Monday, April 24, 2017
Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano
Apart from the Crowd
This was a fluffy book, by this I mean that there wasn't a lot of depth or insight I gained from reading the book, but it was fun, fluffy read that required no thought.
It's the story of a wallflower in New York society. By wallflower I mean someone who wasn't really accepted into society and so spent their time at events, up against the wall or hiding in corners observing the goings on of the elite class.
Permilia was an outspoken girl with a heart for others, despite being raised in privilege. She tried to be frugal while still maintaining the fashion style her stepmother required of her. She did this by finding out of the way dressmakers who were working to put bread on their table, but who had very nice fashion sense. This is probably the takeaway from the book, to care about people less fortunate than we are and to not allow our wealth to make us look down on others less fortunate.
And of course, there is one of the wealthiest men in the city, who Permilia gets into debates with, haggles with over pricing, and generally messes with his view of women. They, of course, fall in love. He sets her up to be vice-president of his department store and she adds great value to his business and life.
I enjoyed the story, though I will admit that Permilia seemed a little dense about society standards even though she was "only a wallflower". It just seemed a little unreal, but then I don't really know what it was like back then either.
This book was given me by Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review.
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