Book Review

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.”

I just can’t tell you how delighted I am to have read Jen Turano’s latest book, Behind the Scenes, but I will try.

I endured my husbands looks as he put up with me reading and laughing out loud, giggling away (with the occasional snort)  from chapter one right to the end. If you have never read a Jen Turano book before, DO IT NOW!! Her hilarious characters, who get themselves caught in hilarious situations are always the highlight of my To-Be-Read pile.

“May I assume then, especially since I’ve not experiences the whole tongue-ties business when I’ve been in your company, that you don’t find me worthy to be considered a member of the fashionable set?”

– Asher



Turano has a talent for bringing out the humour in the ways of society and highlights in the interactions between two people in the best way, with the most laughs while being meaningful all at the same time. Miss Permilia Griswold, a wallflower with a few secrets, very quickly became my favorite of Jen Turano’s characters to date. Enter the dashing Mr. Asher Rutherford,(and his powder puff) and sparks fly. The banter between these two characters is just the sort of thing that tingles my funny bone. Each character has their secrets and their insecurities and together they find they own way towards each other, and towards being who they were meant to be, and doing what they really truly were created to do, in their own way.

Although Society has not accepted Permilia Griswold, with the help of her friend Gertrude Cadwelader, and Mrs. Davenport, she gets up to all sorts of adventures on her way to “finding herself” and solving a mystery along the way, while losing some of her own, society imposed inhibitions.

There is no wonder that Miss Griswold finds herself unexpectedly in love with Mr. Rutherford, when you get to know him, you will find out why. He is adorable, and dashing, and did I say handsome and, well… adorable.

Jen Turano’s dialogue is superb and on point! She writes funny like no one else I have ever read. She has a gift.

One of her signature things is having an ornery animal in the mix, you will not be disappointed, watch out for Mr. Merriweather.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. My opinions are my own.


Behind the Scenes Giveaway



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 good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.