After her father lost the family's fortune, Wilhelmina was cast out of the fashionable set and banished to the wallflower section. Taking a position as a social secretary to help support her family, she's mostly come to terms with her new status. But when her old friend Edgar returns to New York society for the first time since she rejected his marriage proposal, she's newly ashamed at how far she's fallen--and how hastily she dismissed him years ago. Her strategy is to avoid a face-to-face encounter at all costs, but he seems to have other plans. Will Edgar take advantage of their now reversed positions and make her regret her refusal, or is there still hope for a friendship between them--or something more?
At Your Request is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Jen Turano's new Gilded Age historical romance series, Apart From the Crowd! Includes an extended excerpt of the first full-length novel in the series, Behind the Scenes.
My thoughts: 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 Wilhelmina's antics... crawling under a chair and getting stuck (at a ball!) and Edgar's equal misadventures (falling in the center of the pond, multiple times) and I loved the quick, quirky way their romance played out -- and it was even mostly believable that it could happen that way.
The language is still very formal and stilted, and I do wonder where the author came up with some of the names (I haven't looked them up to see if they are real yet and I probably won't) but they do add to the quirkiness of the tale. If you love historical, regency style romance, you will love Jen Turano's new series, starting with AT YOUR REQUEST (a novella), followed by Behind the Scenes. I can't wait to read the rest in this series.