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At Your Request

(Apart from the Crowd 0.5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  929 ratings  ·  179 reviews
After Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff’s father lost the family fortune in a poor investment decision, she finds herself banished from the fashionable set within New York society and directly into the wallflower section. Taking on work as a social secretary in order to help with family expenses, she spends her time penning out invitations to all the most sought-after events, wonde ...more
Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 2017)
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy slap-stick comedy
OOOHHH, I just can't do it. I keep getting snagged in by Turano's gorgeous covers and cute synopses, and I keep hoping for some improvement in the plotting. Apparently I'm insane for doing it, too; I keep hoping for a different result and getting frustrated at the repetition of irrational plots.

The minute impoverished Wilhelmina sees the man she previously rejected as not good enough or rich enough, she dives into the midst of friends at the ball to hide from him. When he comes to greet her, she
Carrie Pagels
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Escape!
This prequel novella was an absolute delight to read. The only downside was that, being a novella, it ended so soon! Delightful and quirky characters, a charming romance, and a lovely ending that prepares the reader for the launch of this new series.
Honestly, Edgar's mom was the best part of the entire thing.
Cynthia Marcano
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read and nothing less than I expect of Jen Turano. Looking forward to reading about the wallflowers.
R.J. Rodda
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A delightful romance. This novella has engaging characters and funny situations and was a pleasure to read. Recommended for a quick fun historical romance read.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Beautiful cover, but not well written.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“After Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff’s father lost the family fortune in a poor investment decision, she finds herself banished from the fashionable set within New York society and directly into the wallflower section. Taking on work as a social secretary in order to help with family expenses, she spends her time penning out invitations to all the most sought-after events, wond
Sep 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Wilhelmina Radcliff once had all of New York society at her feet, her future glittering with promise. But when her father's unscrupulous business partner lost the family fortune, Wilhelmina went from social darling to wallflower, forced to seek employment as a social secretary to help keep her family afloat. When Edgar Wanamaker, once her closest friend -- and her first proposal of marriage -- appears at a ball where she is employed by the hostess, Wilhelmina is mortified. With the assistance of ...more
Chaya & Cinnamon
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun, romantic, hilarious book - loved it! :) I always love the way Jen Turano shows how wrong and silly it is to attach extreme importance to how much money a person has and their so-called social standing. She shows brilliantly that treating others kindly and not snubbing someone because of their lack of wealth is the right way to be towards a person. Edgar is so likable and Wilhelmina finally realizes what's important. The skating scenes were fun! There's even a mystery solved and hints for th ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Jen Turano's books, since I read her very first. She has the most wonderful dry sense of humor ever and applies that to all her books. Jen Turano's books are just plain fun to read and make you feel GOOD! I laugh out loud all the time when I'm reading her books and certain passages are so hilarious, I find myself going back and re-reading them several times. If you're looking for a great time, don't miss Turano's works. You'll be glad you did.

She crafts characters that
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely novella that humored me immediately and couldn't put down, also gives a peek into Turano's next book, Behind the Scenes :) Looking forward to Permilia Griswold's story!
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookworm-mama
Jen Turano continues to bring life and joy to her readers through her books. At Your Request is the introduction to a brand new series. Short and sweet, we get a little glimpse at the world we are about to enter in the first full length book Behind the Scenes which releases in April 2017.

Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker provide a fun and entertaining story that sets the stage for this series. We are introduced to the people who we will be spending our time with in the future. I
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
*Spoilers ahead* I realize that novellas are intended to be short and compact and therefore not all the details or depth you may desire from a story will be there. However, this story is fairly ridiculous. It has little plot and even less depth. The whole love story takes place over the span of 2 days after the couple hasn't even seen each other in 8 years. They instantly fall in love (again?) at first sight. Even though the lady tried to escape the man's notice by crawling UNDER HER CHAIR. How ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At Your Request ( Apart from The Crowd )A Novella
Jen Turano
At Your Request is the prequel to Turano’s new series Apart From The Crowd. I really loved the novella and looking forward to reading the first book Behind The Scenes which releases in April 2017.The author captured my heart right at the start and did not let go till the end. I loved the novella and the characters, they were well written and easy to follow. Turano writes quirky and lovable characters, which will keep you laughing through
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, a hilarious, short-n-sweet novella from Ms. Jen Turano! Fair warning that it is extremely fast paced, and more banter than anything. That being said, the banter IS delightful, as are the characters. I would have enjoyed this as a full-length novel, for certain. I understand the purpose of novellas (fleshing out background characters, teasing novels-to-come, and giving a respite to awaiting fans), but oh, how I wish so often that they were longer! The names in this one were particularly goofy ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
My first intro to Jen Turano and it was nice. The humor I found to be a little more silly than funny but the introductions to the wallflowers was my favorite part. I would have loved a read just based on these cleverly named women without the added love interest. Not a great historical feel to the writing but it was a good read.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: yam
Better than I thought. It was an easy read with not much depth, but it was fun. There were a couple things in the story that just seemed too silly for me to actually love the book, but overall I liked it.
Lydia Dyslin
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
At Your Request is by Jen Turano.

