After A Fashion – Bustle Into Romance, But Will Love Collapse?

Book Review : After A Fashion
A Class of Their Own #1

By Jen Turano

Spoiler Alert!



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 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, with its fancy dinners and elegant balls, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages. (Courtesy of

Adult Point of View

After A Fashion is a Christian romance novel set in the United States in the late 1800’s.

First; the good:

-The characters were likable and fun, and sometimes witty.
-The situations were comical.
-I laughed out loud, particularly when Harriet leaps from a moving carriage and does so with grace because she had worked in a circus temporarily. Harriet’s design for a new bustle was another source of amusement.
-Guaranteed to be a clean romance.
-Super fun read.

Second; the bad:

-The language was very contemporary.
-Trite phrases.
-A predictable plot.

I’ve always thought a predictable plot is redeemable with good writing and interesting characters because we are so interested to see how they move from point A to point B. After A Fashion was so much fun to read, and for enjoyment for a fast summer read I would give it 5 stars. From a literary point of view it really doesn’t have any redeeming value, but I still am giving it 3 stars because of the fun characters and though the plot is improbable it fits together.

3 out of 5 stars
3 star

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If you liked this one try Sorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede and An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan and The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.

About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow-cooked in a tagine. I write stories and illustrate in ink.
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