“After a Fashion,” by Jen Turano

I recently had the chance to read After a Fashion, by Jen Turano. This fiction book was published on March 3, 2015, by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

Final Verdict:

I am a big fan of a certain genre of fiction, something I call “Christian fiction beach books.” You can usually identify this sort of historical fiction by the girl on the cover wearing a beautiful gown, and will almost always be entertained by a light story involving a romance and some description of the time period. After a Fashion is one of these books, and I found it to be very enjoyable within the boundaries of its genre. I enjoyed the main storyline involving the relationship between Harriet and Oliver, as well as the slapstick humor that was funny in an “I Love Lucy” kind of way. Although some of the things that happen in this story are pretty far-fetched, especially for the time period (a rich chaperone agrees to support the main character AND all her friends?) it doesn’t affect the story. This book was a fun read, and is definitely recommended for someone who is interested in light, historical Christian fiction.

 If you’d like to check out After a Fashion it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $11.71. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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