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Behind the Scenes
     

Behind the Scenes

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by Jen Turano
 

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Start of a Delightful New Series from Historical Romance Author Jen Turano

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

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Start of a Delightful New Series from Historical Romance Author Jen Turano

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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2017
A debut into New York's high society is the dream of any girl, but what happens if you are repeatedly not chosen to be the belle of the ball? Permilia Griswold, a perpetual wallflower, decides to write down her observations in a newspaper gossip column using the pen name of "Miss Quill." When she overhears a threat against Asher Rutherford, a society gentleman who owns a New York department store, she tries to warn him. His disbelief leaves Permilia with no choice but to put herself at risk to save a man she barely knows. It's not long before Asher and Permilia are working together to uncover the deadly plot against him. VERDICT Turano's (Finding Margo) series debut, laced with humor and populated with eccentric characters, takes an irreverent look at Gilded Age New York. Perfect for those who enjoy a light historical romance.

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ISBN-13:
9780764217944
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/18/2017
Series:
Apart From the Crowd Series , #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
70,180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jen Turano, author of eight books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.

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Behind the Scenes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jutzie 2 days ago
Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano Apart From the Crowd Book One Permilia Griswold grew up in mining camps with her dad, hoping one day to take over the business herself. So when he married a socialite to help make a real lady out of her...she just became a wallflower instead. And she was quite happy with that status. Especially when offered a job while being a wallflower. Asher Rutherford has worked hard to regain his family's fortune. He, unlike Permilia, enjoys all society has to offer. Since many of those he hubnubbed with helped his business. He was warned about being friendly with the wallflower, but she was so intriguing. And irritating. Jen Turano writes wonderful stories. They usually have laugh-out-loud incidences that her characters create by being themselves. Permilia and Asher seem to be opposites...but with the threat of murder...they find common ground. **Received from Bethany House for an honest review
BlueJeansAndTeacups 2 days ago
*** Wallflowers Rejoice! *** Another excellently crafted story by master storyteller, Jen Turano! March 1883 – New York “Contrary to the prevalent thought of the day, I’m not a lady who feels as if my life has been ruined simply because I’ve obtained the somewhat undesirable label of wallflower.” –Ch.1 Permilia Griswold is sort of a gilded age Cinderella in the sense she puts up with the whims of her step-mother and step-sister. She is awkward in social situations & really could care less about gentlemen, balls, the season, etc. She was raised by her father, traipsing all over the country for his mining business, until he decides she needs a woman’s touch in her life. He finds and marries a woman of society, intent on changing everything about Permilia, while spoiling her own daughter. Permilia has a keen sense of fashion, business, & charity. She loves the Lord, & seeks wise counsel when needed. She also has a few secrets. Her interpretation of the Go-As-You-Please Quadrille had me laughing out loud. Asher Rutherford is a self-made, affluent businessman, with an excellent sense of style, & owns one of the most successful department stores in the city. He leads a predictable life, & is quite content mingling in society, attending his clubs, and going about his business day with little interruption to his schedule. However, each encounter he has with the unusual Miss Griswold leaves him perplexed & asking questions he’d never considered before. “A second later, he found himself taken aback when Miss Griswold thrust a dainty hand his way, seemingly unconcerned yet again with the idea that ladies never, as in ever, initiated an act that would consist of them hauling a gentleman to his feet.” –Ch.3 Harrison Sinclair is Asher’s dear friend who is one of those men rather unaware of his handsome mystique. I suspect he is color blind, with all of his odd combinations of clothing, & he seems to have a genuine concern for those around him. I found him extremely intriguing. “He grinned. “I know most dangerous men are assumed to drink coffee, and black coffee at that, but” – he shuddered – I can’t abide the stuff.” Bonus points for Harrison, because I loathe coffee too! –smile. He adds much to the story, & I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books. Miss Gertrude Cadwalader is a recently acquainted friend of Permilia, through their mutual resignation to the wallflower section. She is great fun, as she takes matters in hand when needed, & looks like a laughing stock much of the time due to her employer’s odd ideas. That employer being Mrs. Davenport, who is one adventurous older lady. Oh, my! Yet another character I want to get to know better!! Jen Turano really has a way with supporting characters! Miss Henrietta and Miss Mabel are delightful, albeit persnickety sisters that add wonderful fun, mystery and more questions to the story. They are also extremely interested in tea! Yay!! “That hobby, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to learn, given the interest we’ve learned you share with us, is searching out and collecting new blends of tea.” –Ch.13 Permilia picked up her cup. Raising it to her lips, she took the smallest of sips, blinking in surprise a second later. “Good heavens. That’s delicious.” –Ch.14 And of course, I will not tell you who he/she/they might be. But, suffice it to say the mystery kept me guessing as it unraveled along the way. Jen Turano is my absolute favorite author.
