At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella

At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella

by Jen Turano

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After her father lost the family's fortune, Wilhelmina was cast out of the fashionable set and banished to the wallflower section. Taking a position as a social secretary to help support her family, she's mostly come to terms with her new status. But when her old friend Edgar returns to New York society for the first time since she rejected his marriage proposal, she's newly ashamed at how far she's fallen--and how hastily she dismissed him years ago. Her strategy is to avoid a face-to-face encounter at all costs, but he seems to have other plans. Will Edgar take advantage of their now reversed positions and make her regret her refusal, or is there still hope for a friendship between them--or something more?

At Your Request is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Jen Turano's new Gilded Age historical romance series, Apart From the Crowd! Includes an extended excerpt of the first full-length novel in the series, Behind the Scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441229953
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Apart from the Crowd Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 9,544
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of nine 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 a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at
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 a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

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At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read that sets up a series that I can't wait to dive into! The characters leap off the page and the setting of late1800's New York is divine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella gives the background story for "the wallflowers," the group of women relegated to the outskirts of society, and that are the subjects of Jen Turano's 'Apart From The Crowd' series. How delightful to learn how they all met each other and became such charming friends. Sweet book.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read and a nice introduction to the 'Apart From the Crowd' series. It is sweet, romantic, and funny. Also a great introduction to this author if you have never read her work.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read! I would not expect anything less from Jen Turano. She is in my top five favorite authors. Anything she writes, I want to read. She has such a wonderful way of taking you in from the first few pages, and you find yourself on a lovely adventure. She has such a quirky wit, or should I say great wit with quirky characters. Either way I find myself laughing out loud. I would just love to be a fly on the wall when Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker meet again after years of separation. If I have one negative thing to say, it was too short, I wanted more. I know it was a novella so it was meant to be short. What a good start to a great series.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jen Turano read but it certainly won’t be my last! I guess I’d have to ask myself what took me so long to discover her writing? Witty and engaging dialogue, quirky and lovable characters and a little uncoventionalism all play a part into fully bringing the reader a story that’s so hard to put down! This is a prequel novella to introduce you to her “Apart From the Crowd” series books, to which I will be reading. I have to know more about the rest of the wallflower women; Miss Permilia Griswold, Miss Gertrude Cadwalader, and Miss Temperance Flowerdew (out July 2018) and their perspective love interests. Wilhelmina and Edgar were lifelong friends until a proposal by Edgar six years before ruined that! He left brokenhearted but now he’s back and wishes to test the waters again. Will they take the plunge or will it end dead in the water? These two had such witty banter that it was hard not to laugh out loud, especially as each scene played out in my imagination just as Jen described it. I loved the glimpse she gave us as to what it was like to be a “wallflower” back in 1883. Living on the edge of society, all but forgotten and certainly shunned by high class ladies. I like how Wilhelmina picked herself up and brushed herself off after her father’s mishaps made her status fall. Edgar is just the sweetest! I think Wilhelmina finally saw him for what he really was, a true gentleman where it counts…in the heart. I have a strong feeling that these two will have a lifetime of love just from reading their happily-ever-after story! A little faith, a lot of love and laughter will make you come back for more of Jen’s witty writing.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A hilarious historical romantic comedy! I have to start by mentioning the names of the characters in this charming novella. I got a chuckle out of quite a few of them just by reading them out loud. I know that different names were popular at different times in history, but I think that the author had to have put extra effort into coming up with some very funny combinations. The rules that people were expected to follow within society when attending a ball seemed strange to me. I was surprised to find that there were definite class distinctions within the upper class. I didn’t realize that there was a special area for “wallflowers” and that they were supposed to behave differently. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker. They were well developed and their background as childhood friends was very sweet. I’m very glad that I will have a chance to learn more about the other ladies in the wallflower section in the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read and recommended The story is less than 100 pages but so well written it did not feel rushed until the last few pages. And, those don't really count as they are a lead-in to another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read and recommended The story is less than 100 pages but so well written it did not feel rushed until the last few pages. And, those don't really count as they are a lead-in to another book.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
At Your Request by Jen Turano is the introductory novella for her new series Apart from the Crowd. It is a quick read with the laugh out loud humor that I've come to expect from Jen's books. Can't wait to read the rest of the series and see what antics the characters get into!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
