Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

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 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217944
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Apart from the Crowd Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 271,724
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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

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Behind the Scenes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Permilia Griswold is Society, but not quite fitting into the mold, she is a vitually ignored member of 'the wallflower set', which allows her the freedom to engage secretly in causes and activities that would cause her uppity stepmother to either faint dead away or erupt into hysterics. But in Jen Turano's books there is always a gentleman whose befuddlement when faced with a plucky feminist quickly turns to admiration and love. Great story line, quirky characters and a very entertaining writing style make this and all of Turano's books great for reading aloud between chuckles and outright laughter. MORE!
Jaylee_Morgan More than 1 year ago
I tried. I tried really hard to get all the way through this book, unfortunately, I just couldn't. Permilia was an interesting character. While I think Turano was going for comedy with this character, I also think she went a little too far. Mrs. Davenport, on the other hand, she was hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed her character. I found the plotline to be bogged down. The plotline of Asher about to die... that was interesting, but I had a really hard time getting caught up in the story because of all the dialog. They consistently talking and, it seemed, describing the action through their words! Often times, something would happen in one chapter and then, one or two chapters later, someone would spell out the situation again. The plotline of Asher + Permilia was annoying to me. At first, they didn't like each other. But then at the ball, Asher suddenly becomes possessive of her and starts to fall in love? Um. Okay. My dislike of this story, I must admit, is probably just my preference. On Goodreads, it has a 4.06 rating. Christian Books gives it a 4.5 and Barnes and Noble a 4.4. There are clearly people who like this story. Simply not me. If you get a chance to read the book, flip through a couple pages before you buy it to see if it's your style or not. I hope you enjoy it and find it more satisfying than I did.
lmnop99 More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano always manages to make me laugh. Permillia was delightfully sweet and hilarious. She finds herself in every type of mixup that makes me laugh out loud. Asher is handsome and caring and is unmistakenly drawn to Permillia and her quirky ways. I never put this book down. I read it straight through because of the wonderful and playful chats each of the characters had. I loved everything and everyone in this book and I know I'll read it again when I need to laugh. Jen Turano is talented and amazing and every book she writes is perfect.
MeggAnne More than 1 year ago
I recieved a copy of Behind the Scenes from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. As a huge fan of Jen Turano, I knew this book was going to be wonderful - but just how wonderful would it be? I mean, what could top her other books that had me laughing so much? I was surprised because it is in my opinion one of the author's best! I haven't laughed so hard or so loud in a long time and most of it was out loud with my family (particularly my father) wondering what on earth was wrong with me as it was every few pages. It is a barrel of laughs with crazy moments and lively characters that you have to read to believe. The romance is top-notch, the secondary characters are just as great as the main characters, the mystery is clever (though I did figure out at least part of it), and the writing is spectacular as always. One of my favorite books that will always have a spot on my bookshelf with all her others. If I could give it twenty stars instead of just five, I would without a doubt. I can't wait for the next book!
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano, the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series. Set in New York City in the Spring of 1883, the story centers around Miss Permilia Griswold and those around her. A known wallflower, Permilia has a way of blending in and going unnoticed amongst members of society, until at the Vanderbilt Ball where she suddenly finds herself the recipient of additional attention and it turns into a pivot point in many aspects of her life. Permilia was my kind of girl, able to spend time around society but one who had other priorities and many other things which were more dear to her than the need to be accepted by society. In good part, Behind the Scenes was a story of acceptance - acceptance of others, acceptance of self, acceptance of God's plan and acceptance of family and past. Permilia had plans for her life and being part of New York society was never on her list, but as the story unfolds and she faces many challenges, she finds herself visiting with Reverend Perry who reminds her that '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' and that sometimes we have to turn our troubles over to God and be willing to accept what He may have in store for you. It was only after that pivotal conversation that she seemed to come to accept the changes that were happening and really found a path to happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed Behind the Scenes. The author did a great job setting the scene and establishing the development of the characters through the backdrop of the Vanderbilt Ball, including details on the clothing, dancing and other details of the ball. The book drew me in from the beginning and surprisingly, with almost 1/3 of the book focused of establishing the situation and characters at the ball, the story never slowed. There was a great mix of love, intrigue, mystery and suspense within the story through which the reader grew closer with the characters and the challenges that they faced and successes that they achieved. I really look forward to the next book in the series, which I am sure will cast light onto Permilia's continuing story, as her friend Gertrude is the center of the story. If you enjoy a good love story with a little mystery mixed in, I would recommend checking out Behind the Scenes. A complimentary review copy was provided through Bethany House, all opinions expressed are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
