- File Size: 4046 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HC1252A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella Kindle Edition
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At Your Request is the prequel to Turano's new series Apart From the Crowd. This book introduced us to Wilhelmina and .Edgar
Wilhelmina Radcliff is a feisty woman and the beautiful cover model definitely shows this character well! She's regulated to the wallflower section because her father lost his fortune.
Edgar Wannamaker returns to New York after being away for seven year. He is Wilhelmina dearest friend but more. He returns for one thing. Wilhelmina. Both of discover they love each other.
Edgar investigates Wilhelmina's loss of family fortune. What he discovers could change everything!
This story made me laugh so hard. Jen is an expert at weaving her stories so you have humor, truth, love, and a lessen all weaved together! Beautifully done! I cannot wait for Behind the Scenes!
I found too much of this book silly and frivolous. Even the names of the characters are that way. It almost seemed like a spoof on Regency novels. Although the language adheres to the Regency style (even though the novel is set in New York in 1883 and not England at an earlier time), there is too much of it. Some of the unbelievable, ridiculous moments include Wilhelmina getting stuck under a chair at a ball trying to hide from Edgar. No chair is so heavy she couldn’t have gotten out, even if the chair toppled over. In addition, the novella ended at 70% and a sample of another book fills in the last 30%. However, the story did have some humorous moments, but it could have been much better if it hadn’t been so over-the-top.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4.5 -- Plot is engaging, but mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline is clear and consistent. It's a fun and simple reunion love story, with plenty of amusing situations and witty banter. Short and sweet, with not much in the way of actual plot or conflict, but certainly enjoyable.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. There's not much space for getting to know characters in a novella, but this one does a pretty good job of it. There's not growth and development, necessarily, but definitely plenty of unique personalities who come into the story with character and depth already. Some quality friendships and amusing family interactions (such as Edgar's conference with his mother and the butler in the hallway).
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<15/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: mild punctuation or formatting issues -- a few awkwardly constructed sentences and a few missing commas. POV alternates between Wilhelmina and Edgar.
Redeeming Value: 4.75 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Themes of forgiveness and second chances, as well as not blindly bowing to the mandates of society. But still staying polite and morally correct.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
Then the hero--while promising he'd never put the heroine in a compromising position--promptly puts her in a compromising position. So he also promptly lost my respect.
The story did get better after that, back to what I'd expect from Turano. The hero did some very nice things for the heroine. Also, this story made me very interested in reading Miss Permilia Griswold's story.
There was no sex or bad language. I wouldn't recommend this as your first Jen Turano read, but I'd still recommend it to her fans as it introduces the characters in the "Apart from the Crowd" series.