Friday, May 5, 2017

Fun story -- Behind the Scenes (includes GIVEAWAY)

Jen Turano takes her readers on a fun journey into high society of the Gilded Age in Behind the Scenes.

The mis-adventures of Miss Permilia Griswold keep the story hopping at an entertaining pace. She has an amazing ability to get herself into all kinds of embarrassing and dangerous situations, much to the chagrin of her society-minded step-mother and step-sister. And without really planning to do so, she manages to bring Mr. Asher Rutherford, one of the most eligible bachelors in New York's society circle, along with her.

Permilia’s antics, fascinating as they are, could not complete the story without the help of a lively secondary cast of characters. The ladies and gentlemen of society, the wallflowers, the has-beens, the wanna-bes, the don't wanna-bes but thrust into society anyway all play important parts in the story. A roll call of the rich and famous includes a list of names that I found entertaining in and of themselves. And the rules and expectations of their activities and dress are fascinating details of the story. Even the scenes involving life-and-death danger manage to bring at least a smile, if not a chuckle, from the reader.

Behind the Scenes is a fabulous mix of fun, romance, danger, and intrigue that fans of great inspirational historical fiction should find a delight to read.  I am looking forward to the next story in this amusing series, due later this year.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book.  I was pleased to share my own thoughts in this voluntary review.

About the Book:

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.

When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

Click here to buy a copy of the book.

About the Author:  

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

Check out reviews from other readers and a fun author interview by visiting the Tour Page.


To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and the four books: After a Fashion, In Good Company, Playing the Part, Behind the Scenes!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. I love Jen and her wonderful books! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. I tried the rafflecopter but it is not working.

    1. Sorry for that! Try again. I re-entered the link, and it worked for me.

  3. Even this cover makes me giggle! Can't wait to read this book soon!

  4. Glad I got to pop in again! This looks so good! Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Hi Southern Gal, Christian author Linore Rose Burkard here. I'm not entering the contest, but I am trying to reach you! Would you drop me an email, please? Thanks so much! Linore (at) LinoreBurkard (dot) com.