Tuesday, 26 May 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

Back Cover: 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 without an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of 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-fiancee causing 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 fahsion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, with his fancy dinners and elegant balls, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harrier to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

Review: I'm not going to lie… I keep a close eye on Jen Turano's book release dates. Heaven forbid she write a book and I don't get to read it right away! I just love her books, and I never hesitate to pick up anything she writes. She's developed such a strong brand for herself, and it's nice to have an author like her in my To-Be-Read pile because I know I'm gaurenteed a good time whenever I get to one of her books.

Miss Harriet Peabody - despite having a ridiculous name - is a very independent, sensible woman who, unlike so many young ladies her age, is not prone to hysterics or fainting. However, most young ladies weren't raised like Harriet…

Raised by an aunt who couldn't stand her, Harriet was ferried across the country and deposited into the care of random, miscellaneous people. She lived with eccentric old professors, a seamstress, a circus, and much more. What Harriet didn't realize while she was growing up was that her aunt was grooming her to become a fraud artist. The day Harriet realized this, she fled. Living on the streets, she was found by a kindly minister who helped her survive. 

As a working woman, Harriet has a knack for sewing and creating fashionable clothing out of the discarded gowns of wealthy women. Her dream is to save up enough money to open her own dress shop for working women like herself.

Unfortunately, her job as a hat woman comes to an abrupt end one unbelievable, accident-prone day….but what starts out as an awful misadventure, turns into the most crazy, wild, mostly-good-but-sometimes-not adventure that Harriet could have never imagined. 

I enjoyed this book so much - I highly recommend it. 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group" 

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