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.
Step back in time to 1883, New York, where the elite hold in high esteem their exclusive status, and hold tightly to their secrecy. The story begins in a carriage on our way to the most sought after party of the season. Hosted by none other than the famed Mrs. Vanderbilt.
I enjoyed reading this light-hearted, laugh-out-loud, story. With lively characters and a well developed plot, you will quickly lose yourself to the enjoyment of the story. Occasionally the descriptions of a scene are a touch lengthy, but I felt that it added to the overall ambiance. This isn’t a book to rush though, rather to savor and enjoy.
(I received a complimentary copy for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own)
“I want you to teach me how to be a dangerous gentleman, one who looks as if he eats nails for breakfast, and bullets for lunch.”
About the Author:
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.
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