- Series: Apart From the Crowd (Book 1)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764217941
- ISBN-13: 978-0764217944
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behind the Scenes (Apart From the Crowd) Paperback – April 18, 2017
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"[Turano] will have readers laughing out loud and rooting for their favorite characters to fall in love."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick review of Playing the Part
After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym "Miss Quill," she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society--albeit one on the fringes--would know.
When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she's determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn't believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn't anticipate is that she'll end up putting herself at risk in the process--or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all.
"Readers of Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer will love this laugh-out-loud tale set in 1880s New York."--Christian Market
"Turano's series debut, laced with humor and populated with eccentric characters, takes an irreverent look at Gilded Age New York. Perfect for those who enjoy a light historical romance."--Library Journal
"Turano's ability to tell a great story infused with humor and light-hearted banter shows through on each page. The first novel in her new Apart From the Crowd series will delight her fans and should serve to create many new ones. There's a bit of a mystery, a headstrong heroine and a sweetly developed romance, which join together in a fun, engrossing tale. The author's strong knowledge of fashion provides an added dimension of interest to this enjoyable book." --RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Jen Turano, author of eight 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 Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was looking forward to Jen Turano’s Behind the Scenes. I had enjoyed the lighthearted humor and engaging characters in her A Class of Their Own series. What I appreciated in that series was missing in Behind the Scenes. I found the writing to be awkward with stilted dialogue. Permilia was too peculiar (her education, way she spoke, unusual dress, clumsy, cannot dance, gets tongue-tied, etc.). I did not understand Asher being so possessive of Permilia at the ball. They had only had two unpleasant encounters prior to this occasion. Asher went out of his way to protect Permilia especially from Eugene Slater, an interested suitor. Then there is the offensive stepmother, Ida and her equally annoying daughter, Lucy. I give Behind the Scenes 2 out of 5 stars. I just did not like Behind the Scenes. I tried to read the complete novel, but it was impossible. I ended up skimming through some portions of the story. The ball scene took up 35% of the book (it seemed like it went on forever). The reader is subjected to every little detail about the ball. The dances, what people were wearing, room décor, food, and so forth (this attention to detail continues throughout the book). There was also one inane incident after another. I do not mind some light, fun humor, but this was just plain silly (idiotic would be a better word). Every single one of the wallflowers were eccentric. I found the ending to be predictable. The mystery was easily solved early in the story. The Christian element was very light. I did like Mrs. Davenport and the Huxley sisters (Mabel and Henrietta). I think a book about Mrs. Davenport would be more entertaining (what a character). I believe I will be skipping the rest of the Apart from the Crowd series.
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