Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

I've become a big fan of Jen Turano's historical romantic-comedy adventures. Behind the Scenes was another fun story from Jen. I stayed up far too late reading it, and completely enjoyed it!

Miss Permilia Griswold is a wallflower. She has spent six years attending social functions and has yet to master the art of social conversation, dancing, or fitting in. Instead, she spends her time secretly taking notes, observing others, and writing the very discreet social gossip column Miss Quill. No one else is aware of her job, and she only refers to people by their initials, never their full names.

Unfortunately, all of that comes crashing down at a ball, as she finds herself repeatedly colliding with Mr. Asher Rutherford, a handsome bachelor and businessman. To top off her evening, she overhears a threat against Mr. Rutherford's life, makes a scene trying to tell him, and he doesn't believe her.

It's only a matter of time before Asher can no longer deny he's in danger, but that's not the only problem. Permilia loses her Miss Quill position at the newspaper as he refuses to write salacious pieces that do more than describe fashion and dances, her reputation is tarnished, and she's also in danger. Can they find out who's after them, and restore Permilia's reputation? Will they fall in love in the process?  Of course.

Behind the Scenes is full of Jen Turano's usual banter between the lead characters. Humorous escapades also abound. While her first series focused on New York's high society members, and her second series focused on the working class ladies lingering around high society, this series focuses on the wallflowers within society. Those who are outsiders in society, invited, but not welcomed.

I can completely relate to Permilia and her wallflower friends. I love that this series is going to focus on wallflowers. As usual per Miss Turano's style, they promise to be Cinderella stories as each wallflower finds love, and probably to a handsome and wealthy member of society. Jen Turano is still topping my summer reads list, and I'll be looking for the next installment!

April E.

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