You had me at wallflower. ; ) Who doesn't love a good wallflower story? I think many readers will be able to relate to Miss Permilia Griswold, Mr. Asher Rutherford, and company! I loved that the first third of the story took place at the Vanderbilt ball! It was enchanting, thrilling, and beautifully detailed. Amusing and quirky characters make this a light read despite the murder attempts. ; ) The final scenes brought happy tears to my eyes. What a wonderful resolution! This struck me as a novel of acceptance. Asher learned to accept help from Permilla as well as accepting himself for who he really was. Permilla had to come to terms that her plan was not necessarily God's plan for her life. The poignant truths of this novel are sure to touch many hearts! Four Stars - A funny and charming story! Behind the Scenes is the first book in Jen Turano's new Apart from the Crowd Series. The next book, Out of the Ordinary, will release on November 7th, 2017. I'm looking forward to Miss Gertrude Cadwalader and Mr. Harrison Sinclair's story! I received a copy of Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
In the first book of the new Apart from the Crowd series, Behind the Scenes is another delightful story. After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Permilia Griswold is 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. And thus, begins the latest in Jen Turano’s newest romance suspense novel. Once again she has made her book laugh out loud funny as she pulls the reader into the story and you begin to try guessing who the ‘bad guy’ will be this time. Yes, I am a fan of Ms. Turano’s books even though they are set in the past when times were very different. And yes, you know before you start that the man and woman will get together by the end of the book. There is absolutely no mystery to that part of the story. But I am especially drawn to the overall concept of weaving a bit of mystery into the love story. This one did start off a bit slow as the characters were at a ball in the Vanderbilt home in New York. But it did pick up and there were enough escapades to keep things moving along. And I felt sorry for Permilia because of her dysfunctional family. But she was an overcomer by the end of the book. Then we could all celebrate with her. Based on this book, I will choose to read more in the series and more of Ms. Turano’s books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
In the first book of the new Apart from the Crowd series, Jen Turano has again delighted this reader with unforgettable characters placed in harrowing, yet comedic scenes. Turano could have given us a mystery/romance with a quirky heroine and left it at that. But she gave us a much deeper story than that. Permilia was dismissed by her father as one not apt to take over his business. She was dismissed by her stepmother as unteachable in the ways of decorum. She was dismissed by society for having hair the wrong color and being too peculiar. However, independent Permilia amazingly has the self-esteem to seek out opportunities to be productive and to be a blessing to others. Courageously seeking out God's path for her, she is led to a place where her skills, interests, and love are beautifully shared to uplift others and give her accomplishment. Descriptions of 1880s New York City society are vivid, making this another winning story that you'll want to pick up. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"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." (8) Behind the Scenes is the first full novel of the Apart From the Crowd series. At Your Request was the prequel and I had already fallen in love with the "wallflowers" of the group. Miss Permilia Griswold and Mr. Asher Rutherford were a pair of characters I immediately wanted to read about! To say Permilia is odd may very well be an understatement, but her oddity is the very reason you'll find it endearing. She's honest and to the point, though a tad bit on the dramatic side. She's one of those characters you just can't help but laugh with. A wallflower, but proud to be one, and I admire that. There is nothing wrong with it, and you'll be surprised by how much wallflowers know, simply just by observing. "Gentlemen are not keen on ladies who are too intelligent, and I'm afraid that's exactly how you come across when you speak on even the most mundane of topics." (19) When one quirky heroine tries to keep one fashionable hero (that have no idea what to do with her) from dying a horrible death by murder, you can bet laughter and mayhem will follow. The Gilded Age Society of New York may never be the same again when one mystery after the next involves some questionable antics of a group of wallflowers and a cunning Mrs. Davenport. With the author's usual flair of lively humor, mixed in a world of societal rules (that our lovely heroines don't mind breaking) and delightful characters, it's hard not to love Behind the Scenes. "I really should have let at least one arrow hit you, directly in the head . . . not to kill you - just to knock some sense into that unprogressive mind of yours." (143) PS / That ending is simply perfect. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
allimo81 More than 1 year ago
This is book one in a new series (Apart From the Crowd) by Jen Turano, and it was great. It had all the necessary parts that I've come to love about Jen Turano's books: a mystery to be solved, a good deal of adventure along the way, many doses of her signature humor, wonderful characters and secondary characters, and of course romance! I loved getting to know Permilia and Asher, and I can't wait to read Turano's next book to find out what happens to the rest of the characters! If you haven't read anything by Jen Turano yet - I highly recommend her books. You will not be disappointed! (Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.)
