Harriet Peabody works at a hat shop. One day she is asked to make a delivery. A terrible mishap takes place during the delivery of a large purchase. Due to this mishap, Harriet loses her job at the hat shop. One of the richest men Harriet knows, Oliver Addleshaw, feels partially responsible for Harriet losing her job. Oliver decides to strike a deal with Harriet. He needs a woman on his arm, a fiancé, for an upcoming business deal in order for it to go through. Oliver will pay Harriet a large sum of money if she will pretend to be his fiancé for a few weeks. Little do either of them know during their charade, they will really fall for each other. But Harriet’s con-artist Aunt Jane comes threatening Jane and a previous business partner of Oliver’s as well. Will people and events from the past pull Harriet and Oliver apart, or will discoveries of past combined with future bring them together in matrimony?
Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House. Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.
Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA. Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees. High School, surprisingly enough, was fabulous. She roamed the halls with eight wonderful girls, all of whom she’s still friends with to this day. Student Council took up much of her time as she was Secretary of her class all four years, Vice-President of Student Council her junior year and President her senior year. After High School, she began her next great adventure – College. Pursuing a degree in Clothing & Textiles, Jen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She left college after the required four years and set out to take the fashion world by storm, finding out that fashion wasn’t nearly as glamorous as she’d been led to believe.
Meeting her husband, Al, when she was working at a department store in upstate New York, she married him mere months after they’d met, to everyone’s concern. Twenty-something years later, she and Al are still going strong, proving the concern was all for naught. Her son, Dominic, was born after she’d been married for quite some time, and it was then she decided to hang up her heels and settle into the best job of her life – Mom.
Her writing career began rather oddly, right when Dominic was in the third grade. Disgusted with a series they’d been reading together, Jen and her son set about writing a book of their own. It was a strange story, filled with smelly beasts who had a propensity for eating children, or at least wanting to eat them, but Dominic proclaimed it to be perfect and that was all it took for Jen to begin writing in earnest. Her earlier works were met with swift rejections, but when she settled on romance, she managed to snag an agent and she’s been writing romance ever since.
When Jen’s not writing, she spends her time hiking around Colorado, socializing with friends and family, and taking great pride in watching Dominic, who will soon be off to college, turn into a remarkable young man. (For readers of A Change of Fortune – Dominic was the inspiration behind little Ben – which is why you won’t be surprised to learn Jen’s been slightly taken aback over the fact Dominic’s turned out so well.)
Author Jen Turano has created a charming, humorous story in After a Fashion in her latest series “A Class of Their Own.” The delightful characters in this story will have you laughing from page one as you enjoy the adventures of hat and dress designer Harriet Peabody and rich businessman Oliver Addleshaw. This novel will captivate readers so they will not want to put it down. Readers who enjoy historical fiction romance with a touch of humor will enjoy this well-written, delightful story.
Series: In Good Company
Genre: historical; romance; Christian; humor
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Number of pages: 346
Other books in the series:
2-In Good Company
3-Playing the Part (March, 2016)