13 March 2015

Jen Turano's After a Fashion - Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

After a Fashion by Jen Turano
After a Fashion
A Class of Their Own Book 1
By Jen Turano
Bethany House Publishers

My friend, Lisa Norato, asked me to take a look at then-new author Jen Turano's books a few years back but I didn't at first, because I was swamped with my own writing. Then the reviewers on  the Overcoming with God blog raved about her stories. So I started reading them once I had the opportunity. Now I'm hooked!

So I waited with bated breath for this novel to release on NetGalley so I could read it! (Thank you NetGalley for making the story available and thank you to Bethany House for doing so!) I am under no compulsion to post a positive review.

A wonderful author, with her zingy stories and characters, Jen is my go-to author for spunky and unusual heroines. Strong spiritual threads and her heroes are all different, which I like--there is no cookie-cutter hero in her writing.

Isn't this a DREAMY cover?! I received a paperback copy from the publisher and the embossed raised elements on the cover and spine really make it even more appealing than you can tell from the lovely photograph!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

You may purchase this and Jen's other books at AmazonCBD, and Barnes and Noble.

GIVEAWAY: We have THREE copies to give away this week! Leave a comment on ANY of the posts or ALL this week for a chance to win a copy, including Bonnie's lovely post on gratitude! (International winners, ebook or paperbook through Book Depository.)

50 comments:

  1. CARRIE, if Jen has your seal of approval (not to mention the other OWG girls), I KNOW I must try one of her books! Can you believe I have never read nary a one? As you stated you were too busy with your writing, I usually have several books I'm reading for review purposes and have been too busy as well. Must rectify that soon. Thx, Carrie, for your review!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes, Angel Diana you simply MUST!!!

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  2. Great review Carrie! This book sounds really good.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. It is wonderful, Tina! Have you read any of Jen's other books?

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  3. Wonderful review! I've been wanting to read this book, so I'm glad to hear how much you enjoyed it.

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    1. Susie, you have got to read this book! I always love Jen's novels and this is no exception!

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  4. This looks amazing! And, any book that deals with fashion of any kind is totally up my alley <3

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    1. This is COOL Jennifer, because the heroine is rehabbing old clothing into new designs.

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  5. I love the review, I love the cover and I love you, Miss Carrie! Thank you for what you do.

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    1. Love and hugs right back to you, Melanie! This is a great great book, don't miss out and please recommend it to your readers' group!!!

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  6. Love Jen and her novels! :) Thanks for sharing, Carrie! Blessings to all!

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    1. Hello our Angels' Heart Winner!!!! Blessings and joy back to you, Caryl!!!

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  7. I absolutely love the cover! Thanks for sharing Carrie!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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    1. Hey Robin, I do too! Those CBA publishing houses like Baker do an amazing job with the covers!!! You are welcome! Best wishes on the drawing!

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  8. I absolutely love the cover! Thanks for sharing Carrie!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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  9. Yet another great review! You ladies are killing me. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. If my name isn't drawn to win a copy I will definitely be buying one.

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    1. Don't wait, Cindi!!! Buy yourself a copy and if you win we can send the other as a gift from you to your friend!

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  10. Thanks for the review! I really would love to win this book. It definitely is a keeper.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. If these books were made to audio, I'd listen to them Betti, they are that good--these days I do normally do any re-reads and Diana is the same way.

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  11. This sounds like a great read! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. It is, Wendy! You are welcome! We're happy to do this giveaway!

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  12. I love this cover, reminds me of a couple of other lady authors I enjoy!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  13. Once a Jen Turano fan - always a fan!! Such a great review! I love her books. :)

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    1. I wonder how much pressure that must be to an author to have to always deliver a fabulous book, Susan! Thanks for your kind words!

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  14. I love Jen's books. This new series looks just as terrific as the previous one. I really like her spunky heroines. Thanks for the chance to win After a Fashion.

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    1. Love spunky, too, and never thought I could write one until Josephine Christy got ahold of me, Pam! One of the highest compliments I have received is an endorsement from Jen, who I consider the Queen of Spunky Heroines!

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  15. Looks like a great book to read. Love the review.

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    1. Yes, it is, Tammy! Thanks, I'm not the reviewer the other ladies are but I try!

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  16. It's a lovely cover as is. A great review thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! That design team does a great job! Wonderful interior too with the book!!!

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  17. LOVE the "zingy stories and characters", Carrie!! And the "no cookie cutter hero". :) Fantastic story, loved it!!!

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    1. It's always fun when a bunch of us on OWG love the same book, Noela! Blessings!

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  18. Thank you for your compelling review, Carrie!! Three fabulous endorsements for "After a Fashion" this week - I must read it!! Yes, the cover is beautiful and I love your description of "spunky" and unusual heroines, strong spiritual threads, and no cookie-cutter heroes.

    Shared post!!

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    1. Bonnie, have you read any of Jen's other books? I think you'd love them!

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  19. Always enjoy fun heroines. This one sounds very good.

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  20. I haven't had the pleasure of reading Jen's books, but from your review it sounds like she writes a very enjoyable story!

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    1. Yes, you have to read her books, Nancee, but be forewarned they are addictive!

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  21. I love the cover. And I really love Jen's spin on RomCom. Thanks for a great review, Carrie!

    gwen(dot)gage(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Gwen, you comment makes me think you must writer RomCom, too! Love historical romance with humor and suspense like Jen's books! Thanks!

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  22. Jen Turano's books always sound great and I even have a couple on my Kindle just waiting for me to read them. I have only heard wonderful things about her books and I know I will them when I read them. Her latest sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

    Jennybug52 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh, what are you waiting for, Jenny??? Start reading and reviewing those Jen Turano books! Blessings!

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  23. Hello carrie. Thanks for another good review. I too love the cover. The beautiful lady looks like she might have been sneaking a peek of the Hero and got caught by him. Think? So many good books to read. Don't see how you all read so many and do everything you have to do. GOD bless my OWG girls. Also want to thank all of you have been praying for my brother with cancer and me. Really rough right now, but now he's better off. He is with GOD and the rest of our family except my older brother and me. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. So sorry for your loss, Maxie. It is a privilege to pray with and for you. I agree with you about the cover. I read more when I'm laid up, like right now, so that's how--and by God's grace! Love and hugs to you!

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  24. Just posted a comment but it's not showing up. Not sure if you have to approve it first, but just in case, I'd like to enter the contest for Jen Turano's book. :)

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    1. I love Jen Turano's writing and have read all of the books prior to this one. I'm looking forward to reading this one when I can get my hands on it. Her sense of humor and her ability to create flawed, relatable characters and engaging, yet believable, story lines make her a winner in my book. :) Would love to win this book.

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  25. Great interview! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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  26. I would love to win a copy - it has been on my TBR list for a long time

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  27. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. All of you ladies have done a fine job reviewing it. It is a definate must read for me !

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