Laundry_Whispers 3 days ago
Oh my stars but this book is a doozy, in mostly the right ways. Permilia is nothing short of a slightly ditzy yet really too smart for her ow good sort of character. Raised by a single father in the late 1800's he remarries to someone that can introduce her to the New York social scene, thinking that it would make her happy and be of future benefit to her. He was partly wrong. She doesn't 'take' to the social scene and is quickly relegated to a 'Wallflower' or outsider. But like any self-respecting too quick for her own good woman, Permilia makes the most of her situation. She makes friends with the other Wallflowers, something not traditionally done, apparently if you are a Wallflower you are to sit on the sidelines and think about what you've done to not fit in. Through all of this she meets Asher, a very eligible gentleman of the true elite society. And they form a slightly awkward, weird bond over an overheard threat to kill him, though he didn't believe her. A few twists of mystery and well you know the drill with a romance... There were a few things with this book that didn't quite appeal to me. I felt like so many of the situations were contrived and didn't feel natural or even really accurate to the time period. They weren't inaccurate but just lacked authenticity. Permilia seemed to find herself in such awkward situations that felt too outlandish which left me lacking substance with the story. Even the mystery, blown up and then left to someone else to deal with, until it was time to reveal the truth. Though the truth did take me by surprise so the book actually gained about half a star for that. This is a Christian novel but for me the faith felt like a toss-aside. Like oh wait, um yeah here's a good place to throw a touch of God in but lets make it sorta random OK? I didn't feel like the introduction of faith and the conversations about faith truly fit into the overall scheme where they were used. The faith wasn't subtle but it wasn't consistent either. It felt like an afterthought. The last thing I want to touch on is the dialogue. Oh my gravy, it felt as though the book was all talk and now show. And the dialogue was so convoluted at times and the back and forth between speakers was easy lost on who was speaking now. I'm convinced that Permilia and Asher both speak in near run-on sentences that twist and turn instead of just sharing a conversation. That being said, it was a good book with a great story...even with the neat little bow at the end (you know how I feel about that by now I hope!). Permilia had a good heart, a good mind, and a solid sense of self. That last one is hard to find in the average person, much less someone thrown into a situation they didn't want, don't care for, and aren't accepted in. Asher is a self-possessed gentleman that has managed to take life circumstances and do something most people wouldn't entertain. And he did it with style and heart. Though the Huxley sisters are my absolute favorite characters and add so much flavor to the story. I'd have loved to see more of Mrs. Davenport as well and hope she features more in future books in the series. I would also like to see what becomes of Permilia's dad and stepmother since their secrets came out as well and then has them trotting off to Paris with her step-sister and potential suitor. Yes, there's a neat little bow but the strings are still hanging to hopefully be addressed in future books. I was provided a
CaraPutman 4 days ago
Behind the Scenes is a fun frolic in Gilded Age New York City. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Jen's books that I've read, and this one continued in the same vein. Crazy heroines who don't fit into the Gilded Age aristocracy and heroes who aren't quite sure what to make of the heroines. Miss Permilia Griswold has been cast as a wallflower, only she's one with a twist: she's a society reporter for a large newspaper on the sly. While at the event of the season she overhears a murder plot and decides it's her duty to stop the attack. The only problem is Asher Rutherford doesn't believe her claims of a plot or that his life's in danger. The book is filled with colorful characters, smart dialogue, and a couple twists. The romance is fairly direct, but very enjoyable. I'm already wondering who will serve as heroine in the next book. Behind the Scenes is a very enjoyable, light romance for those who love the Gilded Age time-period.