This book honestly made me cringe too many times to count. It was fairly clean but it was so ridiculous and historically inaccurate and rushed that I just absolutely couldn't enjoy it at all.

1 star out of 5.
Amanda Geaney
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and humorous. At Your Request was just long enough to give me a taste of @JenTurano's writing. Her characters, their world, and dialogue were intriguing enough that I'd be willing to read a full-length novel from this author.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute novella to introduce us to the characters of the "Apart From the Crown" series.

Although the conversations were a bit wordy, I enjoyed all the characters and even got a hint of a Penelope Featherington (see Romancing Mister Bridgerton) like character, which is one of my favorite romance novel characters. Looking forward to reading more from this series and author.
Great lead-in to this new series! Loved it!

Great lead-in to this new series! Light-hearted and hilarious. A Jen Turano book is always good for a laugh. Loved it!
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

This novella prequel to the Apart from the Crowd series was cute and sweet. As it’s a novella, I won’t comment too much on plot or character development, but it was fairly well done. There was several situations that had me laughing.

However … I think it was just too ridiculous for me. Not too historically accurate, either. If you want to know why, read this review. It had me in stitches. :P

~Kellyn Roth
As always Jen Turano makes the regency period fun. I always like to see what she comes up with. Her characters are always so witty and this didn't disappoint. And with it being short it fits in perfectly with my crazy schedule now days.

Moral Note: Clean, can't recall anything bad.
Yvette (bookworlder)
Only Jen Turano could put her heroine in the hilariously unexpected position that society wallflower Wilhelmina finds herself in as she attempts to hide from the man whose proposal she once rejected.  What follows is a delightful romp, as Edgar and Wilhelmina work through their emotional issues, though not without a mishap or two.

As an introduction to a new series, this is a delight, particularly when several wallflowers break the unwritten social rule and actually speak to each other.  This def
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
"At Your Request" is where the 'Apart from the Crowd' series got its start. This was the second time I've read this story, and I loved it just as much this time. I am currently caught up on this series (anxiously waiting for book three's release in July) and it was fun to spot the lead characters of the rest of series BEFORE we see their true selves in their own books. I love seeing the wallflowers burst forth from their shells a bit in this book and even more so in the series.

As you know one o
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, the disclaimer. "I bought a copy of this book when it was offered free. All opinions are my own." That done, AT YOUR REQUEST is a novella (which at the time of this writing is still free) that begins Ms. Turano's new series Apart from the Crowd. I read (and reviewed) Behind the Scenes (the first book in the series) which follows after this and it is nice to see the iceskating incident which is referred to in Behind the Scenes actually written out in AT YOUR REQUEST.

I had to laugh at Wilh
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet and cute! I can't wait to get to know the other characters better. It was a neat plot device to have the protagonists of the later books be secondary characters here.

I liked Willie (even though she hated to be called that, lol) and Edgar was pretty good too.

There was humor and romance and a lot of fun! A good start to a new series.
Loraine Nunley
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
This is a quick read and a nice introduction to the 'Apart From the Crowd' series. It is sweet, romantic, and funny. Also a great introduction to this author if you have never read her work.
Mary Schenk
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great light hearted historical read. This book is well worth taking a look at!
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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 ...more

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Apart from the Crowd (3 books)
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“Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff was reluctantly coming to the unfortunate conclusion that there were absolutely no perks to be had when one obtained the unenviable title of wallflower. Taking” 1 likes
“Squaring her shoulders after Permilia disappeared into the crowd, Wilhelmina began skating in Edgar’s direction. Coming to a stop a few feet away from him, she smiled when he looked up. That smile, unfortunately, turned to a wince a mere second later, when he tried to get to his feet and immediately took to flailing about. Before she could do more than blink, he was sprawled facedown on the ice. Skating up next to him, she bent over. “Are you all right?” “I’m fine—well, except for my bruised pride,” he said, rolling over before he struggled to a sitting position. “One would think that since I’m testing skates with two blades, I’d have an easier time of staying upright. But . . . I’m afraid that has not been the case.” He caught her eye again and smiled.” 0 likes
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