Harriet Peabody enjoys working in a hat shop, designing unusual creations for high society ladies. She dreams, however, of one day opening a dress shop for the working class, providing the height of fashion to other working ladies who perhaps cannot afford the steep prices of elite gowns. One day while making a hat delivery, Harriet encounters an odd situation that soon thrusts her into the company of Oliver Addleshaw, one of the most wealthy and powerful men in the United States. Determined to have a woman on his arm as he makes new business connections, Oliver enlists Harriet’s help for the next several weeks as he dines and negotiates with a variety of high society. As Harriet struggles to fit into Oliver’s life, she begins to realize there may be more to Oliver than first meets the eye. But the sudden appearance of Harriet’s relative soon puts her new friends and life in danger, threatening to upset all those she has come to care for deeply.
As with all novels by Jen Turano, this book instantly grabbed my attention with its hilarious and interesting heroine. Harriet has spunk, courage, and just the right amount of quirkiness to make the storyline enjoyable and greatly entertaining. Each character also possess a deeper level of personality, however, allowing me to delve into his or her many layers amongst truly amusing scenarios. The scenes spring to life with vivid descriptions and cause me to laugh aloud as I read the creative episodes in which Harriet often finds herself. The plot also has a perfect amount of complexity, with surprising twists and turns that give the novel depth despite its light tone. I absolutely loved this book and will not only read it again but certainly eagerly anticipate the next one! Most highly, highly recommended!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.