Review: Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

April 9, 2018

Title: Behind the Scenes
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780764217944
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym "Miss Quill," she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society--albeit one on the fringes--would know.

When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she's determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn't believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn't anticipate is that she'll end up putting herself at risk in the process--or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all.
The best things about a Jen Turano book is that when you read it, you know you will read a fun story with an uplifting message set in a an exquisite era.

In this first book of a new series for Jen Turano, we are introduced to the Wall Flowers of New York Society. One being Miss Primula Griswold. She is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in America, but she is not looked on as someone who is apart of the fashionable society. Even though she is kind hearted, loving, and has impeccable style, her attitude toward some and her lack of dancing skills sets her apart.This story had a feeling of Cinderella. Primula has a step-mother and step-sister that care about their ranking in society, and don't want Primula to bring bad press against them.

Asher Rutherford was a fantastic prince Charming of sorts, except of living as a gentleman, being waited on, he worked hard everyday as he did his best for his new store. He was fashionable and was the most eligible bachelor in society.

I loved how this story gave both Primula and Asher equal views of their lives. It gave  a wider view of everything that was going on. While Asher was structured, Primula was a free spirit of sorts. She loved that being a wallflower kept her in the shadows, and with that gave her more freedom.

Not only were we introduced to Asher and Primula, but we were introduced to a whole cast of characters in this new time. The Huxley sisters, Mrs. Davenport, Gertrude Caldwalader, Harrison Sinclair, and few others friends and Pinkerton Agents, it is a very unique and fun crowd.

The opening of this story had to be the best setting and I'm so glad that multiple chapters focused on it...a ball, and the biggest and last of the season. We are brought right into the story and with that running start, it kept he excitement and fun going the whole way through.

Jen Turano is my go to author when I want a laugh. She has created some of the most memorable characters...and pets! I can't wait to read the rest of this new series!

I also purchased an audio version of this story and I have to say, the narrator was perfect! The flow and the voices all worked together. If you are a fan of audio, this is one I would highly recommend!

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of ten 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

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

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