At Your Request by Jen Turano Apart From the Crowd Series Book 0.5 Wilhelmina had once been the belle of the ball—now she was a wallflower. When she came out into Society at seventeen, her dearest friend, Edgar, took a back row to all of those gentleman looking at her in all her glory. After her dad lost everything, and Edgar returned to town, she realized just how much she had truly lost—and it wasn't wealth. Edgar had left town and not seen his old friend in seven years. It was time to return, face her, and put her behind him at last so that he could move on. Easier said than done. Wilhelmina was as beautiful as ever. As usual, there is plenty of humor in this story. Especially with the unusual Permilia Griswold whose story is told in book one; Behind the Scenes. I enjoy all the books by this author as they have great characters, humor, and great story lines.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I bought a copy of this book when it was offered free. All opinions are my own." That done, AT YOUR REQUEST is a novella (which at the time of this writing is still free) that begins Ms. Turano's new series Apart from the Crowd. I read (and reviewed) Behind the Scenes (the first book in the series) which follows after this and it is nice to see the iceskating incident which is referred to in Behind the Scenes actually written out in AT YOUR REQUEST. I had to laugh at Wilhelmina's antics... crawling under a chair and getting stuck (at a ball!) and Edgar's equal misadventures (falling in the center of the pond, multiple times) and I loved the quick, quirky way their romance played out -- and it was even mostly believable that it could happen that way. The language is still very formal and stilted, and I do wonder where the author came up with some of the names (I haven't looked them up to see if they are real yet and I probably won't) but they do add to the quirkiness of the tale. If you love historical, regency style romance, you will love Jen Turano's new series, starting with AT YOUR REQUEST (a novella), followed by Behind the Scenes. I can't wait to read the rest in this series.
Lambie5 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this novella. It was well written and I couldn't go to bed until I had finished reading it. It made me laugh out loud several times. It was a very good book about a wallflower!
slm76 More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano launches her new Apart From the Crowd series with a novella set in New York City during the Gilded Age. This series takes a look at the women whose society debuts have bombed, but are still required to attend the various soirees held during the social season. These “wallflowers” are seldom asked to dance, and so spend the time sitting in silence. Apparently, it’s a rule: “Wallflowers did not converse with each other… ever.” Well, ouch! Although it’s short, At Your Request is also sweet, and of Turano’s usual standard. There’s humor throughout, such as when Wilhelmina is so desperate to avoid Edgar that she has an unfortunate encounter with a chair. Turano has a charming writing style, her characters are delightful, and I can’t wait to read Behind the Scenes.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
At Your Request by Jen Turano is refreshing historical fiction novella. This is the pre-quell to the Apart From the Crowd series. Jen Turano sure knows how to write something that will grab your attention from the get-go. I am so looking forward to reading this entire series. Be sure to order your copy of this wonderful novella today. 5 stars!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
At Your Request ( Apart from The Crowd )A Novella Jen Turano At Your Request is the prequel to Turano’s new series Apart From The Crowd. I really loved the novella and looking forward to reading the first book Behind The Scenes which releases in April 2017.The author captured my heart right at the start and did not let go till the end. I loved the novella and the characters, they were well written and easy to follow. Turano writes quirky and lovable characters, which will keep you laughing through the story.This is Wilhelmina and Edgar’s story. Wilhelmina is one of society wallflowers. Her father having lost all his fortune ,she must take on a job of social secretary. Edgar was a childhood friend, who has been gone for a while. He is also a different person . What will he think of Wilhelmina after he finds out that her father has lost everything?
jr347 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book to read. You will really "get into" this book, and become a fast fan of the author.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of Jen Turano's books, since I read her very first. She has the most wonderful dry sense of humor ever and applies that to all her books. Jen Turano's books are just plain fun to read and make you feel GOOD! I laugh out loud all the time when I'm reading her books and certain passages are so hilarious, I find myself going back and re-reading them several times. If you're looking for a great time, don't miss Turano's works. You'll be glad you did. She crafts characters that are larger than life and funnier than anything! I love them all. AND...we get a hefty sneak peek at her next full length novel at the end of this one. I can't wait!
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
The book “At Your Request” starts out with Wilhelmina Radcliff, who has been relegated to the wallflower section of the ball. There she makes friends with, Permila Griswold, Temperance Flowerdew, and Gertrude Cadwalader. Just the sound of those names make me smile and the girls have temperaments to match their names! Wilhelmina’s father lost their fortune in a bad business deal so she is no longer the belle of the ball. Along comes Edgar Wanamaker, her childhood friend, who had proposed marriage to her years before. When Wilhelmina turned him down he left town. Now he’s back and she’s reluctant to see him. This is a great beginning to the new Jen Turano series “Apart from the Crowd”. When you pick up a book by Jen you know you’re in for a treat. She weaves her stories with believable, funny characters. It’s a MUST read!!
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano continues to bring life and joy to her readers through her books. At Your Request is the introduction to a brand new series. Short and sweet, we get a little glimpse at the world we are about to enter in the first full length book Behind the Scenes which releases in April 2017. Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker provide a fun and entertaining story that sets the stage for this series. We are introduced to the people who we will be spending our time with in the future. I adore the Gilded Age and am greatly looking forward to "attending" Alva Vanderbilt's famed costume ball in the next book. Because this is a short book, I don't want to give anything away, however, you can read this book for yourself for FREE! And can you believe this cover? Jaw droppingly beautiful! Quirky and fun, Wilhelmina and Edgar will have you cheering them on from the sidelines, or in my case probably sprawled out on the ice for my lack of coordination while skating. I have found that I think one of the main reasons I am continually enthralled by Jen's books, is that they remind me a bit of Anne of Green Gables. With elegant speech and interesting predicaments, these books never lack for humour and adventure.