Review: After a Fashion by Jen Turano and Island Refuge by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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 out of 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-fiance cause 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, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

Review: As soon as I received After a Fashion in the mail, I couldn’t wait to dig into it. I just love Jen Turano’s writing style, her unique characters, really everything about her books. I enjoyed the give and take between Harriet and Oliver that occurred all the way to the end of their story. It’s the kind of story that I was sorry to see end because I was drawn into it so much. It’s definitely a must read. After you do, if you haven’t read any of Ms. Turano’s books before, I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

PS. My sixteen  year old daughter loved it, too. 🙂

Rating: 5 roses


Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Did she make a mistake?

Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the future . . . together.

Review: I read the first chapter of this book some time ago and knew then I’d like it. I wasn’t wrong. From beginning to end, Nick and Zoe’s story kept me riveted. I wanted to go to the B&B to experience the food and the homey feeling, and I just love antiques, just not in my house. lol

If you enjoy sweet romances, this book is for you.

Rating: 4 roses

I received these books from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading,