after a fashion book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

As a norm in my reading, I tend to lean towards the mystery and suspense genre. But every now and then, as a relief from the busy hectic schedule of life, I like to enjoy a novel with a bit of comedy. And one of my favorite authors to turn to at that point is Jen Turano. Her books are a hoot and they totally give me a laugh when I most need it. After a Fashion is the start to a new series called A Class of Their Own, and is set around three young women who are part of the working class. Book one sets a good pace and I think the rest of the trilogy will follow suit.

Harriet Peabody is the heroine in this funny little story; she wants to someday open a fashion store for working women such as herself. She designs beautiful gowns that have been remade from donations and wants to own a business where she is in charge. But for now, she is employed at a millinery and is sent on an errand to deliver some hats to a fashionable and hard to deal with young woman. When she arrives, some trouble ensues and Harriet ends up losing her job. Some good does come out of it as she meets this totally snobby and filthy rich bachelor, Oliver Addleshaw. Only problem is, he wants her to pose as his fiance for an upcoming party and the two of them can’t stand each other! This is the start to a wonderful story filled with humor and comedy that will make your heart dance with joy.

I do have to admit that one of my favorite characters in the whole book was Buford, the big dog owned by Oliver. He has some parts that seriously make you laugh out loud! The story is set in the Victorian era so women owning businesses was pretty unheard of and while Harriet has a mind of her own and some pretty outlandish ideas, I wanted to slap her a time or two myself. Oliver, however, took to her ideas with a big heart. When he meets two women of the night who are friends of Harriet’s more hilariousness ensues. This book is sure to please as Turano takes readers on a very fun ride through New York. Loved it!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.