Start! by Robin on 4/1/2015
After a Fashion
Book Summary: Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner. Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.
Review: I throughly enjoyed this book. I was hesitant to start this book because I truly loved Ms. Turano’s previous series and was worried that this one was so different that I was foolishly hesitant. I loved it!! Harriet was so fantastic. She went with her feelings especially when it was concerning other people! The best think to get bent out of shape at is for other people who either can’t or don’t know they need to defend themselves. Oliver was a man with weaknesses and someone willing to do the right thing many times. He was a realistic character one you love, get mad at and one you don’t know what to do with. The mystery was woven in with a subtle touch which made it more suspenseful. The suspense for how everything was going to work out was enjoyable. Aunt Jane was a dastardly character and with Silas goading her on seemed unstoppable. There was too much too enjoy and that is what will make this series a hit for me. I can’t wait for Millie’s story next! The biggest twist on this series is these women are average ordinary women or so it seems….
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
- Cry Tears of Laughter by Suzie on 3/7/2015
This book was lough out loud hilarious in places. Harriet’s antics toward Oliver at the beginning are amusing, but the reader can’t help but side with her. Oliver’s change of character after meeting and spending time with Harriet are subtle but apparent—reminiscent of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice after his first proposal to and subsequent dressing down by one Miss Elizabeth Bennett. Actually, a few things in this story reminded me of my favorite book, including some of the dialogue. Lines like this one: “Don’t say another word,” she said between clenched teeth. “You have insulted me most grievously, and I will not be held responsible for my actions if you continue to speak.”
Harriet’s best friends—Millie and Lucetta—have their own endearing traits and quirks. These two are the kind of friends women hope for in their lives. And the fact that Harriet has escaped from an unconventional upbringing to become a young woman of character is a testament to her kind-hearted and caring nature. There are some twists and turns in the plat that keep the story interesting. While I had an inkling of one of these, it turned out much better than what I’d imagined.
If you are looking for some fun and humor in your next read, consider Jen Turano’s latest offering and get ready for more fun to come with Millie and Lucetta
***Bethany House publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- Wanted to Join Turano's World by Babbling Becky B on 2/25/2015
Jen Turano. The author's name says "grab it up!" Turano's name is synonymous with historical fiction with a star-crossed couple falling in love, yet having to overcome their great aversions to what they perceive the other person to be.
While Oliver easily falls for Harriet, a former hatmaker, Harriet has trouble fitting into his wealthy, genteel world. Typical of a Turano character, Harriet is long on empathy but short on poise, which makes for some wonderful scenes!Harriet loves Oliver, but will she be able to see him as being more than a rich snob who has no clue of the struggle of the lower class with which Harriet identifies?
The supporting characters deserved Oscars in this book. I absolutely fell in love with selfless Abigail and doting Archibald. Lucetta and Millie help provide interest and comic relief, and Jane proves to be a tour de force. I truly wished I were back in those times and had a chance to live with Abigail, she seemed so real and so wonderfully kind.
All in all, a wonderful, feel-good read not to be missed. I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.