20 April 2017

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews "BEHIND THE SCENES" by Jen Turano

Review by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****

Once again Jen Turano has penned a tale guaranteed to entertain and delight and I will go so far as to say, tickle your funny bone. This is book one in a new series titled Apart From the Crowd and it was filled with many interesting characters of whom are a part of New York's High Society. Our lovely main character Permilia Griswold had her debut later in life than most young ladies and the only place there seemed to be for her was with the wallflowers, and so the fun begins!

Wallflower,” most young ladies born into wealth would rue being called that but not strong-willed, independent Permilia. In fact it fit her purposes quite well, no one would ever think she was taking notes at all the balls and publishing them in the local paper under the pen-name Miss Quill. So, Permilia trying her best not to be noticed while taking notes, sees a terrible accident in the making, rushes to help and being the epitome of her usual gracefulness, is almost flattened by a falling object until she is rescued by Asher Rutherford.

Asher Rutherford, a well standing member of society despite being the owner of a department store. Most of his influential peers think it odd that a man of his family's wealth would stoop to running a business, thankfully no one knows the real reason and he would like to keep it that way. As Asher is making his way through the crowd at the latest ball his attention is caught by none other than the feisty, beautiful but somewhat awkward Permilia Griswold. That was the beginning of an interesting evening filled with all types of adventure, intrigue, and even an overheard murder plot. And if you were to believe the report published in the paper the next morning, Permilia and Asher were the talk of the ball, but not necessarily in a good way! 

If you haven't read one of Jen's books yet, let me encourage you to do so. From start to finish you will be thoroughly engrossed with her lively characters and their even livelier antics, and I promise you will find yourself laughing out loud on more than one occassion! I always finish up Jen's books feeling like I was a part of a grand adventure! 


***Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion***


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and your email address and you could be the blessed winner of a signed copy of this exciting book that Ms. Turano has graciously offered. US RESIDENTS ONLY. 


***For those of you who have never read one of Jen Turano's books here is the links on Amazon to two of her free e-book novellas. ***





65 comments:

  1. So excited for this book! I love all of Jen's books ��!

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    1. ASHLEY, I always get so excited when Jen has a new book. I always see myself in most of her characters, especially the ones who have lots of those uh-oh moments. lol Thanks for dropping by!!

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    2. Hey Ashley - thank you, always great to see you visiting the blogs!!! Appreciate the support :)

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  3. So excited for this book! I love all of Jen's books!!!!

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    1. JANELLE, Its like Christmas all over again for me when there's a new book!! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thank you, Janelle!!! That's a great way for me to start my morning:)

      Have a fabulous weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  4. Love Jen's books. Looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. MAUREEN, Jen's books are a treasure to read aren't they? So glad you dropped by!!

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    2. Thank you for visiting, Maureen - and, thank you for enjoying my books! That's exactly what an author loves to hear :)

      Have a great weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  5. I LOVE Jen's books, sense of humor, and the dialog she creates. Honestly when I start a new book of hers it is a special occasion, and I feel like I am on vacation while I'm reading. :-)

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    1. KIMBERLY, you are so right. I love getting lost in the rollicking adventures her characters always get into. Thanks for coming by OWG!! :-)

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    2. Thank you so much, Kimberly!!! Delighted you enjoy my humor - it can be a little out there at times, so I'm always worried readers won't 'get me.' Nice to know that you do.

      Have a great weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  6. I love Jen's books. Thanks for the giveaway! Kathrynlvoss@gmail.com

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    1. KATE, the first book I read by JEN had me at the first page! Lady Eliza Sumner had me laughing through the whole book! :-) Thank for coming by!

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    2. Thank you, Kate!! So glad you enjoy my books - appreciate the support!!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  7. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Jen is one of my favorite authors. She's so stinkin' funny!!!

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    1. ANNE, you are exactly right!! With all I've been through lately I haven't been reading very much, so this was just what I needed! When I start one of JEN's I don't want to put it down. They always pull me in and I'll be honest I'm terribly disappointed when I get to the end. lol

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    2. Hey Anne!! Thanks for visiting and for the whole stinkin' funny remark - that just cracked me up.

      Enjoy your airman this weekend!!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  8. I am so excited for this new series. Jen Turano never disappoints.
    ttmom 42 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Terressa! Glad you could stop by :)

      Hopefully I'm not going to disappoint with this new series, but one never knows - it's always a bit of a nail-biting time for me - :)

      Have a great weekend!

      All the best,

      Jen

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  9. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    pwestfall7at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Pam!!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. My big excitement is going off to Lowe's to get some mulch - they're having a sale...

      All the best,

      Jen

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  10. I could use a good laugh right now. I t sounds like a wonderful story. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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    1. JAN, I promise you will be enjoying a good laugh, probably even a laugh out loud moment! :-) Hoping you'll get a chance to read it soon!