hes7 More than 1 year ago
With all the great qualities I now expected from one of Jen Turano’s novels, Behind the Scenes tells the story of a society wallflower determined to save the day. Mystery, suspense, and romance amidst plenty of quirky circumstances and humorous dialogue fill the pages of Permilia Griswold's high-society, life-saving adventure. It’s highly entertaining and fun at every twist and turn, and I couldn't help enjoying Behind the Scenes. Any fan of Jen Turano will not want to miss this Apart From the Crowd novel. I recommend it. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of Behind the Scenes and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fun, entertaining story set in the midst of high society during the Gilded Age, Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano is a great choice. Miss Permilia Griswold has an amazing ability to get herself into all kinds of embarrassing and dangerous situations, much to the chagrin of her society-minded step-mother and step-sister. And without really planning to do so, she manages to bring Mr. Asher Rutherford, one of the most eligible bachelors in New York's society circle, along with her. The entire cast of characters is fantastic -- the ladies and gentlemen of society, the wallflowers, the has-beens, the wanna-bes, the don't wanna-bes but thrust into society anyway all play important parts in the story. A roll call of the rich and famous includes a list of names that I found entertaining in and of themselves. And the rules and expectations of their activities and dress are fascinating details of the story. Even the scenes involving life-and-death danger manage to bring at least a smile, if not a chuckle, from the reader. Behind the Scenes is a fabulous mix of fun, romance, danger, and intrigue that fans of great inspirational historical fiction should find a delight to read. I am looking forward to the next story in this amusing series, due later this year. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book. I was pleased to share my own thoughts in this voluntary review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Behind the Scenes is the latest historical, romantic comedy by Jen Turano, and once again the author does not disappoint. Permilia Griswold was such a laugh out loud funny character, who is almost as peculiar as her name. Raised by her father and having spent her childhood traveling with him on his business trips, Permilia doesn’t fit in with the society that she is forced to endure- as a wallflower at that! But never fear she will certainly find ways to amuse herself… The whole cast was very endearing actually, from Permilia’s fellow wallflowers to her step family, and I certainly hope that we will read more about a certain amusing author in the next books in this series. And that leaves us with Asher Rutherford who was quite an entertaining character and I appreciated his efforts to always be gallant and gentlemanly, as well as his struggle to become a dangerous gentleman. The mystery certainly had a twist and I was kept guessing till the end. This story has elements of Cinderella woven in which I found very interesting seeing as I am always one for a fairy tale retelling. Add in the comedy, and that it was written by one of my favorite authors and this was a solid ‘yes please’. With an attention to historical detail, engaging characters, and hilarious scenes this book is definitely one of my favorites from this author. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and all the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from Jen Turano. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. I have read other books from Jen and she is a wonderful author. This book showed what it was like being a wallflower in New York Society before the turn of the century. She was raised by her father after he became a widow and knew more about shooting a gun, fencing, horse riding than she did about being a lady in society when her father remarried he thought he was helping her But between her step mother and step sister that was not very helpful. She work under Miss Quill when she went to society functions to write her column. But she did to tell people about the clothes worn, the food ate and the houses. After hearing of a death threat to Mr. Rutherford, she made her mission to help him. But then her life was threaten. Can the work together and find love also.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Author Jen Turano wrote for us another marvelous book in Behind The Scenes. I loved the characters and the storyline is outstanding. Of course, this novel has its humor and adventure. There is always romance too. Author Jen Turano is a superb author and you'll never want to miss reading her books. I received a complimentary copy from the publishing company. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Great chemistry and laugh out loud situations fill the pages of this story. If you have known quirky people in life, you will love these fictional ones. Permilia and Asher first meet in the novella At Your Request and sparks fly. What fun it was to watch that continue in their story here. Full review is at my website.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
I love Jen Turano. She has to be my favorite author. My daughters too. I can't wait for her next book, and this one was no exception. She grabs my attention and I hold on until the last page. I find myself, several times laughing until tears come. My daughter and I often challenge to see who can finish her book first. My only complaint, there is too many months until her next release. ;-)