lsnlj 4 days ago
Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors, this is book one from Apart from the Crowd series and I can not wait for more. Turano always has so much spunk, drama, mystery and of course romance in her books. Twist, turn and laughter. I love how she develops her characters and keeps you wanting to know more about all the characters, which makes a great series. Miss Permilia Griswold is a fun, outgoing, wealthy woman that does not quit fit into the high society, which she does not really care either way. When she becomes aware of a death threat to a new 'friend' will she be able to keep him safe and find herself too? Mr. Asher Rutherford is a handsome, wealthy store owner, who fits in nicely with the ton. When he finds Permillia fascinating and intriguing will he know how to handle everything that is thrown at him all at once, while keeping her safe? Not only did I fall in love with Permilia and Asher but with their good friends and a couple of odd sisters. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and learning more about this community.
Jaquelyn 5 days ago
Turano had me literally laughing out loud. My husband kept asking me what was so funny. Behind the Scenes is the first book in the Apart From the Crowd series and I can’t wait to see what comes next. This book was impossible to put down. It was full of just the right amount of mystery, romance, and silliness. I have read other books by Jen Turano and have loved them all as well. The secondary characters were all so interesting, and I can’t wait to see if they will get their own story. This story follows Permilia and Asher as they try and figure out who wants them gone. Asher is an amazing businessman, and little does he realize, that alone is a reason someone could be after him. He prides himself on providing excellent service and in doing so has angered a competitor or two. Could they be who is coming after him? Permilia being in danger as well doesn’t sit well with Asher. She is a very unique woman, and definitely doesn’t blend in well in a crowd. Blending into the background is a whole other thing, and one she is very good at. Writing the Miss Quill column has given her something to do while at society events, and she enjoys her work. When Asher is threatened she knows she can’t sit idly by while he is in danger. Can they get to the bottom of this mystery before it’s too late? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. Turano did an amazing job of painting a picture with her words. I loved the antics and quirks that were unique to each character, and frankly couldn’t get enough of them. I can’t wait to read what she writes next. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 5 days ago
A “who done it” with charming characters that win the heart Set in New York society of 1883, Behind the Scenes is a wild ride. The reader is exposed to both the exposed layer of sophistication of the elite inner circle – as in the William Vanderbilt’s costume ball – and also behind this scene to the back rooms of the Vanderbilt mansion. The book’s heroine is Permilia Griswold, a gun-toting, outspoken suffragette who secretly works as a newspaper columnist to support a school for unfortunate women. We are even told that she has taught science and math classes at the school. Long ago having given herself up as a “wallflower,” Permilia has followed more intelligent pursuits and would rather have a hand in running her father’s mining operations than be part of high society. When she overhears a plot to murder one of the gentleman guests at the ball, her daring, adventurous spirit comes to the fore, impressing the gentleman, Asher Rutherford, no end. Asher is even willing to change his personality for her, as he asks a friend to “teach me to be a dangerous gentleman – one who looks as if he eats nails for breakfast and bullets for lunch,” although this transformation becomes unnecessary. The only downside to the book is that the conversations in the first eight or so chapters seem rather stilted and way too elaborate. This seems to improve as the book moves forward. Behind the Scenes is a rollicking “who done it” with interesting characters that will charm the reader. A “life quote” that could be taken from this book would read as follows: “Some of our life experiences should be looked upon as stepping stones, needed in order to cross the stream at large, but not meant to be lingered on forever.” As Permilia learns this lesson, so can the reader. I received this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for this review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 5 days ago
