After a Fashion

22504489Book Review: After a Fashion

Author: Jen Turano

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Bethany House’s website description of After a Fashion:

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.


With her signature flair for the humorous, Jen Turano delivers another hilarious, mishap-filled novel in After a Fashion. She’s one of my go-to authors when I’m looking for something funny, historical, and romantic.

Harriet is indeed a different sort of lady, what with her dubious past (I loved the twist that went along with her aunt), and the fact that she simply seems to find herself in hot water more often than not. It was hilarious, reading about Oliver trying to convince Harriet to accept his insane sounding proposal, and then about the mishaps and misunderstandings that riddled their relationship thereafter. How each of their feelings developed for each other was also enjoyable and funny to read about, since each dealt with the confounding feelings differently.

In all, this was another fun, relaxing read that I enjoyed greatly.

About the Author

Biography from Bethany House’s website: Jen Turano, author of six books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

I was given a review copy of After a Fashion from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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