" One of the most important rules was that wallflowers did not converse with each other...ever"
So, no I am not a Star Wars fan but I think that the saying is funny :)
So I just finished reading an AMAZING book by one of my favorite authors Jen Turano and I cannot wait to tell you about it. It is definitely on my "Must Read" list.
I would recommend Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano if:
- You like books in the "Gilded Age" ( Click here for Jen Turano's explanation of the time period)
- You love a story with witty characters
- You like Historical Fiction with a hint of romance
- You just want a story that will make you smile.
Here is the story...
Behind the Scenes is the story of Wallflower Miss Permilia Griswold who is also a undercover, anonymous reporter for The New York Sun. Under the pseudonym "Miss Quill" Permilia is able to give people outside of society a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of her world and since she is a wallflower no one pays any attention to her. That is until Mr Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most popular department stores in New York saved Permilia from "a most gruesome death" when a pillar almost crushed Permilia. Asher has always been somewhat of an enigma to Permilia because she has a horrible habit of not being able to talk to men but has always been able to talk freely to Asher. So after the disaster with the pillar, she finds herself promising to save him two dances but only if he will pretend to like her so that her stepmother will stop nagging her about not socializing. After she has uniquely finished her first dance she excuses herself and finds that Mrs. Davenport is missing. As she searches the mansion to find her, She overhears a plot to get rid of Asher because "he is in the way". She barely is able to escape after Mrs Davenport sneezed and alerted the would-be assassins that they both overheard them. When she finally made it back to the dining room, She immediately went and found Asher to alert him of the plot against him and he laughed at her making her beyond furious! All she wanted to do was to inform him of the threat and he thought she was making it up! Being that she is not one to just sit behind the scenes, she decides that her and her best friend Miss Gertrude Cadwalader were going to be Asher's bodyguards. So they put on disguises and followed him around the city for two days , Then someone attempted to kill him while he was in the park, but they were able to save both Asher and his friend Mr Sinclair from a dastardly demise. Asher is annoyed that Permilia would put herself in danger for his sake because he was raised better then to let a woman protect him. He was also, oddly attracted to this annoying woman who has such a caring heart and a progressive attitude. When Permilia gets a note threatening to expose her as Miss Quill if she continues interfering with their plans, She does not back down. The note just made her more determined to find out who wants Asher dead and why. Asher is worried that Permilia is going to get hurt and is determined to protect her, But she will not stop trying to protect him.
When they both are at the wrong place, at the wrong time, Will they be able to get out alive?
Will Permilia do the impossible, defy the odds of a "wallflower" and find the man God chose for her?
Hmm, What do you think?
What did I think?
So this book is the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I am so excited that she is starting a new series! The story has a little bit of everything, comedy, romance, mystery and even a bit of suspense! I loved the very unique names that Mrs. Turano gave her characters, Names like Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff or Mr Wayne Flowerdew. The witty banter between the characters, especially Mr Asher and Miss Permilia was hilarious and always put a smile on my face when I was reading it . I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story and did not want to put it down until the very last page (of the epilogue, which was one of my favorite parts) Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****
I highly recommend this book or any other book by Mrs. Turano. I have read all of them and have not found a single one that I did not like. If you want to check them out, Here is the link.
CHECK IT OUT!
You can get the prequel to the Apart from the Crowd series, At Your Request FREE!
Here is the link to Mrs. Turano's website where she has links to get the book on a Nook, Kindle or Christian Book Distrubutors.