A Peculiar Girl in a Peculiar World

Apart from the Crowd by Jen Turano
Genre: historical fiction, romance, inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House
Date: April 18, 2017
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

“Turn your troubles over to God, and…accept what He may have in store for you.” – Behind the Scenes

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. . . 

Undoubtedly Jen Turano’s BEST book yet! A healthy dose of mystery, the suspense of the romance, the antics of Permilia…And Asher…*SWOON*

It is a well established fact that Jen Turano is a TOP favorite author of mine. And Behind the Scenes has surpassed all the others to take its place at the top of her books. Very well written with a lot to keep the reader engaged it was HARD to put this one down! The opening scene with Alva Vanderbilt’s ball swept me into the era and had me swooning and giggling and gasping and holding my breath. Permilia and Asher danced, argued, and perhaps encounter a dastardly plot…As the story unfolds, more pieces to the puzzle are laid, but you also find out that the puzzle is much larger than originally anticipated. All the while Asher and Permilia are learning to trust that maybe God’s plan for their lives can be something AMAZING!!!

Behind the Scenes wouldn’t be complete without Jen’s unique style and sense of humour that she weaves into her storylines. Never fear dear reader! Jen does not disappoint. This book is full of new predicaments, comedic escapades, and dramatic rescues. I simply cannot wait to continue this series with Gertrude’s story in Out of the Ordinary releasing this fall!

*Synopsis taken from Amazon.com

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