Monday, September 21, 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.
I am rather ashamed by how long it took me to read this book! Especially since the author named a character in it after me and sent me an early copy! Sadly life and review books kept getting in the way, but when I received the second book for review it gave me the excuse I needed to dive into this book!
As is always the case with Jen's books, I loved this story! Harriet and Oliver were quite fun characters and I enjoyed watching their relationship humorously unfold! From the moment they met it was a roller-coaster of unexpected and often crazy circumstances that had me laughing quite often! In addition to the hero and heroine there were a whole cast of entertaining characters that made everything a bit more fun! From the matchmaking Abigail Hart, to Harriet's friends Mille and Lucetta, and right on down to Oliver's afraid-of-heights dog each and every one was fabulously written and the perfect addition to this hilarious adventure. And speaking of adventure, there was a bit of mystery throughout the book and the author kept me guessing all the way to a surprise ending that I didn't see coming! In short I loved every second of this book and it left me quite eager to start book two!
Meet the Author
Jen Turano is the acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House publishers. Her second novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013. Her fourth book, A Match of Wits, released in July, 2014, while a new series, A Class of Their Own, will begin hitting the shelves in early 2015. She is a member of ACFW and makes her home outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor.