- 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 marks another reading first for me this year, as it is my first foray into Jen Turano's fiction. As the set up to her new Apart From the Crowd series, Wilhelmina and company's stories promise to be a clean read alternative for those who might otherwise enjoy mainstream historical romance authors such as Lisa Kleypas or Julia Quinn. I loved how Turano set up the premise of the series, as the wallflowers break social barriers and bond over their shared social ostracization. I'm also a sucker for second chance romances, and while the brief length of this novella limits reader engagement in Wilhelmina and Edgar's story, even from this brief sample it is abundantly clear that Turano is capable of telling a charming tale with warmth and humor.
Those looking for historicals with historical depth will not find that here, for At Your Request is essentially a Hallmark romantic comedy with rudimentary historical trappings for color. The dialogue lacks spark or the flavor of historical authenticity, overly formal and often clunky. That said, I believe Turano fills a unique niche within the historical fiction market, bringing humor and a contemporary sensibility to her writing that possesses great potential, leaving me curious to sample Turano's full-length fiction. The first book in the Apart From the Crowd series, Behind the Scenes, releases in April, and follows the budding romance introduced here between Wilhelmina's fellow wallflower, Permilia Griswold, and department store owner Asher Rutherford. I really enjoyed Permilia's character, and her spark-filled introduction to Asher reminded me of Mr. Selfridge -- so I am already invested in their story. At Your Request was the perfect introduction (at long last!) to Turano's lite historical romantic comedies. While not without issues, I enjoyed this sample and am curious to see how Turano's humor and heart translate to a full-length work.
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.
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.