After a Fashion
About This 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 out of 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-fiance cause 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, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.
I absolutely love Jen Turano’s witty, rollicking stories, and this was a great start to her new series! Harriet and Oliver were perfectly mismatched, making for an exciting and hilarious romantic adventure, and a whole host of new characters were introduced whom I can’t wait to read more about in future stories! The story pace took one huge jolt forward in the middle of the book that left me struggling to catch up for a couple chapters, and I wasn’t too keen on the final resolution (making Harriet a long-lost aristocrat to thus remove any obstacles between her and Oliver—I think it would’ve been much more interesting to keep her an ordinary working girl), but on the whole I absolutely loved this story and am already looking forward to reading it again.
Available March 3, 2015 from Bethany House Publishers