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
It is feisty, independent, Harriet of the working class versus surly, covetous, highborn Oliver – the escapades that occurred around these two had me grinning till my face hurt. From the shoe-throwing antics of a crazed ex-fiancee, to a thieving aunt, a matchmaking matriarch, and a large dog fearful of heights, you’ll be guessing what will happen next to Harriet and Oliver and wonder how they will ever fall in love. The story was well paced and once I reached the half-way point I could not put the book down until I finished it. I believe I need to add Jen Turano to my ‘favorite authors’ list!
I’ll be checking out the other books in this series. I hope you will too!