Thursday, April 27, 2017

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1) by Jen Turano

Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind "The Quill" gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she's determined to warn him. Away from society's spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there's more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.


About The Author

A USA Today Best-Selling Author, Jen Turano has written the critically acclaimed Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as JenTuranowell as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist.  It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, released in the spring of 2016, and will be followed by a new four-book series, Apart from the Crowd. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work –

My Review

As you quickly turn the pages of this book you soon realize that it has a bit of everything. There is humor, historical facts, a glimpse into the wealthy elite New York Society, and a plot of murder.
Being banished into the wallflower group at society balls doesn’t seem in the least to bother Permilia Griswold, she is a woman who likes herself, and is so loveable, she will quickly win you over with her antics and her compassion.
The author had me at the names she used for her characters, loved the chuckles, and ingenuity, this book has it all. There is a little bit of romance here, but it is so subtle that you might miss it, but a profession, which is not accepted of courtship, will give you a heads up, at least until the very end.
This one kept me guessing as to whom wanted Asher’s demise, and then the secrets fell all over the place.
Come and get a look at old New York City, and the making of a new department store.
I received this book through Bethany House Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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