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    2. Hi Jan - thank you so much for visiting, and I hope you get a few good laughs soon. I'm in the same boat - had my gallbladder removed, then my son flipped and totaled his car (he's fine, just car-less at the moment because he wants to buy a stick-shift but...he doesn't know how to drive stick so the dealers are a little hesitant to let him take one out to test drive) and then my hot water heater erupted and flooded the basement - good times, good times. But...today is another day, it's after eight in the morning, and nothing has exploded, flipped, or needed to be sucked out of my body:)

      Have a great weekend!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  11. Sounds like an exciting read.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. JOAN, yes!! It is filled with excitement galore!! :-) So glad you dropped by!

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    2. Thank you, Joan!!!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and have a great weekend:)

      All the best,

      Jen

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  12. What a great read.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. MARION, yes, all of Jen's books are great, exciting and filled with lots of adventure! So glad you came by OWG!! :-)

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    2. Thank you, Marion!!!

      Have a great weekend, an thank you for visiting!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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  13. I love the cover. Sounds like a special book.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. MARILYN, it is a lovely cover and is quite special with lots of delightful characters! :-)

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  14. Miss Permilia sounds like a wonderful character! I can hardly wait to read this book. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Permilia was a great character to write - I never knew where she was going to go next - and she was tricky. If she didn't want to go where I wanted her to go, well, we'd get in a bit of a tussle.

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. DONNA, Permilia kept me in stitches through the whole book! lol Thanks for dropping in!

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  15. You have me and "Jen Turano" :-) Thanks for the lovely review & giveaway chance!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hey Trixi! Great to see you here!! Thanks for the support - appreciate it :)

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. TRIXI, thank you so much and I'm with you, when I see a new book by JEN I'm all in!! :-) Thanks for coming by OWG!!

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  16. What a fun read this book promises!!! Thanx for the giveaway.
    j4hibdon(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer!! I'm hoping readers find it fun - time will tell!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and thank you for stopping by :)

      All the best,

      Jen

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    2. JENIFFER, you are exactly right!! SO glad you dropped by OWG!!

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  17. Thanks Teresa for this review! Have never read any of Jen Turano's books and this sounds like a wonderful one to start with! The plot ,characters ,and setting sound interesting and fun,can't wait to read it! :) Thanks also to Jen Turano for the giveaway,please throw my name in: lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Lynne!

      And since you've never read one of my books - if you have an e-reader, I have two free prequel novellas out there - "Gentleman of Her Dreams" is the very first work I had publicly released - it introduces my first series - and then "At Your Request" is a prequel novella to this current series and introduces readers to the wallflowers.

      Thanks again for stopping in, and good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      Jen

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  18. Looks like one for the top of the TBR pile. Thx for sharing.
    Anne at Rightler dot com

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    1. Thank you, Anne!

      I don't know about you, but my TBR pile is out of control:)

      Good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      Jen

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  19. Thank you for a great review, Teresa! Men's book sounds like a winner to me!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Melanie!!! Great to see you here.

      Thanks for the delightful words, and good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      Jen

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    2. Thank you so much MELANIE! Oh Yes! JEN'S books are certainly a winner and I know if you get to read one you will enjoy it!! Thanks for coming by OWG!!

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  20. Behind the Scenes sounds delightful and full of a perfect blend of romance, mystery and suspense. I haven't read any of Jen Turano's books yet, but it sounds like I definitely need to start! Thanks for the wonderful review, Teresa!
    ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Alison!! And if you'll scroll a few comments up, I left info on two free novellas I have out there if you want to get a taste of my writing style - which I totally admit is a little...quirky. "Gentleman of Her Dreams" and "At Your Request" are the titles -but you need an e-reader, and they can be found at most e-sites:)

      Have a great weekend and good luck with the giveaway!

      All the best,

      ~ Jen ~

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    2. ALISON, we need to get one of JEN's books in your hands soon. I added the link to Amazon at the bottom of page, if you have an e-reader you can grab a freebie to get you started! Thank for coming by!!

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  21. What a great review! I haven't review! I haven't read any of Jan's books yet but I plan to look into her collection soon!

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    1. MARDELL, Thank you so much for dropping in. There is a link at the bottom of the page to Amazon, if you have an e-reader you can grab one of JEN's free novellas. :-)

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  22. I'm not familiar with Jen's books but I like the description and use of humor! My email is elise(underscore)jehan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. ELISE, I believe once you read one of JEN's books we will love'em. I'm so glad you came by OWG today! :-)

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  23. Great review Teresa. I always enjoy Jen Turano's books. Behind the Scenes sounds like a delightful fun read.
    Blessings, Tina
    KINGsDaughter5683 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi TINA, I think once you read one of JEN's book you are hooked for life! It's great to see you here!

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  24. Yay! Another Jen Turano book! Intrigue and humor sounds like a great combination. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. LORAINE, you are very welcome. Here's hoping you will get to read this treasure before too long. Thanks for coming by!

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  25. Sounds like just the kind of mix I enjoy--romance, mystery/suspense and humor! I love when a book makes me lol.
    Add me to the drawing please--you know how to reach me.
    Vicki

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    1. VICKI....you are a world traveler, good thing you are on FB so I can talk to you there! lol So glad you dropped in! :-)

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  26. Not sure if the giveaway is still open, but I thought I would throw my hat in the ring just in case.
    I enjoyed the intro novella to this series!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I look forward to reading this book. It sounds so interesting. I also look forward to reading one of her books. new author to me.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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