I just closed the cover on this book, another hugely wonderful winner from the USA Today bestselling author, Jen Turano. I first read a novella by Jen Turano and was immediately certain that this was an author I wanted to follow. Always. My opinion has only been cemented. I have never, ever been disappointed in a Jen Turano novel. This novel is the first full length one in Turano's 'Apart From The Crowd' series, following a novella. After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym 'Miss Quill', she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society---albeit one on the fringes---would know. When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she's determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn't believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn't anticipate is that she'll end up putting herself at risk in the process---or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all. Jen Turano's novels are a total delight to read, making this reader simply just feel good! She takes women characters, and makes them strong and with a mind of their own and puts them into the most outrageous circumstances you can imagine, then adds more characters to the mix, creating the most fascinating mayhem you can imagine. She includes a wonderfully intriguing mystery, one I had no clue of. Turano will have you laughing out loud all the way through her books. I was reading on my treadmill during one absolutely hilarious chapter and had to step off before I fell off, I was laughing so hard! It is a wonderful thing to be able to dive into such an amazing book, knowing that you will be entertained by Turano's special blend of wit, a wit that no one can match. I enjoyed every single minute! Now I can't wait till the next novel. *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publishers. I was not pressured to leave a positive review and my opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR 6 days ago
Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano is the first book in Apart from the Crowd series. Miss Permilia Griswold lives in New York City with her father, stepmother and stepsister. Permilia (what an unusual name) was raised by her father, George after her mother passed away. She traveled with him around the country while he took care of his mining business. Permilia received a man’s education and Permilia thought she would help her father run his businesses. Then George Griswold married Ida, a widow. Ida is a society woman who believes a woman should debut, get married, have children and go to parties. Ida raised her daughter, Lucy in this manner. Permilia is frustrated by all of Ida’s rules and the endless functions and society parties. The Griswold’s have been invited to Mr. & Mrs. Williams Vanderbilt’s costume ball (event of the year). Permilia is considered a wallflower by society because of her unconventional ideas, manner of dress, and the way she speaks. Mr. Asher Rutherford of Rutherford and Company (a department store) is also attending the ball. Lucy is interested in Asher, but Ida does not believe he is a suitable mate for her daughter because he is “in trade”. Permilia is sneaking around the ball taking notes for her society column Miss Quill’s Quality Corner. While helping a friend, Permilia overhears a plot to murder Asher. Permilia tells Asher about it, but he does not believe her until he is attacked with arrows. Permilia and some friends come to his rescue, but the killer will not be so easily thwarted. Asher and Permilia will need to join forces to find the evildoer, before they find themselves in the obituary pages instead of the society columns. I was looking forward to Jen Turano’s Behind the Scenes. I had enjoyed the lighthearted humor and engaging characters in her A Class of Their Own series. What I appreciated in that series was missing in Behind the Scenes. I found the writing to be awkward with stilted dialogue. Permilia was too peculiar (her education, way she spoke, unusual dress, clumsy, cannot dance, gets tongue-tied, etc.). I did not understand Asher being so possessive of Permilia at the ball. They had only had two unpleasant encounters prior to this occasion. Asher went out of his way to protect Permilia especially from Eugene Slater, an interested suitor. Then there is the offensive stepmother, Ida and her equally annoying daughter, Lucy. I give Behind the Scenes 2 out of 5 stars. I just did not like Behind the Scenes. I tried to read the complete novel, but it was impossible. I ended up skimming through some portions of the story. The ball scene took up 35% of the book (it seemed like it went on forever). The reader is subjected to every little detail about the ball. The dances, what people were wearing, room décor, food, and so forth (this attention to detail continues throughout the book). There was also one inane incident after another. I do not mind some light, fun humor, but this was just plain silly (idiotic would be a better word). Every single one of the wallflowers were eccentric. I found the ending to be predictable. The mystery was easily solved early in the story. The Christian element was very light. I did like Mrs. Davenport and the Huxley sisters (Mabel and Henrietta). I think a book about Mrs. Davenport would be more entertaining (what a character). I believe I will be skipping the rest of the Apart from the Crowd series.