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Behind the Scenes is the first book in Jen Turano’s Apart from the Crowd series, but is actually one of the many books I have read by her. I absolutely loved her Ladies of Distinction series, and her A Class of Their Own series, so I am always excited to find out she is beginning a new one. Although it took me a little longer than I would like to finally getting around to reading this one, I’m glad it was because I was waiting until I owned it, since I know this is a novel I am definitely going to read again. As I have come to expect from anything Jen writes, this story was completely adorable, full of madcap adventures and scrapes of all kinds, and just enough hint of mystery to lend some of the unexpected to the story without making it suspense novel, which keeps it a little on the lighter side. Permilia is the perfect “Jen Turano” heroine. There are so many things I have come to expect of all of the heroines Jen writes about in her novels, and Permilia perfectly fits all of them. With her curious habits relating to her secret occupation as “Miss Quill,” she is constantly getting into all sorts of scrapes, and that is something I have come to expect to provide quite a bit of hilarity to Jen’s novels. Then, of course, there’s the danger—this time being the murder plot—that she uncovers while in the midst of one of her scrapes. That danger provides the perfect amount of suspense, and even more hilarity, since she of course takes it upon herself to aid in the protection and mystery solving endeavors. Before I continue, let me be perfectly clear when I say that I am not saying this is a bad thing about Jen’s novels. I’m not in any way saying that they are predictable or repetitious or that all of her heroines are the same. What I am saying is that these are things I know I can expect from her novels, which makes them all that much more enjoyable. Never do I have to wonder if one of her books will be good or not, I know all of them will feature these kinds of details, so I am guaranteed that they will be fantastic and very worth reading. Along with this, I can always be sure that I will find one of the most wonderful heroes I have ever encountered in every one of her novels. Asher is the perfect fit for Permilia, and also fit all of the characteristics I have come to expect from the heroes in Jen’s stories. Dashing and handsome, Asher is the perfect gentleman, always coming to the ladies’ rescue—to Permilia’s rescue in particular—and he constantly proves himself to be a man of impeccable taste. Not only that, but he keeps up with Permilia’s antics and never-ending scrapes with more than just patience—he truly seems to be able to understand that this is a part of her and almost enjoys getting caught up in them with her, just like most of Jen’s heroes are prone to do. All in all, I found this novel to be just as wonderful and endearing and hysterical as I expected it to be, and it has reminded me just how much I love everything Jen writes. Though I already knew that I was, after reading this novel I have realized even more that I will forever be a fan of hers, and I will always endeavor to read—and buy—everything that she publishes. To date, I have read everything she has written, and not one part of any of her novels has ever disappointed me. So, I highly recommend this novel, this new series, and everything else Jen has written, as I am sure you will fall in love with all of them just as I have.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Ms. Permilia Griswold is a wallflower. For those of you who don’t read historical romances a wallflower is a lady designated odd, old, or just unpopular who sits on the sidelines at societies balls, her dance card empty, always. Asher Rutherford is considered one of the most eligible bachelors despite being in trade as the owner of a very successful department store. The fact he comes from a good family lets gold digging mothers overlook his businessman title. Permilia is a very attractive young lady, but she was brought up by a single father who taught her to speak her mind, forgetting that one day she’d have to find a husband. Oh, the good old days! Permilia uses her title of wallflower by writing a gossip column, using her position in society to give details about dress styles and behind the scenes home decorations. Pretty banal, but it subsidizes her pocket money which she uses to support a home for underprivileged women. While snooping about a ball, Permilia overhears a couple of men talk about killing Asher Rutherford. She is determined to warn him and when he ignores her warnings she follows him around town undercover in order to help save his life. There is a little slapstick comedy in these scenes which is old fashioned but fits perfectly into the mood of this novel. I really enjoyed Permilia’s spirit! She has a good head on her shoulders, uses her place in privileged society to help women below her in rank learn a trade so they can find jobs. She is honorable in her reporting, only giving details that wouldn’t hurt anyone and not using names. She is outspoken, but not rude, well at least not to strangers. When she and Asher meet he is fascinated by her. He shouldn’t have been because she’s not the usual young miss that is thrown his way. He keeps trying to treat her as such and she just steamrolls right over his good manners and breeding with a matter of fact charm and good humor. The two of them have great chemistry, but even more important you could see them as being great friends. Jen Turano’s dialog paints a picture of a suffrage woman and a rather old fashioned young gentleman matching wits, while being charmed by each other. I couldn’t help but be charmed as well. If you like historicals, you’ll want to add this book to your TBR. This is a PG rated historical romance appropriate for any age reader.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A laugh-out-loud funny historical romantic comedy! 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.*
