1. Behind the Scenes
    Behind the Scenes
    Jen Turano
    Bethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun book
    June 10, 2018
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    BEHIND THE SCENES

    Behind the scenes is the first book in the Apart from the crowd series.

    Wealthy Permilia Griswold has now found a productive way to satisfy her step mother's attempts to get her to fit into New York society and to fund her favorite charity. She has taken a writer's position on a prominent New York paper as a society columnist. Using a pen name, her column has become widely popular because she has intimate knowledge on many of her subjects. But when her "nose for news" leads her to overhear a plot to harm local businessman Asher Rutherford, that's when the fun really starts. Asher doesn't believe Permilia, so she does the only thing she can, she follow him on his day to day activities to make sure that no harm comes to him.

    It was hard for me trying to picture Asher and Permilia fitting together as a couple until about the middle of the book. Once they found their footing with each other, the book just flew by. They worked well together to solve the mystery. I loved the cover of this book. It was so elegant. Although this is a light read, I would not hesitate to recommend this book.

  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Delightful Read
    January 30, 2018
    KimP
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano is the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series. Jen has created another laugh-out-loud masterpiece. Miss Permilia Griswold is one of the ladies of the wallflower section. Not having been taken in by high society Permilia listens for tidbits of information that she can use in her Miss Quill society gossip column. Overhearing a murder plot is not what she had in mind and losing her slipper only puts her in more danger. Since, Mr. Asher Rutherford isnt taking her warning seriously she takes it upon herself to watch his back. This book was a delight to read. You get a glimpse of the 1880s high society, with a light touch of romance and suspense. The storyline keeps moving until the very end. I cant wait for the next one!

    I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A laugh-out-loud funny historical romantic comedy!
    December 27, 2017
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This wonderful book is filled with an incredible cast of quirky characters! I love both of the main characters especially. Many of the names are so unusual that just saying them out loud put a smile on my face. I have no idea how the author came up with them.

    Miss Permilia Griswold has found her own way to make her life more tolerable. She has even found a way to feel that she is contributing to the world. I was extremely amused by her antics. It was very clear from the beginning that she was in a very real sense a fish-out-of-water. As the story progressed more and more information is revealed as to how she was thrust into such an awkward position.

    Mr. Asher Rutherford is truly considered one of the highest level of those in high society. He is keeping his own secret that he feels would ruin that standing if it ever got out. I think that his choice of who to have as his closest friend brought me much amusement.

    The plot of the story is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this marvelous story. I was kept guessing about many aspects of the suspected danger Asher was in simply because of the twists the story took.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

    Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Absurd and Amazing
    July 11, 2017
    EmilyAnne28
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wallflowers are underestimated. So says Permilia Griswold, who is secretly the writer of the gossip column in one of New York's magazines. She sees everything from behind the scenes, even using disguises from time to time. She's quirky and sweet, and when she uncovers a plot to murder a particularly annoying (and handsome) young man, Permilia decides it is time to step in.

    Behind the Scenes was clever and funny. I adored it. It kept me laughing and loving the characters. There is truly nothing like Jen Turano's novels, and I eagerly await each one's publication. Behind the Scenes is no exception.

    What can I say about this book? The quirky characters were lovable and show so much wonderful development. The plot was intriguing. There was never a dull moment, and the mystery kept me guessing. The historical details added depth and pulled my interest even more. There were so many reasons I loved this book that I have a hard time choosing one to highlight. Perhaps the wonderfully absurd situations that made me laugh every time? The ridiculous and absurd can be underappreciated as a reason for laughter, but I love it so much!

    I highly recommend Behind the Scenes, and I recommend it to fans of historical romance.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Struggled to get through this one
    July 6, 2017
    Michelle K
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I've read books from this author before and enjoyed them, so I was surprised to find myself struggling to get through this one. It started our really slow, with the first 100 pages of the book all taking place in a few hours time. When we finally got through that first scene, the story started picking up, but I had almost given up on it. The beginning of the book seemed overly wordy, but either it improved, or as the action picked up, I didnt notice it as much. I think if the first 100 pages had been cut to about 25, I'd have really enjoyed this book.

    Plot: Permilia Griswold is a wallflower. While this makes her a bit on the outside of society, she's in the ideal position to pick up on gossip and the goings on of high society. The fact that she's been writing a gossip column for the papers is something she'd really prefer to keep hidden. When she overhears an evil plot against Asher Rutherford, she knows she must warn him. However, when he doesn't believe her, Permilia must take action.

    Characters: Talk about quirky! The author's created a group of very unique individuals in this series. I enjoy a little bit of that, if it doesn't border on ridiculousness. This story toed the line. I really liked Asher and his best friend. They seemed to be the only 'normal' characters in the story.

    Content: This one is pretty G-rated. I didn't find anything objectionable. As far as spiritual content goes, this one was pretty light, so it could be a good one for a variety of readers.

    Recommendation: I'd only recommend this book to those who are looking for a light hearted read. It's the first book in the series and I probably won't bother reading the next ones.

    Rating: 2.5/5 stars

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This review is my honest opinion.

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