Book Review-Behind The Scenes

2 May


The Plot:  Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano takes place in the late 1800s in New York City.  The story follows a lady, Miss Permilia Griswold, who has found herself on the fringes of high-society-from a wealthy family, but not quite accepted in the popular circles.

With little to do at the functions her stepmother insists she attends, she accepts a job writing a newspaper gossip column under an alias.  From her unique position, she is able to find out interesting tidbits to share with her readers, but is careful not to expose her true identity for fear of ostracizing herself further, or disgracing her family.

When the biggest party of the year occurs at the Vanderbilt mansion, Permilia can’t wait to record all of the outlandish costumes for her column-until she accidentally overhears a murder plot against local businessman Mr. Asher Rutherford.

Unable to convince Mr. Rutherford of the true danger he faces, it’s up to her to find a way to protect him, and discover the culprit.

Will Asher learn she is telling the truth, and will she be able to keep him alive until he does?  And, who would want to kill a department store owner anyway?

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this book.  There are plenty of interesting twists and turns, good humor, and a great underlying theme of trusting God-no matter where the path may lead.

This is the first book I have read by the author, Jen Turano, and I found it to be very well-written and engaging, and enjoyable enough to have already placed holds on more of her books from the library.  I always enjoy discovering a new author to read!  🙂

If you enjoy a bit of a mystery, scenes set in the 1800s, with a nice romance thrown in, you will probably enjoy this book.  I definitely recommend it!

As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.



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