RobinWillson 8 days ago
Hilarious action packed fun that pulls on your heartstrings. A delightful Cinderella-esque story with a special young lady you're sure to love. (Christian Historical Romance) Miss Permilia Griswold grew up with her father at his mines. Because of this upbringing she acquired special talents and a no-nonsense view on life. A new Stepmother leads her father to believe that since they are a wealthy family Permilia should be introduced to and take her place in Society. As you can imagine it was not an easy fit - and she was relegated to Wallflower status. Which was actually an advantage since she also has a soft heart and needs to earn money to help support her charity. Wait - she's from a wealthy family but has to earn money? That's some Stepmother she has - treating Permilia badly behind her father's back, yet elevating her own daughter. We need a hero! Asher is a handsome business man who is quite comfortable in Society, but if they were aware of his family's financial situation they might not be so welcoming. He also realizes that he is a bit of a Dandy. Stir in mystery, a murder attempt and madcap supporting characters in fast paced action. Did I mention Permilia's fabulous fashion taste and affinity for bargain shopping? Who did you think the hero was going to be? I've said it before and I'll say it again - Cheer up! Read a Jen Turano book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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”.
CFPagels 12 days ago
As usual, a lovely, lively, and entertaining confection of a read from Jen Turano. I love her books! I would compare this novel to "Divinity" which is a fantastic delightful candy. Like Divinity, this read is a frothy, light, slightly nutty, and an altogether enjoyable treat! I love forward to Jen Turano's next historical romance and highly recommend Behind the Scenes! I received my advance copy via NetGalley and am not required to leave a positive review.
Anonymous 19 days ago
New York City - 1883 Miss Permilia Griswold is watching a parade of people on their way to Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt’s costume ball. Riding with her constantly critical stepmother, Ida, she is listening to a litany from the woman listing her faults. Permilia’s stepsister, Miss Lucy Webster, is also with them heading to the ball. A lovely young woman, Lucy is also very critical of Permilia who chooses to buy her clothes at shops not considered to be high quality. Lucy blames Permilia’s frugality for her not finding a husband for herself to which Permilia insists is Lucy’s fault she is still unwed because she acts so condescending and aloof to men. After the death of her mother when she was just age 2, Permilia’s father took her with him as he conducted business running his mines. But when he married Ida, the woman kept Permilia at home instead of letting her participate in her father’s business. Before she lost her husband, Ida has been part of the New York Knickerbocker set and now is tasked with making a society person out of Permilia. At the ball, Permilia finds herself trying to hold back a collapsing pillar before it falls on someone. She is rescued by Mr. Asher Rutherford, owner of Rutherford and Company Department Store. Asher is the son of a wealthy family who is dismayed at him getting into trade. During the ball, Permilia overhears a plot to kill Asher and rescues an older woman who is in the Vanderbilt’s private rooms. As the evening wears on, Permilia gets into some more mischief a’la I Love Lucy style but Asher continues to laugh at her antics and becomes even more admiring of her. The next day when Asher and his friend, Harrison, are riding they discuss the secret that only Harrison knows about Asher. It turns out that Asher is not wealthy through his family because they lost most of their money when he was just a boy. Knowing that Asher is endangered, Permilia has taken it upon herself to follow him around to see that he is protected. Thus begins a cat and mouse game that is sure to make the reader laugh and shake their head a bit in confusion. For the most part, I enjoyed this story but I must admit that one has to enjoy slap-stick comedy to keep up with this book. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Heart2Heart 19 days ago
Fans of traditional regencies will definitely LOVE Jen Turano's latest novel Behind the Scenes! Miss Permilia Griswold is what society has deemed a wallflower, but she has the spirit to not let anyone tell her what she can and can't do, especially since her stepmother, Ida and stepsister, Lucy seem intent on making sure that she finds a suitable match and if not, to do nothing to embarrass their attempts to secure the right man for Lucy. Mrs. Ida Webster, a formidable lady one learned rather quickly not to cross - and a lady who staunchly believed a woman's place was in the home, not traveling around the country participating in...business. For Permilia she loved being considered a wallflower. It was the only time she could travel with ease behind the scenes, observing society without anyone noticing. This would help her to blend in better at all the society functions Ida and Lucy insist she attend and one that would allow her