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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. . . .
I love Turano's novels. They are funny, have quirky characters, a bit of romance, and are even thought provoking.
This novel starts off with a Vanderbilt ball where one of the ladies has a dress with chicken feathers glued to it. Later on that same woman, thanks to her employer, has an orange face. It may sound crazy but makes sense because of her eccentric employer.
The most enjoyable aspect of the humorous side of this novel is the snappy dialog. Permilia has quite the ability to communicate exactly what she is thinking. Raised as somewhat of a tomboy by her mine owning father, she is now trying to be molded into high society by her persnickety stepmother. That is a recipe for disaster and Permilia feels free to express her thoughts about it.
The other characters are great too. Poor Asher. He's a gentleman who doesn't quite know what hit him when Permilia crashes into his controlled and predictable life. She is a very capable woman, something a society woman of her day was not supposed to be. Their “romance” is something else.
The novel is informative too. This was a time when women were beginning to think toward gaining the right to vote and the right to work where they wanted. Permilia is a very forward thinking woman and some of the reactions to her opinions are priceless.
Parts of this novel could have been trimmed a bit. It may not be Turano's best. Nonetheless, it is a good historical novel with humor, quirky characters, a different kind of romance, and an informative setting.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the AuthorJen 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.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.