Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: After a Fashion by Jen Turano

About the book:

After a Fashion by Jen Turano
A Class of Their Own: Book 1
Bethany House

 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 without 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-fiancée causing 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, with its fancy dinners and elegant balls, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

My Review:

Jen Turano is quickly becoming a must read author for me. Her novels always grab me from the very first sentence and refuse to let me go until I close the back cover. The first in a new series, After a Fashion is a comical ride that is bursting with wonderful characters who promise adventures of their own to come.
 The story opens with an altercation that leaves Harriet Peabody in need of a job and Oliver Addleshaw lacking a dinner companion to help him woo a potential business partner. Oliver and Harriet tentatively join forces but, when do things ever go according to plan?
Harriet and her friends Millie Longfellow and Lucetta Plum are delightfully witty and are not afraid to take matters into their own hands if need be. Then if you throw into the mix the reclusive and eccentric Abigail Hart, who is bent on seeing each of the girls married, you get a delightful cast of characters to carry us through a delightful new series.
 Every time I read a new Jen Turano book her writing and the ease of her comedy strike me. I always find myself laughing out loud and even crying on occasion. I would recommend her book to anyone who enjoys comedy and light romance.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

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