to gather facts to write about in her society column under the pseudo name of Miss Quill. Only in this circumstance at the Vanderbilt ball, Permilia is about to face her greatest challenge, Mr. Asher Rutherford of Rutherford and Company. He is a self-made man who is society's greatest eligible bachelor who finds the untamed and unconventional spirit of Permilia to his liking for some odd reason. She holds nothing back and isn't about to conform to what Ida or Lucy deem appropriate for her. All she desires is to work with her father in his mining business and has taken it upon herself to learn all she can about the business world. When she learns of a plot to murder Asher Rutherford while hiding in the Vanderbilt mansion, she will do whatever it takes to ensure that no harm comes to him, even if it means tarnishing her reputation. She even manages to gain some help from other wallflowers in an effort to be taken serious, of which Asher is convinced that Permilia has simply jumped to conclusions. Nevertheless, he finds simply being in her company to be like a moth to a flame only he needs to make sure that he doesn't get burned in the process. After all, most of society shops within the doors of Rutherford and Company for all their latest fashions and he needs to ensure that he doesn't do anything rash to make headlines in the local gossip columns. I received Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. There is something to Jen Turano's writing style that casts a hook into you and you don't want this novel to end. Her character of Permilia is well-conceived, strong and determined and willing to not be a role model for what society deems is appropriate. She wants more out of life and isn't waiting around for a man to provide it. While she definitely has gumption, she also walks a tight-rope to ensure she doesn't embarrass her father and cause undo harm to his business while she seeks to find her own way in the world. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and find myself relating to Permilia as that would likely be how I would have been in her world. No fear, bold and full of passion! This is the first novel in the Apart From The Crowd series and one I am looking forward to!
birdladyvm 19 days ago
Not only is Behind The Scenes a fine romance, it has a lot of humor; I laughed repeatedly at the antics of Permilia Griswold. Seeing high society from her perspective was refreshing. Permilia's awkward, uncoordinated, and let's face it, walks to the beat of a different drummer. As a result, she and others like her, the ones not as pretty or poised, or like Permilia hear a different drummer, find themselves the wall flowers of the balls. How hurtful this must have been for the girls who did not have Permilia's fortitude. Does this bother Permilia? Not in the least as she has other dreams and ambitions. Furthermore, I loved the characteristics Turan instilled in Permilia's character; I knew I would love to have her as a friend. Not only smart, she's definitely not a shrinking violet; she would be a woman's activist in today's world. Permilia has a secret which no one is aware. If revealed it could lead to disaster. Born before her time, Permilia is a shaker and mover. I could imagine her commanding a board room with her personality alone. The funniest thing I have ever read was Permilia's gallop through the ball room during the Go-As-You-Please Quadrille. I laughed until I cried. How proud Permilia was of herself when the dance finished! Asher was amazed, or was it appalled? Either way Asher was the perfect gentleman; a true knight in shining armor. Asher's character is a product of his time; women had a place and should not divert from their appointed place. However Permilia has a decided effect on Asher's attitudes as his character grew throughout the story-line. To say he's bemused by Permilia's an understatement. I could almost see Asher's head spinning around as Permilia ran circles around him. What starts as "what in the world" turns into "she is my world" as Permilia's outlook on life permeates every corner of Ashe's life. What a wonderful romance novel! In concluding my reviews of romance novel, Behind The Scenes, I found the plotting skillfully; and the pace fast, smooth, and steady as Permilia turns New York society and Asher underside down. I hope Turan turns this book into a series as I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Permilia, Asher, and friends. Won't you love to read about Gertrude and Hamilton's relationship; I just know there is romance on the horizon. I see the chance for several books in the secondary characters of Behind The Scenes. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. Behind The Scenes will give hours of relaxing entertainment. FINALLY PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from Netgalley and chose to voluntarily review the book/novel with an honest reviews for romance novel, Behind The Scenes. Furthermore, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book/novel review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book/novel reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. Furthermore, no one influenced my voluntary reviews for romance novel, Behind The Scenes.