Friday, February 27, 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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 found this book to be entertaining.  Harriet’s trying to learn the ways of the social was quite comical at times.  Also, how she stood up for herself with Oliver.  Oliver could be a tyrant if Harriet would have allowed him to be. He was use to being in control and everyone doing as he says as he was very wealthy. 

The part I disliked about the book was that Harriet was always being referred to as the hat girl and her lower than low position in society.  It was repeated way too often. 

The ending came as quite a surprise to me.  I would never have guessed it. 

I would recommend this to anyone who wants a light read.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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