Review: After a Fashion by Jen Turano

March 20, 2015

Title: After a Fashion
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1275-8
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015

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.
Jen Turano has fast become a favorite and a go to author. Her ability at writing, not only a wonderful piece of historical fiction, but her ability to fill it with a perfect amount of wit and comedy, has made her books a must read.

I was not disappointed in the slightest reading After a Fashion, in all honesty, I think it is her best book yet! I loved reading about Harriet and her friends, Millie and Lucetta. They are the best of friends, coming from different background and working in different areas as well. They mesh and their conversations are spot on. They are a great trio.

Oliver Addleshaw was an interesting character. He's only known one way to live, but that changes rather quickly when Harriet is thrown into his life at a most awkward and needed time. Watching Oliver morph was interesting and fun, and showed that change doesn't happen overnight.

The secondary characters added an extra depth and fun. The balance between everyone on this stage is perfect. You are able to see and experience everything they do from their surroundings, to food, to clothes and shoes. Nothing is really left out, but you're not overwhelmed. Everything is brought together to open up this world that Harriet lives in.

I can't wait to see where the rest of this series goes and learn more about these characters.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, 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

Thank you to the Author and to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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