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After a Fashion

(A Class of Their Own #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,949 ratings  ·  533 reviews
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 without an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner
Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 24th 2015)
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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WARNING: Reading After a Fashion may cause the following side effects:

-sleepless nights
-depression (you will never be as witty as Jen Turano...face it.)
-random bursts of emotion
-belly-aching laughter
-fangirling (with side effects of it's own due to squealing, obsessing over fictional characters, etc.)
-frequent use of large words- whether you know their meaning or not
-sudden urges to jump out of moving carriages or join a circus
-a dazed look that may alarm your acquaintances (but not your friend
If you're in the mood for a good romantic comedy, this will be sure to fit the ticket. It's hilarious and witty and a good romp of a tale. Not the most believable story, but the colorful characters pull it off with a flair all their own. I did pretty much guess the ending, but I enjoyed it plenty all the same.
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews

Well, that was amusing ... but kind of silly. I honestly have pretty mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand, it had great characters, an interesting plot, and the writer's style was humorous and fun. On the other, it was a bit ridiculous, and there were a couple coincidences that I find hard to believe.

PLOT: 4/5

Amusing and interesting, but there was quite a series of coincidences. There were also several situations that felt unrealistic, especially for th
Humor is a funny thing. Some people lack the ability to see the comical situations in life, while others easily laugh at all the trials and unfortunate situations they experience. Jen Turano understands humor. This book made me laugh throughout the entire story. It may not be adored or cherished by all readers, but I highly recommend it to all of you who enjoy romantic comedy & those who have a need to simply lighten up a little. It should come with reading instructions, "To chuckle, snort and o ...more
This book summed up in two words: Plain Ridiculous.

I'm either grouchy, or just in the wrong mood, or Turano's books just don't work for me anymore, or -or...something because I was sure I would love this book and started it with the full expectation of falling madly in love with it.

After all, I read and thoroughly enjoyed all four books of the Ladies of Distinction series, and this one wasn't THAT different in tones and writing, but somehow it crossed the thin line Turano often walks between P
Another terrific book from Jen Turano!! I can't wait to read the rest of this series! :)
Anna Hurtt
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guys, I’ll be honest, this is probably the best book I’ve read this year. I absolutely LOVE Jen Turano’s writing. She has the delightful habit of dropping her well-developed characters into deliciously ridiculous situations and we readers get to watch them figure out how to deal with it in their own quirky, unique ways. What fun!

Ms. Turano has a way of making historical fiction fun, exciting, and hilarious. I lost count of all the times I burst into giggles while reading. It’s just that good, y’
Kat LeMaster
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I will preface this review with stating I only got half way through the book before I stopped. If you are a true historical fiction fan and not reading this book because it is a "Christian" historical fiction, stay away. You will find yourself asking, "Did the author bother doing any research about the time period, or does she just not care about historical accuracy?". There were definitely parts of the book that observed common ignorant assumptions of the time and the people. I don't' know much ...more
SUMMARY: 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 without 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-fiancée causing the h
Lydia Howe
I read this book because I wanted to become familiar with the author because I'm reviewing her latest book later this month.

Sadly I wasn't impressed. I guess this style is just one that didn't jive with me. It's a totally over-the-top story that made me want to roll my eyes 97 percent of the time. Not only did I want to roll my eyes, but I wanted to groan and hide my face and assure people that most females aren't so bossy, ungrateful, and wishy-washy.

Really though, I'm pretty sure this is the
I love this book! Like Jen Turano's other books, it was witty, sweet and adventurous! My second favourite Turano book (right now) after A Most Peculiar Circumstance.
Loved it!!! This book started out with a bang and kept up the pace pretty much through out the book. I'm pretty sure my eyes were wide and my mouth was hanging open during the first couple of chapters! LOL There were several laugh-out-loud moments in this book as well as some heart warming family scenes, sweet romantic moments and some mildly suspenseful moments! I can't wait to read the next book! :)
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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
Good God, I don't know what kept me compelled to read this book.

First off, would you even consider this a historical? I don't know how things were in the States back in 18th?19th? century but the diction seemed so...contemporary, yet written in that roundabout, frustrating way that made people take forever to get a point across.

Second, if this is supposed to Christian/Inspirational fiction, it fails at it. I'm not an expert at Christian fiction, but I've read a few and there's no half-assing in
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun romantic comedy! I always enjoy a paid to pretend romance. There are so many dynamics that make it enjoyable. I got a little annoyed with Harriet sometimes. She is a strong, confident woman, but definitely has her insecurities. Sometimes those insecurities made her do some really stupid things. I thought Oliver showed a lot of patience. Harriet has such a big heart, and it was wonderful to see her bring out the compassion in Oliver as she helped him recognize the needs of others. The ...more
Shannah Mauney
I absolutely LOVE Jen Turano. Her action packed, humorous books always have me laughing out loud and turning the pages eagerly. This book was no exception. From the very first page, I was hooked and didn't let go until I finished (in one day, I might add!). View my full review: ...more
Sydney Elaine
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I got through the first couple chapters, I could not put it down! I absolutely loved it.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Very cute read. The banter between Harriet and Oliver was lots of fun.

