Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: After A Fashion

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own #1)Author: Jen Turano
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Series: A Class Of Their Own # 1

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.

Oliver Addleshaw preferred to manage his life exactly as he managed his many businesses. Calmly, organized, and with a sense of purpose.

Miss Peabody was exactly what he needed. She was lovely, intelligent, and didn’t appear to be possessed of a hysterical nature, even if she did seem to have a bit of a temper.

“My dear child, prayers should certainly commence immediately, especially since it’s clear you might have gotten yourself embroiled in something…disturbing.”

I have been following Jen Turano for quite some time now, and I have no qualms about recommending her books to any of my readers. Her new series, the one to which this book belongs, is no exception. I swept away from the very first page and I am desperately counting down the days to July when the next book in this series releases. Jen Turano is one of the wittiest authors I have ever read; she has the ability to draw you into her books so easily with engaging, realistic conversations and characters that you can truly support and relate to. Miss Harriet Peabody is not one to back down from what she feels is right, fair, or just. I loved her spunk and attitude. It was truly a pleasure to follow her around and be privy to her thoughts for a while!

Harriet has dreams to own her own dress shop one day and she meets the man who just might have the means to help her achieve those dreams; his name is Oliver Addleshaw. Oliver and Harriet are a wonderful mix. This book is just a “feel good” read. It will take you no time at all to get through the story. Of course there are several obstacles that the characters must face and quite a big twist that I honestly did not see coming at all, but Jen Turano is just doing what she does best. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this new series, and if you are a new reader you might even be inspired to pick up her other books as well.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Bethany House and author, Jen Turano, in exchange for my honest review***

1 comment:

  1. Haven't heard of that one yet, but you make it sound so nice. Maybe it's worth a look, I'll definitely add this one to my Goodreads.

    Jen @ The Bookavid