After a Fashion by Jen Turano | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself without an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiancée causing the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, with its fancy dinners and elegant balls, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

My review:

Oh how I love the stories that this author writes! I love how this story made me laugh out loud at the circumstances that these characters found themselves in. It was a story filled with wonderful and quirky characters. Add romance and humor to the mix and I consider this book to be a winner.

Every time I read this author’s books, I wonder how she manages to come up with such wonderfully quirky characters. The kind of people that make me laugh but at the same time make me love them. Not only were Harriet and Oliver those kind of characters but they were surrounded by people that added so much depth to their relationship.

Oliver was a good businessman, but a little clueless about the levels of society below him. I so enjoyed watching him learn how to care more about others when he viewed them through Harriet’s eyes.

Harriet was so funny and vulnerable. I loved her honesty and independence and rejoiced when she managed to figure out what God had in store for her.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

So many things. I can’t decide if it was the romance or the humor that tops the list. It is rare for me to read a story that makes me laugh out loud while I read it and this book made me do just that. Several times.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Nothing. I loved this book!

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Absolutely. Particularly if you like good humor. This author is great at making the reader appreciate life. This is the first book in the series.

Note: I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Jen Turano, author website

-Loraine Nunley

 

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