I recommend this novel for those that enjoyed A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Regina Jennings) and Like a Flower in Bloom (Siri Mitchell).
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I REALLY enjoyed reading this book! This has to be one of the best books by Jen Turano yet! If you're a fan of this author's writing of you'll definitely wouldn't want to miss out on this book! She's getting better and better in her writing all the time! I always LOVE an author who's always growing in their writing and keeps me on the edge of my seat.

From the very first page, this novel really drew me into it's very exciting tale. I was really amazed at how the author gave the main characters so
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chortle. Snort. Guffaw. I've been reading the A Class of Their Own series backwards and I've finally made it to book one which is just as crazy and hilarious as books 2 and 3! Jen Turano writes with such comedic flair that my cheeks hurt from grinning so much by the time I reach the last page! She excels at throwing -- no -- hurling -- her characters headlong into the most absurd chaos. I can almost hear her maniacal laughter as she plots her riotous mayhem...or maybe that's the echo of my own c ...more
Carrie Pagels
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great new novel! A wonderful author, zingy stories and characters, she's my go-to author for spunky and unusual heroines. Strong spiritual threads and her heroes are all different, which I like--there is no cookie-cutter hero in her writing. As other reviewers have noted, this story, like her others, has parts that are so funny they make you snort with laughter! Can't wait for the next release!
I read this SO fast. XD Not as good as In Good Company, but still fun. I'm looking forward to hearing about Bram and Lucetta in book three!
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy being entertained by what you read, I’d look no further! Replete with uproariously funny scenes, sparkling dialogue embracing brilliant wit and rich sarcasm, and delightfully quirky characters--- this energized and fast-paced novel with its animated mayhem will have you racing through the pages to the surprising but perfect ending!

It all began when hat-maker Harriet Peabody was sent by her employer to deliver some hats to an unpredictable and might I say, somewhat maniacal society w
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jen Turano is incapable of writing a wonderful book! Seriously. Her books just plain make you feel good.

Harriett is currently working as a hatmaker but hopes to open her own dress shop for women who are not wealthy. But she loses her position and now wonders what in the world she is going to do. Then she meets Oliver Addleshaw, a most intriguing man who offers her a job. Or is it? Oliver feels that Harriett is just a perfect fit for his requirements and decides he must have her in his employ. We
Charity Andrews
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! It’s been a while since I wanted to cry when a book ended!!! What a great read! This is the first book that I have read by Jen Turano. I absolutely recommend this book.

Harriet (I am sorry, but that is the most dreadful name!) finds herself in quite the pickle when she, as a hat lady, delivers some to a spoiled family. After multiple series of unforeseen events, she finds herself engaged to the richest man in New York. Of course, it is just an arrangement and not a real engagement
Emma Jane
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have a confession to make.

I really like getting books in the mail.

Sometimes, I'll request a book not because I have any real interest in it, but just because I love the thrill of opening the yellow envelope it comes in.

Well, case in point. This book.

I'll admit I had no high hopes for this book. Actually that was kind of a good thing, because then I wasn't disappointed. From the very beginning, I just could not bring myself to like it. The plot seemed very lacking, and the dialogue in part
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Extremely fast-paced and humorous, Turano’s latest will please old fans and should make some new ones. A fun romance and some great twists on what could have been a tired, recycled “marriage of convenience” storyline keep this fresh and lively. What a delightful tale!
Harriet Peabody works in a millinery shop, hoping to someday sell the gowns she re-makes to others. Oliver Addleshaw is wealthy and needs a wife to complete his business image. When Oliver’s potential fiancée flies off the handle an
Paula Shreckhise
After a Fashion by Jen Turano is the first in the series A Class of Their Owm.

Get ready for a laugh a minute with the antics of the ladies in After a Fashion.
Harriet Peabody, Lucetta Plum and Millie Longfellow are friends that are rooming in a rather downtrodden boardinghouse in New York City.

Harriet is employed by a milliner. She is tasked to deliver hats to Mr. Oliver Adleshaw’s supposed fiancé, Miss Birmingham. Hilarity ensues as Buford, a huge dog, disrupts the delivery by attacking Miss
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This author is queen of humorous romance :) Just what I was in the mood for!
This book started out well. It started out fun! It started out charming! It started out amusing and silly and bubbly! And then it fizzled. And crashed. And burrrrrrned.

I am not a huge Christian romance reader. The Christian elements of this book were exactly in line with what I was expecting so from that regard, and taking into account the many positive reviews of the book, I would say this author knows her audience.

I AM a big historical romance reader. And I can suspend a sense of historical a
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Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of he

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“Harriet smiled. "My name is Harriet."
"Do your friends call you Harry?"
"Not if they want to remain my friends."
"Harriet it is, then, and since we have to convince everyone we're... attached, you must call me Oliver."
She tilted her head. "Do your friends call you Ollie?"
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