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Having read novels by this author before [1] and at at least a few other historical romances of a similar kind [2], I can say pretty easily what I appreciate about the author’s Christian romances. For one, they are not too heavy handed, at least to this reader, although they have a strong element of divine providence as well as godly effort. For another, they are very Nathanish sorts of novels, in a good way, not in the “everyone has PTSD” sort of way. So, what makes this novel Nathanish? Well, the lead character is one who struggles to get along socially, has a mix of class as well as a somewhat rough background in the country, and is a writer with poor handwriting but with a skill for observation as well as a certain sense of discretion in avoiding names but providing information, and a strong interest in educating those from disadvantaged backgrounds. And the male character is certainly more than a little Nathanish himself, somewhat boring and predictable in his routine, but also considerably brave and plucky and gallant in his own way, and deeply concerned with justice, even if he is a bit more of a peacock than I am in terms of his sense of style. The story itself is the sort of one that ought to please those who are fans of contemporary Christian romances. The protagonists struggle with a crisis of faith over where their life is taking them, are concerned about finding godly marriage and dealing with the questions of honor and reputation as well as showing love to those who are not necessarily very lovable. There is peril, and the need to resolve past wrongs. Without going into too many spoilers, the novel itself manages to keep up a brisk pace of action in which a significant role is played by adventuresome ladies who straddle the line between their native high-spiritedness and the rules and strictures of standards of upper-class femininity. There are a lot of secrets that are spilled or shared, and the result is a happy ending, but one that has a certain taste of melancholy or bittersweet, and with at least some unfinished business about who is to run the mine that a great deal of the heroine’s hopes and plans revolve around. So, will you enjoy this novel? If you are reading it, you will probably enjoy it greatly. The characters here are realistic, especially by the standards of late 19th century Christian historical romance, where seemingly every available billionaire or hidden nobleman has been paired off with some worthy and adorable woman. This is not specifically a wish fulfillment novel–the main characters involved have some growing to do, sometimes make serious errors in judgment but not in terms of their moral decency. If you like a novel that combines a strong sense of divine providence with a satisfying romance and some comic hijinks involving fashion and high society in New York, this is likely a novel that will please you. When you read a Jen Turano novel, you know what you are getting and if you like what that is, you will like what you get. It would not be hard to imagine finding more than a dozen enjoyable books from this author, given how she likes to write novels out of her love of the late 1800’s, romance, fashion, and high-minded Christian morality with more than a little tinge of social justice. This happens to be an enjoyable and quirky novel, and there is always room for that in my own
kp68 More than 1 year ago
The latest novel by Jen Turano is entitled Behind the Scenes. You will meet Miss Permilla Griswold as she is approaching yet another social event. As Permilla and her stepmother, Ida approach the Vanderbilt mansion, you quickly understand that Ida is not happy with Permilla for not fitting in with the members of high society. Permilla is left once again to blend in with the other wallflowers at the ball! Unbeknownst to the other attendees at the ball, Permilla is looking around, making notes on her dance cards about the costumes that many are wearing. She needs this information for the column she is anonymously writing for a local newspaper. As she is lurking about the Vanderbilt's costume ball, she happens upon two men discussing how they are planning to kill Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of an up-and-coming department store in New York City. Even though Permilla had not gained a positive impression of Mr. Rutherford, on the two occasions they had crossed paths, she knew she must inform him that someone was out to get him! This is a fun tale as you follow Permilla and Asher around town, while they both attempt to learn who is determined to end Asher's life and understand the motivation behind it. A lot of details will come to light by the end of this tale!
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
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 didn’t 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.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This was such a delightfully refreshing read. I was intrigued with the “wallflower” aspect of the story since we don’t often get to read stories regarding ladies on the fringe of society. With Jen Turano’s customary wit, hilarious dialogue, and daring plot lines, this book is sure to please all of her fans. The characters were so different from any that I’ve read in her previous novels. Permilia Griswold is not what one would consider a “high society miss.” Her charm lies within the fact that she knows she’s not ever going to attain a proper lady status, and she doesn’t care. I also liked Asher Rutherford immediately. He is different from any of her other heros, but just as charming and endearing. Their courtship follows what Jen is known for and is extremely entertaining. The ending took me by surprise, though! (I won’t spoil it for you, don’t worry!) Sprinkled liberally with a message of God’s will and timing, this book is entertaining from beginning to end. I highly recommend it to any of Jen’s fans, and anyone who enjoys a light-hearted, hilarious historical Christian romance. (P.S. I can’t wait until November for Gertrude’s story!)