10 March 2015

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews Jen Turano's After a Fashion

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

Once again Jen Turano has created a tale that promises to satisfy your yearning for an exciting, engaging read. You might even be like me and find yourself laughing aloud at her dear characters antics. I promise even if you do not possess a sense of humor you will find this book quite delightful! 

For the past six years Miss Harriet Peabody, an industrious hat clerk has asked God to send her something wonderful for her birthday. Most of those years she was granted her request; now if only the one from last year would show up. Is it too much for a lady to ask for a kind gentleman to call her own?

Oliver Addleshaw is quite the eligible bachelor; handsome, smart, extremely rich and ever seeking a way to be more successful. When he learns his latest business venture would go more smoothly if he has a lovely young lady at his side, Oliver sets out to find one. When his first choice for one turns out to be a spoiled, raving lunatic, Oliver has to move fast to find another. This is where the fun begins!

When Harriet’s boss asks her to deliver some hats to a Miss Birmingham, Oliver Addleshaw’s supposed fiancé; she reluctantly obeys, never knowing the calamity she is headed straight into! When arriving at the impressive mansion, Harriet is met with a very angry young lady, who is parading around the grounds, screaming and waving an umbrella. It seems Miss Birmingham and Mr. Addleshaw have had a grave misunderstanding; she believes he is on the verge of proposing marriage, he is very sure he is not!

When Oliver witnesses the bravery with which the hat clerk confronts the outraged Miss Birmingham, he is intrigued with her. Then an idea forms; perhaps she is the one that could help him pull off this mock engagement. He would be willing to pay her well for her time. Could this be the answer to Harriet‘s birthday prayer? 

To say that I enjoyed this book would be a huge understatement. Ms. Turano’s writing is so refreshing and uplifting that her vibrant characters seem to come to life right before your eyes! I have read all of her books and I have yet to be disappointed with any of them. This one was especially exciting to me, as there was an additional plot twist that I did not see coming; absolutely ingenious!!


***Thanks to Bethany House and Net Galley for providing me a copy of this fabulous book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I was overjoyed to give!***

You can find this and Ms. Turano's other outstanding books at AmazonCBD and Barnes and Noble

GIVEAWAY: We are giving away a copy of this amazing book to one commenter, (international e-book only)




61 comments:

  1. Teresa, I enjoyed your post. I would love to win a copy of After a Fashion--it is on my to be read list.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thank you so much, Mrs. Tina! I have to admit that my TBR pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger, but I keep getting less and less time to sit down to read. I thought when my son left for college I'd get a ton of time, but he keeps popping home - and, well, my reading time turns into hanging out with him time.

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. HI TINA, so glad you came by and I would also LOVE for you to win a copy!! You are going to love reading it!! :-)

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  2. Teresa, Thanks for this great review! I loved this fun book!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie, for all your support. It means the world to me.

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. CARRIE, this one had me LOL so many times. There was one scene that almost had me in tears I was laughing so hard. I REALLY need to laugh like that more often.Thank you so much Jen!!

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  3. I always enjoy Jen Turano's books & I can't wait to read this one - thank you so much for the giveaway

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for stopping by today, and for enjoying my books!

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. Hi SHARON, so glad you dropped in and it's great to meet another Jen Turano fan!! :-)

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  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. And the more I hear about it, the more excited I get! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

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    1. Thank you for your enthusiasm, Aerykah!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you have a fabulous week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. AERYKAH, I hope you will be reading it soon!! I KNOW you will love it!! Jen's writing is awesome!!

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  5. Thank you so much, Teresa, for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed Harriet's story. And, thank you to everyone else for all the kind words. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. JEN reading this was an absolute pick-me-up that I really needed with all that my family is going through right now! THANK YOU for using your magnificent talent to bring sunshine into our lives! :-)

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  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun! Great review. I would love to be a winner.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you for stopping in and I wish you luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. Hi ELIZABETH so glad to see you came by! This book is a wonderfully happy book!! I enjoyed it from front to back!

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  7. This book sounds wonderful and I love the cover! Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. I think this is one of my favorite covers so far. I've always been partial to A Change of Fortune since it was my first book, but hmmm...that might have changed:)

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. MELANIE you are so right that cover is gorgeous!! Thank you for stopping by OWG!! :-)

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  8. I have never read any of Jen Turano's books but I have only heard great things about them. This one sounds fun and like a great read. Thank you Teresa S. Mathews for the wonderful review. I love the cover and hope to read it soon.

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    1. Hi Deanne,

      Thank you so much. Since you haven't read my books before, there is a free prequel novella still out there - Gentleman of Her Dreams - it's not a prequel to this new series, but to my first, but it can give you a taste of my writing style.

      Good luck with the drawing, and hope you have a wonderful week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. DEANNE goodness gracious, you MUST grab one of these treasures and have a fun time reading it!! I promise you will enjoy at least one laugh while reading it!!

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  9. Looks like a great interesting book to read. Thank you for a great review of the book. Congrats on the book.

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    1. Thank you, Tammy!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. TAMMY so glad you could drop in, glad you enjoyed the review, now you have an idea how much fun it is going to be when you get to read it!! :-)

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  10. This is a wonderful review. I have read several of Jen's books and liked them very much. The ones I haven't yet read are on my wish list. Her characters are always so entertaining. I would love to win After a Fashion; thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hi Pam!

