Book Review: Behind the Scenes
Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”
Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated.
Before you dive into “Behind the Scenes” be sure to check out the short novella “At Your Request” that introduces you to the characters involved in the story. (This novella is currently free on Amazon. That is subject to change at any time.)
The thing about Jen Turano is that all of her books are delightful and I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about them. The stories are often dramatic. (I typically don’t care for dramatic). And yet, I love Turano’s books.
Perhaps I love Turano’s novels because she keeps things light. Even deadly peril is introduced with a decidedly comic twist. I do enjoy a good laugh and there is more than one good laugh to be found in “Behind the Scenes.”
Perhaps I love Turano’s writing because her characters are so genuine and particularly unique.
All in all, I can simply say that I enjoyed reading “Behind the Scenes” and I hope that you will too.
– I was given a free digital galley of this novel to review in exchange for my honest opinion. –