“Behind the Scenes” ~ Book Review

May 1, 2017 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Jen Turano’s newest release, Behind the Scenes.


As is my custom, if I could ask Jen one question about Behind the Scenes it would be — “What inspired Permilla’s character and personality?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

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From the Back Cover:

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. . . .


Rachel’s Back Talk: 

5 – award winning covers

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This book is wonderful! I absolutely love this new series from Jen! The characters are so enjoyable and have their own unique set of characteristics. The style of the book is something different in that the book focuses on the wallflowers of society, those who are out in society and yet not “seen” by those more popular. There was also a surprise in the book that I loved because I didn’t see it was suddenly there!

I adored Permilla. Her personality was so matter-a-fact. She tested the waters of her independence which wasn’t typical for that time period. Her growth was also well portrayed. In the beginning of the book, we saw her as a lady who knew exactly what she wanted. Yet as the story moved on, Permilla realized that maybe her perception was off and she needed to change what she thought about some things.

And then there is Asher. Permilla is determined that she is going to be the one who saves this man’s life, and yet Asher does not feel he needs saving in the least. On the contrary, he in turn tries to rescue Permilla. Quite the pair these two!


I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required — all opinions are my own.

Other books by Jen I  will read next:

Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd 2)

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction Book 1)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction Book 2)

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