      It's great to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words.

      Good luck with the giveaway and have a great week:)

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. PAM it would be wonderful if you win this one, since it's the beginning of a new series and lots of new characters to meet! Thanks for coming by!!

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  11. I've been looking forward to the release of this book but now I'm excited to know that it's as good as, or better than, I've been anticipating.
    Thanks for sharing your outstanding review. I'm entering my name in the drawing but may pull it before you draw, as I might not wait and may purchase a copy. Ü

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    1. Thanks for the anticipation, Cindi - that made me smile:)

      Good luck with the giveaway, unless you've already bought a copy, and if that's the case, I hope you enjoy Harriet's story.

      Wishing you all the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. Cindi you made me LOL that you might not be able to wait for the drawing!! I cannot blame you on that one!! :-) Either way you will enjoy it I promise!!

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  12. After a fashion sounds like a really fun book. I haven't yet read any of Jen Turano's books, but I've heard good things about them. Thank you for offering a chance to win a copy.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kay.

      Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you'll get the opportunity to read one of my books!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. Hi KAY so glad you came by, I hope it won't be long before you get around to reading one of Jen's book!! They are all wonderful!! :-)

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  13. I always love your delightful reviews, TERESA! And they ALWAYS make me want to read the book. This one sounds fun! I can't win the giveaway, JEN, as I am a part of this motley crew. LOL Actually, they are all special and I'm so blessed to be a part of this wonderful blog. Blessings on all of your future writing endeavors, Jen!

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    1. DIANA we are a wonderful mess aren't we? Love everyone of you to the moon and back! Hope you listen to my review and those subliminal messages (lol) and grab one of Jen's wonderful books soon!!! :-)

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  14. The Ladies of Distinction series, books 1& 2 rated five-stars each with me, and I have 3 & 4 to read. I like the descriptiveness of Jen Turano's writing, with the humor and energy between the characters. I would love to add A Class of Their Own series. With the weather becoming a little warmer, I will soon look forward to sitting out on our porch in the sun. Would enjoy turning the pages of your fun reviewed book. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. KATHLEEN, it great to see you here! WOW sitting on your porch reading sounds so relaxing and when you add one of Jen's books it sounds like perfection! :-)

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  15. Beautiful review, Teresa - thank you!! Beautiful cover, also - love the coy smile on Harriet's face!! "After a Fashion" sounds like a delightful, fun story of romance, which I can't wait to read!!

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    1. Hello dear Bonnie,that is one fantastic cover isn't it? I know you will love reading about Harriet and Oliver! :-)

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  16. I loved your review, Teresa and based on that and on your wonderful recommendation I would so love to win this book. Also because it sounds absolutely delightful and fun to read! Thanks for the contest.
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. MARYLOU I would like nothing more than for you to be our blessed winner this week! :-)

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  17. I am definitely looking forward to reading this one. I agree with Aerykah, the more I hear about it, the more excited I get about reading it! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    1. LORAINE I was so blessed to be able to read this treasure early and I was just like you and AERYKAH when I got it, extremely EXCITED!! :-)

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  18. I like the sound of "delightful".

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    1. MARY that is a nice word isn't it? lol And exactly the perfect description of all of Jen's books!! :-) Thanks for coming by OWG!

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  19. Always heard great things about this author's books.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. SUSAN I can tell you, you MUST believe those great things; they are all true!! :-)

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  20. I can see you thoroughly enjoyed this book Teresa!! Even if I already knew that, lol! I can fully understand though after reading it myself... what a fabulously entertaining book it was!! Loved your description of Miss Birmingham Teresa... 'spoiled, raving lunatic'... She was a scary woman!! ;)
    Looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you Jen on OWG too! Blessings!

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    1. NOELA I'm so glad you enjoyed it too!! I KNOW you KNOW how much I enjoyed it since I've told you one of my favorite LOL scenes!! Can't wait for your review to go live tonight! :-)

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  21. This sounds like a fun read! I would love to win a copy of Jen's new book, thank you for the chance to do that.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. WENDY you are very welcome! I can't wait to see who will be our blessed winner this week, almost wish it could be me since I have an e-book! lol But either way you read it IT IS FABULOUS!!

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  22. Thank you for a wonderful review. I will be sure to check out more books by this author! :) I'd also love to be entered to win 'After A Fashion'. Thank you and have a fab day! :)

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    1. MIPPY so glad you dropped in! I hope you get to read one of Jen's books soon, as they are so worth it!! ;-)

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  23. I would love to win this book. what a great review makes me want to get it today.

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  24. Sounds a reading treat! always value humour in historical fiction - I've pinned and tweeted . Thanks for the offer ;)

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  25. Sounds like a great read! I love historical fiction.

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  26. Teresa, thank you for the great review of After a Fashion. Jen Turano is a new-to-me author. I look forward to reading her books. :)

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  27. Thank you ever so much for this great review Teresa, Job well done. This book sounds like I would also be laughing.
    A lot of laughs and some romance. How can you beat that? Please add my name in the drawing pot. Thanks.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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